Berk Bryant

Bluegrass Beat
By Berk Bryant

March was a mix, all right. A few days in a row of freezing and the first thing you know, there was a day or maybe two mighty like SPRING! Bring it on, bring it on. Then there was an attempt to add an hour of daylight, you know, set your clock where you want it and the sun will follow. Haw, the sun comes up at the same time every day as it always had and goes down the same.

But with all of that behind us now, I expect just ahead spring will be here to stay. Bluegrass festivals will come right along with it.

Skipping back a few weeks, Dailey & Vincent were at Shepherdsville and did themselves proud, a full house such as they are capable of bringing in. A great show. A surprise for me was to see BJ Cherryholmes playing fiddle with them. Caught up a bit on the rest of the family: Jerri and Sandy have retired. Both of the boys, B J and Skip are married and so is Gia. Molly has got something going with music and, I believe he said, is teaching. Good to see BJ.

Let's take a brief look at bluegrass support. It seems with few exceptions that attendance at local and other bluegrass shows and events has been waning a bit. Now I know that there are a lot of various assorted reasons affecting this. Even some larger, well-established events have experienced some setback. One I know of has noticed a lot of similar events have sprung up in the past few years in areas around them. Something of a copycat situation. That leaves it up to the long-time, dedicated and faithful fans/attendees to make a choice, a choice that may fall between tried-and-true over the years or a change that could be disappointing. I guess I'm trying to boil this down to this:

Bluegrass jams (most are free events), concerts and other events of this nature need the support of the faithful and new fans to survive. I would like to say right here that I personally would like to thank the many of you that have been faithful listeners to "Sunday Bluegrass" on WFPK 9 1.9 FM for these soon-to-be 34 years this June. I don't really know how many there are out there but I do know there many, many supporters of bluegrass, traditional country and old time country out there. I appreciate each and every one of you. If you were not there, there would be no need for me to be there. By so doing you are supporting bluegrass and traditional down to earth music.

Thanks now let's check out what's up next. Jams are plentiful and I suspect better weather, i. e. milder and or warmer will kickstart more outdoor jams around.

For now, JAMS: Wednesdays: BA jam at St. Matthews, 3989 Shelbyville Road 7:30 pm. Relic & Friends at the Monkey Wrench, 1035 Barrett Ave. 9 pm.

Thursdays: Hickory Vaught & Friends at 880 W. Jefferson 8-12 pm. Open Jam at Hillview City Hall, Hillview Louisville, 6 10 pm.

Fridays: Vine Grove City Hall, Vine Grove, Ky. The 1st and 3rd Fridays of each month 6 10pm.

Other events: April 13 at Somerset, KY, Lake Cumberland Performing Arts Center.

Now to Shepherdsville, April 5 Big Country Bluegrass; April 13 The High Rollers; April 9 The Darrell Webb Band; April 36 Lorraine Jordan & Carolina Road.

Well, friends and neighbors we'll see you on the radio (?) or somewhere. Keep the faith and attend your favorites to include "Sunday Bluegrass" every Sunday night WFPK 9 1.9 FM or WFPK listen live, streaming audio and bluegrass to the world.