Audie Blaylock to play at North Creek bluegrass fest

— The 9th Annual Upper Hudson Bluegrass Festival returns to North Creek Aug. 17-19 with more than a dozen acts providing more than 30 hours of music, including several national stars and regional favorites.

National headline acts will include Audie Blaylock & Redline, Goldwing Express, Vern Young and James King. Regional favorites will include Smokey Greene of Queensbury, Dave Nichols and Spare Change of Malone and the Atkinson Family of Harrisville.

Audie Blaylock & Redline is noted for hit songs such as “I’m Going Back to Old Kentucky,” “Cry, Cry Darlin’” and “Out in the Cold.” Their new album is called “Hard Country” and includes the single “A Natural Thing.” Goldwing Express performs more than 200 shows a year on stage in Branson, Mo. Vern Young has been performing for more than 60 years and has won the Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music Association mid-west vocalist of the year award six times, most recently in 2003.

“If James King’s rendition of ‘Bed by the Window,’ the song that launched his stellar bluegrass career, doesn’t bring you to tears, I’m not sure what will,” said Upper Hudson Bluegrass Festival co-organizer Lloyd Burch.

Remington Ryde, of McClure, Pa., returns this year along with HoneyGrass, of Ontario. New to the North Creek stage will be the No One You Know Band, of West Virginia. The rest of the acts not already mentioned will be Rivergrass of the Thousand Islands Region, Cedar Ridge and, giving a Sunday morning gospel set, Mary and Mike Robinson.

Green Mountain Music (Pete “N” Cora Bolster) is providing sound and Don Sprague will return as the emcee. There will be free camper parking for the weekend and food and craft vendors on site.

The festival will take place at the Ski Bowl Park at the following times: noon to 10:45 p.m. Friday, Aug. 17; 9 a.m. to 10:45 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 18; and 9 a.m. to 5:45 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 19.

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