Telluride Blog: All who pick and grin are not bluegrass


Telluride, June 22, 10:40 a.m.– Blogging at the Telluride Bluegrass Festival always goes better with the sound of bowed base bouncing off the sides of this box canyon. This a bass bowed like a bluegrass fiddle by Edgar Meyer, classical music superstar, along with mandolin ace Mike Marshall, and the tune is some sort of jazz chamber music composition/improvisation. The audience sits in rapt silence. That is because many of them are asleep or recovering from sunburn and the roster of sad songs Alison Krauss sang last night. But, as they soak in a Bulgarian dance number, these folks are

Two generationns of newgrass music were onstage June 21 at the Telluride Bluegrass Festival in southwestern Colorado when Sam Bush joined Greensky Bluegrass for a song. Bush's New Grass Revival begat Leftover Salmon which spawned String Cheese Incident, Yonder Mountain String Band, Railroad Earth, and other rock-grass bands. (Photo by Hans Lehndorff))

also famously a savvy listening audience.

They may be resting up to rock tonight to John Fogerty and Colorado’s Leftover Salmon, preceeded by the mainly Colorado-centric  O’Brien Party of Seven with Tim and Molly O’Brien doing the songs of Roger Miller. There has been a sighting of bluegrass celebrity Ed Helms.

Much of the 39th annual Telluride Bluegrass Festival is being streamed at