Saturday, July 27, 2013

Inaugeral Alabama State Bluegrass Championships

Stan Nelson & Hurricane Creek
We just finished the Rogersville (AL) Bluegrass Festival for 2013.  With Stan Nelson & Hurricane Creek as the headliner bluegrass band this year's event got off to a great start.  This year, in addition to great bluegrass bands playing, we kicked off the first year for which we officially named Alabama State Bluegrass Champions!

Earlier this year the Rogersville Bluegrass Festival was named as the home of the Alabama State Championships for five (5) of the bluegrass instruments.  By the end of this event state champions were named for the following instruments: Banjo, Dobro, Mandolin, Guitar (flat pick) and Guitar (Finger pick).  Champions were also named for the harmonica, fiddle and bluegrass band.

The 2013 Alabama State Champions and Runners-up are:

Kurt Stephens

Banjo - Champion: Kurt Stephenson (Dyersburg, TN)
             1st Runner Up: Weston Stewart (Anderson, AL)
             2nt Runner Up: Mike Broadway (Athens, AL)

John Boulware

           Mandolin - Champion: John Boulware (Kimball, TN)
             1st Runner Up: Matthew Taylor (Maryville, TN)
             2nt Runner Up: Rob Pearcy (Smyrna, TN) 

Johnny Bellar

Dobro - Champion: Johnny Bellar (Ashland, TN)
             1st Runner Up: Fred Duggin (Nashville, TN)
             2nt Runner Up: Rob Pearcy (Smyrna, TN) 

Allen Watkins  

Guitar (Finger Pick) - Champion: Allen Watkins (Hartselle, AL)
             1st Runner Up: Fred Duggin (Nashville, TN)
             2nt Runner Up: Rob Pearcy (Smyrna, TN) 

Matthew Taylor

Guitar (Flat Pick) - Champion: Matthew Taylor (Maryville, TN)
             1st Runner Up: John Boulware (Kimball, TN)
            2nt Runner Up: Fred Duggin (Nashville, TN)

Plans are already underway for the 2014 Championships.  With this in mind I ask y'all bluegrass instrument pickers/players that are from Alabama should take not only one Alabama State Champion for 2013 is actually from Alabama.  Even the Best Bluegrass Band was from TN!!

Look out TN -- AL will be looking to redeem itself next year!!

Have a blessed Day. Betty Maloney
Longing For Home Bed and Breakfast
"A State of Mind, A Place of Grace, A Way of Life*"
* Taken from the book, How to be a Better Southerner by Carolyn Kent.

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