2006 Bluegrass Bash

Old-time mountain sound is theme
of this year’s annual event in Carrollton

By Helen E. McKinney
Contributing Writer

CARROLLTON, Ky. (July 2006) – Circle of Friends, Tommy Brown & Country Line, the Moron Brothers, Bluegrass Journeyman, Sweet Sounds and Deb & Amy are just a few of the bluegrass bands making up the lineup for this year’s “Back to the Past for the Future Bluegrass Bash” in Carrollton.

Back to the past for the future
Bluegrass Bash

• Friday-Saturday, July 14-15, at Carroll-ton’s Point Park.
• Tickets at the gate - Friday only: $8 adults; $6 seniors. Saturday only: $12 adults; $10 seniors. 2-Day Pass: $18 adults; $15 seniors. Children 14 and under free.
• Advance Tickets: $14 adults; $11 seniors and available at the tourism office, 515 Highland Ave., Carrollton. Primitive camping available on site.
• Information: 1-800-325-4290

Whether your tastes are traditional bluegrass, the old time mountain sound or dulcimer-tinged melodies, all styles of bluegrass will combine for two days of good music. These groups and others will be performing at Point Park on July 14-15 at the fifth annual Bluegrass Bash. Performances are scheduled for 6 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. Friday, and 11:30 a.m. to midnight Saturday. Food and arts and crafts vendors will be on hand.
This bluegrass festival, hosted by the Carroll County Bluegrass Association, usually brings overnight guests to Carrollton. “For those already there, it is something else to do. For residents, it’s an extra,” said Carrollton-Carroll County Tourism Commission Executive Director Sarah Oak. “We’re always open for growth.”
Although the festival is not growing as fast as had been hoped, it is growing a little each year, said organizer Chuck Webster. The original goal was to provide instruments and music lessons to children who could not afford them.
Corporate donations and $4,000 in funding from the Carrollton-Carroll County Tourism Commission have made it possible for the festival to continue. “We couldn’t do it without that support,” said Webster.

The Moron Brothers

Photo provided

The Moron Brothers
are among the
bands to perform at
Carrollton’s Point Park.

The association wants to “hand down bluegrass music to the next generation,” Webster said. It is their goal that the tradition be continued by exposing younger children to something Gary Strong labeled “American music.”
“Bluegrass is part of our heritage,” said Strong, who will perform with his band Hardtimes. Only bluegrass and jazz music are original to America, Strong said.
He became involved with the bluegrass festival in its second year. “The first year was rough for them,” said Strong. The fact that it rained and that no one organizing it was in the business gave it an unsuccessful debut.
Strong, who lives in Grant County, Ky., made some suggestions because “I know a lot of people in the business.” As a result of his involvement, Strong is now on the association’s board.
Bluegrass fans travel from festival to festival on the weekends, said Webster. “To take this festival to the next level, it would require RV hookups at Point Park,” he said of the city-owned park. “It hurts us a lot to not have these. The more established festivals have them.”
All RV hookups at Gen. Butler State Resort Park were replaced, even though the old ones were in good condition, said Webster. Clay Cable, maintenance supervisor at the park and association member, offered to donate the old RV hookups to the city, if the city would install them.
“General Butler overfills every weekend,” said Webster. Point Park would be another RV spot for the large number of tourists who come to town for such festivals as the Bass Tournament, and Webster sees the hookups as “an asset to the community.”
Strong also does not see enough support from the local community. “If the local people got behind it, it would do really good,” he said of this family-oriented festival.

• For more information, contact Webster at (502) 732-4331 or (502) 532-6692, Deborah Allen at (502) 732-5861 or (502) 525-1137, Clay Cable at (502) 732-8742 or Strong at (859) 992-5775. For tickets or lodging, call the tourism office at 1-800-325-4290.

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