The best live bluegrass-y band in the land? The Infamous Stringdusters

Rockygrass finale today: Jesse McReynolds, Michael Cleveland, Emmitt-Nershi Band, Peter Rowan, Tim O'Brien

By JOHN LEHNDORFF Staff Writer
Bluegrass, newgrass, Dawg, jamgrass, gospel and American fans find common ground at the Rockygrass Festival this weekend in Lyons, Co. (Photo by Lisa Lehndorff)

11:30 a.m. July 29, Lyons, Co. – Sunday morning thoughts as bluegrass gospel music is flowing from the stage by the creek led by Colorado’s K.C. Groves:

* After last night’s exceptional set I’m ready to declare the Infamous Stringdusters as the best live act in bluegrass … when they’re playing bluegrass. When they’re playing their brand of electric acoustic jamgrass, they’re also a great live band with four strong vocalists and five Grade A instrumentalists with afterburners.

* I know I’m not the only person here who teared up last night listening to bluegrass’ elderly statesman Ralph Stanley sing centerstage. Celebrating 66 years onstage, the frail-but-steely Stanley missed some lyrics and introduced his grandson as his son and sang one song twice. It was as if the band and the audiecne were willing through the set. When Ralph Stanley stood alone and sang “Oh Death” with its wish to “live another year”  you could hear his voice echoing and rumbling off the red stone cliffs.

The promising lineup for the final day of the 40th annual Rockygrass Festival in Lyons includes Jesse McReynolds, Michael Cleveland, Emmitt-Nershi Band, Peter Rowan, and Tim O’Brien.

* Portions of the sold-out Festival will air live on KGNU (88.5 FM, 1390 AM, kgnu.org) 9 a.m.-1 p.m MDT Sunday.

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