Hardly Strictly Bluegrass 4 Reviews

Lynn Morris
Sunday, Oct. 3, 11:45 a.m.
Banjo Stage
Reviewed by Mike Alexis

Festival founder Warren Hellman took the stage to introduce Lynn Morris by saying, "One of the reasons to start the festival was to get Hazel Dickens here, but we are truly blessed to have Lynn Morris." Indeed we are. Her presence was heart-warming and it was great to see her back.

Still easing back into performing after suffering a stroke in March 2003, Lynn's voice was strong, yet showed a little reservation. Overall, she projected well and was in good shape and if this performance was any indication, she'll be back full-force in no time. Backed by Hazel's band, she breezed through a short set that focused on a few songs from her most recent release, Shape of a Tear, as well as some older ones. She started off the set with "I'm Going to Have Love," a mid-tempo, sentimental tune that set the mellow tone. This was followed by the tender ballad, "Don't Neglect the Rose" - an obvious yet beautiful metaphor for long-lasting love. Next came the song "Black Pony" from her first Rounder CD, which featured Lynn's fantastic drop-thumb claw-hammer style picking on the banjo. To cap things off, Lynn switched back to guitar to eloquently sing and strum "Lonesome Highway Blues."

Although it was a brief 15 minutes, we were lucky to have witnessed it. At precisely noon, as the crowd had now all found their places and the clouds had settled above the festival for good, Lynn said "goodnight, goodbye", an endearing gesture by this classy lady.

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