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Bill Warren is a photographer and bluegrass enthusiast in Troy, Michigan. You can find out more about Bill and see his images at

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Weekend photos from Marshall Bluegrass Festival

| July 25, 2016 | 0 Comments

Friday at the Marshall Bluegrass Festival opened with a newly formed band, The Local Mash, created by Tony Zapolnik and his fiancé, Jennifer Strickland. Jennifer is a well-known bassist/singer/songwriter in the bluegrass world. They are joined by Michiganders Danielle Smith and Chad Phelps. Indiana/Michigan band […]


Thursday at the Marshall Bluegrass Festival

| July 22, 2016 | 0 Comments

The Marshall Bluegrass Festival held on the Calhoun County Fairground in Marshall, Michigan was kicked off Thursday by Wickle Creek. They were followed by Heart to Heart, a longtime favorite of West Michigan bluegrass fans. Then host band, Harbourtown, took the stage for the first […]


More photos from Norwalk 2016

| July 12, 2016 | 0 Comments

The Friday stage show at the Norwalk Music Festival was kicked off by a local band, Vertical Limit, playing strong, traditional bluegrass. They were followed by Columbus, Ohio’s Out of Mind Bluegrass Band. Co-promoter Kurt Hickman brought his band, Harbourtown to the stage next. Newly formed […]


Ralph Stanley remembered at Norwalk

| July 11, 2016 | 0 Comments

The Friday night show at the Norwalk Music Festival closed out with a tribute to Ralph Stanley and the Stanley Brothers. Festival co-promoter, Chris Smith, and Junior Sisk teamed up to present this touching tribute. Chris had this to say just before joining Junior on stage: […]


Thursday at Norwalk 2016

| July 8, 2016 | 0 Comments

The Thursday stage show at the Norwalk Music Festival was opened by Breakline, a swing band fronted by promoter Kurt Hickman. Ohio based bands, Lloyd Blevins and Ramblin’ Mountain and the Red Dust Mountain Boys followed. Host band, Harbourtown, closed the show. The last few […]


Norwalk Music Festival ready to go for ’16

| July 7, 2016 | 0 Comments

One can tell that the time for the Norwalk Music Festival in Norwalk, OH is getting close when the promoters, Chris Smith and Kurt Hickman, are both on step ladders helping erect the stage! This was the case Wednesday afternoon at the fairgrounds in Norwalk, Ohio. […]


Ralph Stanley tribute at the Norwalk Music Festival

| July 1, 2016 | 0 Comments

The Norwalk Music festival, now in its 4th year, has a few things special in store this year. Independence Day takes place during the week of the festival and early arrivals will have a front row seat to the town’s fireworks display at the Huron […]


Friday and Saturday at Charlotte

| June 20, 2016 | 0 Comments

Friday dawned sunny and warm for an ideal bluegrass festival day at the 2016 Charlotte Bluegrass Festival in Charlotte, MI. A group of young siblings calling themselves Sugar Creek Bluegrass opened the show. They range in age from seven to twenty from the Columbus, OH […]


Thursday at Charlotte 2016

| June 17, 2016 | 0 Comments

Thursday started out as the one day at Charlotte that always happens – a little chilly and misty. Late afternoon brought warmth and a little sunshine and the rest of the weekend promises lots of sun and warmth. Local bands were the Thursday theme. Michigan […]


Instrument Petting Zoo in Charlotte, MI

| June 16, 2016 | 0 Comments

Wednesday at the Charlotte Bluegrass Festival saw the debut of the Southeast Michigan Bluegrass Music Association’s “instrument petting zoo.” The “kids of all ages” ranged from a few months to – let’s just say well past a few months! SMBMA has had a goal of encouraging […]