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  • Front Country performs July 27 at the Rockygrass Festival in Lyons, Colorado. (Photo by John Lehndorff)

    At Rockygrass, the same old instruments yield brave new sounds

    High Noon July 27, Lyons – Standard bluegrass instrumentation, band to band, at the 41st Rockygrass Festival, is virtually identical: guitar, mandolin, bass, banjo and fiddle with an occasional dobro. That’s the way bluegrass deity Bill Monroe said it had to be. You – meaning non-bluegrass geeks – would think it would get incredibly boring to hear set after set. It isn’t, at least here in Lyons. Take the band playing right now on the main stage. The Deadly Gentleman are a fine, youthful progressive […]

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  • What British singer ‘Ay Dell’ and the Steeldrivers have in common

    What British singer ‘Ay Dell’ and the Steeldrivers have in common

    6:45 p.m. July 26, Lyons CO – British musicians have always taken a fancy to American roots music from the Rolling Stones to the bluegrass-loving Mumford & Sons, but it was still a bit shocking when Grammy-winning pop singer Adele starting doing a cover version of “If It Hadn’t Been For Love,” a spooky, bluesy tune from the Steeldrivers. When the band hit the stage on the opening day of the Rockygrass Festival, they talked about that singer “Ay Dell” and then covered […]

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  • David Grier picks past ‘fast’ on his way to virtuoso

    David Grier picks past ‘fast’ on his way to virtuoso

    3;40 P.M. July 26, Lyons CO – “Not human.” That’s what a veteran bluegrass fan muttered to me after listening to David Grier flatpick one lightning-fast guitar solo after another. He was playing with Helen Highwater, another new/occasional super-ensemble also featuring bassist Missy Raines and mandolin whiz Mike Compton. He was right. Grier does a sort of finger ballet on the frets – he’s really, really fast, but there are a lot of fast licks guitarists. Grier’s a freak, an artist with a […]

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  • Masters of American twang pick it up in Lyons

    12:30 p.m. July 26, Lyons, CO – The Club Med of traditional and experimental American twang is underway in a cozy creekside field tucked away under a cliff in Lyons. The bluegrass stars are all aligned here with stellar guitarists (Bryan Sutton, David Grier), great mandolinists (Tim O’Brien, Ronnie McCoury, Sam Bush, Andy Statman), stunning dobro virtuosos (Jerry Douglas, Rob Ickes), top fiddlers Darol Anger, and singular vocalists (Del McCoury, Peter Rowan, Kathy Kallick). The 41st Annual Rocky Mountain Bluegrass Festival opened with San Francisco’s up-and-coming Front Country […]

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  • Second Story Garage to send correspondent to 41st Annual RockyGrass Festival

    Second Story Garage to send correspondent to 41st Annual RockyGrass Festival

    Follow veteran Colorado music correspondent John Lehndorff’s coverage of the 41st Annual RockyGrass Music Festival starting Friday,  July 26th.  Also look for Rockygrass features in the Daily Camera, Times-Call and Colorado Daily.

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