This 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.
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”.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
The Travelin’ McCourys
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.
By Phil Sunkel