The days and weeks after a SongwritingWith:Soldiers retreat can be a difficult time…
- Posted on Jun 20th 2011 5:00PM by Charley Rogulewski
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"This is my 30th year here," Fleck told Spinner as the five-man string band Punch Brothers covered the Strokes' 'Heart in a Cage' and Beck's 'Sexx Laws' on the festival's sole stage. "30 years straight."
"It's a community. The regulars are guys like me, Sam Bush, Jerry Douglas and Tim O'Brien," Fleck says. "We all love each other but I think we all represent a certain place in the music and a sort of attempt to push it forward. The festival, as sort of keeping us as regulars, when the younger people like the Punch Brothers or Mumford and Sons get to play the festival, they get really excited. They're carrying it on. The festival welcomes that but it also has a broad enough reach. It has the singer-songwriters and rock n roll bands," he says noting big names like the Decemberists and Robert Plant on the 2011 bill.
For Marshall, who's been learning the Dobro, playing with Douglas is a highlight. "He's too good," he says humbly.
"They're not bluegrass at all. They are another type of music," Fleck said about collaborating with Mumford. "Mumford and Sons [are] putting the sound of the banjo into pop music, and I think that can only be good because the banjo is not a frightening sound. It's only connected to inbred Southern stereotype of stuff. It's just good to see young people play the music."
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