Wakarusa Spotlight: Del McCoury, Emmitt-Nershi, Stringdusters, H4H,

Words By J-man

Wakarusa brings the festival goer a wide variety of genres, but possibly none more relevant to the atmosphere and region than bluegrass. The hills of the Ozarks seem the perfect backdrop for some good old fashion pickin' and grinnin'. From traditional to newgrass, today's sampler gives you a taste of a few styles that will be up for the taking at this year's Wakarusa...

The Del McCoury Band/Travelin McCourys:

The Del McCoury band takes the cake for the most traditional of the bunch, featuring one of the original Bluegrass Boys in Del. Also present will be the newest incarnation out of the McCoury camp, The Travelin' McCourys. In this project Del steps aside for jam looper, Keller Williams to take over. What will be consistent between the two projects is a level of instrumentation far above that of most bands present at the festival.

Keller & The Travelin' McCoury Live at Suwannee Music Park on October 21, 2011.

Set I: Instrumental, Hobo Song, A Deeper Shade of Blue, Gallivanting, Sawing On The Strings, Banjo instrumental, Freaker By The Speaker, Rocky Road Blues, Foggy Mountain Breakdown, Evangelina, Portapotty, Mullet Cut, On the Lonesome Wind, Broken Convertible, Friend of the Devil

*First live performance of these two bands together



Emmitt-Nershi Band:

Emmitt-Nershi Band is the result of a collision between a couple of the scene's powerhouses, The String Cheese Incident and Leftover Salmon. Drew Emmitt and Billy Nershi feature their true passion along side of some fantastic pickers!

Emmitt Nershi Band Live at Center For The Arts on January 26, 2012.

Set I: Center For The Arts Announcement, Intro/ Johnny Cash, Wait Until Tomorrow, Think Of What You've Done, Big Mon, Midnight Run, Good Times Around The Bend, Gold Hill Line, These Days, Thorn Pipe, Valley Of The Full Moon, Texas, ?

Set II: Don't It Make You Wanna Dance, Tangled Up In Blue, Road Of Destruction, Red Lady Mountain? (New Song), One After 909, This House, Cloud City?, Black Clouds, Lonesome Pines, Flight Of The Durbin, New Country Blues, Restless Wind


The Infamous Stringdusters:

There is no bluegrass/string band on the circuit that is growing as rapidly as The Stringdusters. Their takeover came quickly and without warning! See what all of the fuss is about and hop aboard the Stringdusters' train!

Infamous Stringdusters Live at Visulite Theatre on March 22, 2012.

Set I: Intro, The Place I Call Home, Get it While You Can, Black Rock, Tears of the Earth, All That I Can Take, Walking On The Moon, In God's Country, Steam Powered Aeroplane, Three Days in July, Instrumental, Rain

Set II: Don't Mean Nothin', Night On A River, The Hitchhiker, How Far I'd Fall For You, I Am A Stranger, Y2K, He’s Gone, Instrumental, Can’t Put Out The Fire, The Weight*, Ashokan Farewell, ????, Midnight Moonlight, More Time For You And Me

Encore: Free(un-amplified in the audience)


Head For The Hills:

Another one of Colorado's up and coming offerings, Head For The Hills, is kicking grass and taking names. Combining youthful newgrass with a traditional approach this band is sure to get you dancing! Utilizing powerful originals and unique covers, H4H has something for listeners of all levels.

Head For The Hills Live at Bluebird Theater on April 20, 2012.

Setlist: Unknown


For information on Wakarusa, the complete line-up, activities, tickets, etc. visit www.wakarusa.com


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