We had a great weekend at two of our favorite places in the southeast, Raleigh and Bristol!
We kicked off the weekend with our our great friends from Richmond VA, Jackass Flats, at the Pourhouse in Raleigh. We can't even begin to say how much we love these guys.
A highlight of the show for both us and the fans was playing "Mid-Summer's Dream" into "Dreamwalker" like we did on the album. We first attempted it at our Ziggy's show with the great fiddle player Merle Johnson and the amazing percussionist Shawn Roberts. But this time we were doing it with just us, and we had no idea what to expect. It went fantastic, and Joey was on fire during the middle of it. We are looking forward to incorporating this into our show more often.
We have started a tradition of jamming acoustic bluegrass in the alley after the show and Jackass Flats wasn't about to miss out on that fun. Here's a clip from our friend Jenny Oram!
On Friday we made it to Bristol TN/VA for the fantastic Bristol Rhythm and Roots Festival. This is one of the best festivals of the year and is located in downtown Bristol on State Street. This street is the state line between VA and TN, and I've noticed that on the fall equinox the sun sets directly down the middle of the street for a beautiful view. So I assume the state line was actually drawn by the sunset on the equinox. This is just a hunch and if anyone knows for sure I would love to hear!
There are over 200 sets of music through the weekend at this festival, and one of the highlights that we caught were The Infamous Stringdusters. (you can stream their music here) Here's a quick video of them playing the Old and In the Way tune "Midnight Moonlight." This song comes from the iconic 1975 album "Old and In the Way" that featured Jerry Garcia, Peter Rowan, David Grisman and Vassar Clements. I believe this album opened more people up to bluegrass music than any other album released, and it's amazing to hear how many people start their stories with, "Well, it all started when I got the album "Old and In the Way!"
And we also caught our friend Jim Lauderdale playing with his honky-tonk country band.
Here are our new friends William Walter and Co playing on the Borderline Stage right before us. We've gotten to know these guys lately and really like them a lot. Check them out!
and finally, here's a video of us driving up to WV for the Camp Barefoot Festival a few weeks ago. It was a beautiful drive and Ashley had a little "issue" on the way up!
Thanks for keeping up with us! See you soon!
Brian and BDL
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