Saturday, August 24, 2013

Salem Illinois Bluegrass

Look at this yard sale find!
Kodak film cup, Evansville, IN, Andrew D. Barron©8/23/13 [iPhone 4s;Hipstamatic]
I well remember trying to photograph things in Evansville back in 2007/08. The mess of powerlines in flat cities often grabs my attention.
Green River & Washington, Evansville, IN, Andrew D. Barron©8/23/13 [iPhone 4s;Hipstamatic]
Early the next morning, the Kings Highway band met up in Henderson for the two hour drive to Salem Illinois. I hadn’t seen Josh in almost five years. I was super-documentarian when I met all these guys back in 2007; you can review here (from 9//2007). We got there early. The park was full of old walnut trees and oaks.
Walnut trees in the park at Salem, IL, Andrew D. Barron©8/25/13 [iPhone 4s;Hipstamatic]
Walnut trees in the park at Salem, IL, Andrew D. Barron©8/25/13 [iPhone 4s;Hipstamatic]
Our green room.
Broken toilets, Salem, IL, Andrew D. Barron©8/25/13 [iPhone 4s;Hipstamatic]
Just kidding. There wasn’t a green room. The stage clothes hung from a tree. I spotted this feller.
Long legged spider, Salem, IL, Andrew D. Barron©8/25/13 [iPhone 4s;Hipstamatic]
It’s an honor to play with Mark and his band Kings Highway. That’s Mark at left, and Chris back there, who plays a mean Kentucky thumb-style guitar.
Mark, Chris, Andrew: Salem, IL, Andrew D. Barron©8/25/13 [iPhone 4s;Hipstamatic]
Mary Rachel, Mark, Mike, Andrew: Salem, IL, Andrew D. Barron©8/25/13 [iPhone 4s;Hipstamatic]
This festival is about the same size as Bower’s Mansion back home in Reno. The first set was a little loose, but it was also burning up in the sun under tent. We have another show in 2 1/2 hours.

So we laid low and watched David Davis (Cleo Davis’s son), then Phillip Steinmetz with Robert Montgomery.
Evening set, Kings Highway bluegrass band, Salem, IL, Andrew D. Barron©8/25/13 [iPhone 4s;Hipstamatic]
The evening show was a blast. I surprised myself and played walking bass through a version of Jump, Jive and Wail. After the show the boys from a local band from Effingham came up. This is Caleb from Firebox pickin’ my mandolin.
Misty the Sunny Tennessean, Salem, IL, Andrew D. Barron©8/25/13 [iPhone 4s;Hipstamatic]
Caleb from Firebox plays the Lebeda, Salem, IL, Andrew D. Barron©8/25/13 [iPhone 4s;Hipstamatic]

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