The Kluane Mountain Bluegrass Festival, going strong since 2003, has brought some of the finest artists of Bluegrass music to the Yukon – amazing musicians such as The Abrams Brothers, Michael Cleveland and Gibson Brothers. JAM Live! was there again this year to record more outstanding performances.
As in most musical genres, Bluegrass is coloured by the musicians’ personal and professional lives, so we invite you to come along with us as we explore some of this behind-the-scenes background.
And who better than Steve Gedrose, past producer of this bluegrass festival, to chat with three of the five-member band, Nothing Fancy from Virginia.
They formed in 1994 to compete in a bluegrass competition. Since then, they have grown in popularity, released eleven full length albums, and continue to perform at festivals across the United States and internationally.
Nothing Fancy is known for their smooth vocal blends, stirring performances, irrepressible humour, and for cruising the highways in their beloved bright yellow tour bus – although for their trip up to the Yukon they turned fancy – they travelled by air.
We caught up with the band during the festival on June 11th, 2016 at library of the St. Elias Community School in Haines Junction. We would like to thank the Yukon Bluegrass Music Society for all their support.
Also a big thank you to Steve Gedrose who prepared and conducted the interview.