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Seeking Great Grey Fox Stories

As mentioned in our latest newsletter, we are producing a book of great Grey Fox stories, which we’re very happy about. We plan to complete the book by the end of the year, and to make it a success, we need your help! We are looking for 70 positive stories: 5 from each of 14 different categories. Stories may be submitted by fans, artists, staff or anyone who has had an extraordinary experience at Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival or any of the festivals at the Rothvoss Farm going back to 1976. “Your positive story” could range from your most memorable
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Mary Burdette’s personal history of bluegrass

Nice posts about your bluegrass “inductions” everyone. Here’s mine. For me it all happened in the summer of 1977. Pretty much all I was listening to was jazz and blues: John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Billie Holliday, Cedar Walton, Oscar Peterson, Thelonious Monk, Charles Mingus, Stan Getz, etc. and all the blues greats (B.B. King and all them). Then a friend asked me to go to a bluegrass festival. Not really knowing what that was, I said, “Sure.” It turned out to be the Berkshire Mountain Bluegrass Festival on the Rothvoss Farm. We parked up behind where the teepee has been
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Scott Vickery’s personal history of bluegrass

I can actually attribute a lot of my bluegrass history to Grey Fox. As a kid I definitely loved seeing the Dillards on Andy Griffith and Flatt and Scruggs on the Bev Hillbillies but as a musician I started with folk – got my first guitar when I was about 12 and loved to play and sing Dylan, John Sebastian, Simon and Garfunkel, Beatles, etc., through my teenage years. I lived in Santa Cruz California for several years in the late 70’s and got heavy into jazz at a small college in Aptos, CA called Cabrillo. From there I moved
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Jack Mazur’s personal history of bluegrass

Back in the early 60’s, in Pensacola, Florida (southern Alabama) my mother would turn the t.v. on and make me watch the so and so country hour. I think it was around 6:00 p.m.. I was forced to watch Jim and Jesse, Bill Monroe, Grandpa Jones and so much cornpone it made me sick! At ten years of age I thought I was some “modern” individual and, frankly, this music, and my being forced to watch it, embarrassed me. I wanted the Beatles and the ‘Mersey Beat’. As our family disintegrated I moved about with relatives but was becoming consumed
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