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  1. donjgiles

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    I photograph a Bluegrass Festival called Delfest, back in my old home town of Cumberland, MD.
    Would you be interested in seeing some photos or would that bore you like a 1990's PowerPoint slideshow?
    I have some from years past and new images will begin next Thursday.

    Don

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    The festival's namesake, Mr. Del McCoury

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    Of course I wanna see em!!! I grew up listening to bluegrass.

    "I don't know half of you half as well as I should like, and I like less than half of you half as well as you deserve."
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    Yes!

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    I love Del, and Bluegrass in general. I grew up bumming around in Bluegrass bands before I joined the military, and even now I live in the Bluegrass State-- Kentucky!

    De Gustibus Non Est Disputandum
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    Speaking of Bluegrass, the mandolin player in this clip has a strong PipeWorld connection. His father is a serious pipemaker in Kentucky:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F_CKeb2gPQ8&list=RDF_CKeb2gPQ8&start_radio=1

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    Chris and Bela Fleck

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    Leftover Salmon, Vince Herman and Special Guest

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    Billy Strings... amazing flat picker

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    donjgiles..fantastic

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    Marty Stuart, playing a killer El Paso on Clarence White’s “StringBender”

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    "Dawg" David Grisman

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    Derek Trucks

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    Love me some bluegrass! Having lived in Louisville for so many years I got to get my fix a lot. Got to see Mike Cross quite a few times at Kentucky Music Weekend over the years. Saw Lester Flatt & Doc/Merle at Spring Fling about 50 yrs ago at my undergrad school, plus God knows how many others at the Florida Folk Festival & other places for a number of years. Doesn't get much better than bluegrass unless it's Bryan Bowers on autoharp or Sparky/Rhonda Rucker doing their thing!

    B

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    I love traditional Bluegrass but not too partial to the newer stuff. Love to listen to Del & the Boys do "Vincent Black Lightning 1952"

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    Here is a shot of Del and Richard Thompson singing that song, for the very first time ever together!

    Don

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    Great shots! Thanks for sharing.

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    Thanks mom.
    You are very welcome.

    Don

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    Good stuff! Bad ass musicians...

    "the weez"...
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    My kind of Bluegrass right here.... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=merSR-CNzRg

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    Anthony, that is the real deal indeed!
    Music is in this interesting time when genres are blending seamlessly. I love it.
    Thank you!

    Don

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    Great pics, you are quite the photographer! I love certain types of Bluegrass (the real deal) but it can also swing in a direction that I can’t stand.

    What’s the name of the band that does Metallica Bluegrass covers? That stuffs pretty dope.

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    Oh, I will be hearing banjo music in my head for the next 2 months! in my sleep... awake

    Thanks hawky!
    Don

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    Anthony, that is the real deal indeed!
    Music is in this interesting time when genres are blending seamlessly. I love it.
    I'm not 100% sure if they are Bluegrass inspired Metal, or Metal inspired Bluegrass But it's certainly fun to listen to!

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    Saw Del play years ago at Merlfest and it was an amazing show! Great pictures, thanks for sharing!

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    Nice photos. I miss attending the bluegrass festivals of my HS and college days. The Florida festival at White Springs, FL on the Suwanee River, the Hahira pick-in, the New Years bluegrass festival on Jekyll Island, Rabuns Gap festival, Bear on the Square in Dahlonega, Armuchee festival.......most were pipe friendly but cigarettes, not so much. Some damn good BBQ was always on the menu...and fried catfish...the food kicked ass.

    "If you resolve to give up smoking, drinking and sex, you don't actually live longer; it just seems that way."
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    Glad I could stir up some pleasant memories.
    Thank you.

    Don

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    That looks like a heck of a show. Always loved Yonder Mountain. Grisman is someone I always recommend to folks maybe a little "prejudiced" against the Bluegrass, his stuff is so jazzy and sweet. Thiles is playing all over with everybody these days and bringing virtuosity. He has a few tube videos playing Bach and such.

