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This appeared in The Oregonian - January 4, 2008

The beauty of the RiverCity Bluegrass Festival is the ecumenical way it throws its arms around more than just bluegrass.

This year the event is rife with a broad swath of Americana, including folk picking, swing, gospel, country, even some gypsy jazz, all helping to fill out a bluegrass-thick festival. Some don't-miss acts on the bill:

Marty Stuart was a child prodigy on nearly anything with strings who grew quickly into a country music superstar. He hasn't forgotten his roots, however, and with the help of his band the Fabulous Superlatives, he plays a healthy mix of country, bluegrass and gospel.

By Don Campbell

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