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Mandolin master Danny Roberts is no stranger to hard work and well-deserved accolades. The founding member of the award-winning Grascals has won several awards both on his own and as a member of that 3-time Grammy®-nominated group.
Recognition, however, has never been Roberts' goal. He is a true artist who continually strives for excellence and seeks new discoveries. His second solo project, Nighthawk: (Mountain Home), spotlights a seasoned and innovative player in his prime.
The recording is a eclectic mix of sophisticated acoustic stylings from Bluegrass to Swing to New Grass and includes some of Danny's Grascals bandmates as well as "musical idols, friends and family."
"It was so much recording tunes that I have written accompanied by such outstanding musicians. I'm very excited about the special guests that came in to record with me and I am truly honored to have them be part of this."
- Danny Roberts
The album line-up includes Kristin Scott Benson of the Grascals, Tim Surrett of Balsam Range, Tony Wray of Blue Mafia, and special guests include Ronnie McCoury, Sam Bush, Aubrey Haney, Mike Compton and vocal appearances by Danny's daughter Jaelee Roberts and his wife Andrea.
Union Grove, NC -- In 1924, H.P. Van Hoy, a schoolteacher and fiddler, thought of an innovative way to raise money for Union Grove School. He would hold a fiddler's convention. The convention became a tradition, carried on in recent years by Harper A. Van Hoy, H. P. Van Hoy's son. On May 23-25, 2014, the fourth generation of Van Hoy descendants will open the gate for the 90th iteration of that acclaimed musical institution: a weekend of competition, performances by invited musicians, workshops, jamming, and the renewal of years-long friendships. This is the oldest fiddler's contest in North America, acclaimed a Local Legacy by the Library of Congress, icon of the genre, and not to be missed. The Fiddler's Grove Ole Time Fiddler's and Bluegrass Festival is held at 1819 West Memorial Hwy., Union Grove, NC.
The weekend kicks off on Friday evening. The audience will hear from past winners and legendary musicians. Special entertainers for the weekend include performers with strong ties to this festival: The Cockman Family, Master Fiddler Robin Warren, Danny Wicker and Mel Jones, The Edwards Family, Sally Spring, The Shiver Show, Don Pedi, Lissy Rosemont, Taylor Dunn, the Laurel Creek String Band, and Storyteller Steve Houser. The festival has joined forces with the Green Grass and Cane Creek Cloggers to add to the music with a Barn Dance.
Saturday offers a day of competition for youth musicians in individual categories. This emphasis on youth competition is in keeping with the mission of the festival. Since 1924, Fiddler's Grove has enjoyed a long tradition of preserving old time and bluegrass music, and passing the legacy on to future generations. On Saturday morning you'll be able to attend workshops in numerous instruments, and clogging with the Green Grass and Cane Creek Cloggers. The afternoon will feature youth competition on the Youth Stage, a children's show, and Twin Fiddle and adult fiddle competition on the Main Stage.
Many things take place on the Main Stage Saturday evening. After a moving tribute to founder Harper A. Van Hoy, you will see some special entertainment, clogging, and, perhaps the highlight of the evening, the Fiddler of the Festival Playoff. Also returning is the popular "Hot Licks" competition, where musicians in all instruments will compete for the title "Best Jammer" of the festival.
In a long-standing tradition, Sunday morning is a lazy day of listening to gospel and good music under the trees "in the Grove" - a perfect ending for the weekend.
Fiddler's Grove Campground, the bucolic setting for this annual gathering of music lovers, is nicely suited for the execution and enjoyment of these great American musical traditions. The stated purpose of this festival - to preserve, promote and perpetuate traditional American music - is carried out in a fashion that invites every ticket holder to be a part of the grand continuum. Novice or expert, listener or competitor, youngster or otherwise: everyone can find a niche at Fiddler's Grove.
Donate to the cause at: http://www.gofundme.com/80827o
Festival Tickets available at http://fiddlersgrove.com/
Friday: Adults $10
Saturday: Adults $10
Sunday: Adults $5
Children 12 and under: free all weekend
Festival Tickets do not include camping.
Entire Festival: Adults $25 purchased at the gate or after May 10.
Advance Purchase Tickets: $20/Adult, must be purchased online on or before May 10.
No tickets will be mailed. Online purchase receipt for Advance Purchase Tickets must be shown at the gate.
A limited number of RV hookups are available. Visit http://fiddlersgrove.com/rv-sites/ to reserve your spot. Plenty of overflow RV camping is available at our cousin's campground 1 mile up the road.
[by Jenna Close]
Until fairly recently, the bulk of my business came by way of clients from the solar industry. Then, two things happened that forced me to change my way of thinking. First, the solar market bubble completely burst. Many of my clients went bankrupt or were swallowed up by larger corporations, and the personal relationships I had developed disappeared as the parent companies appointed new leadership. Second, everyone that survived intact reacted by tightening their purse strings. Inevitably they sought cheaper (or in some cases free) options for their photographic needs. This really sucked at the time, but it actually turned out to be a blessing in disguise. I needed to immediately consider new markets in order to survive. Truthfully, if I had been actively thinking ahead I would have been doing this all along.
The first thing I did was make a plan. I identified which markets I was interested in (in this case, high end industrial clients), and researched their art buying methods. While the solar industry was primarily a B2B marketplace, many of my new target companies used ad agencies. They hired photographers skilled in managing large productions and a lot of their ad campaigns involved composites or significant post-production. They also relied heavily on video, and most of the photographers whose work embodied what I was aiming for also had motion represented on their websites.
The second thing I did was start putting together a body of work that represented the kinds of jobs I wanted to book. I began learning video and working on some personal motion projects (many of which will never see the light of day). Because this was a new area for me, I also researched contacts I could hire if the video request was outside the scope of my comfort range. That way I could do my best not to leave money on the table or be unprepared to provide what appeared to be a common need for that particular market.
Third, I began targeting clients and finding ways to meet them in person. A few local portfolio reviews were a useful start, after which I felt I had gained enough insight to request meetings with other agencies that seemed like a good fit. I still believe that even with all the myriad tools for getting your work out there, nothing is as potent as a face to face conversation. It has always had the highest rate of return for me.
So far, the change has been positive. Motion has made up about 40% of my work this year (compared to 0% two years ago) and the projects I am booking are right in line with my goals. My only regret is that I didn’t start thinking this way BEFORE it was absolutely necessary. The lesson I learned from this experience is that even if you are comfortable where you are, thinking in broad terms about the future is imperative. Rapid change is the new normal and constantly playing catch-up is difficult. Reacting to circumstances that are already happening can be necessary, but getting into the habit of innovative thinking is best.
Jenna Close is a solar energy…er…industrial photographer in San Diego, CA.
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