CBMS President Kevin Slick is the CBMS president for 2017. If you have a question about his availability (He is the guitarist in the band The Savage Hearts), or if you have a question about CBMS, please feel free to email him.
Executive Message Creating a beautiful, rich musical history in Colorado
Baseball season has begun and we’ve already been to the Durango Meltdown, so festival season must be here. We’re pretty blessed here in Colorado for a lot of reasons, but music and festivals are certainly up there on the list. Support your local festivals, whether the street fairs on summer evenings or the big weekend shindigs like Telluride and RockyGrass. They are all a part of what makes our music scene great and gives it a national reputation.
Travel around the bluegrass world and people know something about Colorado Bluegrass. Few places can boast the number of weekly jam sessions we have to choose from and few have so many top-of-the-line festivals happening throughout the season, not to mention the incredible bands. Speaking of bands, the IBMA’s Bluegrass Ramble lineup just came out featuring The Railsplitters, Savage Hearts and FY5, so CBMS will be well represented come September in Raleigh.
Back to those wonderful festivals, get yourself out to several, meet new friends, talk to the bands and please buy some merch! This is an essential part of any band’s income and it helps make Colorado a place where they want to return. Tell the festival crew what you like, or even volunteer. And one final request—take pictures, and write reviews.
In our social media driven world we are building an online archive of our history, including our music history right here in Colorado. We always look for photos from the various festivals around the state, or of our local bands when they are touring to repost or share on our Facebook and Twitter accounts. Our mission is to promote bluegrass music and to document the history here in the state and the photos you post could be an important part of the growing archive.
While compiling photos (or more accurately trying to compile them) for a history of Colorado bluegrass music a couple of years ago I spent a fair amount of time looking through old photo albums with some of our longtime pickers, often finding very few usable photos of this festival or that. Most of us carry around a camera fifty times better than the average camera used at the first Rocky Mountain Bluegrass Festival (now RockyGrass) so let’s put them to use and document the amazing musical happenings this summer. Whether you’re in a band or just enjoying the music, you are an important part of Colorado bluegrass history.