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Author: Subject: Merlefest - Derek T. Plays Bluegrass -Best Derek-Susan Photo Ever

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  posted on 4/27/2012 at 11:49 PM
They hinted a it last night, but I didn't want to say anything until it really happened. And, of course, the year I'm not there, which sucks. Missing my NC friends and the festival itself right now, even though I have other destinations lined up this year. But always cool to hear that Merlefest is still making good things happen its unique 25th anniversary way and roots music is still being mashed up in the North Carolina foothills at Doc Watson's footsteps. Really was hoping that Derek and Susan would partake in the collaborative groove that is Merlefest and playmore than their own set and it looks like they have already. Sam Bush opened for TTB last Wednesday in Charlottesville and I'm guessing that is when this was hatched.

A report from Sam's peeps;


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Sam & Band blew the Merlefest 25 set away tonight -finished with "Bell Bottom Blues," "Gimme Shelter" and "Cripple Creek" with Susan Tedeschi, Derek Trucks, Bela Fleck and John Cowan


Right on!!



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  posted on 4/28/2012 at 12:38 AM
Not a lot of Merlefest video showing up yet, and this does not involve Derek or Susan, but this is from Vince Gill's show on Merlefest Opening Night on Thursday and shows what kind of man Vince is;

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X1f97fCHTJ0

 

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  posted on 4/28/2012 at 01:11 AM
And Sam Bush ends the sedocnd night of Merlefest by jamming with Los Lobos!!

Meanwhile, first photo of jam not a good one, but good to see nonetheless;


From left to right - Bela Fleck, the excellent Scott Vestal, Stephen Mougin, Susan Tedeschi, Sam Bush, John Cowan, Derek Trucks and Todd Parks.

 

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  posted on 4/28/2012 at 05:59 AM
Can we call this Sue Grass Revival? So very cool, yet this makes me angry that I'm not there! Still, great to hear and maybe Oteil can find a banjo workshop. Let's hope some vids show up next week.
 

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  posted on 4/28/2012 at 06:56 AM
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  posted on 4/28/2012 at 12:19 PM
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  posted on 4/28/2012 at 12:51 PM



Oteil hanging with the boys from the blast of a band, Scythian, the Celtic-Punk-Grassers crwod pleasers, at Merlefest 25;



"Joey with 'Shirley's' previous owner Otiel Burbridge of Allman Brothers Fame. It was a tearful reunion."

Here is a taste of Scythian, jamming with Enter The Haggis at Merlefest 25 this weekend, a sweet song especially if you have Scots-Irish blood running through your veins;


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rJ9J7n6dLp0

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eSA8OtQj6vY&feature=youtu.be



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  posted on 4/28/2012 at 02:05 PM
ABB buddy and blues great John Hammond jamming at Merlefest 25 this weekend;

John Hammond plays "Come to find out" at Merlefest 2012;

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UmCVZ-8qKXg


John Hammond plays Sleepy John Estes' "Someday Baby" at Merlefest 2012;

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pe55-qIdEcs

Tara Nevins and Donna The Buffalo jamming with Jim Lauderdale at Merlefest 2012;

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h4P-WMW4tVI

 

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  posted on 4/28/2012 at 04:10 PM
Just got the word from my girl on the scene Lynne, The Waybacks All-star Merlefest Hillside Album Hour throwdown was Jimi Hendrix's "Are You Experienced?" Not sure on the list of guest musicians as of yet.

 

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  posted on 4/28/2012 at 04:29 PM
View from the side of the Hendrix All-star Hillside Album Hour today, one of FOURTEEN stages at Merlefest;

 

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  posted on 4/28/2012 at 05:00 PM
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MerleFest 25 wishes to congratulate the winners of the 20th annual Chris Austin Songwriting Contest held yesterday.

Bluegrass
1st Place-Louisa Branscomb (Nashville, Tenn.) - "Stormy Night"

2nd Place-Ashleigh Caudill (Nashville, Tenn.) and Jodi Harbin (Knoxville, Tenn.) - "Polly Andrey"

3rd Place-Jo Ellen Doering (Los Angeles, Calif.) - "Anywhere Is Home"




Wow, my interview/article with Louisa Branscomb comes out in two days in the May "Earl Scruggs Tribute" issue of Bluegrass Unlimited magazine....and yesterday Louisa won FIRST PLACE in the Merlefest Chris Austin Songwriting Contest!! (Above) Now that is some unexpected but very cool timing!!

