THE DAILY GRIST…”Bluegrass Music”…Carlton Haney
My Favorite Festival
Today’s Column from Bert Daniel
Monday, September 15, 2014
Not many people know it, but the person who coined the term Bluegrass Music, in reference to the genre that included Bill Monroe and all of his ilk, was not Bill himself, but a guy named Carlton Haney. Haney promoted the first multi-day Bluegrass festival in Fincastle, Virginia in 1965. A musical narrative was part of that festival and it was called “The Story of Bluegrass”
What a great concept the multi-day Bluegrass festival is! I love it, and I am so grateful to all of the people that make it happen. Volunteers, organizers, promoters, musicians and fans. This weekend I will load up our vehicle and head out to what is perhaps my favorite of all the festivals I have ever been to over the years.