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Hot sounds fill air at Wartrace Musicfest

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Joel and LeAnne Ulmer bring some sweet harmony to the audience at Musicfest with their band 2 Country 4 Nashville.
(T-G Photo by Mary Reeves)
Some folks will go quite a distance to catch some good bluegrass music, but few can match the air mileage Don Andrews put on this weekend.

"I came from Seattle just to see the show," he said.

Well, not just the show. Andrews became friends with Patsy Stovall four years ago on a cruise and the two have been visiting each other ever since. But he was just here a few weeks ago and he did turn around and come back for Musicfest in Wartrace.

Roger Huffman of WLIJ radio did the emcee honors for the Wartrace Musicfest and spent breaks between bands interviewing attendees, including Patsy Stovall of Bedford County and her friend Don Andrews, who came all the way from Seattle to see the show -- and Patsy.
(T-G Photo by Mary Reeves)
He and Patsy were only a few of the people who turned out for Friday night's shows. As the sun dropped -- and took a few degrees of muggy heat with it -- more and more fans came into the horse show grounds and put out their chairs or spread their picnic blankets. As the music played, from the rockabilly of Planet Rockers to the pure country of 2 Country 4 Nashville, there was something for just about anyone who likes country music.

As the music played, the smells of grilling hotdogs and hamburgers wafted from the concession stand where the Wartrace Volunteer Fire Department was working. Children laughed and ran, or played with toys from one of the vendor booths, until the heat left them wilted and quiet and happy to listen to the music by their parents' sides.

"It's been hotter, but not by much." said one visitor. "It's certainly been wetter. It's not too bad."

The laid-back atmosphere was sure to change Saturday, when the pickin,' fiddlin,' dancin' and other contests began. This year, instead of hiring big name (and big money) bands, the Musicfest committee decided to return to the festival's roots and hold contests instead, sending home hundreds of dollars in prize money.