It’s been an event filled week since arriving home from Simple Goods! Lots of fun music jams and concerts in around the area. But the highlight was the 29th anniversary of Merle Fest in Wilkesboro, NC. It was founded in 1988 by “Doc” Watson, in memory of his son – Eddy Merle Watson. Filling 13 stages across a college campus and bringing in 75,000 people this year – it’s quite an experience!
There is also a tent filled to the brim with anything a musician could ever want, a tent filled with hundreds and hundreds of CD’s and soft goods from all your favorite acts playing this year ( and some other favorites too,) a dance tent, tons of food vendors and so much more!
This was one stage – where the Avett Brothers were playing – and this is only a teeny fraction of those 75,000 people!
The first stop was to see my favorites – The Earls of Leicester. By now you guys are well acquainted with them! We had front row seats and they did not disappoint!
Later that afternoon several musicians that have been attending since the beginning played a reunion tribute to “Doc” Watson. This was simply – A M A Z I N G !! Sam Bush on mandolin, Jerry Douglas on dobro, Johnny Warren on fiddle, Bela Fleck on banjo, Bryan Sutton on guitar, and Mark Schatz on bass.
This is a huge stage so they have these great big screens on either side. In my video I tried to show both the stage and a close up on the screen so you can really see how incredible these guys are!
Bela Fleck doesn’t typically sing, so this moment in time is priceless! Add in some good ole musician fun and it doesn’t get any better than this clip! There is no doubt the guys have just as much fun as the audience at Merle Fest!
While folks wait for the performers on the big stage, they have other performers off to the side playing on the front porch in this amazing, early log cabin.
After lots more stops, good shopping in the music and merchandise tents, plus lots of good food – the final act of the day was an almost private concert for just a handful of us by Charlie Cushman and Johnny Warren at the IBMA tent.
I’m already counting the days until next year !
As for news from around the farm, some of you know from my FaceBook post that a new colt was born on Easter! These are the photos from his first few hours:
This young calf was memorized by the little fella – she stood outside the barn and watched him for nearly an hour.
These pics were taken of him today. He is growing up! Sorry for the bad photography! It’s hard to get a good photo in the log barn with the sun streaming in between the logs. (Or that’s my excuse anyway!)
He’s very friendly and super curious!
I wanted to share a photo of our youngest reader with ya’ll! A lot of you know our girl Sherrie Hinson – she helps out in our booth at the Days of the Pioneer Antique show and this is her precious granddaughter – Lauren!
Let’s see … what else has been happenin’ ? We had some good help on the log cabin this past week – Lynn and Ruth Surbrook came down from Michigan and they got all the floor joists up – twice! Well, only twice in the kitchen! ha! Yes, I changed my mind after the first set went in! We found some bigger posts that would fit beautifully so after a few more hours of work – we have some pretty awesome beams in the kitchen! They put in lots of hours and also got all the wiring pulled! Yipppee for progress! I was sad to see them go – but they’ll be back to help again later in the summer.
That’s about it for the news out of the holler this week! Drop me a line and let me know what’s going on in your neck of the woods! Can you believe tomorrow is May 1st already?