Bluegrass fans unite at the 19th Annual Titus Bluegrass Festival on Sept. 28 to savor some sweet tunes and unwind in the shady grove from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Titus Community Center.
The annual concert welcomes more than 1,000 guests each year on the last Saturday in September. This location, about 10 miles north of Wetumpka, is the very spot where Hank Williams Sr. once gave a concert for $.25 per ticket.
This year’s lineup features some time-honored musicians who will take the stage throughout the day while attendees enjoy grub by Champs BBQ and browse local arts and crafts vendors. The talent includes Stanley & Company; ALbert & Friends and Shannon Slaughter.
Stanley & Company is a six-piece band from Adgar, Alabama, that specializes in bluegrass gospel. The group members, who include a father-daughter team, have been playing together for more than 20 years. Stanley Humphreys plays guitar and does most lead singing, along with his daughter, Rebecca, who also plays fiddle. Derek Murdock on banjo; Mike Bullard playing mandolin picker; Ken Bearden with the upright bass; and the newest member, Gary Jones, on the Dobro, round out the ensemble.
One of the most highly acclaimed musicians in bluegrass is Allen Tolbert, who is based out of Birmingham. He’s toured the Southeast for more than 20 years and performs acoustically on guitar, banjo, mandolin and bass. Tolbert has opened for names such as Allison Krause, The Tony Rice Unit, the Osborne Brothers and more. He also teaches mandolin and guitar lessons fulltime. At this year’s festival, a group of young student musicians will join Tolbert on stage to perform as Allen Tolbert & Friends.
Shannon Slaughter was born in Chiefland, Florida, and was immersed in music at a young age. He started playing guitar at age 8, and his professional career took off in 1992. Having toured with a number of top-performing bands, he joined with his wife, Heather, in 2010 to form County Clare. They toured as a band and duo for five years and completed two critically acclaimed albums. At the Titus Bluegrass Festival, the band will consist of Slaughter on guitar and vocals; Matt Wingate on mandolin and vocals; Casey Murray playing banjo; Grace Wilson with bass and vocals; and special guest Heather Slaughter will assist with vocals.
With an impressive lineup and the recipe for a great day, grab a chair, blanket and friend and drive on out to the Titus Bluegrass Festival. Tickets are $10, and the community center is located at 5859 Titus Rd. For more information, visit the Titus Community Center Facebook page.