After successfully crowdfunding their debut album, 2014’s “Sake of the Sound”, San Francisco area quintet Front Country is back at it again, recently opening up a Kickstarter for a second album, which they’re already laid down the tracks for in studio.
They may be called the Lil Smokies, but this five-piece newgrass outfit from Missoula, Montana, is anything but. Led by dobro wizard Andy Dunnigan, the group has taken off in the past year after winning the band competition at the prestigious Telluride bluegrass festival in 2015, which set in course a spiral of changes for the band.
The heat was persistent throughout the weekend at the 13th annual ROMP festival in Owensboro, Kentucky with temperatures firmly cemented in the 90s, but even more persistent were the musicians and fans who battled vigorously throughout each day to spread the love and joy of music and community that you can only find in a festival environment.
For the last 13 years, some of the world’s best bluegrass musicians have descended upon Yellow Creek park for the ROMP music festival, hosted by the International Bluegrass Music Museum located a stone’s throw away in downtown Owensboro, Kentucky. The festival is known not only for it’s stellar and eclectic bluegrass lineups, but their family-friendly atmosphere and easy access to artists as well. This year’s festivities begin Wednesday, June 22, and run through Saturday, June 25.