Thursday after work/school, Starla and I saw (in order):
The Peter Rowan Bluegrass Band with guest George Shuffler who is from Burke County
The Kruger Brothers (great pickin')
Daily and Vincent (amazingly tight, extremely professional, incredible vocals)
Tift Merritt solo (Starla's favorite of the evening)
Travis Tritt and Jerry Douglas (just the two of them and my favorite of the evening)
Friday I went solo. The first stop I made after getting in was to see
Laura Boosinger and Josh Goforth with some traditional music on The Traditional stage:
Then onto the Watson Stage to set up my lawn chair and leave my backpack
The Fiddler from The Duhks:
After Peter Rowan and Tony Rice threw down I took the shuttle back to the car for some lunch. i opted to forgo the bus and walk back to the college since I was at lot A which is closest. For future reference unless you want some good walking exercise, take the shuttle. Although it is not a bad walk, it is longer than it seems when you are riding the bus.
Then onto see one of my favorites from the festival,
The Duhks from Winnipeg on the Hillside stage: Donna the Buffalo also on the Hillside Stage:
Mountain Heart with special guest Tony Rice, his best performance of the 3 I've seen:
Before Thursday I talked to Boyd at work about the show. He tries to go every year and he gave me some valuable advise about things to take, etc. Boyd had warned me that is would probably rain in spite of the weather report because it does every year. Unfortunately I didn't heed his advise and bring a rain coat or poncho. For a few minutes I was sitting on the grass with my lawn chair over my head. The one good thing about the rain was that it enabled me to move my lawn chair a little closer for the last 3 or 4 songs of Tony Rice and Mountain Heart. As I stated before, they were great.