Watermelon Park Fest Winners!

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We had a great time on stage and back stage at Watermelon Park Fest!  We won the band contest, and Wade won the mandolin contest!  We got to hang out with some of our heroes (Sam Bush and Drew Emmitt to name a few), and we got to hang out with our good buddies and winners of last year’s band contest Grand Ole Ditch.  We’ll be on the main stage next year representing Pennsylvania bluegrass at this great festival in northern Virginia.

The 2014 Watermelon Park Bluegrass Festival Contest winners are…

US!

That’s right, we took 1st place in the Watermelon Park band contest!  This means we got to play for the festival crowd on Saturday, and we will have a Main Stage set at the 2015 Watermelon Park Fest.

In related news, our own Wade Yankey won himself the mandolin contest with a sizzling rendition of ‘Wild Fiddler’s Rag.’  Wade won a brand new Weber mandolin!  Our guitarist/lead vocalist Jesse Eisenbise placed 2nd in the guitar contest amidst heavy competition playing ‘Beaumont Rag’ .

Add all this up and throw in a dash of meeting some awesome new people, meeting some of our heroes backstage, and some nice weather, it’s safe to say it was a very cool weekend.  For more information on the Watermelon Park fest, click here.

See you around, look for us next weekend at the Little Buffalo Festival!

Colebrook Road’s record album reviewed by Pennsylvania Musician Magazine!

“COLEBROOK ROAD – COLEBROOK ROAD (no label) Named after one of several such thoroughfares located near their home base of Harrisburg, Colebrook Road celebrates traditional-flavored bluegrass on their self-titled debut CD. Lead singer, guitarist and dobro player Jesse Eisenbise, banjo picker Marcus Weaver, upright bass player Jeff Campbell, fiddler Joe McAnulty and mandolin picker Wade Yankey introduce listeners to their brand of fast-firing, precision bluegrass and folk sounds through the disc’s ten tracks. The group’s instrumental performances are tight and sharp, and their vocals and harmonies bright and clear. Colebrook Road’s songs celebrate the values of small-town living, nature and rural heritage. Several songs herald the rural work ethic; the uptempo disc opener “Conewago Clay” and rapid fire disc closer “Sun Up Sun Down” both celebrate and tolerate long hours in the field and on the job, while “Both Sides of the Line” concerns survival and making ends meet. Other songs deal with farming issues; the hopeful “Dry Ground Blues” wishes for a little rain, while “Coyote” compares the plights of wildlife losing habitat and independent farmers losing their land. “Something in the Night” paints a picture of rural nocturnal calm, while “Without You” laments loneliness. Colebrook Road showcases their instrumental skills on two romping instrumentals, “Misfire” and “Grandma’s Cookin.’” Recorded and mixed by Bill Trego, Colebrook Road’s set sounds crisp and fresh; and the group’s arrangements are airtight and busy, with the blend of constant instrumental prowess and vocal dynamics resulting in never a dull moment. Colebrook Road’s first offering provides a strong introduction that roots the group’s sound in traditional bluegrass, while giving it a newgrass edge and makeover. (The CD can be obtained through the group’s website, http://www.colebrookroad.com.)” – Jim Price, Pennsylvania Musician Magazine, August 2013, Vol. 31 #358

Check it out here!