Just got back from the Walnut Valley Fest. It is the home to the International Fingerstyle Guitar Championships and the National Flatpicking Contest. There were some mighty fine pickers playing the stages also like Tommy Emmanuelle and Brian Sutton.. Sort of like an acoustic music Mardi Gras with around 25,000 folks camping and probably 100k in attendance..
This contest always inspires me as some of the hottest acoustic guitar players in the world/country compete for $3000.00, a $5000 - $10,000 guitar (Collings, Martin, Gallagher) and stage time . Plus the campground jams go on constantly for 4 days with lots of great bluegrass, gypsy swing, jam band, speed grass, blues etc..
Sorry for the pointless post but I am pumped.. I better go practice now.