I wasn't there those many years ago as Tony, a single father, walked into Town Park with his son, Dylan, in tow. They had come to experience the music and activities during the Telluride Bluegrass Festival with open ears and open hearts. Somewhere along the way they met Teresa and, as the story was told to me, she followed them home and happiness prevailing as it often does, she never left.
Prior to TBF in 2008 Tony and Teresa decided to wed in Town Park during the Pre-Fest… Continue
Added by Hope Lin Rowe on April 30, 2009 at 11:10pm —
Going to the Telluride Bluegrass Festival is one of the highlights of my summer. I like to call it “summer camp for grown-ups” (and kids of course!). There’s great food, people, lots of things to do, and of course great music. Here’s a few of my personal favorite things about TBF.
Music: The music is amazing. There’s a great variety of bands – enough that it’s hard to pick when to take a break and head back to camp. If you camp in Town Park, you can still hear the music in camp.… Continue
Added by Kim Steele on April 30, 2009 at 10:04pm —
First journeys are often magical events, as they should be, but to my great surprise I had actually been on the road for many years. As I walked across the bridge leading into Telluride Town Park Camping Area in 2007 a new friend called out for me to stop. When I turned toward my friend I caught sight of a hand pointed over the water and only heard the word "look". My gaze began at the hand rail and simply wandered over the river as it swept eastward, rounded left around the sand cap of the… Continue
As the festival draws closer, I’ve been keeping an unofficial, very informal and totally unscientific mental track of ticket availability for the last three Telluride Bluegrass Festivals. My mental track says that real ticket demand has been going up. One concern about this trend is that an increased demand will cause scalpers to get increasingly interested in our little mountain town festival. Right now, the festival is at a prime point in its growth to attract such interest. That dude outside… Continue
I've have been a fan of No Depression (the magazine) for a long time, and I've been a fan of No Depression (the website) for a little less time. One of the best parts of both mag and site for me has been the act of finding. Through both venues, print and web I have been able to find an amazing new world of music that I'm pretty confident that I would have missed out on. And I can only say that I am incredibly grateful for that. Without No Depression I probably would never have found Neko Case… Continue
Thanks for this opportunity Kim and the rest of the team.
Just under a year ago I was first in line near the Town Park campground, armed with a borrowed guitar and a sleeping bag, waiting up all night in line to get a fantastic spot for Day 1 of the most magical four days of the year. This year, I am just as excited about this contest, (a press pass would sure make that first night more enjoyable).…
Rounding out the final two shows of the April 2009 Boulder Theater / KUVO 89/3 Jazz Radio Jazz concert series was piano jazz legend McCoy Tyner and his trio on Tuesday the 28th and John Scofield and his crack Piety Street Band on Wednesday April 29th.
Piano player McCoy Tyner, perhaps best known for his early career work with John Coltrane starting in 1960 (that then flourished into a 50 year career) was backed up on bass by Gerald Cannon and drummer Eric Gravatt. Attendance along… Continue
“Freeeeeeee pictures!!!!!” exclaimed a little girl from under her shade tent, the first word accentuated by an ear-to-ear grin and Emmylou-caliber lungs. We stopped to have a look. “Would you like a picture,” she asked?
I watched Meaghan, wearing a grin to match the young angel’s, kneel down and pick up a drawing of a pink heart with “I LOVE YOU” scribbled inside. I dropped down to join them, stammering for words to describe how sweet that moment was, how much we appreciated the… Continue
You may have noticed a little box on this site's main page has been allotted for reviews ever since we launched the community a couple of months ago. It's featured reviews by our No Depression writers, which have been posted on NoDepression.com. Soon, we're going to switch lanes and turn the critic's box over to you folks.
I'm pretty confident you pick up new CDs or download MP3s all the time by artists you know and love, or folks you've just discovered. I know you like the music,… Continue
Playlist for A Patchwork Quilt
pre-recorded for broadcast on
Saturday April 18, 2009
5:00 pm-6:30 pm
91.7 fm KALW San Francisco
500 Mansell Street
San Francisco CA 94134
Kevin Vance, host & producer
past playlists can be found at http://folkradio.org
search archives with keywords Kevin Vance, KALW, Patchwork Quilt
I also blog my playlists on… Continue
Added by Kevin Vance on April 30, 2009 at 11:50am —
My favorite season on Planet Earth cannot rival my favorite season on Planet Bluegrass. Three times a year, I’m transported to where I belong and I relish it, basking in the Colorado sunshine, cooling off in Rocky Mountain spring water, and dancing with thousands of my fellow festivarians.
Every year I go back, I find that, much to my delight, Planet Bluegrass has again raised the bar on the art of… Continue
Phosphorescent will be appearing on Willie Nelson's Sirius Radio show, "Willie's Place," tonight as part of Nelson's 76th birthday celebration. A full press release about the appearance is below this video of Phosphorescent doing "It's Not Supposed to Be This Way" from their album To Willie, which pays tribute to the country legend:
Earlier this year Phosphorescent released his new album To Willie, a tribute to the music of Willie Nelson. Styled…Continue
Added by Kim Ruehl on April 30, 2009 at 8:00am —
Tell someone you’re going to a festival in the mountains, and that the word bluegrass is in the name. Doubtless they’ll figure you mean Merlefest and you just added that word, bluegrass, because your sensibilities told you it belongs there. Or maybe you’re talking about a smaller fete somewhere in the Appalachians. Then, tell ‘em it’s in the mountains at nearly 9,000 feet. Either they instantly get it, they’re befuddled or assume you are.
Confidently repeat the altitude, and casually… Continue
An essential link between country and rock has passed: Vern Gosdin. Gosdin was a singer known as The Voice, a multi-instrumentalist (guitar, mandolin, and banjo), and a songwriter with a string of country hits that stretch from West Coast country and bluegrass in the 1960s to the release of his 40-year career retrospective just last year, died in Nashville on April 28.
Gosdin must truly be called one of the innovators of the… Continue
So says Jackson Browne, after surveying what must be one of the most sublime stage perspectives on earth. Performers at the Telluride Bluegrass Festival look out on a breathtaking panorama (quite literally, given the oxygen tanks that stand at-the-ready just offstage), a view for which artists at Telluride often struggle to find suitable superlatives. But what perhaps makes the experience especially unique in the world is the festival’s astounding combination… Continue
In reading a collection of short stories by Ernest Hemingway the other night I came upon a quote that made me think of a somewhat obscure, though incredibly talented songwriter, Benny “Burle” Galloway. If you’ll indulge me, in 1938 Hemingway wrote:
“In going where you have to go, and doing what you have to do, and seeing what you have to see, you dull and blunt the instrument you write with. But I would rather have it bent and dull and know I had to put it on the grindstone again and… Continue