Information

April 2nd – 8th Chicken Pickin’, Heart of Dixie Music Park, 1-800-392-7014, Elba, AL
April 6th & 7th Semi-Annual Bluegrass SuperJam, Cullman Co. Ag. Center, Chuck Carpenter (256)747-1650, Cullman, AL
April 20th & 21st M & M Spring Bluegrass Festival, M & M Music Barn, R.M. Wilson (256)449-2953, Woodland, AL
April 27th – 28th Bluegrass Jamboree, “Rex The Old Bluegrass Man” (334)484-3315, Henderson, AL
April 27th & 28th Hackneyville Bluegrass Festival, Clifford Moncus (256)825-9006 or (256)896-2535, Hackneyville, AL
April 27th & 28th Pebble Community Center Bluegrass Festival, Call (205) 486-7620 or 486-5949, off Hwy 243, Haleyville, AL
April 27th & 28th Hidden Cove Resort Music Festival, Days (205)221-7042, (205)384-5522, Arley AL
May 4th & 5th Cheaha Mountain Bluegrass Festival, Cheaha Mountain, Jim Marsh(256)831-5564
May 10th – 12th Alabama Bluegrass Reunion, Heart of Dixie Music Park, 1-800-392-7014, Elba, AL
May 11th & 12th Dixie Bluegrass Festival, Sullivan Family Homeplace, Enoch Sullivan (334)246-4553, St. Stephens, AL
May 12th Millbrook Bluegrass & Arts and Crafts Festival, Willie McCraney, 334-285-3949, Millbrook, AL
May 25th & 26th Indian Camp Creek, Contact Charles Anthony (256)766 9994, near Florence, AL.
May 26th The Acoustic Cafe, Doc Watson, for more info 205/647-3237 or www.TheAcousticCafe.com, Hayden, AL
June 1st & 2nd Bluff Creek Bluegrass Festival, Bluff Creek Music Park, Lonnie Strickland (205)993-4471, Phil Campbell AL
June 1st & 2nd Foggy Hollow Bluegrass Gatherin’, (256)492-3700, Wellington, AL
June 15th & 16th Cabin Fever Bluegrass Festival, Swindall’s RV Park, Mike Swindall (334)566-8353 Troy AL
June 8th & 9th Bluegrass on the Mountain and St.Clair County Buckdancin’ Contest, White’s Mountain, St.ClairSprings, AL (205)467-6927
July 5th – 7th Fourth of July Bluegrass Reunion, Heart of Dixie Music Park, 1-800-392-7014, Elba, AL
August 17th & 18th Bluff Creek Bluegrass Festival, Bluff Creek Music Park, Lonnie Strickland (205)993-4471, Phil Campbell AL
August 10th & 11th Pebble Community Center Bluegrass Festival, Call (205) 486-7620 or 486-5949, off Hwy 243, Haleyville, AL
August 30th – Sept. 1st Alabama Bluegrass Reunion, Heart of Dixie Music Park, 1-800-392-7014, Elba, AL
September 7th & 8th Indian Camp Creek, Contact Charles Anthony (256)766 9994, near Florence, AL.
September 8th The Acoustic Cafe, 205/647-3237 or www.TheAcousticCafe.com, Hayden, AL
September 14th & 15th M & M Fall Bluegrass Festival, M & M Music Barn, R.M. Wilson (256)449-2953, Woodland, AL
September 28th & 29th Bluff Creek Bluegrass Festival, Bluff Creek Music Park, Lonnie Strickland (205)993-4471, Phil Campbell AL
September 28th & 29th Foggy Hollow Bluegrass Gatherin, (256)492-3700, Wellington, AL
September 30th Pike Pioneer Bluegrass Festival, Pioneer Village, Ray Rossell (334)834-1600, Troy, AL
October 1st – 7th Chicken Pickin’, Heart of Dixie Music Park, 1-800-392-7014, Elba, AL
October 5th & 6th Tennessee Valley Old-Time Fiddlers Convention, Athens State Univ., Gayle Davis (256)2338200, Athens, AL
October 5th & 6th Dixie Bluegrass Festival, Sullivan Family Homeplace, Enoch Sullivan (334)246-4553, St. Stephens, AL
October 12th & 13th Cheaha Mountain Bluegrass Festival, Cheaha Mountain, Jim Marsh(256)831-5564
October 19th & 20th Bluegrass in the Fall, White’s Mountain, St.Clair Springs, AL, (205)467-6927
October 26th & 27th Noccalula Falls Bluegrass In The Park, Noccalula Falls, (256)549-4680, Gadsden, AL
November 2nd & 3rd Semi-Annual Bluegrass SuperJam, Cullman Co. Ag. Center, Chuck Carpenter (256)747-1650, Cullman, AL

