The resurgence of beards as a youth fashion statement happened around the same time groups of young music-makers and -lovers began turning to purer forms of music to identify with and express themselves. Some hypothesize that the “back-to-roots” phenomenon (check the number of “Indie Folk” bands at the MidPoint Music Festival this year for proof) that has resulted in many variations on vintage Americana/Roots styles, is part of a common cycle that comes around when society experiences turmoil or drastic change (like the economic crisis or the barrage of info consumed in the cyber age).
Whatever the reason, for the past four years, the Whispering Beard Folk Festival has been pure heaven for anyone captivated by the pioneers of Roots music, as well as its modern practitioners. Well organized and stocked with excellent touring Americana acts like Hayes Carll, Todd Snider and The Two Man Gentlemen Band (pictured), as well as oodles of regional and local faves. This year’s fest takes place in Friendship, Ind., less than 50 miles west of Cincinnati, and camping is again encouraged (you can BYOB this year, and food and other vendors will be on hand). Tickets run $20-$40 for single-day passes or $70 for all-weekend ones.
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