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Floydfest 2012 Recap: the Porch Rocks Again

Posted: 2012-08-02 | Categories: Uncategorized |
Ricky Skaggs

Ricky Skaggs on the Porch

The Virginia Folklife Workshop Porch at Floydfest 11 was the place to see and hear the finest practitioners of  traditional music styles. Presented by the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities in partnership with Blue Cow Arts, the Virginia Folklife Workshop Porch (lovingly referred to by most simply as “the Porch”) remains one of the true gems of FloydFest.

Hosted by Virginia State Folklorist Jon Lohman, the Porch showcased regional musicians, including Scott Miller, Wayne Henderson, Gerald Anderson, Jimmy Edmonds, Whitetop Mountain Band, the Barefoot Movement, Larnell Starkey and the Spiritual Seven, and workshops called “Hot Licks from the Crooked Road” and “Blue Ridge Sweethearts” featuring local hotshots. At the same time, the Porch was also home to the beloved workshops where FloydFest audiences got to visit with some of the headline artists including Chris Thile, Drew Emmitt, Sam Bush, Ricky Skaggs, Gary Clark Jr., and Darrell Scott, in a more intimate, relaxed setting.

Check out the slideshow below for some images from the fest. All photos by Peter Hedlund.


  1. Workshop Porch is what keeps me coming to FF. I realize all the hoopla is necessary to draw the masses and the bands but I could do without most of the rest of it (though opportunities to dance to Leftover Salmon and the like is much appreciated.)

    Comment by Mary Sexton — August 3, 2012 @ 10:10 am

  2. Jon continues to raise the bar on the Porch to bring us unprecedented access to some of our most treasured artists. How can he top this year? Guess we’ll have to wait 51 weeks to find out. The Sam/Jon portrait is a keeper!

    Comment by Tim Timberlake — August 3, 2012 @ 10:14 am

  3. The Porch is pure magic…thanks to all the wonderful musicians and to Jon L and his hard-working team who continue to make it a very special part of FloydFest…tipping my hat in appreciation.

    Comment by Davis Wildman — August 3, 2012 @ 3:08 pm

  4. Make no mistake, the porch is what drives my attendance at Floydfest. Go there for the intimate, “real” stuff, (How does Ms Laprelle do that?) then later go grab a beer and join the crowds for the headliners. I enjoy both but the former satisfies something deeper. Pleasure talking with Jon after one show.

    Comment by James Turnage — August 4, 2012 @ 11:24 am

  5. Hey, that could be me obscured by the guy in the green cap in the Ricky Scaggs picture. Yep, my hat.

    Comment by James Turnage — August 4, 2012 @ 11:29 am

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