Telluride Bluegrass Festival Blogging Contest

Telluride Bluegrass Festival posterCONTEST NOW CLOSED. Congratulations to Mr. Edyoulis, who will be going to Telluride as our community blogger this year. Stay tuned for his updates from the festival grounds! And thanks to all who entered.

The 37th Annual Telluride Bluegrass Festival is coming up quickly - it's set to kick off on June 17 with performances from Lyle Lovett; Alison Krauss & Union Station; Court Yard Hounds; Yonder Mountain String Band; Leftover Salmon; Béla Fleck, Zakir Hussain & Edgar Meyer; Del McCoury Band; Hot Rize; Josh Ritter; Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros; Carolina Chocolate Drops; Imelda May; the Telluride House Band featuring Sam, Béla, Jerry, Edgar, Bryan & Stuart; and so many more. (Visit the Telluride website for a full lineup and schedule.)

Last year, we sent two lucky bloggers to the event as our personal bloggers. This year we're going to narrow the field to one lucky No Depression community blogger, who will receive a Telluride prize package, including one press pass to the entire four-day event, including premium camping, and one general admission ticket so you can bring a guest. Press access to Telluride means you’ll have access to a special press tent with wireless internet access and reserved seating in a press area directly in front of the stage. NOTE: Transportation is not included in this prize pack, so you must be able to get yourself to the Telluride Bluegrass Festival, stay for the full weekend, and blog from the festival using your own laptop.

To enter, simply compose a blog on this site wherein you talk about any of the artists on the 2010 Telluride Bluegrass Festival lineup, or recall a previous experience you've had at Telluride. All blog post entries must be created on this site - links to external blogs or posts on other sites will not be counted. All entries must be posted by 11:59 p.m. on May 15, 2010, with the winner being announced the next day.

To post a blog on, simply click on "Blogs" in the top nav, then on "Add a blog post." Please be sure to include the phrase "Telluride Bluegrass Festival" in the title of your post so that we can find it when the time comes to choose a winner.

Go forth and blog...and good luck!

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Comment by Gerry Cassidy on May 4, 2010 at 9:50am
I have never seen Yonder Mt String Band Love to see them @ "Telluride Bluegrass Festival"
Comment by Max Henry Goldstein on May 4, 2010 at 5:06pm
I am a Sierra Nevada boy and would love to stretch out in the Colorado Rockies (real mountains!) for the Telluride Bluegrass Festival. I need to expand my horizons, I'm a devoted Warren Hellman fan (All nine Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festivals under my belt!).
Comment by Bill Long on May 5, 2010 at 6:53am
Telluride Bluegrass Festival. The upcoming 37th Telluride Bluegrass Festival has in its lineup the Carolina Chocolate Drops. This group is weel worth the price of admission. They are performing and preserving old time string band tunes that were written, or written down, mainly by Negro performers. Much of this music was called folk music in the early 1900s and this is what evolved to become country and bluegrass and later produced rock & roll. The Carolina Chocolate Drops are on a great mission and their CDs are well worth buying. I would love to have the opportunity to see them live and blog on their show and meet them through press access.
Comment by Jack Wallingford on May 6, 2010 at 11:30am
Somebody said Steve Earle made a bluegrass album. No man, he is happy where he is, riding the outside wave of Nashville, Steve being Steve man. No, he did a bluegrass cd. Who with Scruggs and Flatt? No some dudes called the Dell McCoury and the Dukes or something like that. No?
Yeah, here listen. Whoa, that is Steve Earle and, and a helluva bluegrass band. Man, i would love to see them live. hey, maybe you will up at Telluride
Comment by Chuck Levy on May 10, 2010 at 1:33pm
I'd like to meet the Chocolate Drops and play a little with them.
Comment by Chris Aaland on May 13, 2010 at 9:01am
Having been to 13 straight Telluride Bluegrass Festivals, you'd think it would be tough to pick a lone highlight. Suprisingly, it's not. The 30th annual TBF, held in 2003, was one for the books. I'm part of the Front-of-the-Line gang, a group of diehards who wait in line overnight for prime tarp real estate each day. Friendships, even romances, were born over the years. But '03 was different. I'd secured a press pass through my work at KDUR radio in Durango and didn't need to pull line duty. Instead, I honored my compadres by bringing coffee and breakfast each morning. We decided to up the ante for Sunday morning. Rising early, I began baking three pheasant pot pies in the Camel's Garden Hotel, an inn managed by fellow Front-of-the-Liner Scott Spencer. Beth Warren, station manager at KSUT radio, offered up a whole poached salmon with all the trimmings. We rushed to finish in time for the day's kickoff: selections from JS Bach by Edgar Meyer, Bela Fleck, Mike Marshall and Chris Thile. Scurrying into the festival drew attention. One security volunteer glared at us suspiciously, followed us in, and intercepted us at the beer tent. Who brings a service tray with three steaming pies, a poached salmon and all the trimmings? Festivarians, of course. Weaving through the sea of tarps, we made it to our second-row real estate in time for Edgar and co. I can think of no greater meal than steaming pheasant pie, chilled poached salmon, a cool glass of white wine, a view of Bridal Veil Falls and four of the world's top musicians serenading me with Bach. Magical moments like this can only happen in Telluride.

They now happen annually. A year later, Scott and Sarah had their first son, Peter. Jack followed a few years after. In 2007, my wife and I brought our four-month-old son, Otto, to his first Telluride. Now Sunday morning means Father's Day brunch on the tarp. We may never quite pull it off like we did in '03, but chocolate-dipped strawberries, pot roast and even bags of corn dogs from festival merchants have made it a rite of passage. 2010? I'm already planning to smoke some pheasant and elk for wild game jambalaya. Stay tuned!


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