“It’s so great to be back at the Spectacular,” said Grassholes guitarist Sam Pfeifle. “Last year, I had a stupid job that made participating impossible. I have now remedied that situation.”
The Grassholes were part of the first 16 years of the event, as it moved from the St. Lawrence Church to the Barn at Flanagan Farm to One Longfellow, and recorded a live album in 2003 as part of the event, though only a scant few copies remain. Now, the band are excited to welcome Old Eleven and Miners Creek to the fold.
Old Eleven features a cast of veterans, including guitarist Lincoln Meyers, who played the Spectacular with New England Bluegrass Band, and mandolinist Taylor Smith, who once played as part of Cumberland Crossing. Miners Creek hail from the Midcoast and released their third album, All Stoved Up, in 2018. Now they are part of a collection of bands — including Jerks of Grass, the Tricky Britches, Intergalactic Yurt Band, Flight 317, Cumberland Crossing, New England Bluegrass Band, Al Hawkes, Red-Eyed Fox, Tumbling Bones — and probably some others no one can remember.
“It’s always a really special night,” said Pfeifle. “Everyone’s donating their time, everyone’s psyched to listen to some bluegrass, and that makes everyone really play their hearts out. Plus, it really sounds great for acoustic music in One Longfellow. You can hear every note — which can be a bit scary!”
“We appreciate MGM’s accommodation of the band’s participation in this WMPG benefit concert,” said Grassholes banjo player Field Rider. “European tour schedule changes will be posted soon.”
“We also appreciate Sam’s stupid job for firing him,” noted Merrill Marsh, Grassholes guitarist.
All proceeds from the show — $12 in advance, $15 at the door — go to WMPG, a true gem of a community radio station, which provides air play and attention to so many genres outside of the mainstream.
Want to come? Get tix here: I really like bluegrass and having fun.