Last night was one of those great nights at Bean Blossom. It makes you realize that music can really take you to another and a better place. I heard the Grascals and was skeptical of how they would sound with both Terry Eldridge gone. they sounded great. A very enjoyable show. Then Dale Ann Bradley did a great show. Is there a sweeter voice in bluegrass? Her acapella numbers, her story telling songs, her great harmonies, and her crowd interaction. what a nice lady. A+ show.
Then came Bill Monroe Bluegrass Hall of Fame inductee and former bluegrass boy Peter Rowan. Wow and wow. Spectacular. What a wonderful singer - clean pure tenor and clear falsetto. Started with a bunch of Monroe tunes and reminded us all of what bluegrass Should BE. Had great harmonies and quartet numbers (who is doing those any more?)Chris Henry His mandolin player was on fire and honored Mr. Monroe. Blaine Sprouse great on the fiddle. Great story telling by Peter. I could not believe how good it was. the only thing that upset me was that people say bluegrass is dying and Peter, who learned from, the master showed how good it can be. Play it right and almost everyone will respond. Peter told this about Walls of Time. He said it was real and had several meanings. The first was the one that Monroe set up with his mandolin. He said his time was like and impenetrable brick wall and nothing could get thru it.
the night ended with Bobby Osborne playing and singing very well. His band passed around the lead singing duties. They were having a lot of fun and joking around on stage and Bobby was really pleased with Steve Thomas on the fiddle and gave a lot of smiles and comments to the way he was playing.
Edited by - From Greylock to Bean Blossom on 09/22/2019 16:12:08
The Peter Rowan era was my favorite incarnation .I also like his Muleskinner and Old and in The Way stuff. He also plays other genres. Land of the Navajo was before it's time.
'Setups' 3 hrs
'St. Anne’s Reel (TOTW)' 5 hrs
'Archtop Banjo on BHO' 7 hrs