With the upcoming Telluride Bluegrass Festival in beautiful southwest Colorado quickly approaching, I can’t help but think of the great music that comes out of that part of the country. It also reminds me of a couple of great musical legends that I have loved for decades and how this festival brought them together.
In the early 70’s I discovered Dan Fogelberg and his amazing writing ability but had no idea what connection he had with bluegrass music. As years went on my musical tastes took various paths. One of those paths led to David Grisman and all his work with Old & in the Way, a monumental step in bringing bluegrass to the masses
I’m told that because he lived in Colorado, Dan attended many festivals in Telluride. This one particular year he was asked to play some tunes with his good friends Herb Pedersen and Chris Hillman. This particular afternoon of jamming led to a great album Dan released in the 1980’s called “High Country Snows”. On the recording was the “who’s who” of bluegrass…an all star band, if you will. The mandolin player on that album was David Grisman! I’m not sure what the response to that release was but it had moments of brilliance even for a hardcore bluegrass fan. Dan Fogelberg has always been known for his high production techniques and this was no different. All that aside, it’s a great group of tracks with amazing musicians.
Many decades after this project I asked David Grisman what was it like to record this album with one of my other heroes…he replied, “There was a lot of food”! I’m sure the great music also was a highlight for Dawg.
If you have not heard High Country Snows, I recommend you give it a shot to see what happens when different musical talents collide!
Originally posted 2013-04-11 17:18:25. Republished by Blog Post Promoter