    Where I am in life right now, though, I've not been doing factory work for a little while now, no noisy environment all day, but still kind of seeking acoustic music with some pretty harmonies… I've been listening to quite a bit of I'm With Her lately.

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    My restaurant up there does a small sponsorship, we have a chamber event here, and I can't attend the Cumberland show. That show has been around for decades I think and a real boon to the area. We just bought the Fairfield Inn in downtown Cumberland, I'm sure that is full next weekend. String Cheese Incident and Railroad Earth are on the bill this year, I'd love to see either of those bands. Those are great photographs!

    We lost the Western Maryland Blues Festival this year, it had been running continuously since 1994. Bad weather the past five years in a row knocked down attendance and ultimately doomed the show. I was on the board for the first decade, and met some fabulous artists (Johnny Winter and Luther Alison standout the most). I hate to see opportunties to see live music diminish.

    Have a blast, I'll look forward to seeing your updated photos.

    Al

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    Thank you Dave.
    I'm With Her is playing this year, and I am very much looking forward to that!

    Al,
    I think it is great you are involved in Cumberland activities. I was born and raised there.
    We would love to have a nice Blues Festival up here in Harrisburg!

    Don

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    Nice shooting Don. Are you a pro ?

    That was an....um....interesting link Anthony. Guess I'm more of a traditionalist. There's a little band up the road here named Hot Rize.....

    "Each of you be a light unto yourself; betake yourself to no external refuge. Hold fast to the Truth. Look not for refuge to anyone beside yourself." -The Buddha
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    Hi trout,

    Yes, I started when I was a youngster at the age of 12. I got my first job when I was in high school, 1986 working for a local, old school portrait photographer. He taught me lighting and film processing, 35mm, 120, and 4x5 film. I have been fortunate to continue to work in the field that I love so much.

    Don

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    I’m a casual fan. But seeing those artists, it looks like a virtual utopia. No rappers, no auto tune.

    Jason
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    No rappers, no auto tune

    Thank goodness..... No!

    Don

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    How American, we are unique in this World, Great Photos,

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    Here are my favorites from the weekend.

    Sierra Hull

    Allie Kral - Yonder Mountain

    Bill Nershi - String Cheese Incident

    Billy Strings

    I'm With Her

    Del and Sons, Ricky Skaggs

    Don

    Posted 1 month ago #
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    Wow. These are great. I’ve met Del and others. Thanks.

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    Nice! Looks like a good time.

    Brothers Of The Black Frigate
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    Fabulous photos, Don. Thanks for posting them.

    I know that you believe you understood what you think I said, but I'm not sure you realize that what you heard is not what I meant.
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    I love stuff like this. Thanks Don.

    Neal
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    beautiful photos and emotions

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    Thank you!
    It is great fun, but a lot of work.

    Don

    Posted 1 month ago #
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    ^^^^ I'll bet it was, Don. Those are some amazing snaps, just amazing. I'm going to have to look up I'm with Her. Been out of the genre too long.

    My kind of Bluegrass right here.... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=merSR-CNzRg

    Anthony, that was wild. W I L D. I loved the riffs with the Reaper about halfway through. Hate seeing good instruments go the way of Pete Townshend, though. I mean, guitars are one thing, but baynjers? Oh, my aching head....

    Bill

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    Here's some Billy Strings with Molly Tuttle I was listening to last night.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ovC1jULtcMM

    Girl can do some flatpickin'

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=awFeDMNiKX4

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    Fantastic work @dongiles, true art.

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    Thank you Gentlemen,

    It is about the only "fun work" I do all year, but boy, is it FUN!!!
    The problem is, I am so intent on what I am doing I do not hear much of the music.
    Thank goodness for

    https://archive.org/search.php?query=Delfest%202019

    Don

    Posted 1 month ago #

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