Lucky Mud started off 2015 with their First Annual Roots and Wings Music Festival....a single-day event that featured three separate one-hour workshops and four one-hour concerts. All indoors at the Legendary Roberts Hall in Lynn Haven, Florida, and every event showcasing the best Americana musicians touring the country today. The Roots and Wings Music Festival began with guitar workshops, divided into four categories from 'beginner' to 'expert,' and each with some of the best guitarists around in charge of each circle. Paul Kamm, Danny Goddard, Brian Smalley and Kelly Goddard each conducted their own workshops in separate corners of the huge upstairs dance hall where Hank Williams, Sr., played in the late 1940s. Next, those four were joined by Eleanore MacDonald, with Maggie and Mike McKinney of Lucky Mud, in another hour-long workshop on Vocal/Harmony, and it was not only packed but everyone attending loved it. The final workshop was on Songwriting and was again a packed circle of singer/songwriters facing an enthusiastic group of people with a lot of questions. Most of those questions were answered before the workshop ended and everyone went downstairs for food, and a chance to visit a long room filled with vendors from a luthier to jewelry and sculpture. The food was provided by Gandy's Seafood, and was a great blend of jambalaya, tuna dip and a great blueberry bread pudding topped with Amaretto sauce. Lucky Mud began the afternoon of hour-long concerts, followed by the insanely talented Brian Smalley. The New 76ers stunned the capacity crowd with their exquisite music before Kamm and MacDonald, who had flown in from Northern California for the event, closed the show with an absolutely one-of-a-kind concert. After the Music Festival ended and the crowd was gone, the musicians and singers (who had been at Roberts Hall for over 10 hours conducting the workshops and playing the concerts) all retreated to a huge and beautiful house on Panama City Beach that was donated for the week by a couple of wonderful people who have done much to make this festival, as well as the weekly series, Americana Cafe' Sundays, a success. At the beach house the music continued until the very wee hours of the morning before a few hours of sleep then rides to the airport for some and long drives home for others. The next festival, Lucky Mud's Second Annual Roots and Wings Music Festival, has already been inked in for one year later. Sponsors of the first have already signed on to make the second work just as well. We now will try to make the Second as good as the First. It could not be made better. Photos of the festival, along with days and nights at the beach house, can be seen in the Photos section of this website.
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