After a thunderstorm shook me out of bed overnight I was worried about the Festival field being a muddy mess, which is definitely no fun when you’re carrying expensive equipment. No worries needed, other than a spot here and there the field was in great shape for Saturday.
Day Two started off with Somerset Kentucky’s Burn Hislope. His blend of comedy and music was a great way to start the day! He was followed by The Local Honeys out of Morehead Kentucky. Their bend of Old-Time, Bluegrass and Country was a great addition to the festival. The Rooster’s Crow, a Lexington, Kentucky band, was next on the bill. They have a unique and very appealing sound (traditional Appalachian folk Music) and I enjoyed them very much!
The Roosters Crow:
Roots Of Rebellion:
Edsel Blevins was honored on stage next. Edsel received the 2017 Master Musician and Lifetime Achievement award. After Mr. Blevins performed a few songs, it was easy to see why he is such a beloved figure. A great moment!
Shannon McNally was the next MMF performer with her blend of Americana and Blues.
As the sun began to drop behind the trees of the Festival field, Parker Milsap took the stage. His style is a bit singer/songwriter with an old soul. His stories are captivating and the Somerset crowd really enjoyed his set.
Parker was followed by the first of two headliners for day two; Dawes. To be honest, I was not familiar with Dawes, but the crowd definitely was! The crowd sang and swayed to almost everything the band was doing. At one point, in true festival fashion, there were two beach balls bouncing around the crowd and the party was officially on!
Under the lights, as darkness had fallen on Somerset, festival favorites Blackberry Smoke took to the stage to close out a rowdy Saturday night. According to Festival organizers who ask festival goers to request next year’s performers, Blackberry Smoke has been the most requested band to perform at MMF. So through persistence and patience, MMF made it happen for their patrons and with their blend of southern rock and country, Blackberry Smoke certainly didn’t disappoint the festival crowd!
I have to say that the Master Musicians Fest is a very well ran festival. If there were any problems, I can say that I certainly didn’t see them. The Festival staff took good care of me and all the other media personnel amd the fans certainly did their part in taking care if the bands. Looking forward to MMF 2018!