Best of the Fest
People ask what type of music they have at Springfest. Some might say bluegrass. I say it’s a bluegrass jamgrass slamgrass honkygrass bluejam rootsrock southern-ass-funk blend. I am also here to report that 2012 proved to be yet another spectacular Springfest for us.
We enjoyed great friends, delicious food, perfect camping, lovely weather and of course, epic music. And when I say lovely weather, that includes Saturday morning’s downpour and minor tornado warning that had us huddled below tarps, daydrinking, and grilling burgers under our nylon roofs — our only protection from following Toto’s poor fate. So it seemed well-timed when one campmate proclaimed, “You can’t drink all day if you don’t start in the morning!”
Besides, you’re not a true festie until you’ve boogied in the mud. As I once heard a comedian put it, “Rain is just God’s way of making hippies take a bath.”
The spot of morning rain didn’t dampen the spirits one bit. We were buoyed by the tunes. In one short weekend we heard: Yonder Mountain String Band, Donna The Buffalo, Justin Townes Earle, Tea Leaf Green, Hot Buttered Run, The Gourds, The Mosier Brothers, The Infamous Stringdusters, Great American Taxi, The Ryan Montbleu Band, Jason Isbell, Jim Lauderdale, Ralph Roddenberry, Elephant Revival, Donna Hopkins, and The Lizzy Ross Band.
Find of the festival? I have to say we loved Lizzy Ross and her band, and not just because they hail from Chapel Hill North Carolina. She totally rocked. Run don’t walk to iTunes and get some for yourself…The Lizzy Ross Band.
She wove in some Janis “Lord Won’t You Buy Me A Mercedes Benz” in the middle of one of her original songs and it blew the crowd away. This was about the same time a giant, and I mean giant, 5-inch moth fluttered around the stage for several minutes, working the crowd into a lather and finally landing on Lizzy’s hand while she was playing a guitar solo. Let me tell you the trippin hippies went nuts for the unscripted moth moment.
Another mind-blowing cover? Ralph Roddenberry, Donna Hopkins and crew busting into “Whole Lotta Love.” It took quite awhile to rev up into it so we knew something good was coming, but everyone went nuts when they belted out, “You need coolin’ baby I’m not foolin’…”
But most of the music was 100% original. Another festival highlight was the songwriter-in-the-round with Jason Isbell, Jim Lauderdale, and Justin Townes Earle.
And now I will abruptly end this post because I am still so tired, I have piles of laundry to do, and I have to go google the early onset symptoms of Lyme Disease. Plus I have nothing left to convey that isn’t covered in the video below.
Bottom line, if you don’t watch this montage, you don’t love music. There is some seriously good stuff in here:
Peace. Catch you on the flipside.