RockyGrass 2005
In addition to playing with Doc Watson, Tim O'Brien also played his own set on Sunday that featured some of his new material from Fiddler's Green and Cornbread Nation. His band included John Doyle, Casey Driessen, and Dirk Powell. Bela Fleck, Jerry Douglas, and Dan Tyminski joined in on "When This World Comes To An End", "Look Down That Lonesome Road", and "Train On The Island."

Tim O'Brien - fiddle, mandolin, vocals
John Doyle - guitar
Dirk Powell - banjo
Casey Driessen - fiddle
* with:
Jerry Douglas - dobro
Bela Fleck - banjo
Dan Tyminski - guitar

A Few More Years Shall Roll, Blackest Crow, In Some Lonesome Graveyard, Waterbound, Morning Train, Foggy, Foggy Dew, Cornbread Nation, Let's Go To Huntin', Fiddler's Green, Instrumental, Early Morning Rain, Fair Flowers Of The Valley, I Believe In Being Ready *, Look Down That Lonesome Road *

Train On The Island *

The Drew Emmitt Band put on a great set on Sunday. The Band has an excellent new release out titled Across the Bridge. If you liked Drew in Leftover Salmon, you'll enjoy his more bluegrass-oriented, yet still very rocking, sound with this group.

Drew Emmitt - mandolin, vocals
Chris Pandolfi - banjo
Ross Martin - guitar
Greg Garrison - bass
* with
Chris Eldridge - guitar

All Night Ride, Silvanite, Gold Hill Line, This House, Get Me Outta This City, Out In The Woods, Midnight Blues, On The Other Side, Lost All My Money But A Two Dollar Bill, Troubled Times, Breaking Through, Down In The Hollow *

Sam Bush :: RockyGrass 2005
Sam Bush came out with a revamped lineup that included Scott Vestal on banjo and Keith Sewell on guitar. The band mixed tight instrumental jams with old-time nuggets including "You've Left Me Alone," John Hartford's "Steamboat Whistle Blues," "They're Gonna Miss Me When I'm Gone," "Cold Sailor," "Howlin' At the Moon," and a ripping version of "Going Back to Old Kentucky" (with Jerry Douglas).

Instrumental, I Wonder If You Ever Think Of Me, Bringing In The Georgia Mail, Ginseng Sullivan, Whisper My Name, You Left Me Alone, Band intro, By Stealth, Cold Sailor, Instrumental, Steamboat Whistle Blues, They're Gonna Miss Me When I'm Gone, Howlin' At The Moon, Apache, Instrumental

I'm Going Back To Old Kentucky *

* with Jerry Douglas

Alison Krauss & Union Station :: RockyGrass
The festival closed with an incredible set by Alison Krauss and Union Station. I'd seen the group once before, but this performance blew me away. They were truly a treat. You've gotta love a set that includes Dan Tyminski singing his now famous ode to hillbillies everywhere, "Man of Constant Sorrow," Jerry Douglas shredding on dobro, and Alison singing her hits "When You Say Nothing At All" and "Oh Atlanta." It's enough to make you change your name to Cletus.

Restless, This Sad Song, Instrumental, Goodbye Is All We Have, Wouldn't Be So Bad, Rain, Please Go Away, Every Time You Say Goodbye, Bright Sunny South, Instrumental, It Doesn't Matter Now, Forget About It, Gravity, My Poor Old Heart, Man Of Constant Sorrow, Jerry Douglas dobro tune, When You Say Nothing At All, Maybe, Oh, Atlanta

You Will Be My One True Love, Down To The River To Pray, A Living Prayer

With the weight of August hanging over us all, I can't help but think that Garcia would have loved to perform at RockyGrass. I can hear him sitting in with David Grisman, Peter Rowan, Tim O'Brien, Doc Watson, Sam Bush, Del McCoury, Alison Krauss, or any of the other great bluegrass artists who play under the cottonwoods from year to year and who draw from the same musical well that inspired his formidable acoustic playing. Although Jerry's body has moved on, his soul remains - and his influence is felt at shows and festivals across the land, and most certainly he was felt at RockyGrass. Until next year: Whip it like a mule!

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[Published on: 8/29/05]

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