This year the crowd was great as was the music. Maybe some of you saw the awesome Balsam Range shows. They were the 2014 winners of the IBMA's award for Entertainer of the Year and also the Vocal Group of the Year. Lead singer, Buddy Melton, took home the award for Male Vocalist of the Year, too. BR has been with us for several years since they first started touring. We are happy to say that many of the bands who are recognized each year for excellence in their field have performed for you right here on our stage.
I'm going to post a few photos from our festival here as well as a few from our recent trip to IBMA. We made the last minute decision to attend IBMA in Raleigh this year right after our festival. There are photos on our facebook page,Dumplin Valley Bluegrass Festival, too. However, the Facebook App has been corrupted on my computer so I can't access it right now. In the meantime, I will post news here until I can resolve that issue.
Thanks so much to all of you who came to enjoy and support our event.
Here's Ted Lehmann most likely making notes for his blog and YouTube channel.
|On Wednesday night we put the Potluck Band in the spotlight for a little pre-festival entertainment. These guys have been jamming in the campground every year. 2014 was their year to have a little light to shine on their talent.|
|In spite of severe health issues this past year, the great storyteller, James King, put on a fine performance. He is much loved by bluegrassers everywhere.|
|Balsam Range at IBMA Awards|
|The Earls of Leicester at IBMA|
|The crowd at the street festival in Raleigh at IBMA.|
|Joe is holding a memento from Stage B (a popular campsite here and at other festivals) to show their representation at IBMA.|
|Here's Sir Walter Raleigh.|
|IBMA gathering of banjo pickers|
|Along the Blue Ridge Parkway..............we jumped off I-40 on the way home and found a gentler more picturesque route home from IBMA.|
|This photo was made from the porch at the Moses Cone house on the Blue Ridge Parkway. One of my favorite views of all time. Any time of year is a good time to sit on that porch and take in the vista of the area around Blowing Rock, NC.|
|Standing on top of the parking garage in Raleigh, we noticed LRB's bus parked below. I think it looks better in our driveway!|
|Bluegrass makes everyone want to dance!|
Take a look at our Facebook Page to see the time lapse videos of the tents going up and the crowd making a dash for that supper time break.