2017 Mountain Song Festival a big success

We heard this morning from Graham Sharp, banjo man with Steep Canyon Rangers, who shared a report from their 12th annual Mountain Song Festival in Brevard, NC in September. The festival is a charity event, with proceeds donated to area Boys and Girls Clubs.

The money is used by the clubs for a wide range of youth activities, including traditional string music education.

Graham said that they turned over $90,000 to the Boys and Girls Club, something the band is proud to do each year. Guitarist Woody Platt’s mom, Cindy, had founded a Boys & Girls Club in Brevard prior to her passing in 2013, and the festival was created to further her work.

Graham asked that we thanks all the performers this year: The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Hot Rize, Sierra Hull, The Steel Wheels, Molly Tuttle, Mipso,  Rob Ickes & Trey Hensley, Carolina Blue, Shannon Whitworth & Barrett Smith, Grandpa’s Cough Medicine, and Fireside Collective.

Steep Canyon Rangers Red No. 5

The Steeps have also recently received an honor quite rare among bluegrass bands. The Jones von Drehle Vineyards & Winery in Thurland, NC has created a private label wine for the band, sold as The Steep Canyon Rangers, Red No. 5.

Proceeds from the sale of these bottles will go to the Cindy Platt Boys & Girls Club of Transylvania County.

Well done Steep Canyon Rangers and all the artists and volunteers who made the Mountain Song Festival a great success.

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John Lawless

John had served as primary author and editor for The Bluegrass Blog from its launch in 2006 until being folded into Bluegrass Today in September of 2011. He continues in that capacity here, managing a strong team of columnists and correspondents.