The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #51130   Message #788973
Posted By: Fortunato
22-Sep-02 - 09:10 AM
Thread Name: Kytrad's award concert
KYTRAD was stellar. Lisner auditorium was jammed, I mean it was SRO. The acoustics are pretty good in Lisner; we could hear quite well even though we were way up in the back. We had waited to give tickets to two young friends and went in at 7:20, a bit late. The entire concert was stirring. Ralph Blizard, Old-Time Fiddler from Bountville, TN was a stand out. Ralph plays the long bow style, characterized by long strokes of the boy eliciting many notes. David "Honeyboy" Edwards, Chicago bluesman, though 87 or so years old, sang with vigor and held the strong rhythmn that is his trademark. Lots more.

But of course we went there to see KYTRAD and the experience moves me still her on Sunday morning.
Her haunting, clear mountain voice came up to us and filled my eyes with tears. There she stood on the stage in the spotlights singing with all the conviction and beauty that has made her the ambassador of Appalachian song to the world. She closed with her song Now is the Cool of the Day, her prayer for the world, with her son singing harmony. Let me tell you, friends, she was the living, breathing validation of American Folk Music.