HVBA member, Dan Budd of Red Hook NY, tells the story of his discovery of bluegrass and his recent on-stage debut…
I thought I’d share something special that happened to me this past weekend.  As some of you know I started playing guitar and singing a little more than a year ago.  Shortly after my first guitar lessons I went to Pete Wernick (Dr. Banjo’s) bluegrass jam camp.  Right then I fell in love with playing bluegrass music and songs began to pour out of me.  I’ve written about 12 and have 5 or 6 others not finished yet.  I still struggle to hit all the right strings on the guitar, but I can hear the music in my head.  I’m with a small band here at home. We try to jam weekly and have played some of my songs, but mostly in a living room.  In fact I have to apologize to them because I “moonlighted” a bit this weekend.
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Doubts and rumors surrounding the possible sale of the Rothvoss Farm, home of the Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival, finally came to an end on January 7 with the final sale of the farm in Ancramdale, NY.  All hopes for the festival’s remaining at that location at least for this last time are lost, but festival organizers are confident that a new and better home will be found in time for the show to go on.  And Mary Doub, festival producer, assures that it will, indeed, go on – even if it has to be at an interim location, one that will do until a permanent home is found.  “We are doing everything we can to find the perfect match for our bluegrass festival and its community of wonderful fans and artists.”

“James King is an emotional and gifted singer, perhaps the most impressive lead vocalist to emerge in traditional bluegrass so far this decade.” --Bluegrass Unlimited

On his five Rounder releases, James King has brought back the raw, powerful, emotive sound of classic-era bluegrass to a new generation. No less an authority than USA Today compared him to the great Carter Stanley in a recent rave review. The James King Band, named Emerging Artists of the Year by the International Bluegrass Music Association in 1997, will appear in concert March 15 at 7:30 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall at the Hyde Park United Methodist Church in Hyde Park, N.Y.

The concert is presented by the HVBA and sponsored by Babicz Guitars; Markay REI LLC; Grey Fox; Virginia L. Schaffer, Houlihan Lawrence Real Estate;  Teahan & Constantino Law Practice; Linda and Marvin Skolnick; Flying Change Farm/Dave Cobb and Diane Schoonmaker; Norwich Family Bluegrass Festival/Mike and Maryann Tirella; and Adams Fairacre Farms.

ANCRAMDALE-The Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival has found a new place to call home and it's across the Hudson River in Greene County.

Speaking from her home in Baltimore, Md., Friday afternoon February 8, Festival Producer Mary Doub told The Independent she had just inked a deal with farm owner John Walsh to hold the bluegrass festival on his 200-acre property on Route 22 between the towns of Oak Hill and Durham in northern Greene County close to the Albany County border.


Tickets for the James King Band concert on March 15 are available but disappearing FAST!


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