(This was written Friday night beside the Watson stage at MerleFest)
I’m sitting here, listening to Sam Bush finish up his set. So far I have shot 1311 photos of 16 sets, including Gillian Welch, John Prine, and crowd favorite The Waybacks with special guest Bob Weir (of Grateful Dead fame). The award for “I’m damn glad I was here to hear that in person” goes to Weir, the Waybacks, and Gillian Welch bluegrassing up “Like a Rolling Stone” as an encore as the sun set over the Carolina mountains and the hippies twirled the night away.
I am exhausted. So here are some tidbits:
- The Avett Brothers are the most fun band I’ve ever seen live. You should check them out.
- I thought that there were no interesting female bass players in the world. I was wrong- there is Laura Love. BTW, her most well-known song is called “My Booty.”
- If you switch your Flash card from your camera to the card reader too much it will break and you’ll find yourself in a mad dash to find somewhere in Wilkesboro to replace it. Good luck with that.
- MerleFest is without a doubt the best-run festival I have ever attended.
- Everyone here is from California. Apparently the Americana scene is big there.
- Wilkes Co. teenagers like to go to MF dressed all in black and gothed-up to freak out the fest-goers. Note to the sullen girl with the half-shaved head wearing the black Avenged Sevenfold sweatshirt, studded belt, and black camo pants: you look stupid. (plus, it was easily 85 degrees today. I bet you were stinky too.)
- My husband is awesome, because this morning as he was leaving to play golf he noticed my tire was flat. Instead of playing, he changed it for me while I got ready to leave. Awwww.
(This part was written at 12:55 am back at home)
OK, I’m dead, and I have to shoot 12 sets (1-1.5 hours each) tomorrow. It is a lot, but it is a better crash course in photography and networking and portfolio building than I could have imagined. Thanks for the support- hope y’all are having a great weekend! More pictures will be posted whenever I manage to recover from this weekend!
PS- This picture of Bob is for my dad. After all these years I’ve finally done something he can be proud of.