My top 5 ROMP moments

Written by Katie Keller, Marketing Director

My first year behind the scenes for ROMP was one of the greatest experiences in my adult career.

One of the most astounding things I witnessed was the humility of the artists involved; over the course of four days, I watched legends and pioneers of Bluegrass music mingle, jam and laugh with friends new and old--scenes that would seem better fit for a backyard bar-b-q than a world-renowned music festival. This is the beauty of Bluegrass music – the family, the love and the ties that bind us all together no matter the role we play.

These men and women have paved the way for artists with their talent, class and incredible stage presence. It’s no wonder the number of young musicians – many of whom were featured artists at ROMP – have created a name for themselves with these exact characteristics. Tradition and progression thrive together in the bluegrass community, and it’s an incredible time to be a fan.

I could go on forever about every detail that made the experience for me, but I’ll keep it to my top five in the interest of time.

5. Interviewing Colorado natives, The Wood Brothers on everything from tour activities to comparisons of European roots music vs. American. These guys are not only insanely talented, but also funny, charming and down-right nice to be around.

4. Meeting Doyle Lawson and Del McCoury moments after they accepted their plaques for theInternational Bluegrass Music Association’s Hall of Fame honor. Swoon-worthy smiles and style that cannot be duplicated – they are true gentlemen of Bluegrass.

3. Discussing Warren County football and Western Kentucky fun with the father of newgrass, Sam Bush…but first, let me take a selfie.

2. Having the honor of introducing our Saturday night headliners, Old Crow Medicine Show, andRailroad Earth.

1. Dancing, singing and celebrating an incredibly successful weekend with an amazing staff, volunteers, friends and bluegrass fans new and old; those sweet moments will forever hold a place in my heart.

Until next year ROMP…


Posted on January 15, 2015 .