Armuchee Bluegrass Festival - Labor Day Weekend 2001

Armuchee - Fall 2001. The weather cooperated after a rainy beginning to produce a wonderful day of music on Saturday. Mr. Mack and Ms. Evelyn and the Langleys seemed to be everywhere making sure noone was uncomfortable and in return, the Armuchee crowd showed its appreciation by responding enthusiastically to the stage shows and jamming in the parking lot in numbers not usual for a rainy day.

Friday was one of those days for me that we all have at our work. My boss called a meeting for 4 pm and as a result, I was not able to get away from Columbia, KY until after dark. It was also raining and the drive to Armuchee was rather dismal. I arrived at around midnight in a pouring rain so I decided to go on to the motel and get an early start on Saturday.

This worked well and Saturday morning brought about a bit of rain now and then, but for the most part the weather held dry and I made my way to the festival. Mr. Mack and Ms. Evelyn greeted me as always with open arms and by noon I had gotten to catch up on all the 'goings-ons' of the preceding evening. I heard about several great jam sessions in RVs and tents...kinda' harkened back to the festivals of the mid-eighties when it seemed to rain at least once for each festival. This didn't dampen spirits for it was expected and we worked around it.

I ran into a lot of long-time friends - Billy and Faye Johnson, Lee and Wanda Taylor, Ed Wade, and of course John and Debbie Farley, Aaron - who seemed to be everywhere from doing mc work to singing on stage to helping hold a commemorative quilt...and many others so numerous that if I start mentioning, I know I will leave folks out.

A great time had by all. I can't wait until next year...

Thanks.

Bill

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