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International Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame member Doyle Lawson and his band, Quicksilver, headlines a list is full of world-class ’grassers and some high-test local acts, too, at this weekend's Chantilly Farms Bluegrass and BBQ Festival in Floyd County. Doyle Lawson
Friday, May 24, 2013
It’s a holiday weekend with a lot of festivals in the valleys. For bluegrass fans, the big option is in Floyd County, where the Chantilly Farm Bluegrass & BBQ Festival has its third go-round.
The bill, led by International Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame member Doyle Lawson and his band, Quicksilver, is full of world-class ’grassers and some high-test local acts, too.
Lawson, an East Tennessean whose band has won seven International Bluegrass Music Association awards for vocal prowess, remains a force in the bluegrass world, 50 years into a career that included work with Jimmy Martin, J.D. Crowe, the The Country Gentlemen and other iconic trad-grass acts.
He has had his own band since 1979, but the act hasn’t been relegated strictly to bluegrass. Pop music’s Paul Simon had Quicksilver sing harmony with him on “Dazzling Blue” — a number with a raga feel — from Simon’s 2011 album “So Beautiful or So What.”
Lonesome River Band and Junior Sisk & Ramblers Choice — two acts that played the event last year — are part of things again.
Sisk and his band come to the festival after winning song of the year and album of the year awards at the most recent IBMA Awards. Lonesome River Band features Sammy Shelor , who in 2011 won the Steve Martin Prize for Excellen ce in Banjo and Bluegrass . Shelor used much of the $50,000 prize to help produce the group’s 30-year “Chronology” set.
Others on the bill include Bernie Coveney with Andrea Marshall, The Deer Run Drifters, Mac and Jenny Traynham and a Floyd Music School students performance.
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