Old-timers, first-timers gather for Rex’s fest

first_img Email the author By Jaine Treadwell Sponsored Content Skip Simply put, that’s why, when Locklar sticks “Rex’s Bluegrass Festival” signs in the ground every fall and every spring, old-timers, long-timers and first-timers, pack up their guitars, fiddles and bows and head to the sleepy like community that has been the site of “getting close to” 100 bluegrass festivals.“I’m not sure whether this is the 44th or 45th year,” Burgess said. “I’ve not been to all of them but I wish I had. But, I’ve been to a lot.”Burgess tagged along with his friend Ray Lett to the first Henderson Bluegrass Festival. The next time, he would have come whether his friend came or not. Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration Old-timers, first-timers gather for Rex’s fest Book Nook to reopen Published 10:50 pm Friday, October 7, 2011 Latest Stories The Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies… You Might Like Board of Registrars sworn in Melissa Ingram, Jennifer Deloney and Samatha Shaw were sworn in Monday as the members of the PIke County Board of… read more “It’s gets in your blood.”Burgess and Lett were picking and grinning about sundown Wednesday while most others were gathering around the chuck wagon.“We’ll eat later, right now we’ve got one more song,” Lett said.Both pickers admitted that they won’t be invited to play at the Grand Ole Opry but they would rather play at the Rex’s Bluegrass Festival than on any stage in the world. Print Article There aren’t quite as many RVs at the Henderson Music Park as there used to be for Rex’s Fall Bluegrass Festival. There aren’t quite as many old-timers as there used to be. But there are enough RVs and enough old-timers to make it seem like old times and enough young pickers to know that bluegrass will live on.J.C. Burgess and Ray Lett have been coming to Rex Locklar’s Bluegrass Festivals for more years than they can count, maybe 30. And, they’ve been coming long enough that its tradition.“Tradition, bluegrass and Rex.” “This is what bluegrass is all about,” Lett said. “There are big bluegrass festival all around where they have big stages and big bluegrass bands to come play and people sit and listen. But, here, there are no big stages and people like us pick and sing and that’s what makes this festival so special.”Burgess said he sometimes puts his guitar over his shoulder and wanders from place to place joining a group here and one over there.“You don’t have to be asked to join in,” he said. “If you hear something you like, you just go over and get to picking. Nobody cares.”Burgess and Lett do a lot of picking and they also do a lot of listening to the music others play and the stories they tell.“Oh, the stories you can hear,” he said laughing.The two friends from central Alabama bring a listener along, perhaps so they’ll always have an audience.Gary Bradberry doesn’t play an instrument and he doesn’t sing.“You don’t have to do either to enjoy bluegrass,” he said with a smile. “I just sit and listen and grin.”The old Henderson schoolhouse provides the background for the bluegrass festival. It’s falling down now and nobody goes inside anymore.Burgess and Lett remember when there was picking and singing inside the schoolhouse and outside as well.“It’s not like that anymore,” he said. “We don’t go inside to play but it’s the same out here. This is the best place to play bluegrass, outside with friends.”Nothing beats picking and grinning on a brisk fall night in at the Henderson Music Park, the men said.Rex Locklar’s Bluegrass Festival will continue through the weekend and close around midnight on Saturday.Admission is $5 a day if you’ve got it.“If you ain’t, see me,” Rex said. Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson By The Penny Hoarder Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day Around the WebDoctor: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Health VideosIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingHave an Enlarged Prostate? Urologist Reveals: Do This Immediately (Watch)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Healthier LivingRemoving Moles & Skin Tags Has Never Been This EasyEssential HealthTop 4 Methods to Get Fortnite SkinsTCGThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancellast_img read more