Suwannee Springfest 2013


014-DSC_3565This year’s Suwannee Springfest is one that will not soon be forgotten. Two days of cold rain were not enough to keep people from braving the weather to get down to some of the best Bluegrass the country has to offer.012-DSC_3495

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001-DSC_3041 When it wasn’t raining we did manage to catch up-with and catch some great acts, so without further a-due I present our highlights of Suwannee Springfest 2013.

Jonathan Scales Fourchestra
Before the sets even began at Springfest, we met up with our buddies Jonathan Scales, Cody Wright and Phillip Bronson. I think Paul Levine festival director of Bear Creek and Springfest said it best when he said, “Jonathan Scales is the Bela Fleck of steel drum”.011-DSC_3409

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Sol Driven train
Sol Drivent Train (SDT) is probably one of our favorite live acts at the moment. Their music can range from acoustic heart-felt songs like these two videos or involve a influenced tune about the deliciousness of watermelons. 112-DSC_6159

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Uproot Hootenanny
These two tunes have been stuck in my head since we shot these at Springfest. What I can tell you about em is that these guys do not mess around when it comes to drinking, so you know they’re not messing around when it comes to making great drinking songs.

Fjord Explorer
While Fjord Explorer is not yet on the Springfest lineup, we couldn’t help shooting these videos of him performing two of our favorite tunes by him.

Applebutter Express
017-DSC_3630 Applebutter Express churned out the great tunes as sunset washed over the SOSMP. Smooth harmonies combined with fantastic mandolin make these guys almost sound like a bluegrass version of the Decemberists.

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Tornado Rider
026-DSC_3860 Tornado Rider always puts on one hell of a crazy show. This being the guys first time playing the amphitheater stage as a full band was no exception.

025-DSC_3835 Lead singer and cellolist Rushad Eggleston was in-and-out of the crowd, dancing raunchily erotic and dressed to impress on the first night of Springfest.

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Spirit Family Reunion
027-DSC_3946 There has been a lot of buzz in the music world lately about Spirit Family Reunion, so I was especially excited to see what it was all about.

028-DSC_3973 Let me tell you this group of very talented musicians does not disappoint. They’re sound very much reminds of Trampled By Turtles, however Spirit Family has a more upbeat and positive feel to their sound than Trampled.

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Red Baraat
037-DSC_4421 Red Baraat is also another group that has been making a stir in the music community. Most would probably equate their music to a genre like “world music” but that would do these guys no justice.

041-DSC_4631 They’re sound is more a mix of South American and Middle Eastern influences rather than the typical “world” groups who are heavily inspired by traditional Jamaican and African music.

043-DSC_4668 The guys set was so damn good, I would not be surprised to catch them at a Bear Creek in the future.

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Hackensaw Boys
049-DSC_4768 The name pretty much says it all. The Hackensaw Boys make music that will literally implore you to disappear to some cabin in the woods and cut down some big-ole trees. I’ve caught these guys a couple times now and they’ve always put on a great show.

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The Travelin’ McCourys
061-DSC_5446 The Travelin’ McCoury’s are one of the most recognized groups at Springfest. Having returned year after year to play with all sorts of musicians and constantly putting out new music the guys have secured a loving home for themselves at the Spirit of Suwannee. My favorite song by the guys at the moment is “What A Waste of Good Corn Liquor” led by Jason Carter.

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Old Crow Medicine Show
073-DSC_5535 The Highlight of this year’s Springfest was without question the bluegrass titans Old Crow Medicine Show.

077-DSC_5622The guys fast and hard hitting bluegrass kept away from remembering the fact that the rain was still coming down on our heads.

075-DSC_5584 The guys show was one of the best Ive seen at the SOSMP and hits like “Alabama High test” and “Tell It To Me” really got the crowd engaged.

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By Phil Sunkel

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