The Del McCoury Band – New Years Eve 2008 at The Ryman

The Del McCoury Band - New Years Eve 2008 at The Ryman

The Del McCoury Band brought down the house New Years Eve at the Ryman Auditorium!  Wow!  They were the first band of the night to play unplugged and they sounded fantastic!  It was refreshing to hear the instruments without pickups for the first time of the night.  After a full set the band was joined by The Infamous Stringdusters, The Emmit-Nershi Band, Ronnie Bowman, Chris “Critter” Eldridge, Don Reno and a great deal of friends and family.

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Sarah Jarosz – New Years Eve 2008 at The Ryman

Sarah Jarosz - New Years Eve 2008 at The Ryman

Sarah Jarosz played a few songs in between headliners… Ronnie joined her on a few tunes.

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The Infamous Stringdusters – New Years Eve 2008 at The Ryman

The Infamous Stringdusters - New Years Eve 2008 at The Ryman

The Infamous Stringdusters kicked off the New Years celebration… I would have liked to hear them without pickups on the instruments, but a great set to start off the night.  They were joined by Del for “Little Cabin Home on the Hill” sung by Del and Travis.  Ronnie stayed for a few additional tunes.  Playing a good part of the show was Chris Eldridge, known to all as “Critter,” who was right at home with his old band mates.  Check out more of what Critter is doing at PunchBrothers.com.

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Tim O’Brien and Friends – Bluegrass Underground

Tim O'Brien and Friends - Bluegrass Underground

Another amazing show down in the Volcano Room of Cumberland Caverns!

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Kindling Stone – Bluegrass Underground at Cumberland Caverns

Kindling Stone - Bluegrass Underground at Cumberland Caverns

Awesome performance by Kindling Stone!  Set the perfect mood for Tim O’Brien.

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Abandoned Mountainside Cabin – The Great Smoky Mountains

Abandoned Mountainside Cabin - The Great Smoky Mountains

Here’s another shot of this very cool old cabin… this was taken on Fuji Provia 100 slide film.

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