It's never goes unsaid on stage: Telluride provides one of the best backdrops of any venue anywhere. Every band, whether it's their first trip or not, says it on stage. It happens with such frequency, one cynic in the crowd wondered aloud if there was a stage note telling them to say it.
Now in it's third year, there was a mix of what you could call Ride veterans and Telluride first-timers. All were there to wonder at the scenic beauty and deliver the music to match.
Saturday's lineup included Brother & Bones (they made their U.S. debut at the 2013 Ride), White Denim, Joan Osborne, and Rival Sons out of Los Angeles. Saturday night was capped by JJ Grey & Mofro, along with festival headliners Spoon and Thievery Corporation.
Following in the Sunday morning spiritual tradition that Hazel Miller brougt in 2013, the Harlem Gospel Choir opening the day and got the crowd to their feet, closing out their set with a cover of Pharrell's "Happy." Delta Rae followed in a closing day lineup that included the Wood Brothers, Reignwolf, Lucero, Karl Denson's Tiny Universe, Vintage Trouble and Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros.
Special thanks to our public radio colleagues at KOTO for their hospitality while I was in Telluride.