A big part of MerleFest is the history it has and the legacy it continues to carry. This was a hot topic at yesterday’s press conference.
According to Jerry Douglas MerleFest is different because not only is it the first music festival of the season, it has the most performers so it is like a big family gathering.
John Cowan feels MerleFest is different because it feels good due to the fact that MerleFest embraces different types of music (as Doc wanted).
Jim Lauderdale feels that MerleFest is different because it sticks with the traditions of having musicians like Sam Bush and Jerry Douglas back, but, they also capture the younger generation of performers and invite them in.
MerleFest also proves to be important to the health of bluegrass and traditional plus music.
John Cowan explained that MerleFest allows for great memories of living legends.
Tommy Emmanuel explained that MerleFest is important because it continues a legacy AND hooks the younger generation.
No matter who you talk with you will find that it is incontrovertible that MerleFest as a festival is important to the health of music.
MerleFest 2018 is going great! I have had made many memories, experienced some cool moments, and heard plenty of awesome music!
My Friday picks for best musicians are…
Cathy Fink and Marcy Marxer with Sam Gleaves
Balsam Range and Atlanta Pops Orchestra
Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn
When with musicians, you’d up talking a lot about music. It turns into a common theme.
In the press conference with Bela Fleck, Abigail Washburn, Mandolin Orange, and Savannah Smith (and later with Jamey Johnson), we talked about the music that they are listening to in their cars, here were the responses…
Bela Fleck- Cathy Fink and Marcy Marxer’s Children’s Album (with son Juno)
Abigail Washburn- Compilation Album, “Voices of Mississippi”
Mandolin Orange- Anna and Elizabeth’s new album, and Hawktail
Savannah Smith- John Prine’s new album, Tank and the Band
The Canadian band, Rosie and the Riveters, were a huge hit especially with the young women at MerleFest 2018!
Their demeanor and style are both unapologetic and fierce.
They stand as a symbol of independent feminism with their strong stand-up vocals.
Rosie and the Riveters look and sound like the female role models young women in North American need today!
I found it amazing that thy could gracefully, yet powerfully, promote ideals like equal pay for all in song without being too “in your face” about it.
Rosie the Riveters needs to be the next band added to every girl’s playlist!
As the threatening rain cloud rolled away from the Watson stage, fans sitting on the field were in for a treat!
Nu-Blu had a wonderful set on the Watson Stage at 1:30on Friday.
Carolyn’s powerful and animated voice paired with the driving rhythms filled the air. Listeners weren’t hungry for lunch, they were hungry for more Nu-Blu music!
A few years ago my little sister and I interviewed Carolyn, you can listen to that interview here: http://ihadtoask.com/2015/01/carolynrouth/
I remember how genuine Carolyn was. She still continues to be a genuine beacon of strength and hope to many.
Nu-Blu (Carter Baker, Justin Harrison, and Carolyn and Daniel Routh) recently released a new album, Vagabonds. If you purchase it, you will not be disappointed. You can find it here: https://squareup.com/store/nu-blu-bluegrass-artists
They played some songs off of the album today, and they were wonderful.
If I had a chance to ask them one question following their set, I would’ve Had to Ask this…
Where did you get all of your energy that you have on the stage from?
I talked with the bassist from bluegrass band, Town Mountain. They will be performing at MerleFest in just a few days, and will also be hosting the Midnight Jam. Listen on to see why I Had to Ask about tacos, MerleFest, and music!