Meanhwile, one of the few TRUE American music legends alive right now, Doc Watson with Frosty Morn at Merlefest yesterday;

 

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  posted on 4/28/2012 at 05:14 PM
^^Now there's a Bush I could support!

Given Susan's Experience Hendrix resume, you have to figure she made it on stage. And the Waybacks would be out of their minds to pass up Derek.

 

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  posted on 4/28/2012 at 05:28 PM

Derek and Sam






The evolving made-during-the-fetival Merlefest sand sculputure is coming together


 

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  posted on 4/28/2012 at 05:46 PM

Meanwhile, happening at the same time on the Left Coast, a favorite musician of Warren, Derek and Oteil's hanging with Steve at the Stagecoach Festival in Indio, CA.,


 

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  posted on 4/28/2012 at 05:59 PM
I'm seeing the good doctor on May 18 for the first time!
 

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  posted on 4/28/2012 at 06:12 PM
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Given Susan's Experience Hendrix resume, you have to figure she made it on stage. And the Waybacks would be out of their minds to pass up Derek.


...and they didn't. Just heard from my girl Lynne, The Merlefest Waybacks All-star Hillside Album Hour's recreation of Jimi Hendrix's "Are You Experienced?" featured The Waybacks, Sarah and Christian Dugas of The Duhks, Jim Lauderdale, Sam Bush and..................... Susan Tedeschi!!!!!!!!!

After last night's Sam Bush jam and today with Susan, and who knows what the rest of the band has been doing these past two days, I do believe the crew has acclimated to Merlefest. I only hope they get to meet Doc, and who knows what is in store for tonight's TTB show!!!

More Merlefest Magic serendipity developing surrounding this;


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MerleFest 25 wishes to congratulate the winners of the 20th annual Chris Austin Songwriting Contest held yesterday.

Bluegrass
1st Place-Louisa Branscomb (Nashville, Tenn.) - "Stormy Night"

2nd Place-Ashleigh Caudill (Nashville, Tenn.) and Jodi Harbin (Knoxville, Tenn.) - "Polly Andrey"

3rd Place-Jo Ellen Doering (Los Angeles, Calif.) - "Anywhere Is Home"


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Wow, my interview/article with Louisa Branscomb comes out in two days in the May "Earl Scruggs Tribute" issue of Bluegrass Unlimited magazine....and yesterday Louisa won FIRST PLACE in the Merlefest Chris Austin Songwriting Contest!! (Above) Now that is some unexpected but very cool timing!!



I heard from Louisa this afternoon. Here is the rest of the story;

"Derek, it's even more synchronous that the contest was exactly one year to the day of the anniversary of the tornado - and that the song that won is Stormy Night!' (written about the tornados of a year ago) And all of that perfectly matches your wonderfully written piece! I am grateful."

Louisa's farm was hit by the tornados in northern Georgia-Alabama one year ago, and one of the songs she wrote about the tornado won the Merlefest Chris Austin Songwriting Contest yesterday EXACTLY ONE YEAR AFTER THE TORNADOS HIT!!!, and right as her article comes out at the same time written months ago.


Merlefest!!

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  posted on 4/28/2012 at 06:41 PM
Great stuff. There is no way student of guitar Derek will fail to meet Doc, maybe even pick w/ him offstage at least.
 

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  posted on 4/28/2012 at 08:10 PM
Brock, you know what the atmosphere is like on the main Watson Stage on a Saturday night. After being fully immersed in the festival for the last two days, TTB should be awesome tonight. Bummin'

 

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  posted on 4/28/2012 at 10:39 PM
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http://www.countrystandardtime.com/d/concertreview.asp?xid=668


MerleFest Day 2, Part 2: Friday night with New Grass, Tedeschi Trucks Band, Los Lobos

Wilkes Community College, Wilkesboro, N.C., April 28, 2012

Reviewed by Kevin Oliver

Friday night at MerleFest pointed to the one thing people were talking about all day - would there be a reunion of New Grass Revival on the Watson stage? The elements were all in place, with Bela Fleck and the original Flecktones, John Cowan, and Sam Bush all appearing within hours of each other in separate sets. Before that possibility, however, there was plenty of other great music to hear.
The evenings at MerleFest narrow the focus down to the main Watson stage and the side Cabin stage, and this is where the major acts of the weekend converge. The early evening slot was occupied by a trio of greats, John Cowan (of New Grass Revival fame), songwriter Darrell Scott and Pat Simmons of the Doobie Brothers.

