Hardly Strictly Bluegrass

Ricky Skaggs at Hardly Strictly Bluegrass
Ricky Skaggs at Hardly Strictly Bluegrass

We saw part of Hardly Strictly Bluegrass today in Golden Gate Park in San Francisco. It’s a two day event on five stages, with some major talent.

On Saturday, we saw Steve Martin with the Steep Canyon Ramblers and Ricky Skaggs. Yes, it’s that Steve Martin on banjo. They finished with a smoking version of ‘Orange Blossom Special.’ Ricky Skaggs then took it to another level, he’s just flat amazing.

Other acts this weekend include Steve Earle, Emmylou Harris, Earl Scruggs, Ralph Stanley, Nick Lowe, Dave Alvin, The Chieftains, Mavis Staples, Billy Bragg, and Gillian Welch.

This is an annual event. And it’s free. Yes, free.