No Direction Home

This humble blog was started to document our travels around the country during the summer of 2006, We have opted to continue updating it due to the requests from family & friends. Enjoy!

Friday, September 11, 2015

Peaceful, Easy Feeling

August 15, 2015

 photo 125_zpsgtqtc5ck.jpg

 photo 187_zpsvlqhkacj.jpg Jason Isbell

 photo 163_zpsbyzewljm.jpg Shawn Colvin & Mary Chapin Carpenter

Peaceful, Easy Feeling

The second day of Folks Fest this year happened to fall on my birthday and I could not think of a better way to spend it than hanging out with good friends and enjoying a full day of relaxing along the banks of the St. Vrain listening to some of the best music around. As a bonus, Kathy’s brother Chris and his wife Kari drove up from their home in Manitou Springs just to see us and have a wonderful birthday lunch with us. How cool is that?

 photo 015_zps41zf2mcy.jpg Conor Garvey

 photo 046_zpskpal6qrx.jpg

 photo 149_zps4s0s21nb.jpg Shawn Colvin

 photo 067_zpsioix2fjt.jpg Nicki Bluhm

The day began with a performance from Conor Garvey, a bright red-headed singer-songwriter who won last year’s songwriter showcase at Folk’s Fest thus getting a solo slot on the main stage at this year’s festival as part of his prize. We missed last year, so he was completely new to us, but it was immediately obvious why he was able to win the competition last year. He was great and easily owned the big stage with his music and charisma.

 photo 001_zps5a6pik1v.jpg

 photo 037_zpsqhslzsij.jpg

 photo 035_zpsye1bs32f.jpg

 photo 025_zpsemebfaha.jpg

 photo 052_zpsis9lglqd.jpg

After Garvey’s set, Kathy & I walked the short distance in to the town of Lyons to Oscar Blues Brewery and Restaurant where we met with Chris and Kari just as they pulled in to town. We enjoyed a wonderful meal and delicious Oscar Blues beers as we caught up with what has been happening. It was so nice to see them both, it seems like ages that I have seen them, though Kathy did see them some last summer.

 photo 041_zpsed8p8nl5.jpg Kari, Kathy & Chris

 photo 023_zpsuq7rppdd.jpg

 photo 038_zpshif8gwtv.jpg

 photo 049_zpsvqggot3o.jpg

 photo 047_zpsdmjmkxqu.jpg

Hearing about all the developments with their family and their kids Sophie and James was a great way to spend an afternoon, I just wish we could have spent more time together, but I cannot express how great it was to have them drive down to see us. We had a great time and love them to death. Hopefully we can see them again soon.

 photo 109_zps34q71i85.jpg

 photo 096_zpsbl6lmp3p.jpg

 photo 056_zps3b8so7gq.jpg

After a long leisurely lunch, Kathy and I meandered back to Planet Bluegrass to catch the rest of the afternoon and evening performances. We arrive back in time to catch Nicki Bluhm and the Gramblers, yet another band that I was totally unfamiliar with. The San Francisco based band plays a blend of California rock, blues,folk, country, psychedelia and pop. It was a pretty cool performance that evoked a 70s era Cher. Not a bad way to get back into the music.

 photo 059_zps1tudix8m.jpg Nicki Bluhm

 photo 079_zpsfyjha61u.jpg

 photo 178_zpsljhwah3x.jpg Kathy

 photo 160_zpst0rx5fry.jpg

Up next was Martin Sexton, a modern folk music icon who delivered a great set, even though I am not the biggest Martin fan, it included a great medley of covers that concluded with a beautiful performance of the Star Spangled Banner. After his set was a beautiful duo between the legendary Mary Chapin Carpenter and Shawn Colvin, who went back and forth playing their own songs and singing together on covers and collaborations.

 photo 154_zpsxa5ota2d.jpg

 photo 203_zps75el92jq.jpg Jason Isbell

To close out day two, alt-country rock outlaw Jason Isbell delivered a wonderful and wickedly good set from his two brilliant CDs, “Southestern” and “Something More than Free”.  The newer CD is on many people’s “Best of 2015” lists and features some just fantastic songwriting. Isbell is a former member of the Drive By Truckers who is enjoying great success as a solo artist. His show was great, a mostly subdued straight forward delivery of his music that the receptive crowd really enjoyed, even though he is somewhat outside the Folk genre that many at the festival are used to.

 photo 185_zpstba4ecnv.jpg

 photo 194_zps5axjbtcz.jpg

 photo 055_zpsaq8mqjdc.jpg

 photo 115_zpsd7jgrvw0.jpg

In all it was a great birthday and a wonderful, beautiful second day at Folks Fest, there was a brief rain shower, but that only resulted in a beautiful double rainbow during Martin Sexton’s set. During that time, I also snuck over to the Wildflower pavilion to catch a second set from Shane Koyczan and the Short Story Long. It was another wonderfully unique, moving and beautiful spoken word set to music performance.

 photo 134_zps8a2masdo.jpg Michael & Shane Koyczan

 photo 112_zps0xdt4usc.jpg

 photo 131_zps7ie01rsn.jpg