Tucked away in the nether-reaches of the Rockies, the Telluride Bluegrass Festival is something of a tradition in Colorado. As such, the festival has grown to become incredibly popular, with this year’s tickets selling out in a record go-to-work-and-you’ll-miss-it two hours. While that popularity has led to some massive names playing the mainstage, the festival has also broken smaller bands into the vernacular of many a bluegrass nerd over the years.
So, set Emmylou and String Cheese Incident aside, and let’s take a look at the best low-bill names this year’s Telluride Bluegrass Festival has to offer.
5) Elephant Revival
Elephant Revival are some of Colorado’s proudest young sons and daughters today. Hailing from Nederland, their style is all heartfelt folk music born of passion, a sentiment that’s clear when you see them live. Their songs are celebrations and lamentations of simple relationships and the nature of the world sung in a range of different styles, thanks to all five of the members sharing singing duty. Of course, all accomplished musician as well, including one of the best musical saw/washboard players this side of the county fair.