Some of the 18 bands represented played and sang original songs which were well-received and pleased the crowd. Sponsored and produced by the Montana Rockies Bluegrass Association.
The resonator or Dobro (brand name) being played with a slide (metal tubing) on the left hand.
Mandolins are very common with most bluegrass bands.
One group substituted a washtub, broomstick, and string for the typical double bass. It works. The flat top guitar is as standard as can be and most bands feature a violin or fiddle, nomenclature depending on personal preference. Some purists favor fiddlin', others say violin, it appears.
The MRBA will stage its big, annual Hardtimes Festival in the Hamilton, Montana, area, July 22 thru the 24th. Dry camping is available.
Festival Location is ten miles south of Hamilton, Montana, on U. S. Highway 93. Turn west on Forest Hill Road at exactly the 37-mile marker and follow the signs (approximately one mile) to parking at the Pat and Mary Thomas Ranch. The festival site is on the adjoining Tom and Janice Heiland Ranch. For more information, phone 1-406-821-3777.