The Clack Mountain Bluegrass Festival Morehead, Ky 2009
This crazy hillbilly is crazy about Bluegrass Music! If you don’t dig Bluegrass then maybe you just haven’t stopped to take a listen to it.
Yesterday, June 6th, my family and I attended the Clack Mountain Festival in Morehead, Kentucky. I enjoy a lot of different styles of music but Bluegrass Music is my favorite, especially when it is live. The Clack Mountain Festival is held every year in early June. Admission is only $5.00 which is really an excellent deal to get to sit back and listen to awesome bands like Hazel Holler and the Tommy Webb Band.
I got the opportunity to talk with Ralph Stanley, Tommy Webb and Michelle Wallace of the Hazel Holler Girls and to hear a lot of great Bluegrass Music. The atmosphere was so friendly and I think everyone had a good time. A lot of folks came up front to dance too, and there were some good ones let me tell you! There were even some young children getting in on the dancing, it did my heart good to see those young people enjoying Bluegrass Music so much. It makes me feel better about the future somehow.
At this years festival we had the privilege of enjoying Hazel Holler, Tommy Webb Band, Kentucky Wildhorse, Heather Berry, Ralph Stanley and The Clinch Mountain Boys and The Havens all of whom took their turn performing on the Moonlight Stage. (Last year The SteelDrivers joined in the fun, they are also one of my favorites and I wish they had been able to make it this year.)
It’s times like this that make me think I need to get my old Gibson out and start practicing up. How much fun it would be to pick around with some of these guys in a jam session. Perhaps before this summer is over I will do just that!
Here is a little more about these great Bluegrass performers (in order of their appearance):
Stacy York – lead vocals and rhythm guitar
Shirley Seim – fiddle and vocals
Michelle Wallace – bass and vocals
Jackie Thacker on banjo.
I really like this all girl group and I hardly ever miss listening to Michelle Wallace hosting Bluegrass Sunday on Morehead State Public Radio.
Visit the Hazel Holler official website for show dates, information and to get some great music – http://www.hazelholler.com
Katie Blankenship – guitar, banjo and vocals.
Rachael Benjamin – autoharp and vocals.
Ami – fiddle.
Beth Price – bass.
Check out The Havens on MySpace ~ http://www.myspace.com/thehavensbrooklyn/
Heather Berry – vocals, guitar and autoharp.
Tony Mabe – vocals, guitar, banjo, bass, mandolin, piano and autoharp.
Heather really has a beautiful singing voice and both her and Tony are very talented song writers and musicians.
Visit Heather Berry’s official website for show dates and information ~ http://www.heatherberrymusic.com
John Harrod – guitar and vocals.
Jim Webb – banjo and vocals.
Don Rogers – guitar and vocals.
Kevin Kehrberg – bass and vocals.
Jesse Wells – mandolin and fiddle.
Paul David Smith – fiddle.
This band is awesome! They have plenty of personality and enthusiasm and a great sound. I always look forward to seeing this wild bunch.
Visit the official Kentucky Wildhorse website for show dates and information ~ http://www.kentuckywildhorse.com
The Tommy Webb Band
Tommy Webb – vocals, guitar and banjo.
Chris Goble – banjo
Kenny O’Quinn – mandolin.
Danny Stiltner – bass.
Dave Webb the bands Road Manager.
I would have to say that Tommy Webb and his band were my favorites of all who performed here this year. All the groups were great, but man! I like these guys! I am very partial to the mandolin and Kenny sure knows how to handle one. Tommy has a unique sound that reminds me of the classic greats from yesteryear, but his music is new and fresh – a great combination.
Ralph Stanley and The Clinch Mountain Boys
These guys are legends with whom every Bluegrass Music fan is familiar.
Just like many of my readers I was listening to the Stanley Brothers when I was just a kid. Unfortunately we lost Carter a long while back but Ralph kept on going and now Ralph with his Clinch Mountain Boys have become a Bluegrass Music legend.
Visit their official website for show dates and information ~ http://www.drralphstanley.com
Also check out ~ ClackMountainFest.com
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