With Cowan serving as the Doobies' bass player for a few tours, one would expect to hear some of that band's classics in the set and they did not disappoint. Black Water showed up, as did a set-closing jam on Long Train Running, both aided considerably by the backing band surrounding the trio and highlighted by the presence of fiddler and tenor singer Luke Bulla (Lyle Lovett, Works Progress Administration). Cowan is still in remarkable voice, but the material didn't give him too many opportunities to truly soar as he's capable of doing.

Scott's contributions to the set were the most warmly received by the audience, including a rendition of It's A Great Day to be Alive, recorded and charted by Travis Tritt a while back.

Fleck's set was a journey into the jazzy, funky world of the Flecktones for the most part, with original keyboard player Howard Levy contributing some dazzling piano parts to many of the numbers. The most touching part of the set, however, was the most traditional - Fleck sat alone at the center of the stage and played an instrumental banjo tribute to the late Earl Scruggs, closing the medley with a line from The Ballad of Jed Clampett, a hit for Flatt & Scruggs.



Bush in many ways is the heart of MerleFest, coming back year after year since the first time, so it fell upon him to host the by then inevitable New Grass Revival reunion. Before that set-closing surprise, however, he ran through a litany of his stylistic detours from up-tempo bluegrass fiddle tunes to a mandolin-driven take on Johnny Clegg's Spirit Is The Journey. His set also included the only actual New Grass Revival song of the night, a version of an instrumental tune from the 1970's New Grass years, Crooked Smile.

After that it was guest star time, with Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi coming on stage (they'll be Saturday night's headliners) to jam on amazing versions of the Derek & the Dominoes classic Bell Bottom Blues and the Rolling Stones' Gimme Shelter. Bush then called out Cowan and Fleck and the whole ensemble took on the band's Up On Cripple Creek, with Bush imploring at the yodeling part, "Yodel like Levon did!"

Just when it appeared they were wrapping the song up, it morphed into a version of the traditional bluegrass instrumental Cripple Creek, with Fleck soloing faster and faster alongside Bush's regular picker Scott Vestal, no slouch himself when it comes to the banjo. Once the song finally came to a close, the audience rewarded the performers with a standing ovation.

Los Lobos had the unenviable task of following up that momentous occasion, and they did so with a set loaded with traditional Mexican fare played East L.A. style and peppered with some of their more rock 'n' roll material, including a cover of the Grateful Dead's Bertha that was perfect for the remaining late night crowd.

 

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  posted on 4/29/2012 at 12:21 AM

Derek & Susan on-air on @WNCW at MerleFest






TTB's Kebbi Williams jamming with Assembly of Dust at Merlefest 2012

 

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  posted on 4/29/2012 at 01:18 AM



@DerekAndSusan Backstage at #MerleFest before set with #SamBush

 

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  posted on 4/29/2012 at 02:10 AM

Josh Kilgore of Blowing Rock naps with his son, nine-month old Brennon Kilgore, just behind
the Watson stage during the second day of MerleFest Friday, April 27, 2012. Nine-month-old Brennon
is the great grandson of Doc Watson. Brennon's mother, Chelsea Norris,
is Doc Watson's granddaughter and Josh Kilgore's fiancee.


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  posted on 4/29/2012 at 03:03 AM
This looks like a festival I will need to attend some time. Is there a stream for Sunday?

 

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  posted on 4/29/2012 at 08:15 AM
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Brock, you know what the atmosphere is like on the main Watson Stage on a Saturday night. After being fully immersed in the festival for the last two days, TTB should be awesome tonight. Bummin'


I liked Dolly and Travis Tritt as headliners the times I've been, so I would have been all over this. Ah well, I can still be glad that Derek is getting a taste of this. Only good can come of it.

Thanks for the reports DH, which I passed on to my Merlefest bud, who is also getting a big kick out of these developments. Up on Cripple Creek>Cripple Creek, awesome!

 
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