Well, we had a really good time at the Clack Mountain Festival in Morehead, Kentucky this weekend. We have a daughter who is three years old now so she was old enough to get into the festivities. It really did my heart good to see her enjoying the music and even getting out there and dancing. She says her favorite instrument is the banjo, mine is the mandolin. There’s just something about the sound of bluegrass mandolin that moves me.
This was the 3rd annual Clack Mountain Festival and bands performed on the Moonlight Stage, next to the Cora Wilson Stewart Moonlight School on First Street.
We got to hear some folks for the first time and we got to hear some of our favorites too. Larry Cordle and Lonesome Standard Time was awesome! I have heard Larry and his band on the radio many times but it was a real treat to see them perform live.
Visit Larry Cordle’s official website for more information ~ LarryCordle.com.
Dave Evans is another bluegrass master that I had the privilege of seeing perform live for the first time. Dave really has an amazing voice which is perfectly suited for bluegrass.
One particular band I had never heard before was Woody Pines from Asheville, North Carolina. If you haven’t heard these guys you’re missing some good music. In fact I had to purchase one of their CDs for myself!
Woody on guitar, banjo, harmonica, kazoo and lead vocals
Zack Pozebanchuk on upright bass
Nathan Taylor on drums
Darin Gentry on fiddle
Visit the Woody Pines official website for more information.
The Tommy Webb Band, Sasha Colette & the Magnolias, Hazel Holler and Jill Andrews played some great bluegrass music. Sasha Colette and Jill Andrews both have such beautiful voices, I love to hear them sing.
Sasha Colette & the Magnolias
Sasha Colette – Vocals, Banjo, Guitar
Jose Oreta – Upright Bass
Visit these official websites for show dates, information and to get some great music:
There were also some other music styles present ranging from Ben Sollee, who’s styling is similar to that of Paul Simon to heavy, hard driving rock and roll by Kevin Gordon, and The Jompson Brothers.
At the Clack Mountain Festival in 2008 Chris Stapleton sang and played bluegrass /country with The Steeldrivers (Excellent Sound!). This year he performed a completely different style of music as front man for The Jompson Brothers. And while I do think they are very talented (Chris has a great voice and the band is top notch) a lot of people were very surprised to hear something so far removed from bluegrass at the festival. Personally I have a wide range in musical taste and thought they were great.
Check out The Jompson Brothers on MySpace
The Jompson Brothers Band
Sasha Colett & the Magnolias – Mercy Moment
Jesse Wells played mandolin along with Morehead State University’s KCTM Old Time Band. Jesse is a very versatile and talented musician, whether on mandolin, guitar or fiddle – I saw him play electric guitar with Sasha Colett and the Magnolias this weekend and I have to say that he was excellent! I reckon this guy can play just about anything with strings on!
At the 2009 Clack Mountain Festival Jesse played mandolin and fiddle with Kentucky Wildhorse. (I also saw John Harrod and Don Rogers of Kentucky Wildhorse at the festival but unfortunately they did not perform).
You can usually hear Jesse presenting the best in bluegrass music on Morehead State Public Radio (WMKY – 90.3 FM) from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. each Sunday.
Read more about last year’s festival at Clack Mountain Bluegrass Festival Morehead, Ky 2009
I met and talked with a lot of the singers and musicians and they were all really nice folks. If you missed the festival this year you missed out on some great music and a lot of really nice folks!
I want to send out a special Thank You! to Jesse Wells, Tommy Webb, Larry Cordle and Jill Andrews – as well as to my wife Tasha.
Also a big howdy goes out to Karly Dawn Higgins, Don Rogers, and Louis Magda.
By David Slone, Copyright 2010