This past Friday night my husband and I went to see The Earls of Leicester at The Historic Earle Theater in Mt. Airy, NC. What a great show it was. Not only are they the IBMA entertainers of the year, but their Dobro player, Mr. Jerry Douglas is the IBMA Dobro player of the year, their Banjo player, Mr. Charlie Cushman is the IBMA banjo player of the year and their Bass player, Mr. Barry Bales is the IBMA bass player of the year. Their lead singer Mr. Shaun Camp is awesome as is their Fiddle Player, Mr. Johhny Warren and their mandolin player, Jeff White. You just don’t get much better than that from a Bluegrass Group. There were all age groups present for the show. I think it is wonderful to bring some of the early music of bluegrass to the present. It helps to bring to life a lot of the old sounds for those who didn’t remember Lester Flatts and Earl Scruggs music. As I sat listening to the music, I watched a 10-year-old boy sitting beside I’m betting his grandpa listening to the music of his grandpa’s time. That little boy was loving it but I’m betting his grandpa was too not only because it was the music of his time but it was special to share that with his grandson.
They will be coming back to the area when they play at Houston Fest in Galax, Va in June. If you have a chance to see them it truly is a first class show. I know I can’t wait to hear them again.