This year's Hardly Strictly Bluegrass festival had a lot to live up to. It didn't fail. It was as emotionally powerful as ever. And a lot of fun. Here's some pics I took over a couple of days. Be sure to check out The Life of Rasket for some equally (well almost) good pictures of the event. Click on the pictures for the full-size image.
The Carolina Chocolate Drops play old-timey tunes with verve and panache.
Jugs, Jews harp, they are decidedly more low-tech than most of the other bands, even at a bluegrass festival.
With impeccable style, no less.
My favorite crowd shot. There's so much to see in this photo. I especially like the anxious girl in red.
Elvis Costello and Jerry Douglas slayed 'em.
Exene is incredible - a really haunting beautiful sound.
|This is a nice stage because it's not overcrowded. You can move around and see the bands from different places.|
|Exene talked about the Phoenix Hotel. Apparently, she's seen a ghost in her 20+ years staying there.|
|Exene was one of many to sing songs about L.A. I didn't hear anyone do "If You're Going to San Francisco."|
|Someone snapping a photo of Patti Smith amongst the throngs.|
|Patti Smith is an amazing presence. Her "Play With Fire" cover was exceptional. She drew the most tears, from what I could tell.|
|Randy Newman. Wonder if he brought that piano from home.|
|Nice Gillian Welch suspenders.|
|Lots of stylish people to gawk at.|
|"I Love L.A." may have sparked some rivalry in the audience.|
|Dancing to "Stacy's Mom." Fountains of Wayne was a bit of a head-scratcher,|