5 best moments from KMBF

5 best moments from KMBF

A Summer 2015 Yukon Prospector Web Extra


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5. Jeff Scroggins and son’s duo performance.

Scroggins is a master of the banjo, and the apple didn’t fall far from the tree. His son Tristan is a mandolin virtuoso. The pair complement each other nicely.  Jeff plays the banjo like he’s relaxing with an old friend.  Confident and smooth.  Tristan (about 20 now) jams on the mandolin with the raw energy and stamina of a man his age. Together they're like the eye of a perfect storm raging through a banjo and mandolin factory.

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4. Flatt Lonesome doing a cover of “We’ll never get out of Harlen alive”

Charli Robertson knocks this one out of the park. Reminiscent of the vocal power of Patty Loveless, but with an intensely melancholic tempo that really suits the song.  The bands timing was impeccable throughout, and I’m struggling to find a youtube version that recreates the feeling. The audience barely even moved during the song everyone was so rapt.

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3. Front Country singing “Gold Rush Goddess”

It’s a gold rush song, so it got a lot of fanfare up in the Yukon. The lyrics talk about a women of the night taking gold from miners and returning it to the mountain.  A cool, unique tale.  But the real treat was hearing Melody Walker belt out the tune.  She’s a powerful women, and her beauty shines while singing this particular gem.

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2. Speaking with KMBF legend Marc Ladouceur

Marc’s been coming to the festival every year since about 2004. He’s plays with long-time friend Curtis Appleton.  Together they make a heart wrenching harmony.  But speaking with Marc one on one opened my eyes to the allure of bluegrass.  The community that surrounds it, the intricacy of the music, its history, and how it can change a man’s life. Marc was one of the most sincere people I’ve ever spoken with, and hearing his story was a rare treat.

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1. Saturday night after the show.

Bluegrass is great technical music.  It’s easy to sit quietly and appreciate the music.  It’s intricate, moving and gritty.  But I feel the real spirit of the music comes out when a bunch of folks are standing around picking.  Maybe it’s the first time some of them have met, maybe they’ve been playing together for years. Either way, some magical moments happen.  And dancing around a bonfire while all this happens makes for a memorable evening.                                                                                          (AboveJeff Scroggins and I compare braids by the fire) 

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And a special mention goes out to George McConkey's harmonica playing.  That man blows!


Photos and Story by 

Jonathan Duncan

prospector@harperstreetpublishing.com

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