Posted by Andah1andah2 on Friday, August 24, 2012
Went to the Blistered Fingers Bluegrass festival last night. It's only 45 minutes from me so I try to get there for both the June and August shows. For being way up north, they do get a real great list of musicians each year. It goes from Thursday to Sunday but I can only make it for one night.
Last night I got to watch Junior Sisk do two sets. His band was awesome. Junior has such a great voice. One of the indulgences I have is satellite radio in the car because I spend 1-2 hours driving each day. The radio is always on Bluegrass Junction so I listen to all the latest bluegrass tunes everyday. I didn't realize how many of the regularly played songs are done by Junior Sisk. It was cool watching him sing them live.
Another band that I've seen before was Karl Shifflet. He is not on the radio much, but is a well-known band that travels the country. They have a great stage presence and put on a fun show. They work the single condenser mike as a group with unique style. The festival also had IIIrd Time Out (saw them last year) and The James King band but didn't see them last night.
Both groups had a great fiddler and I watched them closely. They make it seem so effortless when they play a break or improvise the back up.
Unlike the "country music" or big market music scene, you can actually meet and interact with the musicians. After each set they sell CD's at a tent where you can talk to them. I bet after a show, you'd never see Mick Jaggar or Billy Ray Cyrus getting a corn dog and talking with passers by. I'm hoping that when my kids get older they like the music and we can camp at one of these festivals for a weekend for the full experience. I don't know how much field picking was really going on at this festival.
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