ARMUCHEE BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL
Saturday May 24, 1997...a special day for 'bluegrassers' in the Southeast.
The Armuchee festival has been going strong for many years and in some
ways resembles a family reunion more that a festival. Stage performances
are important, but a major interest is always the jamming that goes on
in the camping areas. This day was overcast and at times had a bit of rain,
but for most that little discomfort was a small price to pay to get to
socialize and play music with old friends. Come along on a bit of a visual
tour of some of the events of the day. Care was taken to get permission
(whenever possible) to post these pictures. This is my tribute to many
bluegrass friends who have played such an important role for me, lo, these
some twenty-odd years.
The Armuchee festival is located only a short distance from Rome, GA
and a few miles up I-75 from Atlanta.
Your ticket to one of the great "picker's festivals."
The many bands participating in the festival this year. ('Georgia Bound'
was inadvertently left off the flyer.)
Heartstrings: Bill Everette - mandolin, Candy Bramlett - guitar,
Debbie Farley - bass, Mark Bramlett - banjo, John Farley - guitar
Mandolinist Hughie Wylie
Tut Taylor flatpicking the resophonic guitar and being accompanied
by J.N. Baxter.
A great jam session with Tut Taylor, J.N. Baxter, Roger Robinson
(banjo), and Hughie Wylie (mandolin).
Georgia Bound: John Farley - guitar, Debbie Farley - bass, Connie
Morris - banjo, Murray Freeman - Guitar, Mike Patton - guitar
Lee Taylor is pulled into the jam session to play bass.
"Let's play 'Clinch Mountain Backstep.' You know...Ralph Stanley??"
My apologies for the many omissions in this effort, especially to being
woefully unprepared photographically speaking, to get strong pictures of
the stage shows ('Heartstrings' and 'Georgia Bound' are two of my long
time favorite groups and I hope that I am not doing them a disservice...)...Mike
Warga and the SEBA table, Carl Queen (of Atteiram) and his table of cds
and tapes, J.N. and Onie Baxter and the Bluegrass Five - somehow missed
their stage show which is always great, James Watson - legendary clawhammer
banjo player who arrived late in the evening and I was unable to get pictures,
Merrill and Pinyan family jam sessions - always a pleasure to attend...and
the list goes on. However, I will do my best to correct those omissions
as I build my 'archives' of Georgia festivals.
I did hear some great new stories...two from completely irrefutable
sources(?) - Gene Daniell and Hughie Wylie (Hughie, I can now spell both
of your names about a dozen ways...shows either I am very creative, or
very slow - take your pick!) One dealt with singing the 'Prisoner's Song'
to a group of inmates and the other dealt with putting rocks in the late
'Doodle' Thrower's shoes...But, those are best related by those folks and
I am sure they will be glad to recount if you but ask...
Late this evening as I made my way down I-75 back to Marietta the lightning
danced in the sky and rain began to pour down in sheets. The thunder rolled
and somehow this seemed to be an appropriate ending to a day made more
special by the many friends and the music. I hope you enjoyed the short
tour and please keep in mind the next festival at Armuchee will be held
Labor Day weekend. Hope to see you there.
I hope you will let me know that you have visited this site by signing
my guestbook. You can also see who else has been here and what they had
Thanks for visiting.
Bill Brown, Ed.D