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Thursday, June 23, 2011

Bluegrass, the real music

When it comes to music, I love bluegrass. That hasn’t always been the case. Growing up, I wanted know part of country music, and didn’t know about bluegrass.
My daughter, Michelle, and son-in-law, David Fields introduced me to it a number of years ago, and I’ve been hooked ever since. I love the music, and I love the people around it. Musicians are friendly, accessible, and the fans are like a big family.
There’s always good music and food. Just bring your lawn chair and relax.
Among the festivals, I usually attend is one at Cedar Valley in Perry County, IN, near my home in Derby. This year’s festival will feature six bands and a tribute to the legendary Bill Monroe.
Scheduled July 7-9 at Cedar Valley, 12478 State Road 70, Derby, IN, the festival will highlight the Karl Shiflett & Big Country show on Friday evening. Tommy Brown and the County Line Grass is scheduled for Friday and Saturday. Tommy Brown has become a special favorite of mine over the years.
The festival will start Thursday evening with an open stage at 5 p.m. where participants are asked to bring their own instruments. A bean dinner will be served. Diners are asked to bring a covered dish.
The host band again for this year is the popular King’s Highway band from Kentucky. It will play both Friday and Saturday nights. And the Kind’s Highway group has become the favorite of my grandson, Denver. The group took him “under wing” about three years ago, and really made him feel special. He even was taught to dance and called on stage.
Three additional bands will play two sessions on Saturday, making five bands performing during the day. The bands include: Cowan Creek Boys, Don Stanley & Middle Creek, plus Blue Lonesome.
Karl Shifflett & Big Country is best known for its “retro” stage show  with its irrepressible bounce and down-home, audience pleasing, good-natured presentation of classic country and bluegrass acts of the 1940’s and 40’s.
Karl Shifflett & Big Country officially started in 1993, but did not gain national recognition until when they signed a recording deal with Rebel Records.
Cedar Valley is located on Indiana State Road 70, east of Highway 37, 11 miles from Tell City. 
The festival is a family event with no alcoholic beverages permitted.
For additional information, call 812-836-2311 or 270-314-3399.

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