First Place at Appalachian String Band Music Festival

amosperrinetem06We did it! The Early Mays took home the blue ribbon in the Neo-Traditional Band Competition this summer. What a way to wrap up the season: singing your favorite songs with your favorite people on a stage that has held some of the best old-time players of recent times. We can’t wait to go back next year for our showcase concert.

If the Appalachian String Band Music Festival (or “Clifftop” as it’s best known) is new to you, let me share a few things about it. It’s one of the largest gatherings of old-time musicians in the country where folks bring their tents and campers to spend days and nights making music in the mountains of southern West Virginia. It’s like a family reunion for many. For me, it’s a time where I can reconnect with friends from all around the country who I have jammed with over the years, especially from Chicago and Austin. Music is everywhere you turn, all day and all night. It creates a soundtrack that keeps playing in my head for days and weeks after the festival.
Follow these links to read more about the festival, and to see some great pictures of our performance, and join us next August!

http://www.wvculture.org/stringband/
http://nodepression.com/article/appalachian-string-band-festival-clifftop-west-virginia
http://www.npr.org/2016/08/05/488881254/musicians-descend-on-west-virginia-for-appalachian-string-band-festival