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.
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.
RockyGrass Archives 2013: The one and only Tim O'Brien took the stage Friday night with an incredibly hot band made up of guitarist Bryan Sutton, banjoist Noam Pikelny, fiddler Casey Driessen, and bassist Mike Bub. It was a stellar set and one of the many highlights of Friday's line up.
RockyGrass Archives 2013: Swiss born banjo player, Jens Krüger teamed up with his brother Uwe and New York City native Joel Landsberg to form the Krüger Brothers. On Friday evening, the trio made their way to the stage at RockyGrass for a great set of music in their 6th appearance at the festival.
RockyGrass Archives 2013: At the 19-year mark, Blue Highway is undisputably one of the most esteemed and influential groups in contemporary bluegrass. They first took the stage together on December 31, 1994. They made their 5th trip to the RockyGrass stage in Lyons on Saturday night. Here are the broadcast highlights.
RockyGrass Archives 2013: Jayme Stone makes his RockyGrass debut with his latest project, exploring the archive of pioneering American folklorist Alan Lomax. Jayme was joined by Tim O'Brien, fiddler Bruce Molsky, accordionist Moira Smiley, guitarist Margaret Glaspy, and bassist Greg Garrison.
RockyGrass Archives 2013: The Deadly Gentlemen made their way from Boston to kick off the Saturday line-up at RockyGrass. The band hit the stage at about the same time that their first release on Rounder Records was hitting the shelves. For many at RockyGrass, this was their first chance to catch the band, but certainly not their last.
RockyGrass 2012 Archives: Dr. Ralph Stanley & His Clynch Mountain Boys were one of the highlights of RockyGrass 2012. Saturday evening, Dr. Ralph Stanley took the stage with his Clinch Mountain Boys for a magical festival moment. At age 85, it was a rare and treasured experience to hear Dr. Ralph Stanley and witness an American music icon.
RockyGrass Archives 2012: Unforgettable Friday night heroics from Punch Brothers at RockyGrass. Throughout the evening the gentlemen of this super group were dazzling. I'm not sure anyone saw the Beck cover coming, but as Chris Thile says, "Beck is Bluegrass!" - especially when you play him like that. Who's feeling young now?
RockyGrass Archives 2012: Friday afternoon featured a spellbinding set by Chris Thile & Michael Daves. Near the end of their set, Chris and Mike asked the crowd for fiddle tunes and collected three unique suggestions which they then arranged spontaneously into a masterful medley.