What is the sound of two dobros in the rain?

Jerry Douglas (left) and Rob Ickes perform "Imagine" with a stellar string section to open the final day of the 41st Annual Rockygrass Festival July 28 in Lyons. Photo by John Lehndorff)

Jerry Douglas (left) and Rob Ickes perform “Imagine” with a stellar string section to open the final day of the 41st Annual Rockygrass Festival July 28 in Lyons. Photo by John Lehndorff)

3:20 p.m. July 28, 2013, Lyons, Colorado (in a steady drizzle) – Following a power outage, drenching rains and double dobros, the Andy Statman Trio is onstage at Rockygrass playing jazzy, klezmer-inflected string band music as the sun pokes through. This is my kind of bluegrass festival. The final day of the festival commenced with a truly rare set by the two top dobroists on the planet: Jerry Douglas and Rob Ickes. The set was in part a tribute to the late, great Mike Auldridge who had inspired both. Twangy it was; corny it wasn’t.

Colorado progressive string band Head For The Hills performed “Lay Down Sally” in memory of songwriter J.J. Cale  who passed away this weekend.

Next up at Rockygrass: Andy Statman with Tim O’Brien and Michael Cleveland; Peter Rowan; Keller Williams  with The Travelling McCourys; and Sam Bush

* Tickets to Rockygrass are sold out. Information: bluegrass.com. Highlights from the 2012 and 2013 Rockygrass Festivals can be streamed at KGNU.org/rockygrass.

 
 

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