What another great 2015 RockyGrass festival at Planet Bluegrass in Lyons! It was a great weekend, and we really appreciate hearing from our listeners.
In the coming weeks, we'll be posting highlights from the festival right here from our RockyGrass base camp - http://www.afterfm.com/rockygrass. In the meantime, listen to some archives from last year below.
KGNU has been broadcasting live from RockyGrass every year since 2008. In 2012 we began adding a few festival highlights online. Listen, enjoy, and please spread the word about the live RockyGrass stream and archives.
If you're new to us, you'll likely be interested in our weekly Bluegrass show, Old Grass Gnu Grass. It's a Colorado favorite that has been hitting the airwaves every Saturday morning on KGNU from 9:00a-Noon (MT) since 1978.
The official announcement of the 2015 RockyGrass Festival lineup is out. We're excited to see such an incredible list of artists. As you might imagine, AfterFM has big plans for our festival coverage in 2015. What could top our dedicated RockyGrass Festival stream and archives? Dare to dream festivarian.
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.
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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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 2013: For more than 50 years, Del McCoury's music has defined authenticity for hardcore bluegrass fans. To close the opening night of the 41st RockyGrass, the Del McCoury Band took the stage for a stellar evening and one giant shooting star that made it's way across the sky during the second encore.