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Give a Rocky Mountain High-25 to Gillian Welch, Jason Isbell: Who Else Made the List?

Michael Bialas | Posted 08.25.2015 | Entertainment
Michael Bialas

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.

Returning to Colorado, Vikki Thorn of the Waifs Has Festival Fever

Michael Bialas | Posted 08.12.2015 | Entertainment
Michael Bialas

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.

The Waifs Take a Beautiful U-turn: Hear the Whole Album

Michael Bialas | Posted 08.07.2015 | Entertainment
Michael Bialas

Band relationships involving siblings can often be complicated and challenging, and the Waifs certainly have experienced their share of family futile ...

Sierra Hull Grows Up Strong, Takes a Step Beyond Bluegrass

Michael Bialas | Posted 07.27.2015 | Entertainment
Michael Bialas

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.

Backstage Pass: Enjoy a Bit of Bradford Lee Folk Lore

Michael Bialas | Posted 12.03.2014 | Entertainment
Michael Bialas

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.

Why These Folks Festival Musicians Should Be Honorary Citizens of Planet Bluegrass

Michael Bialas | Posted 10.15.2014 | Entertainment
Michael Bialas

Among all the accomplished roots artists performing at the Rocky Mountain Folks Festival, Dan Rodriguez of Elephant Revival might have the best reason for being there.

In a Year of Healing, Antje Duvekot Has a Lyons Share of Songs to Sing

Michael Bialas | Posted 10.05.2014 | Entertainment
Michael Bialas

If life begins at 40, Antje Duvekot already has experienced a false start. And that's just fine with her.

By the Book in Telluride: Presenting 40 Years of Festivation

Michael Bialas | Posted 08.17.2014 | Entertainment
Michael Bialas

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.

Who's That Girl Playing Mandolin Onstage With Amos Lee?

Michael Bialas | Posted 10.23.2012 | Entertainment
Michael Bialas

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.

The Civil Wars, Missy Higgins Show Their True Blue Colors at Folks Fest

Michael Bialas | Posted 10.26.2011 | Entertainment
Michael Bialas

For three thoughtful souls with the power and resiliency to sing awfully sad songs, Missy Higgins, Joy Williams and John Paul White look pretty damn happy. And pretty damn pretty to boot.

Faces of Telluride, Part 1: Abigail Washburn, Friendly Face

Michael Bialas | Posted 08.13.2011 | Entertainment
Michael Bialas

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.

Festival Season in Colorado

Kathrine Warren | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
Kathrine Warren

Summer festival season is in full-swing, and now that I live in the unofficial festival capital of the world (Telluride) my radar of summer festivals has expanded its reach by quite a bit.

Mile High Dilemma

Kathrine Warren | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
Kathrine Warren

The Mile High Music Festival is moving to Aug. 14 and 15, which just happens to be the same weekend as the Rocky Mountain Folks Festival in Lyons.