In July of 1974 a bluegrass festival opened in Telluride, Colorado. It cost two bucks to get in and from a small shed like stage eight mostly unknown bands played a mix of country and bluegrass music. Posters for that show ambitiously proclaimed it the first annual Telluride Bluegrass Festival.
The organizers were on to something and the festival has celebrated on for four decades. A central figure in the festival for most of that time has been Aspen’s Dan Sadowsky better known to Aspen Public Radio listeners as Pastor Mustard host of our Sunday morning bluegrass show. In the persona of Pastor Mustard he was the MC on stage.
Now he has written the narrative for a book documenting the years of music called Telluride Bluegrass Festival – Forty Years of Festivation. He spoke with APR's Roger Adams about the book, the festival and the music.
About the Telluride Bluegrass Festival click HERE