With 19 featured acts representing four foreign countries and American artists who grew up in states from Massachusetts to Alaska, the 25th annual Rocky Mountain Folks Festival covered the gamut in many ways during three days of genre-bending music in August.
Singer-songwriter Vikki Thorn of the Waifs, the Australian folk rockers who were profiled on Aug. 7 in the first part of a series previewing the 25th annual Rocky Mountain Folks Festival in Lyons, Colorado, loves these musical feasts so much that she would attend even her group wasn't playing.
Nashville singer-songwriter Sierra Hull, one of the opening performers at the 43rd RockyGrass Festival this weekend, has impressed audiences with her mandolin playing since performing for her third-grade class in Byrdstown, Tennessee.
Folk, the New Orleans-born, Missouri-raised bluegrass singer-songwriter who co-founded Open Road, one of Colorado's hottest roots acts during its eight-year existence, is admittedly struggling to make it as a solo artist these days.
The Telluride Bluegrass Festival this week is celebrating its 41st year of roots music in the picture-perfect setting among the San Juan Mountain peaks in southwest Colorado. It's a shame if you haven't experienced it at least once.
Some of the loudest cheers of the night came as Bella hit all the right mandolin notes on her solo turns, smiling throughout while looking remarkably poised for a tween playing before the biggest audience of a career that's just blooming.
If Abigail Washburn didn't already have a job as an earnest clawhammer banjo player who takes adventurous side trips away from the bluegrass realm that has served her so well, the singer-songwriter could run for mayor of Telluride. And win.