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Acclaimed bands will pick at bluegrass festival

August 21, 2003|by KATE COLEMAN

katec@herald-mail.com

The lineup for the the four-day, 47-year-old bluegrass music festival near Gettysburg, Pa., is ripe with award winners and nominees.

Forty hours of pickin' begins at 2 p.m. today at the Gettysburg Bluegrass Festival, which will continue through Sunday, Aug. 24 at Granite Hill Campground. Bluegrass workshops will take place today, Friday and Saturday.

Performers include the Lonesome River Band, Robin and Linda Williams & Their Fine Group, the Original Bluegrass Cardinals and The Seldom Scene.

The West Virginia Eastern Panhandle's own Eldred Hill and Wayne Lanham of Patent Pending will conduct a Slow Jam for Beginners workshop at 3:40 p.m. today.

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Rhonda Vincent & The Rage - Vincent is the reigning International Bluegrass Music Association Female Vocalist of the Year - will play two sets on Saturday, Aug. 23.

Del McCoury Band, the association's current Entertainer of the Year, will perform two sets Friday, Aug. 22. The McCoury Band received 12 nominations for International Bluegrass Music Association awards, which will be presented Thursday, Oct. 2, at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.

Eight-time Grammy-winner Ricky Skaggs and his band Kentucky Thunder will play a 90-minute set starting at 8:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 23. Skaggs and crew garnered seven 2003 International Bluegrass Music Association nominations.

Skaggs, 49, who played as a teen with bluegrass legend Ralph Stanley, later played with J.D. Crowe & The New South and Emmylou Harris' Hot Band. He launched his solo career in 1980, and last year he celebrated his 20th anniversary as a member of the Grand Ole Opry.

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