Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Mulberry Mountain Harvest Festival

4 days of musical bliss and Ozark trails is an accurate description of the annual Mulberry Mountain Harvest Festival. Held in Ozark, AR, the festival brings hundreds of musicians to music lovers hailing from Fayetteville, AR to California.

Hosting bands rooted in bluegrass to swing to ska to indie, Mulberry Mountain Harvest Festival has something for everyone. My personal tastes naturally led me to bands such as The Travelin' McCoury's
and Peter Rowan. When I first arrived at the festival, The Travelin' McCoury's were playing at the Harvest Stage. To my pleasant surprise, renowned flatpicker Cody Kilby was with them. That was just an addition to an already stellar lineup of bluegrass musicians. Ronnie McCoury's father Del is widely known for his importance to the bluegrass community and Ronnie is making his name the same way. With Cody Kilby on guitar, the band never had a dull moment. The amazement was evident on everyone's face each time Kilby was handed a lead. Those unfamiliar with today's bluegrass superstars watched in awe and stupor. The only thought etched across their minds and mouths was "Who is that guy!?"

Peter Rowan, a former Bluegrass Boy, gave the best performance I witnessed at the festival. The soundmen nearly botched the whole show after Peter's late arrival when they couldn't get the sound right. It's not exactly easy to get in tune and run a sound check when rock music is blaring out of the speakers. Turn it off! Nevertheless, Peter recovered and gave a very intimate concert to a highly respectful, sitting audience. Peter was properly rewarded with a standing ovation.

The music of these stalwarts is not to be overlooked!  Make sure you have these classics in your collection:

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