Arkansas

April 20th – 22nd Annual Arkansas Folk Festival, Ozark Folk Center, Bill Young, (870)269-3851, Mountain View, AR
May 11th – 12th Annual Hope Chamber of Commerce Bluegrass Festival, Fair Park, Mark Keith, (870)777-3640, Hope, AR
May 18th – 19th Annual Tribute to Merle Travis & National Thumbpicking Guitar Competition, Ozark Folk Center, John Van Orman, (870)269-3851, Mountain View, AR

Florida

April 12th – 14th Northeaset Florida Pick & Jam, Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park, Roger Boothe 800-392-7014 or (334)897-8349, Live Oak, FL
May 25th – 26th Panhandle Bluegrass Pick & Jam, NW Florida Campground, Roger/Pat Boothe, 800-392-7014, Chipley, FL

Georgia

April 5th – 7th Piney Woods Lake Bluegrass Festival, Piney Woods Lake, Howard Swinson (912)463-3301, Glenwood, GA
April 7th 25th Annual WRFG Peachblossom Bluegrass Festival, Southern Polytech State Univ., I-75, Exit 263, Sharon Wiggins (770)957-1710, Marietta, GA
April 19th – 21st Riverbend Bluegrass Festival, Riverbend Bluegrass Park, Gene Paulk (912)468-4120, Ocilla, GA
April 20th – 22nd Bear On The Square Mountain Festival, Town Square, Glenda Pender (706)864-7817, Dohlonega, GA
May 17th – 19th Alton & Bertha Walters’ Memorial Bluegrass Festival, Shoal Creek Music Park, W.J.(Clem) Sayer, (706)356-1092, Lavonia, GA
May 18th – 19th Marietta Bluegrass Festival, Jim Miller Park, Billy M. Johnson, (770)941-7591, Marietta, GA
May 25th – 26th 19th Annual Memorial Day Armuchee Bluegrass Festival, Armuchee Saddle Club, Mack Farley, (770)941-6453, Rome, GA
May 31st – June 2nd Annual Clouds Creek Bluegrass Event, Clouds Creek Campground, Jim Willcox, (706)743-8879, Comer, GA

Kentucky

May 4th – 5th 8th Annual Spring Festival, Meadowgreen Park, Don Rogers, (859)254-4781, Clay City, KY
May 10th – 12th Riverpark Bluegrass Festival, River Park, Donald Morgan, (513)752-2747, Booneville, KY
May 12th 2nd Annual Kentucky Blue-Grass Festival, Clear Creek Park, Laurie Cottrell, (502)738-0040, Shelbyville, KY
May 17th – 19th DaleAnn Bradley & Coon Creek Music Fest, OH Kentucky Campground, Vicki Simmons, (859)986-1194, Berea KY

Louisiana

May 3rd – 5th Hickory Grove Bluegrass Festival, Hickory Grove Music Park, Alecia McRight, (318)466-9455, Delville, LA
May 10th – 12th Pecan Ridge Spring Bluegrass Festival, Pecan Ridge Park, Alvin Havard, (225)629-5852, Jackson, LA

