MerleFest is so big, with 14 active stages over four days, that perspectives on the festival can differ widely. Two regular bluegrass bloggers have posted entertaining and informative stories about their MerleFest experiences in 2009 that I encourage you to check out.
When I started More to Come…one of the first posts was about a show of the Lovell Sisters, and one of my first comments came from Dr. Tom Bibey. Since then I’ve regularly checked out his Stories of the Bluegrass Road blog, and was pleased to see that he was posting from MerleFest. This was the first year out of my four at MerleFest that I missed Mandomania, so I was glad to read Dr. Bibey’s update on this annual tradition: the Creekside Stage filled with mandolin players all supported by one guitarist. Check out Stories of the Bluegrass Road for a good read.
The most extensive reporting on MerleFest I’ve come across is from the alliterative Ted Lehmann’s Bluegrass, Books, and Brainstorms blog. As you’d expect from a retired English teacher, Lehmann’s blog is well-written and thoughtful. I found his Final Assessment of MerleFest 2009 to be fair and insightful. Highly recommended for those who want to know more about how this festival works and why it is so much fun for any lover of Americana music.
One thing all three of us agreed upon…we all liked The Belleville Outfit from Austin, Texas. Check out their sound on this video. And remember…only 354 days until MerleFest 2010.
More to come…