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Bluegrass Rambles

Everything you need to know about bluegrass, whatever that is

Ted is an IBMA-nominated music writer who travels to bluegrass festivals with his wife and picks guitar in as many jams as he can.

Bluegrass Rambles

Everything you need to know about bluegrass, whatever that is

Ted is an IBMA-nominated music writer who travels to bluegrass festivals with his wife and picks guitar in as many jams as he can.

Bluegrass and Community: Delaware Valley Bluegrass Festival

Your article interested me on several counts. First off, Ray Benson is a national treasure...period. His tireless work with Asleep at the Wheel needs to be celebrated and made known far and wide. No one is a greater spokesmen than him for western swing and Bob Wills. I enjoyed the thrill of watching Asleep At The Wheel in a historical Nashville Honky Tonk this year. In a word it was epic. Faded Love, big Balls in Cowtown, Route 66, Choo Choo Cha Boogie, House of Blue Lights and so many more great songs. Twin fiddles, horns, steel guitar...I had to pinch myself cause I thought I died and was in cowboy heaven! I am amazed he was invited to a bluegrass festival but it speaks well of the promotor. I hope every music fan can eventually experience what they bring to the table. Western Swing is a glorious, underappreciated art form and I fear for its future.

Danny Paislay and Southern Grass. Where to start? Danny Paislay is the real deal bluegrass guy. He aint a bridge between group, he ain't a progressive jam bander either. He also aint for the non believers. Your either gonna embrace him or go running for the hills holding your hands in your ears in sheer terror. No one typifies that high lonesome twangy nasal sound more with the exception of maybe Ralph Stanley in his prime. And thats why I love him. The man bleeds blue. He personifies traditional bluegrass better than anyone. And I say this being a HUGE fan of Del McCoury! Danny isn't for the masses, he's not ever gonna be that guy, but for the enlightened, dedicated grassers he is it. His picture should be in the dictionary as a visual definition of bluegrass.

 

What a festival lineup, I see why you liked it! And I too relish going somewhere, anywhere, and escape the toxic political environment the media has managed to create. Imagine, a safe haven where people of differing opinions and beliefs can come together and bond on something. That something being beautiful glorious american roots music! Great article.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I used to live in the Phila area and attended the Brandywine Old Time Festival and DVBF throughout the 1970's.  Looking back over the festival performer list brought back many memories of days gone by. I cut my musical teeth at those festivals and am so happy that the DVBF continues stronger (it appears) than ever.  Good luck to all who contribute to this great legacy.  -Jim