Somerset, Kentucky was definitely the place to be on the first full weekend of July! The 24th edition of the Master Musicians Festival was about to get started and I was about shoot my first festival. How cool is that? Here’s to hoping that I don’t let ya down! Haha
Things got started early on Friday and thankfully Mother Nature didn’t throw anything terribly bad at the festival crowd, other than some Summer heat. I mean, it is July in south central Kentucky after all! Ya had to at least expect a need for sunscreen.
Day One kicked off with London Kentucky’s own Frontier. The band had won the 2016 Don Marshall Lake Cumberland Battle of the Bands to secure their spot on the 2017 MMF stage.
Roanoke was next on the stage followed by Lexington, Kentucky’s own, The Wooks. The Wooks are a band that are certainly no strangers to our readers and their show, per usual, was stellar as the band was a great addition to an absolutely stacked lineup.
Canadian Colter Wall took the stage as the sun began to drop in the night sky. His deep voice made quite the impression on many at Master Musicians Fest, myself included. When Colter spoke, if I had not been looking at him, I would have sworn that Johnny Cash was on the stage. His style is probably not for everyone, but if you are a fan of the classic country music sound, you owe it to yourself to give him and his band a listen, you certainly will not be sorry. It’s also great that he has a song on his album with Kentucky’s own, Tyler Childers.
Closing out the Friday night session of Master Musicians Fest were The Old 97’s. Clearly most of those in attendance had been waiting for this all day long! And under the lights, The Old 97’s gave a spectacular performance while seemingly never letting off the throttle. Let’s just say that it was very clear that the crowd loved every second of it!
I had never previously seen any of the bands live on day one, but I certainly walked away very impressed. The highlights of the day included The Wooks, Colter Wall and the Old 97’s. In time, Colter Wall will be a household name. His style, humbleness and voice are going to take him very far and I am very fortunate to capture his set so early im his career.