IBMA Names Grey Fox as Best Bluegrass Fest

October 5th, 2009, 2:25 pm by Greg

If you want to hear the best bluegrass music, see the best bands and have the best bluegrass festival experience then the place to go isn’t down in North Carolina. Or the hills of Tennessee. Or some backwoods holler in Kentucky.

No, the best bluegrass event of the year took place right here in Nippertown – the Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival at the Walsh Farm in Oak Hill (Greene County).

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The Best of Bluegrass

September 29th, 2009, 12:46 pm by Greg

The International Bluegrass Music Association’s Awards show takes place on Thursday, October 1 down in Nashville, and believe it or not, Nippertown has a couple of horses in the race.

You might think that bluegrass is strictly a southern, rural brand of music, but, of course, you’d be wrong. And in fact, we make some mighty fine bluesgrass right here in Nippertown.

The Gibson Brothers

The Gibson Brothers

Held in July at the Walsh Farm down in Oak Hill, the Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival has become a major player on the bluegrass festival circuit – so much so that Grey Fox is one of only three festivals from around the entire globe to earn a nomination as “Bluegrass Event of Year.”

And our own super picking ‘n’ singing sibblings the Gibson Brothers earned a nod in the oh-so-prestigious “Song of the Year” category for the title track of their sparkling 2008 album, “Iron and Diamonds.”

Good luck!

LIVE: Red Haired Strangers @ the Tang Museum, 7/31/09

August 3rd, 2009, 8:44 pm by Greg

Ryan Dunham

Ryan Dunham

The Red Haired Strangers started out more than a decade and a half ago as the acoustic duo of harmonicat-vocalist Ryan Dunham and guitarist-vocalist John Rice, playing a variety of country, blues and bluegrass.

In recent years, they’ve expanded into a full-fledged band that also includes ace fiddler Joe Gumpper, drummer Chris Scharl, bassist Mike McLean and veteran pedal steel guitarist Rick Morse.

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Be Here Now: Rhythm on the Ridge

June 12th, 2009, 10:05 am by Greg

It’s difficult to come by a better bargain than the Rhythm on the Ridge summer music festival at the Maple Ski Ridge in Rotterdam on Saturday, June 13.

Organized by J. Peter Yakel of the band Flood Road, the acoustic-roots-bluegrass-Americana-folk fest features sixteen local and regional musical acts from nine different counties on two different stages. It lasts for eight hours – 10am-6pm. Admission is just $10 – with two dollars off if you bring along a canned good or two. Children under 12 are admitted free.

And it all goes to help benefit the Regional Food Bank.

Here’s the schedule:

10am: Happy Balky and the Good Livin’
11am: The Stoddard Hollow String Band
12noon: Ramblin Jug Stompers
1pm: Three Quarter North
2pm: Fairview Avenue
3pm: The Sweet Cider Trio
4pm: The Hill Hollow Band
5pm: Flood Road

10:15am: Roland “The Bard” Vinyard
11:15am: Kevin Wayne
12:15pm: Emerald Dawn
1:15pm: Technicolor Trailer Park
2:15pm: Cavanaugh & Kavanaugh
3:15pm: Tom Keller
4:15pm: Larry Meyerhoff & Bailey Quinn
5:15pm: The Bentwood Rockers

In addition, the fest also hosts several workshop sessions including a songwriters’ workshop headed up by Deb Cavanaugh at 11am and a mandolin session with Mr. Eck and Dan Johnson at 2pm.

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