Frosty Foster remembered at Jenny Brook Bluegrass Festival

The Po’ Ramblin’ Boys join Dreamcatcher in remembering Frosty at Jenny Brook – photo by String River Studios

The is past weekend’s Jenny Brook Bluegrass Mini-Fest included an emotional remembrance of Aaron “Frosty” Foster, who passed away suddenly this February. Frosty was a friend to everyone he met, and was playing guitar and singing with The Amanda Cook Band when we lost him at 28 years of age. Jenny Brook was his home festival, where he attended as a teen, and where he returned every year to assist with the Kid’s Academy.

Sunday’s lineup featured a special set, with all the bands there for the show joining in to honor Frosty. The Foster family was on hand, and festival promoter Candi Sawyer tells us that there plenty of tears, but laughter too, as was appropriate given Frosty’s fun-loving personality.

Etta Crawford, Frosty’s grandmother, spoke to Sawyer after the event, and she said, “It was his festival, that’s what he always called it!”

And Candi herself always saw him as part of the festival.

“He truly was the biggest Jenny Brook ambassador. All of his friends keep telling me that everywhere they went, he bragged about Jenny Brook. He was a huge part of all of our lives and will never be forgotten.”

Participating were The Po’ Ramblin’ Boys, The Amanda Cook Band, The Michelle Canning Band, and a reunion of Dreamcatcher, a group Frosty played with in support of his original music, consisting of his friends from ETSU. Many were wearing the T-shirts made and sold in February to raise money to help the Foster family pay for Aaron’s funeral, and the shockingly high cost of transporting his body back home from Tennessee.

Michelle tells us that it was truly bittersweet, given their close relationship, but that it left her feeling better about her missing friend.

“I met Aaron at Jenny Brook when I was 12 and he was 13, and we became instant friends. Words cannot express the close bond that we had. The highlight of our year was always getting to spend every waking moment together at Jenny Brook. I knew going into Mini Fest that being there without him was going to be tough. As expected, a lot of tears were shed, but there was also a joy in the air that could only come from Aaron. Sunday at Jenny Brook Mini Fest was a perfect tribute, and I know that Aaron would have loved every minute of it.”

Candi also shared a number of photos from Sunday’s memoriam. Only someone truly special would be so well remembered.

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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.