I rambled again last night at the International Bluegrass Music Association's World of Bluegrass 2013
. Here's the best of what I saw.
Peter Rowan, "Blue Moon of Kentucky"
After playing one of the most recognizable songs in bluegrass, Peter Rowan told stories of his former boss, Bill Monroe, and led his own group through a fast set that spanned his catalog. The most poignant moment came in the encore, when Rowan played "Doc Watson Morning" solo acoustic. The large Lincoln Theatre was pin-drop quiet, though an eruption of applause immediately followed.
James King Band, "Devil's Train"
Looking fit, James King had a continuous smile on his face as he led his group through a lightning-fast set that celebrated his new release, Three Chords and the Truth
. King also celebrated his 20th year on the illustrious Rounder Records, as several label folks were in attendance. He doesn't appear to be slowing down anytime soon.
Kickin Grass, "31"
As we've said before, this festival includes bluegrass in all of its shades. Here we have local favorites Kickin Grass performing banjo player Hank Smith's "31." The song is a piece of the concerto Smith has written as an ode to his musical hero, Béla Fleck.
Lindsay Lou & The Flatbellys, "The Farm"
The young group from the upper Michigan peninsula put on a good show at the Long View Center. Despite having attended the IBMA conference several times, this was their first showcase. Lou's soaring voice easily filled this old church.