RockyGrass Archives 2014: The Railsplitters kicked off the 2014 RockyGrass festival in fine style. The group delivered a remarkable set that we broadcast live from the stage on KGNU's airwaves on Friday morning. The band features Lauren Stovall (vocals), Peter Sharpe (mandolin), Dusty Rider (banjo), Leslie Ziegler (bass), and Christine King (fiddle).
RockyGrass Archives 2014: The Steep Canyon Rangers took the stage at RockyGrass with an action-packed set. In between the tunes they talked about their first trip to RockyGrass from their home in North Carolina, drawn by the music as fans. They closed their show with a never before heard track about RockyGrass.
RockyGrass Archives 2014: Julian Lage & Chris Eldridge joined forced for a duo guitar showcase at RockyGrass 2014. They performed a dynamic set as the second band to take the stage for an amazing weekend of music. Chris "Critter" Eldridge is most widely known as a guitarist and singer with the Punch Brothers. Julian Lage is a Jazz guitarist and composer.
RockyGrass Archives 2014: For over 30 years Hot Rize has defined Colorado's traditional yet progressive bluegrass sound. The band was sounding truly hot as they made their way onto the stage for their 17th RockyGrass performance. The lineup consists of Tim O’Brien (vocals, mandolin, fiddle), Pete Wernick (banjo, vocals), Nick Forster (bass), Bryan Sutton (guitar).
RockyGrass Archives 2014: John Jorgenson Bluegrass Band delivered the good on the late Friday afternoon set at RockyGrass. The band demonstrated some dazzling talent as the weekend of music slowly unfolded in Lyons.
RockyGrass Archives 2014: Red Knuckles & the Trailblazers showed up half way through the Sunday evening set of Hot Rize. As Hot Rize relaxed in their luxury tour bus, Red Knuckles & the Trailblazers spread a little Country into the Planet Bluegrass grounds.
RockyGrass Archives 2014: Multi-instrumentalist Matt Flinner brought his current creative project, the Matt Flinner Trio to RockyGrass for the first time. The group consists of Matt Flinner (mandolin), Ross Martin (guitar), and Eric Throin (bass). The trio assembled for an instrumental summit on Sunday afternoon.
RockyGrass Archives 2014: Growing up in the cradle of country music, southern Virginia's Carroll County, James King found his inspiration in the gospel music of the Stanley Brothers. James learned to match the inflections and emotions in Carter's vocals, and by the 1980s was a featured member of Ralph Stanley's Clinch Mountain Boys. Joining James for his first RockyGrass since 1999 are Rodney Worley (mandolin), Merle Johnson (fiddle), Mitch Walker (banjo), and John Marquess (bass).
RockyGrass Archives 2014: It's hard not to notice when a grand piano rolls onto the Planet Bluegrass festival grounds during a Bluegrass festival. But indeed it did and with it one of the hottest sets of 2014's RockyGrass festival. Ricky Skaggs & Bruce Hornsby with Kentucky Thunder brought the house down with their Friday night headlining set.
Local Gold: We had an opportunity to spend a little time with The Railsplitters on KGNU's Old Grass Gnu Grass show. They shared a few live tunes and spoke with Brian Eyster about how they collaborate as a band and their developing sound. Their first release is out and showcases their balanced and emerging style.