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Bluegrass Island Festival 2017

“The heavy-hitting pioneering and ground-breaking history; the beaches; the lighthouses; and the swashbuckling maritime vibe of North Carolina’s Outer Bank were enthralling and educational. But even they, and if you’ll pardon the oh-so pathetic pun, played a very distant second fiddle to the 4 days of foot tappin’ and artist mingling that was the Outer Banks Bluegrass Festival in Roanoke Island Festival Park, known for a period every year as Bluegrass Island.”

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Billy Strings | Bluegrass Island 2017

“Although it’s less than three years ago now that we met and saw guitar sensation Billy Strings live for the first time, we’re pretty sure he’s a bit of a bigger deal now than he was back then; playing now to sold-out venues and headlining major festivals, his rise since has seemingly been as rapid as his pickin’ as he continues to push boundaries, straddle genres, shred strings, and dazzle all who witness his sets.”

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Keith Whitley | Sandy Hook, KY | Bluegrass Trails

“We returned to Sandy Hook in 2017. More bluegrass road-trippin’. Yes, the Keith Whitley statue is still there in the town’s Elliot County Memory Garden and the old timers are still frequenting the Frosty Freeze Restaurant to catch up with the local gossip over some simple, hearty fare. Needless to say, it was all very familiar. And all very familiarly quiet.”

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Ricky Skaggs | Cordell, KY | Bluegrass Trails

“Rural Kentucky is home to many a country and bluegrass music heavy-hitter, two of which – one dead, one very much alive – were of particular interest to us on this day, and we went searching for signs of them in two Kentucky towns that you’d probably otherwise have no reason to visit. First up was Cordell, KY boyhood home of one Ricky Skaggs.”

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WBRF 98.1 Blue Ridge Backroads | Galax, VA

“We had tickets for the following day’s Rex Fest bluegrass musical bonanza, but on its eve we got a taste of what is to come by attending a performance by Galax resident and banjo picker Stevie Barr (& Friends) in the town’s historic Rex Theater. The 100-mile-an-hour performance of premier pickin’ was awesome and was broadcast throughout the region as Blue Ridge Backroads via the town’s Classic Country WBRF

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The Crooked Road, VA | Bluegrass Trails

“… today old-time music and bluegrass festivals are as linked to the Virginia hills as the dark strands of dogwood and fir trees. The state even honours this legacy via its very own Heritage Music Trail along its so-called Crooked Road, a 300-mile-long regional route connecting 19 counties, four cities and over 50 towns and communities where heritage music is celebrated year-round.”

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✝️ JUNIOR BARBER | MARCH 8, 2017 ✝️ Remembering popular reso-guitarist Junior Barber, best known for his seven-year stint as the dobro don with Eric and Leigh, The Gibson Brothers, who died on this day, March 8, in 2017.💬 “He’s a legend up here [upstate New York], one of the first pro musicians me and Leigh ever got to work with. Junior was a super tasteful player, a real tone freak. He helped mold us into becoming better musicians, teaching us the importance of restraint, taste, and tone. Junior was a huge influence on us, and I am very thankful for that.” - Eric Gibsonℹ️ Junior Barber, born Antoine D. Barber Jr. in Chazy Lake, New York, was 17 when he discovered the captivating sound of the dobro. A music lover all his life, his younger years were spent dabbling with amplified instruments in a string of musical ensembles -- everything from country to garage rock – throughout the New England region. He eventually sold all his electric instruments and devoted the rest of his musical journey to the dobro and acoustic music, specifically his first love, bluegrass. He was both an avid educator and a student of the dobro and his work with The Gibson Brothers, starting in the early 1990s, was something of a family affair; his son, Mike, has played bass for the brothers since 1991. Nominated by the IBMA for Dobro Player of the Year five years running, Junior Barber was unable to play music after suffering a stroke in 2016 and died on this day in 2017 at the age of 73. RIP, Junior Barber. ✝️ #bluegrass #bluegrassmusic #mygrassisblue #Longlivebluegrass #JuniorBarber #juniorbarberdobro #dobro #dobroplayer #bluegrassdobro #reso #resonatorguitar #resoguitar #bluegrasshistory #musichistory #onthisdayinbluegrass #OTD #onthisday #otdinmusic #bluegrassquotes #bluegrassmusician #rip ... See MoreSee Less
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