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Winterfest 21, Perrysburg, Ohio

We had a great time on our mid-winter break down at Perrysburg last weekend. Larry Efaw and his family put on a great show which was enjoyed by the largest crowd in recent years, and we were glad we were among them.

The show was a great mix of regional and nationally touring bands and included the Deepwater Bluegrass, Wildwood Valley Boys, the Larkins, Summertown Road, Remington Ryde, Idletymes, the Prater Brothers, the Whittaker Brothers, Vertical Limit, Rhonda Vincent and the Rage, and the host band, the Bluegrass Mountaineers. Charlie Patton was the MC, and did a fine job,as usual. It is quite a thrill to see him sing both the US and Canadian National Anthems, a capella, to open the show.
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Don’t every let anyone tell you that Rhonda doesn’t know where the camera is.

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Hunter Berry and Rhonda Vincent

It was nice to see Larry supporting a local band on his show, in this case, Deepwater Bluegrass. These folks are single-handedly responsible for the great bluegrass shows which are presented at Glass City Opry. I hope you are attending them as often as you can, we sure are.

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Deepwater Bluegrass

A special treat was seeing Janis, Lewis, Travis, and Jamison Lewis, who are appearing as The Lewis Tradition.

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Janis Lewis Phillips

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Jamison Lewis

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Travis Lewis

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Lewis Phillips

Although bluegrass purists would question the keyboard Jamison plays, it sounded just right with Lewis Family music, and eighteen-year old Jamison’s harmony blended right in. The new Lewis Tradition CD, Precious Memories, was on my must purchase list and I have been playing it almost full time since I got it home. The Lewis Tradition was headed to Marion, Virginia for a taping of Song of the Mountains, so watch for them on your PBS station soon.

One more little sample, then I invite you to check out the gallery for more photos. We remember Stanley as an eight-year old mandolin whiz kid, and have seen him play every instrument on stage.

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Stanley Efaw

Enjoy the rest of the photos in the gallery.

Benefit Show

I have copied this directly from an e-mail sent to the IBMA e-mail list. I am not sure if we will be able to attend, since it is a 4 hour drive away, and the Sunday before Christmas. However, we will make the trip if we do not have family plans for that day. I hope you will consider helping out if you can. Gerald and Dale have surely provided hours of entertainment, and many generous gifts of their time and talent over the years.

Thanks from the bluegrass community, and the sponsors of the show.

Appreciation Concert
Honoring Gerald Evans Jr. and Dale Vanderpool

Sunday, December 20, 2009
The Roberts Centre, Wilmington, OH
I 71, Exit 50 at US 68

Both of these talented entertainers have made a lifetime of contributions to the Bluegrass community throughout Ohio and across the country. They are both battling cancer. A day of music from some of their fellow entertainers will be a great benefit to Gerald, Dale and their families.

Doors Open at NOON
12:30 pm Blue and Lonesome
1:00 Joe Mullins and the Radio Ramblers
1:45 Melvin Goins and Windy Mountain
2:30 Lost and Found
3:30 Don Rigsby and Midnight Call
4:30 the Grascals
5:30 Wildwood Valley Boys
6:30 JD Crowe and the New South
7:30 the Larry Stephenson Band

Special Guests – Sonny Osborne, Mark Rader, Larry Cordle, Dwayne Sparks and others

All Seats General Admission
$20.00 Donation for adults and teens
Children 12 and under admitted Free

Food Concessions Available

Sponsorship assistance provided by: The Roberts Centre, WBZI Radio, Fred and Jason Baird Sound, Darrell Adkins and others

For more information, see www.myclassiccountry.com or call 937-372-5804.