A Little Bluegrass

Saturday morning I ran then practiced archery. There was a 3D tournament underway 25 minutes away from where I was practicing archery. But, that tournament was not part of the plan for Saturday.

The agenda for Saturday called for running and shooting. After that the menu of activities changed to music.

At Elijah Clark State Park near Lincolnton, Georgia the Adams Bluegrass, LLC was holding the 6th Annual Little Roy and Lizzy Music Festival. Brenda and I had tickets so the neighborhood 3D tournament was off the list of activities.

You might be surprised to learn that Bluegrass music is not country music. Bluegrass is American music that is a mix of Irish, Scottish and English tradition music with an Appalachia flare. Generally, the instrumentation used is the mandolin, fiddle, guitar, banjo and bass. “Newgrass” bands have expanded on the original instrumental combination.

When it comes to Bluegrass I like the traditional instrumentation best. Newgrass is fine and the gospel subset seems a bit too commercially opportunistic. By that, I think some groups switch to gospel in order to make money off a crowd that is Christian. For me, I have always had a problem with a business marketing its religious affiliations in order to grow its bottom-line. That style of marketing and exchange was not apparent at this Festival.

Little Roy pickin’

What was apparent was some real good banjo music. There was good fiddling, good bass, good guitar and good mandolin. But the banjo playing of Little Roy stood out. The only better banjo picking I heard came from is grandson.

One of Little Roy’s Grandsons

Brenda and I listened to music until the afternoon intermission prior to the evening performances. There was some for sure good string instrument picking. There were some old time country music songs played and I sat through those old tunes waiting for the next Bluegrass piece.  I’ll catch up on 3D shooting as the season progresses.

Local Sheriff Paul Revere.

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