The Down From the Hills festivities ended with a free concert from The Cakewalkers and the Eisenhauer band.
Amelia Hope Eisenhauer, vocalist and fiddle player.
The versatile Eisenhauer Band from Nashville played some traditional bluegrass music but also played an eclectic variety of crowd pleasers ranging from the music of Led Zeppelin, the Rolling Stones, Meridian’s own Jimmie Rogers, Cole Porter, Emmylou Harris, Dolly Parton and many others.
Sophie Taylor, student at New Albany Middle School, sang Dolly Parton’s “Jolene” with the Eisenhauer band.
Down From the Hills Saturday night concert
Down From the Hills concert, Saturday night
Jeffrey Willis and Jean Ashcraft
Listening to the Down from the Hills concert, Saturday night
Saturday mid-morning began the 2015 MS Bluegrass Championship competition.
Enjoying Bluegrass on a beautiful Saturday in New Albany.
Jill Smith, the director of the Union County Heritage Museum, is interviewed by a Columbus television reporter. City marketing and tourism director, Sean Johnson, is in the right background holding balloons. He and Smith worked together planning and managing the Down From The Hills Bluegrass Festival. The museum is the sponsor of the annual event, which showcases performing artists, crafters, and visual artists from around the South.
Glenn Tolbert of Birmingham, AL is well known in well known by bluegrass fans as guitar player but competed in two other events Saturday at the Down From The Hills festival. Dressed in his Liberty bib overalls and black John B. Stetson hat, Tolbert first played the mandolin then the dobro Saturday morning.
Hudson Hickman was heavily involved with planning and management of the 2015 Down From The Hills.
Gary Peters of Nashville was the first competitor in the first contest event: the Youth Mandolin Division. No pressure.
Listening to Bluegrass in New Albany
Down From the Hills Bluegrass competitor
Bluegrass competitors, Down from the Hills
Bluegrass festival visitors
Bluegrass fans and competitors
Comin’ down from the hills for a little Bluegrass fun.
Down from the Hills Bluegrass Championship festival, 2015
Bluegrass Championship judges
Fans and competitors at the Bluegrass Festival
Practicing up for the bluegrass championships
Fun for the kids at the Down from the Hills festival
A good day for a little Bluegrass
Just listnin’ and enjoyin’
Bluegrass Championship competition, New Albany
Festivities began early Saturday morning with the season’s opening of New Albany’s Biscuits and Jam Farmer’s Market.
A nice day to open the New Albany Farmer’s Market
Mary Jennifer Russell (center) and Susan Hickman (right): Russell is owner of Sugarees Bakery of New Albany and the founder, with the Union County Master Gardeners, of the Biscuits & Jam Farmers Market, held Saturday mornings through the summer at the Tallahatchie Bridge.
Biscuits and Jam Farmer’s market
Buying and selling at the farmer’s market
Biscuits and Jam Farmer’s Market drew a lot of early birds.
Looking over the Biscuits and Jam market in New Albany
Ready to open the new season at the New Albany farmer’s market
The Down From the Hills Weekend festivities began Friday May 22nd with a Farm-to-Table dinner, served on the Tallahatchie River bridge at Park Along the River. The dinner was followed by a free concert by Sean Watkins.
Farm-to table diners on the Tallahatchie Bridge at Park Along the River.
Local volunteers were servers for the Farm to Market Dinner.
Diners at the farm to table dinner, on the Park Along the River Bridge.