DelFest was certainly one for the books. Being from Florida and currently residing in Brooklyn, I found it quite the treat to be located at the base of a mountain for four days of world-class bluegrass music. Del McCoury and co. sure know how to throw quite the soirée, and while String Cheese Incident, Greensky Bluegrass, Railroad Earth and more threw down, the weekend was also a great opportunity to hear some fresh, new voices…
The Shook Twins
These twins got things going early on Friday. It was hot and sunny, but that didn’t stop them from giving 110% on the main stage. The girls have a lot of cool vocal tricks, from bird noises to sound effects anchored by that weird telephone-turned-microphone that they use in the video above.
I don’t know if there’s a single gentlemen in attendance who didn’t have googly eyes for this 22 year old songstress. Aside from her beauty and stage presence, she actually picks quite the mandolin and has an awesome cast around her. With a steady stream of instrumentals wedged in between the lyrical songs, this chick is cleary leading a real-deal bluegrass band.
The Deadly Gentlemen
The Deadly Gentlemen followed up Del McCoury’s soundcheck set on Thursday evening. The band did a wonderful job of displaying a more contemporary take on bluegrass to an eager crowd. I’ll definitely be on the look out to catch another set from these fellas in the future.