Valdosta Daily Times


March 16, 2014

Suwannee SpringFest: Roots music returns



Del McCoury sung leads and played rhythm guitar for Bill Monroe’s Blue Grass Boys. He played the Grand Ole Opry. Still, he spent years working construction and logging jobs while pursuing music on the side. In the 1980s, McCoury’s sons joined him. By the 1990s, the Del McCoury Band toured the U.S. with a combination of singular traditional bluegrass, always with a touch of the unique and a spark of the everlasting.


This band is more folk than traditional or alternative bluegrass, though a listener can still find traces of both in The Duhks’ music. Listening closely, one can also hear the echoes of Celtic reels, French-Canadian folk tunes and some hillbilly groove, all with a mountain valley echo and the lilt of sunlight on a breeze.


This band with its rollicking mix of male and female performers, instruments from the fiddle to the squeezebox, and its duality of humorous and touching songs has become a cornerstone to the roots festival. Donna The Buffalo has played each one of the past several SpringFests and MagnoliaFests. The band has also made a few stops in Valdosta along the way. And there is a reason why they come and are invited each time. The aforementioned combinations, along with a high degree of talent, make Donna The Buffalo one of the must-see, must-hear acts of the festival — this year and every year.


When: March 20-23.

Where: Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park, Live Oak, Fla.

Tickets, more information: Visit

The Line-up: The Avett Brothers, Del McCoury Band, Punch Brothers, Sam Bush Band, Southern Soul Assembly (JJ Grey, Anders Osborne, Luther Dickinson and Marc Broussard), Jason Isbell, Travelin McCoury Jam, Donna The Buffalo, Steep Canyon Rangers, Jim Lauderdale, Greensky Bluegrass, Willie Sugarcapps, The Duhks, Aoife O’Donovan, Floodwood, Jeff Mosier, Ralph Roddenbery, Rumpke Mountain Boys, David Gans, The Honeycutters, Town Mountain, Grandpa's Cough Medicine, Whetherman, Canary in the Coalmine, The Royal Tinfoil, Holy Ghost Tent Revival, Love Canon, Grant Peeples, The Stacks, Sloppy Joe, Uproot Hootenanny, Big Cosmo, Habanero Honeys, Tammerlin, The New 76ers, JacksonVegas, Quartermoon, James Justin & Co., Rosco Bandana, SOSOS, The Whiskey Gentry, Bibb City Ramblers, 2-Foot Level, Henhouse Prowlers, Come Back Alice, Gypsy Wind, Nook & Cranny, Beartoe and Mickey Abraham’s FSU Acoustic Ensemble.


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