It’s been a wonderful weekend here at the Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park. The Suwannee SpringFest is rolling along under partly cloudy skies, not too hot in the daytime and not too chilly at night. The music has been sublime – Railroad Earth, Blueground Undergrass, Brittany Reilly and the Almost Acoustic Band, The Waybacks, Hot Buttered Rum, Acoustic Syndicate, Boris Garcia, Guy Clark, Verlon Thompson, and more. Tonight I’ll see Donna the Buffalo, Peter Rowan and the Free Mexican Airforce, Larry Keel and Natural Bridge, Jim Lauderdale – lots more to come!
My own onstage experiences have been spendid. Last night we closed out the Meadow Stage program at 1 am with a humongous jam. Lemme see here: Mark van Allen (Blueground Undergrass) on pedal steel; Warren Hood (Waybacks) on fiddle; Andy Goessling (Railroad Earth) on saxophones; Joe Kyle Jr. (Waybacks) on bass; Vic Stafford (Blueground Undergrass) on drums and Chuck Hamilton (Waybacks) on percussion; Bud Burroughs (Boris Garcia) on keyboards and mandolin; James Nash (Waybacks) on electric guitar; Erik Yates (Hot Buttered Rum) on flute and banjo; Tim Carbone (Railroad Earth) fiddle; Randy Judy on scrubboard. Bryan Horne (Hot Buttered Rum) sat in on bass near the end. Zac Matthews (Hot Buttered Rum) couldn’t get his mando working. for some reason. We missed him!
It was wild good fun Cassidy’s Cat into Goin’ Down the Road Feelin’ Bad, Friend of the Devil, King of the Road, Helpless, Big River, Elvis Imitators. Maybe one more in there. Surprisingly coherent, and a whole lot o’ shreddin’ goin’ on! Really really enjoyable both onstage and in the house.
And today on the Amphitheater Stage I did a rehearsed set with the Shockenaw Mountain Boys (Tim Carbone, Andy Goessling, John Skehan and Johnny Grubb of RRE) plus Zac Matthews. Here’s “The Bounty of the County” from that show.
More audio artifacts as I round ‘em up.
Here’s one now! Pancho and Lefty-> Save Us from the Saved from today’s set.