And second, Rockygrass!

So, I am the first to admit, I have never been much of a fan of Bluegrass music. Maybe it’s the bluegrass I have been exposed to before, though – because I was highly impressed with what I heard over the weekend at the Rockygrass Festival up in Lyons, Colorado.

And how does a person who is not a fan of Bluegrass music end up at a weekend-long Bluesgrass festival, you may ask? Well, remember our good friend Darren? The one whose wife Sherri went to high school with Bryan? Just so happens he plays guitar and sings with Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, a very well-respected and incredibly talented bluegrass group. A group who also just so happens to have the No. 1 bluegrass song in the country right now: “Sadie’s Got Her New Dress On.”

And we were seriously blown away.

I mean, sure, it was fun to be backstage and feel all important and stuff. But what was really cool was to watch an old friend living his dream. A friend who visited Colorado nearly a decade ago with his then-girlfriend talking about how he would love to have music be his full-time job.

How amazingly cool is that? He’s totally doing it now.

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P.S. In case you are wondering, Darren is the cute one with the black hair and purple shirt on. Well, they are all cute, but you get the idea.

This article has 14 comments

  1. joansy

    Maybe I’ve been watching a little too much Big Love, but he totally looks like Bill Paxton in that photo.

    I’m glad you had a good time.

  2. Anonymous

    That is awesome! WTG Darren!

  3. monstergirlee

    I’m a bit of a closet Blue Grass fan myself, every year in Tacoma they have Winter Grass which is one of largest Blue Grass festivals in the country. I plan to check out your friends band. Such a cool thing for him to be able to do.
    On another note, if you get a chance check out The Del McCrory Band – very taleted folks.

  4. Sarah

    that sound so fun!

  5. Anonymous

    great pics!!!

  6. soccer mom in denial

    Sounds like fun. And so glad your friend is living out his dream.

    But personally, the cutest one in the group is the one in the red jacket.

  7. Alpha DogMa

    Who doesn’t love bluegrass!?! Okay, that’s enough Mandy Moore for you, missy! We love bluegrass here, which my boys call Cowboy Music.

  8. aimee / greeblemonkey

    AD – anyone who has seen the movie Deliverance.


    And LOL re: Mandy Moore.

    Speaking of girly music, I just found out Sarah Bareilles is playing THIS THURSDAY with Paula Cole in Boulder. But it’s sold out. Dammit.

  9. aimee / greeblemonkey

    And Sue, that is totally true! 😉 But also, I was really impressed with other bands I heard there too. The Biscuit Burners for example (and they say alt music bands have silly names)… there was one song they were singing that nearly brought tears to my eyes!

  10. Lil Sis'

    yeah… nice to hear you finally enjoyd a bluegrass festival!!! We saw Sam Bush at Artscape in Bmore two weeks ago…. Ridge loves to boogie!! xoxox entirely too cute. ps– he wants to fly way up high in an airplane to Colorado and come swim in that pool with declan and uncle b. heehee

  11. sue

    It makes a difference if you know someone in the band…

  12. Anonymous

    Awesome pics!

  13. DBeachley

    Wow what great pics. Glad you guys had a good time, It was very special having you guys there. You guys are still the coolest people I have ever met. Someone mentioned Winter Grass. We actually worked that this past year, It is a great festival.

  14. Oh, The Joys

    I. feel. so. vindicated.


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