We have been to so many amazing festivals this summer. Kerrville Folk Festival. Ocrafolk. My perennial favorites, Rooster Walk and Shakori Hills Grassroots Fest. Hops and Roots, Festival for the Eno, the list goes on! Add one more: FloydFest. July 25 -28 was a big weekend for us up in Floyd, VA. We played as part of the “Under the Radar” series, which invites 20+ regional bands to compete for a main stage slot at next year’s festival. There are all kinds of goodies involved, and luckily for us, there’s a prize for second place!
Our amazing audience voted us into the #2 spot, right after the fabulous Megan Jean and the KFB, so we’ll be going back to Floyd next year, plus we’ll earn $1000 and $1600 in Peluso microphones. Yeow! Thanks guys!
We would have been happy to come back on any terms, so winning was a delightful result. Why so willing? Well, FloydFest just feels good. The folks who make it happen seem to have a genuine concern for the quality of each festivalgoer’s experience. The lineup kicks butt. I met Jackson Browne (as you can see, I had a goofy fan photo moment). I sat on the side stage for Brandi Carlile’s riveting–as in, I could not stand after witnessing–performance. I joined my buddies in the Drew Emmitt band on stage for a rousing rendition of “Nobody’s Fault but Mine.” I experienced the wisdom and goodness of her majesty Shamama. We were treated so well by our stage crew, our sound men, our audiences, and our fellow performers. It was an oasis of kindness and stellar artistry. If I keep writing I might start crying cheesy tears of joy (Cheesy tears? Gross.).
So… I can’t wait for next year. We are officially out from under the radar, at least according to FloydFesters, so who knows what will happen next summer?
Thanks for helping us make one little dream come true. Here’s to the thousands of little dreams out there. May your week hold at least one realized.
P.S. – There are lots of folks we have to thank for last weekend. I must mention Ben Palmer and Tom Berry, who joined us on stage and were fantastic as always. Thank you!