2022 Graves Mountain Music Festival – Day 1

Gabriel Kelley with Hogslop String Band at the 2022 Graves Mountain Music Festival – photo by Jeromie Stephens

Jeromie Stephens relocated this past weekend to the Graves Mountain Music Festival in Syria, VA, which made its triumphant return in 2022 following COVID shutdowns.

The festival was also a triumph for music director Mark Newton, his first time out since his recent liver transplant. He and the Graves family expanded the offerings this year beyond bluegrass, to all include old time and Celtic acts on the bill.

We’ll have more of Jeromie’s photos this next few days.

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Jeromie Stephens

Jeromie Stephens has been photographing bluegrass musicians for a little over 30 years. In keeping with the photo-reportage styles of Jim Marshall, Carl Fleischauer and Les Leverett, he shoots in black and white and tries to always stay in close to his subjects. He was first published by FRETS! Magazine in 1986, his junior year of high school. He's illustrated articles for Bluegrass Unlimited, Rolling Stone, Guitar Player, The Washington Post, The Nashville Tennessean and Fretboard Journal. Additionally his photos have been used in CD packages for musicians like Tony Rice, Danny Gatton and Lou Pallo. Jeromie lives in Fredericksburg, VA with his wife, April and youngest son, JJ. You are likely to see JJ with his Dad taking photos at festivals.