YMSB and the McCourys in Charlottesville

The Travelin' McCourys in Charlottesville (2/11/14) - photo © G. Milo FarineauAs Mother Nature was bearing down on Central Virginia Tuesday night, we found the perfect way to keep warm at The Jefferson Theater in Charlottesville, VA. Warming up the stage to a sold out crowd was the sizzling combination of the Travelin’ McCourys with Jeff Autry and the Yonder Mountain String Band.

After a rip roaring first set, Jason Carter and Ronnie McCoury (of recent Grammy Award fame!) stuck around to join members of Yonder Mountain as they played two full sets late into the evening. Ronnie teased us a little first, though, asking if we wanted a preview on the as yet unannounced DelFest line up for this Memorial Day. YES! “Well…..we’ll be there,”  he joked. We knew that!! I guess we’ll have to keep checking the website in the meantime.

Jason and Ronnie joined YMSB, as mandolin player Jeff Austin is home currently with his brand new baby girl. Congratulations to him and his wife! This was one of the last dates on this “combo” winter tour for these guys together, and while Jeff was missed, they’ve all clearly achieved a high level of comfort playing together, and it was a fantastic performance.


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Diane Farineau

Diane Farineau, her husband, photographer, Milo and their friend, photographer, Chester Simpson, hatched a brilliant plan last year to write a book about music festivals. Somewhere along the way The Festival Project, as it has now become, turned into a website and a blog and an amazing journey into the world of today's bluegrass and Americana artists and festival scene. When not listening to or writing about music, Diane has a day job as a hospital administrator, is a mom of two musical teenagers, and writes about life's never ending stream of ironies.