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2009 Scholarship Winner: Etienne Cremieux

Congratulations to Etienne Cremieux who has been selected as the 2009 recipient of the Grey Fox Bill Vernon Memorial Scholarship. A high school senior and gifted fiddler from Brookline, MA, Etienne will be attending Berklee College of Music in the fall. His band, Red Hot Black Top was also invited to play at Grey Fox at the new showcase sessions at the Masters Stage. Etienne and Red Hot Black Top will play at the Masters Stage on both Friday and Saturday evenings (exact time TBA). As a student of the Grey Fox Bluegrass Academy for Kids, we have watched Etienne’s
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Grey Fox at Joe Val

We hope folks stopped by at our table at the Joe Val Bluegrass Festival in Framingham, Mass. and picked up a Greene County map or just checked out photos from last year’s festival. We always have a good time at Joe Val. It gets us revved up for our festival to come. Make sure you check out our artists’ page to see the extensive lineup planned for Grey Fox 2009! We expect a great crowd this year because the lineup is tremendous, from the phenomenal Kruger Brothers to the return of Peter Rowan, the Steeldrivers, Marty Stuart, the Waybacks, The
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Wonderful 2008 festival – It’s a wrap!

Just got home from Grey Fox. I was lax in writing anything from the past couple of days — I was a tad busy catching all the music and more! Stay tuned … we’ll be working soon on posting festival photos, and I have a bunch more videos to put up once I actually get some sleep! Steve steve@thirstylizards.com
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Tremendous first day at Grey Fox!

IIIIIIIIIIICCCCCCCCCEEEEEEE! Grey Fox was a hopping place on Thursday. What started as haze and clouds in the morning eventually turned to sun. Though it got a bit toasty in the sun (and the Ice Man was busy), it was very hot on the main stage, the workshops and in the midway, as well. From a lesson in dining under the tarps to the kick-off by the Dry Branch Fire Squad, the day was a marvel of activity. I must have seen at least a half-dozen bands. Topping the main stagers were the primary acts, from the Dailey & Vincent Band,
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Settled in on the Walsh Farm

So, after 2 days at the Liner’s Picking Party at the beautiful Allen Farm in Durham, N.Y., we’ve finally settled in at the spacious Walsh Farm. Good friends, camp is all set up, with plenty of shade. Thousands of others are joining us, spreading across the field with tons of tents, tarps, canopies, you name it. It’s a sea of campers. It’s a bit toasty here, but good shade makes it bearable, and our 20-foot canopy makes all the difference. The music starts tomorrow — can’t wait!
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When every day was summer

When I was a kid, it seems like every day was a summer day. Riding my bike, or running barefoot around the yard. my dad was playing bluegrass music inside on the turntable, lifting the needle to back up on a banjo break. play the break, back up , play it over and over and over again. I knew more about what Earl Scruggs was doing than Lester Flatt did I think. In those days, LP’s were the norm, cassettes were first coming out I think. Then he tried putting them on a real slow speed, and tuning the banjo
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A conversation with Ron Thomason

Bluegrass musician, storyteller (oops, satirist) and leader of our host band, Dry Branch Fire Squad We recently asked Ron a few questions. Here’s what he had to say: When did you first hear bluegrass and what did you think? I doubt that this I remember the first time I ever heard bluegrass music, but I clearly remember the first time it made an impression on me because the impression was indelible. My father and I were riding into Honaker from our farm in Russell County, VA; the year was 1949 (possibly ’50), and we were in my grandfathers ’49 Ford
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Memories of years past

Photos by Stephen Brandt Stephen Brandt Clockwise, from left: Curly Ray Cline with Bobby Osborne Jack Cooke and Red Allen; Red Allen and the Kentuckians; Don Stover; Curly Ray Cline with Bobby Osborne; Jim McReynolds (with unidentified), Joe Val, and Jesse McReynolds. A lot of memories of this bluegrass festival since the very beginning in 1976 when I was 12 years old. I was too shy to approach the musicians and my dad took me around and told Ricky Skaggs that I would like a few autographs for the picture book they put out that year. well, Ricky took me
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Slide in the Mud

Here’s a bluegrass tune that was inspired by jamming on the muddy hill of the Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival. It’s dedicated to all the great players that I have met, picked with, and listened to at that festival. I play dobro, mandolin, banjo, guitar, and bass on this one. Thanks for listening. http://www.songramp.com/mod/mps/viewtrack.php?trackid=53442 Michael Bean
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