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The Steeldrivers And Their Kick-Ass New Lead Singer Kelvin Damrell

If you have not yet had the chance to catch a live performance by The Steeldrivers, I highly recommend you do!

This iconic group of musicians was awarded a Grammy in 2015 for their album “The Muscle Shoals Recordings”, which was named Best Bluegrass Album Of The Year! In my honest opinion, I think we will be seeing their success and popularity grow to new levels in the coming years that will lead to more Grammy wins!

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Photo By: Jennifer Grant – Enlightened Life

I have heard a lot of buzz around the fact that Chris Stapelton, who is now best known for his hit song “Tennessee Whiskey”, and his choice to leave the place as front-man with The Steeldrivers. Stapelton was no doubt a kick-ass front man but make no mistake, the new front man Kelvin Damrell is a force to be reckoned with.

Although younger than other members of the band, his musical talent shows to be as seasoned and polished as his band-mates!

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Photo By: Jennifer Grant – Enlightened Life

If you are looking for a show that keeps you dancing and singing along, make sure you go check out when they will be near you next!

The Steeldrivers Website & Tour Dates Here!

**Photos By  Jennifer Grant – Enlightened Life **

Excitement Leading To The 11th Annual Bluegrass Festival DelFest In Cumberland, Maryland May 24-27 2018

This afternoon I had the pleasure of speaking with Ronnie McCoury who is the singer/mandolin player for The Travelin’ McCourys. (I would just like to mention how down to earth he is. We both grew up in the same area so it was really cool to talk a little about our hometowns)

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Photo By: Nathan Payne – Jester Graphics

Ronnie plays alongside his brother Rob McCoury who plays the banjo as well as Alan Bartram on bass, Jason Carter on fiddle and Cody Kilby on guitar.

Ronnie and Rob are the sons of Del McCoury from the Del McCoury Band.

Eleven years ago Del and his family got together and decided they wanted to organize a festival. Their search for a location to anchor this festival ended when Del McCoury went to check out the Allegany County Fairgrounds! They knew that was the perfect location to begin developing what is now one of the most popular music festivals along the east coast! DelFest has a rich family-oriented atmosphere which is made evident by seeing the whole McCoury family sharing the stage! There are a variety of workshops going on all around the festival grounds and impressive lists of activities for the kid of all ages!

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Photo By: Nathan Payne – Jester Graphics

Throughout the week leading up to DelFest, the McCourys hold what is called DelFest Academy. This runs Sunday, May 20th, 2018 through Wednesday, May 23rd. The all-ages academy teaches students guitar, banjo, fiddle, mandolin, bass, and Dobro. It is a great opportunity to obtain quality lessons from instructors that include Ronnie McCoury along with some other great musicians.

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Photo By: Nathan Payne – Jester Graphics

With activities like the favorite “bluegrass karaoke”, and a chance to play on the Grandstage Thursday night, this is a must-try event! When I spoke with Ronnie, he mentioned there are currently a few spots still available so make sure you head over to their website and reserve your spot before it is full!

CHECK OUT DELFEST ACADEMY INFORMATION HERE!

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Photo By: Nathan Payne – Jester Graphics

The line up for 2018 DelFest is nothing short of sublime with bands that include;

THE DEL MCCOURY BAND, THE TRAVELIN’ MCCOURYS, THE BLUEGRASS CONGRESS, DAVID GRISMAN, RICKY SKAGGS, SAM BUSH, JERRY DOUGLAS, BRYAN SUTTON, STAUART DUNCAN, OLD CROW MEDICINE SHOW, GREENSKY BLUEGRASS, MOUNTAIN RIDE, RICKY SKAGGS & KENTUCKY THUNDER, THE DAWG TRIO WITH DAVID GRISMAN, DANNY BARNES, SAM GRISMAN, SAM BUSH, RICHARD THOMPSON, THE JERRY DOUGLASS BAND, THE INFAMOUS STRINGDUSTERS, THE WOOD BROTHERS, RHIANNON GIDDEN, MANDOLIN ORANGE, FRUITON, SIERRA HULL, THE GIBSON BROTHERS, RISING APPALACHIA, BRYAN SUTTON BAND, BILLY STRINGS, THE CALIFORNIA HONEYDROPS, THE KRUGER BROTHERS, JOE CRAVEN & THE SOMETIMERS, HORSESHOES & HANDGRENADES, REVERENED PEYTON’S BIG DAMN BAND, NEW ORLEANS SUSPECTS, BIRDS OF CHICAGO, JOHN STICKLEY TRIO, THE BROOMESTIX, THE GRASS IS DEAD, TWISTED PINE, DRE & THE GOSPEL COLLECTIVE, JUSTIN MOSES & CODY KILBY AND THE GRAND OLE DITCH

For more information on the festival and where to get your tickets visit:

DelFest Website

BE SURE TO CHECK BACK SOON TO READ THE FULL INTERVIEW WITH RONNIE MCCOURY  ALONG WITH A FEW OTHER SURPRISES!!

** All Of The Travelin’ McCourys Photos Were Done By Nathan Payne – Jester Graphics **
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Exciting Entertainment News Coming Along With New Art By Enlightened Life Store!

Hey guys!

Alright, so I know that I have not been posting as much as I would like to lately but I do want to say that I have been working on a bunch of different projects that are all going to be posted very soon! I am so excited to share all of the new artwork I have been doing (which is all for sale in my Etsy store – EnlightenedLifeStore)!

I have also been traveling a little and photographing and interviewing a number of different bands! Some of these bands include The Steeldrivers, The Devil Makes Three, Mountain Ride, Billy Strings and more! I will also soon be releasing interviews, photos and more of other great musicians so be sure to keep your eyes peeled for my upcoming posts!

These are a few of the new items added to EnlightenedLifeStore on Etsy (you can also find me on Shopify as well)

Be sure to like and follow me on Facebook and Instagram as well!

Enlightened Life Facebook Page

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Custom Wood Burned Items For Every Occasion!

Enlightened Life Store on Etsy is a good place to find beautiful hand burned items that range from home decor, signs, kitchen items, gifts and more!

Do you have a wedding coming up and want rustic woodburned table numbers and signs directing your guests where to go or a sign to place at the head table that will showcase the bride and groom? You can even hang the sign in your home after the wedding festivities have ended as a keepsake! I also do personalized wedding gift sets for your bridesmaids and groomsman.

The Best Is Yet To Come Wood Sign

Do you have a business and want your logo or business name on a unique one of a kind sign? Maybe you want decor for your shop?

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Or maybe you want new decor for your home or favorite vacation spot!

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To order your customized items head over to

Enlightened Life Shop

or E-mail enlightenedlifeblog@gmail.com

Do You Usually Go With Serious Or Funny Greeting Cards?

I am starting a line of greeting cards! This is the first one to be posted. What do you guys think? There is a link below where you can check back to see new cards! I always love to hear you guys feedback so leave me a message saying what card you will be buying next! Funny or serious? I am a pun lover so expect to see a bunch of fun pun greating cards!