Growing up in the same town as a music festival like Merlefest, you quickly begin to take it for granted. Field trips to the festival to learn about music, specials concerts at the schools, random musicians at the local restaurants. It all becomes part of the norm for a high school kid. It wasn’t until I moved across the country that I realized just how special it was. I guess that old adage of not knowing what you’ve got till it’s gone would apply here. And even though I don’t listen to too much bluegrass or country music these days, it’s hard not to love seeing so many musicians with so much raw talent in one place at one time.

After a six year hiatus, I would return to NC this spring, but this time with a camera and shot list. I guess those hometown connections finally payed off.

Here’s a few shots from Merlefest ’11.

October 1, 2011 Music