Turkey Track Bluegrass Festival 2012

Southern Raised has just returned from the Turkey Track Bluegrass Festival in Waldron Arkansas!  Wow!  There were probably around 600-800 campers and trailers at the park and an awesome crowd to play for!  Bill, Linda and Dusty Lovett certainly know how to host a top notch bluegrass festival.  Thank you for allowing us to be a part of it!

Southern Raised on stage at Turkey Track

Here is a fun one of Emmy and Daddy on the golf cart that they gave us to bring our instruments back and forth from the stage!  One of my favorite memories from the festival is taking evening rides in the golf cart all over the festival grounds!  All us children would get on board and cruise in that beautiful  Arkansas evening with camper lights sparkling across the fields and bluegrass music drifting from jam sessions that commenced nearly around every bend.  That was a highlight and I thank Mr. Richard for allowing us to use his golf cart.

Emmy and Daddy!…….Look at that little driver:)

The first night that we played, both sets of grandparents were there and that was so fun!  We had a great time and it is always special to have them there!  Our grandparents are so supportive and our greatest fans ever!!:)

Southern Raised and our Grandparents!

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MawMaw and Matthew

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Pappy and his new Turkey Track T-Shirt!

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PawPaw and Daddy

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Nonny and Pappy

I am so grateful to God that we have grandparents who love and support us!  They sacrifice and give to help us and further this ministry, we sure do love them!!!:)

Southern Raised on stage

The crowd at Turkey Track was so awesome!

Different Angle

More…………………………………………….We performed The Armed Forces Medley during the festival and I always love singing that song and seeing all of our military and veterans that stand during their branch of the service.  I thank God for men and women who have given years of their lives and some even the ultimate sacrifice that we now enjoy the blessings and bounty from what they dearly paid.  At a recent event, I noticed an older gentlemen standing during our set.  I then mentioned that we were going to sing The Armed Forces Medley and would like for each person to stand when their branch of service was called out.  I was moved to tears when I saw this gentlemen, who had been standing throughout our set, make his way over to find a seat when he heard this.  I realized more than ever the importance of showing honor, respect and appreciation to those that have given more than I will ever know.  I recently read a quote by G.K. Chesterton, “Tradition…does not mean that the living are dead but that the dead are alive.  It means that it still matters what Penn did two hundred years ago or what Franklin did a hundred years ago;”  It matters that others before us have made sacrifices that they will never reap the fruit themselves, but their children and children’s children will live under the shade of trees they never planted.  May we never forget and speak of these things often.  We are forever grateful to each of these men and women that we have never known in the traditional sense, but we are intimately familiar with their legacy.    Thank you military and veterans!!!

Jamming Away!

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Twin Fiddles

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Emmy

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Sarah

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Matthew

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Lindsay

Here is one of Sarah and Matt at the CD table…………………..One of the things we love to do, is be able to meet and visit with all the folks that come to our table!  It is such a joy to make new friends and meet the people that God brings across our paths. I would like to thank those who come by our table and give us a word of encouragement, that tell us to continue on in this ministry, thank you for taking the time to bless us with your words and smile……….Someone once said,” When you choose your friends, you choose your future,”  I thank God for the precious friends He has given us all over this United States of America, friends that have enriched and blessed our lives!………………………………………………………………….

Sarah and Matthew helping folks at the CD table

After our last set we got to visit with some folks who were little musicians………here are some pics with them

Emmy helping a little girl on the fiddle

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Southern Raised and a family of young musicians

Here is one of me and Mr. Butch Cooksey……he is an amazing bass player from Louisiana and part of the Cooksey Family Band…..he also ran the sound at this festival.  He said that this picture was “Bass Player Power!!”….oh!….By the way…that is his son doing rabbit ears!!…haha:)

Mr. Butch Cooksey and Lindsay….”Bass Player Power!”:)

We had such a great time at this festival!  Thank you to the Lovetts for having us!  Be sure and check this festival out!

Big Crowd……Great Time!!!!