Day one of the 41st Annual Telluride Bluegrass Festival kicked off without a hitch. The bluegrass Gods graced us with ideal weather conditions as sunshine and blue skies spanned across the box canyon. Yesterday's Main Stage festivities included a laundry list of top notch talent with performances by Nickel Creek, the Del McCoury Band, John Cowan, and Brandi Carlile. The King of Telluride, Mr. Sam Bush, made an on-stage appearance joining John Cowan and later sat in with the Del McCoury Band. Grammy award winners Nickel Creek wooed festivarians with an unforgettable main stage performance debuting songs from their new album A Dotted Line. The smooth and relaxing sounds of Brandi Carslile closed out Thursday night's Town Park Stage and lead eager Nightgrass ticket holders to their respective venues.
Greensky Bluegrass was a major highlight at the FREE afternoon Elk's Park Worshop sessions. They performed a "Happy Hour' set consisting of cover tunes by the Allman Brothers Band, The Grateful Dead, Prince, and Grand Funk Railroad.
This morning Telluride.com had the pleasure of hopping in a Gondola cabin with Keller Williams, Alan Bartram, and Rob McCoury. Check back with the Blog for YouTube videos featuring the trio pickin' a few tunes in Telluride's once of a kind free public transportation.