Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Photos from day one of music at the Musicfest

Taking every show in here at the Musicfest in Steamboat Springs Colorado is nearly impossible, actually it is impossible. But that's ok, you just decide where you want to go and then enjoy the fabulous music. The first day here is just for checking in, meeting your roomates and getting situated and maybe socializing. The second day is when the music starts with the "First Note" in the Steamboat Grand ballroom and in the new Dung Beetle saloon inside the general store which is also inside the Grand. The first show in the Grand was an incredible way to kick things off. Starting off with an all female acoustic line up of vocal powerhouses, and guitar players who also have great songwriting skills to match. Members of the groups The Trishas, Kelly Mickwee, Liz Foster and Jaime Wilson joined with one of my favorite female vocalists in any genre of music, Bonnie Bishop and Kathleen Braun too. Walt Wilkins also provided guitar and some harmony vocals and later Tina Wilkins also joined in once her flight arrived. I gotta say that i became a fan of Liz Foster, that girl can sing! Tina Wilkins debuted a song she wrote as a female response inspired by the Johnny Cash song "Ive Been Everywhere" that had the crowd going with laughter as her lyrics rattled off a theme of trying to find a good man who could be in one of any number of occupations mentioned in song just as Johnny Cash named cities and states in his song. After the women were done, the men took the stage. Billy Joe Shaver was scheduled to be one of the artists on stage but was unable to make it because of the flu so Willy Braun joined Cody Canada, Charlie Robison and Robert Earl Keen trading turns playing acoustic crowd favorites and songs they felt like doing often trading jokes between songs.

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