With the growing popularity of roots music in America and around the globe, Berline said the festival has been reaching the high end of the 3,000 to 5,000 attendees he expects yearly.
“Acoustic music and roots music seems to really be taking off lately, as you can see just going into the campground. Just about everybody that comes to the festival plays a little it seems like ... and lot of really wonderful, fun music gets played in the campground,” said Berline in a phone interview while traveling back to Oklahoma from Nashville, where he attended the International Bluegrass Music Association Awards. “We had more people in the campground last year than we've ever had, and I expect this year'll be the same.”
He anticipates the addition of Gill to the bill will boost attendance even more. Plus, the 20-time Grammy winner said he plans to bring along a first-rate bluegrass band: banjo player Jim Mills, fiddler Aubrey Haynie, bassist Mike Bub and singer/guitarist/“Man of Constant Sorrow” Dan Tyminski.
“It's a bunch of guys that I love,” he said. “Man, it's awesome-feeling music ... and I really like the old-school stuff where they gather around the microphone and then they slip around back and they come around this way and this guy gets out of the way and this guy takes the solo. It's a pretty neat dance.”