I first saw Dwight Yoakam perform last year and loved him much more than I expected. When he was added to the Americana Music Association Festival & Conference lineup, I was thrilled! And when I got the email announcing an interview and live performance by him in an intimate theatre, I knew I had to attend.
This was my second year attending the five-year-old Freshgrass Festival, held annually on the grounds of Mass MoCA in the Berkshires. Everything about this Festival is terrific, from the music to the crowd to the food vendors to the setting. This year, the weather was perfect as well – and included a rainbow that appeared auspiciously during Vieux Farka Touré’s ethereal set.
I was able to see every set because the set times are staggered. I love that I do not have to make choices about which act to see when. Please make sure to look at the gallery of photos at the end of this review.
I knew more about Dwight Yoakam‘s reputation as both a musician and an actor than I did about his music itself, but I was as excited to see him perform for the first time (on the heels of an excellent new album, Second Hand Heart) as I was to see my first show at Indian Ranch!
I was impressed with both! Indian Ranch is an unusual venue. Set on Webster Lake in central Massachusetts, it is a combination campground and music venue. This show was accompanied by a light drizzle through much of the show, but that did not dampen anyone’s spirits even though some were in uncovered areas. I look forward to returning on a day with better weather!