Monday, September 22, 2008

The Best of Bristol

Charlotte, NC's New Familiars - my favorite "new find" of the weekend. These guys were intense, and talented.

Charlottesville, VA's Hackensaw Boys - surprisingly fast and talented!

Don Flemons, Carolina Chocolate Drops - far and away one of the most distinct sounds we heard all weekend. I had high expectations, and I was not at all disappointed!

We returned this morning from an amazing trip to the Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion on the Tennessee / Virginia border - a little town called Bristol, which they like to call "The Home of Country Music." We rented a cabin outside of town ($40/night) and the weekend pass to see 75 artists on 14 stages was $40 a person. Which, obviously, is unreal! We saw dozens of artists play, a few were great, most were good, and a few were awful. Here are some of my favorites. Amy took most or all of these photos.

There are several obligatory photographs in Bristol. Here's the double yellow from State Street, which divides the town of Bristol, TN from the town of Bristol, VA

We saw Ian Thomas sit in with the New Familiars on friday night, and he was pretty convincing. We caught Ian solo on sunday afternoon inside the Paramount Theater. Ian is the most talented songwriter I have seen or even heard of in a long, long time. People (like, tattooed people) sat there and cried as he sang his songs. Just amazing.

I love the Two Man Gentlemen Band. From the constant sexual double entendres (usually dealing with kazoos, wetness, you get the picture), to the 1940's style cover of the "Ghostbusters Theme," these guys are the most fun act around. At an indoor show at 2pm, they had the crowd laughing, singing along, and even playing kazoos.

Obligatory Bristol Photo #2 - The Burger Bar, where Hank Williams Sr. had his last meal. He died of an overdose while en route from Bristol to Nashville.


Anonymous said...

Sounds like you had a good time. I've never heard of this festival, but it sounds like something that would be worth going to see.

tugboatdude said...

yeah sorry I missed that one but maybe next year

Kirk Mantay said...

An amazing bargain and an amazing time. Even the cops....(TN and VA locals and state troopers from both states) were the most friendly law enforcement folks I ever met.

Out of 79 bands I think we saw 22? or so. We missed some great music, still!

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