Day Two at the Byron Bay Bluesfest and man do they keep you on your toes. It’s six o’clock and the sun is setting at Tyagarah Tea Tree Farm, where Bluesfest hosts an amazing array of artists each year and word rings out that Jack Johnson & Donavon Frankenreiter are joining G.Love on stage. We madly dash towards the Jambalaya stage as G.Love & Special Sauce finish a song. He announces to the crowd that he has a ‘very special little lady’ joining him onstage and out comes the amazing Kristy Lee. Now here is the definition of a memorable voice! The launch into a cover of Johnny Cash’s Folsom Prison Blues and absolutely blow the roof of the tent. It’s powerful, and Kristy totally makes the song her own.
As G.Love announces his next guests, Jack Johnson and Donovan Frankenreiter, the crowd surges with energy. You can tell the guys are great friends as they joke around with each other, seeming comfortable playing together. The three play guitars as Jack Johnson and G.Love sing Jack’s Rainbows and it is a beautiful representation of what Bluesfest stands for. Every year I have witnessed the absolute admiration, respect and friendship that the Bluesfest family has for each other – and that feeling spills over into the festival.
Train is closing their set to a roaring crowd and British India left me with Summer Forgive Me stuck in my head; there is more to come and we will be here keeping you updated.
Update: Keb Mo and G.Love joined Playing For Change onstage at the Delta Stage. Once Bluesfest family, always Bluesfest family.
Photo Credit: Gina Martin