Mississippi

April 6th – 7th Amite County Hoedown, Courthouse Square, Wanda Brister (601)657-4148, Liberty, MS
April 10th – 14th Two Rivers Bluegrass Festival, Greene County Rural Events Center, Leakesville, MS
April 19th – 21st Adair Family Bluegrass Festival, Prentiss County Agri-Center, Jerry Adair, (205)486-9027, Booneville, MS
May 17th – 19th Bluegrass On The Creek, Southwest Events Center, J.D. Morris, (225)634-7886, Tylertown MS
May 18th – 19th 10th Annual Sparks Family Bluegrass Festival, CO. R. 961, Bryan Sparks, (662)454-7823, Belmont, MS
May 31st – June 2nd Magnolia State Bluegrass Festival, Stone Country Music Park, Enoch Sullivan (334)246-4553, Wiggins, MS

Tennessee

April 28th Bluegrass In the Park Contest, Englewood Community Park, Helen Brown (423)887-5224 or (423)887-5455, Englewood, TN
May 3rd – 5th 11th Annual Boxcar Pinion Memorial Bluegrass Festival, Camp Columbus, Cindy/Ruth Pinion, (706)820-2228, Chattanooga, TN
May 11th – 12th Nine Mile Fire Dept. Bluegrass Festival, Edmons Music Park, Louis Edmons, (423)533-2455, Pikeville, TN
May 11th – 13th WDVX Fundfestival, Fox Inn Campground, Tony Lawson, (423)533-2455, Norris, TN
May 17th – 19th 6th Annual Bluegrass On The River, Marion County Park, Jim Harrison, (706)866-4909
May 25th-26th 9th Annual Old-Time Music Jam & Campout, Fox Inn Campground, Debbie McKinney, (865)494-9386, Norris, TN
May 26th – 28th Charlie Ray’s Nashville Music Festival, American Legion Post 88, Amb. Charlie Ray, (615)252-8202, Nashville, TN

Ginger Boatwright

I recently subscribed to Bluegrass Now magazine and as a bonus they sent me copies of the last two issues. One of those issues really took me back to my early days in bluegrass. The featured artist, whose picture was on the front cover, was none other than Ginger Boatwright, the real genius behind the 70’s regional group Red, White & Blue(grass). In the early 70’s, when I was just beginning to get into bluegrass, Red, White & Blue(grass) was becoming a regional phenomenon. Their music was something of a mix of bluegrass, folk and soft rock and for someone like myself, a child of the 60’s, it helped bridge the gap between what I had been listening to and playing and what was then becoming my life’s passion, bluegrass.
I was just starting to get into bluegrass and I heard that there was going to be a bluegrass concert over in Tuscaloosa so I decided to get in my little red Volkswagen bug and ride over there and check it out. I didn’t even know who was playing before I went. When I got there I sat out on the ground in front of a flatbed semi-trailer with perhaps two to three hundred other people and proceeded to be blown away by this group of young, talented and extremely enthusiastic musicians known as Red, White, and Blue(grass). If you looked at their hair and clothes they looked like the “hippy” musicians I had been used to in college, but their music was decidedly different. Not until recently did I learn that the Norman Blake did vocals, mandolin, dobro and guitar for them at that time. I was so young and so unlearned! What I remember most from that long ago day was the banjo player Dale Whitcomb (not for his music but for his hair which he wore in a shocking blond ‘Fro) and the voice of Ginger Boatwright.
Red, White and Blue(grass) was a regional group at the time who gained some national recognition and, in looking back at my LP collection, I find that I purchased three of their albums that span the period 1973 through 1977. I lost track of Ginger after that and didn’t really know what had happened to her until I read the article in Bluegrass Now.
After RWB(g) she had a group called The Bushwackers for a short time them went to work for The Doug Dillard band. She’s suffered through some medical battles with cancer but was told she was cancer free as of December of 1999. Ginger is an Alabama girl but she now lives in Alaska with her husband, Buck Kuhn, and has recently released a new CD project called Sipsey. The title cut, a dark love song, is named after the Sipsey river and swamp that meanders through Fayette, Tuscaloosa, Pickens and Greene counties in west Alabama.
Seeing the photos and reading about Ginger again, after all these years, and finding out that she is still active in the music business was like running into an old friend and renewing a relationship that seemed to be over 20 some years ago. I’ve already gotten the new CD and was not disappointed. Maybe you can renew this relationship along with me. Check out the review of Ginger’s project in this month’s newsletter.