This weekend was yet another blast. A special blast. Usually bluegrass festivals are outside and thus at the mercy of the cruel and capricious weather. But not at this festival. The Joe Val Bluegrass Festival takes place inside a castle.
It was awesome to have been asked to play a set there. My band Twisted Pine had the great honor of playing the 9:45am set on Saturday 2/15/14. Although it was early, the sound guys, the audience and the band arrived all on schedule and had a grand time. The set was fast and the crowd was lavish in their praise.
Other heavy hitters played at the festival too, such names as Blue Highway, The Lonely Heartstring Band, High Rock Mountain, Special Consensus, Mark Kilianski and The Moonlight Ramblers, and Russell Moore and IIIrd Tyme Out were among my favorites.
But besides the world class music that goes on the stages something far more special happens at a place like this. Something that people travel from all over the world to be apart of. It's the thing that caused me to sail my ship away from the warm shores of California. It's interacting with the other crazy people who have dedicated their lives to the mastery of their instrument. Because this festival takes place in a hotel, the conditions are perfectly conducive to jamming until 7:00am. If the day drinking doesn't get to you that is.
It's this that introduces me to people, I hang with them for an hour, and we're life long friends. Musicians from Too Blue and Cricket Tell The Weather have become great friends of mine because we met randomly at a jam session in a hotel room and got along well. Pretty cool huh? Anyway here are some photos from the journey.