Saturday, November 30, 2013

South Carolina State Bluegrass Festival - November 2013 - Myrtle Beach, SC (Day 3)

The 44rd Annual South Carolina State Bluegrass Festival

Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

Day 3 - November 30, 2013

One of the highlights of the show was during Dailey & Vincent's version of "More Than a Name on a Wall."  As usual, they asked for veterans to stand and be honored during the song. One 88-year-old veteran, in a wheelchair on the front row, managed to get to his feet.  He was soon assisted and supported by two men who walked over to help him. This caught Jamie's eye on the stage, and he was visibly moved as he sang the song and pointed to the gentleman.  After the song, +Darrin Vincent came off the stage and walked over and shook the man's hand while Jamie talked to him from the stage. And that, my friends, is one of the things that makes Bluegrass music so special. It's not about a "star" on stage singing to nameless fans.  It's about real people, both family and friends - on stage and off, getting together to share music and life together.

The line-up included:The Stevens Family
Marty Raybon & Full Circle
The Little Roy & Lizzie Show
Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver
Dailey & Vincent

Twenty-three pictures located at: Facebook/bluegrass pics

+Josh Swift 

Friday, November 29, 2013

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Steve Dilling plays his last show with IIIrd Tyme Out

The big man with the big banjo, Steve Dilling, played his last show with IIIrd Tyme Out tonight at the 44th Annual South Carolina Bluegrass Festival in Myrtle Beach, SC.  Steve joined IIIrd Tyme Out in July 1993 and has played with the band for just over 20 years.  (see backstory at Ted Lehman's blog post)

+Edgar Loudermilk is also leaving after tonight's show and starting his own band. Edgar has been with the band for the past seven years.

During the set, Jamie Johnson of the +Grascals  joined the band to sing "Little Girl of Mine in Tennessee."

As the showing started winding down, Steve said his goodbyes and expressed his gratitude to the band and the fans. It was an emotional time.  He will certainly be missed on the stage with IIIrd Tyme Out. The band closed the show with "John and Mary," and then Steve had his own request for the encore.  The first song he played in July 1993 with IIIrd Tyme Out was "I'm Leaving Detroit, I'm Headed South."  Steve and the band closed the set with that same song.

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South Carolina State Bluegrass Festival - November 2013 - Myrtle Beach, SC

The 44rd Annual South Carolina State Bluegrass Festival
Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

Day 1 - November 28, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving

The line-up included:
Ted Jones & the Tarheel Boys

The Spinney Brothers
The  +Grascals 
Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out
Larry Sparks & the Lonesome Ramblers

This was the last show with IIIrd Tyme Out for Steve Dilling and Edgar Loudermilk.

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Wednesday, November 06, 2013

Della Mae at Awendaw Green - Nov 2013

The IBMA emerging artists of the year for 2013, Della Mae, appeared at Awendaw Green in Awendaw, SC -- just behind the Sewee Outpost on Nov 6, 2013.  It was a great concert by this group of energetic young ladies.  And it was somewhat of a homecoming for Conway native and mandolinist +Jenni Lyn Gardner!

Despite the rain and drizzle, it was an incredible turnout.  I've been looking forward to seeing this group live for sometime, and they did not disappoint.

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Sunday, October 13, 2013

Ocean Lakes 15th Annual Bluegrass Festival - August 2013

Ocean Lakes Family Campground
Aug 23-24, 2013

The line-up included:

Mark Templeton & Pocket Change
Lorraine Jordan & Carolina Road
Jr. Sisk & Ramblers Choice
The Larry Stephenson Band
The Grass Cats
Bluegrass Brothers
Blue Highway
+Rhonda Vincent & the Rage

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Concert featured two awesome sets by Junior Sisk and Rambler's Choice.  This was one of the most hard-driving, traditional bluegrass sets I've heard.  Jason "Sweet Tater" Tomlin on bass really puts some energy in this music.

Saturday, July 13, 2013

The Barefoot Movement at Liberty Tap Room

The Liberty Tap Room in Myrtle Beach, SC featured The Barefoot Movement (facebook page) on July 13, 2013.  This outstanding, young acoustic band performed two sets on the outside covered patio.  It was a very up-close and personal concert, and it was a "hometown set" for Myrtle Beach native and bassist Hasee Ciaccio.  In addition to Hasee, the band also features Noah Wall on fiddle, Tommy Norris on mandolin, and new guitarist Alex Conerly.

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Sunday, March 24, 2013

Frank Solivan and Dirty Kitchen at The Rooster's Wife

Frank Solivan and Dirty Kitchen appeared at The Rooster's Wife on March 24, 2013 in Aberdeen, NC. The venue is the Poplar Knight Spot, 114 Knight St in downtown Aberdeen, NC.  It is a very unique listening environment and is self-described as a "groovy gallery in a listening room that seats 120."   Decorated with various pieces of living room furniture and mismatched chairs, it is only a few rows deep.  It made for a very intimate concert experience.

Frank and his band put on a very entertaining and exciting progressive bluegrass show. 

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Bluegrass First Class 2013 - Asheville, NC

The 18th Annual Bluegrass First Class was held in Asheville, NC on Feb 15-17, 2013.  The Grand Ballroom line-up featured many top name Bluegrass bands, including a reunion of the fabulous Bluegrass Album Band.

Tony Rice, JD Crowe, Doyle Lawson, Bobby Hicks, Todd Phillips with guest Josh Williams took the stage as the headliner on Feb 16 for one awesome set.  I was passing through the closed foyer area prior to the official door opening looking for someone, and just happened to catch a glimpse and catch the audio from the BGAB's last-minute rehearsal.  Walking by and hearing cut number one off of the first album (Blue Ridge Cabin Home) was like pure magic.  It was even more electric later that night when they took the stage to close the show.

Feb 15, 2013
Will Clark & 10 Feet Deep
The James King Band
Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper
The Grascals
Rhonda Vincent & The Rage

Feb 16, 2013
Julia Ann Band
Darin & Brooke Aldridge
Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver Afternoon Show
Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out
Lonesome River Band
The Bluegrass Album Band

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