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Best Bets for the Palisade Bluegrass Festival

By David Goe

While most of the hype around this year's Palisade Bluegrass and Roots Festival focuses on headliners the Infamous String Dusters, don't over look these performers. 

We Speak Imaginese - 6 p.m., Saturday
Our very own local group We Speak Imaginese leads a Suppertime Sing-a-long show in the festival Family Area. Featuring mandolin, double bass, piano and acoustic guitar, the band sounds great playing folkgrass grooves about everything from budding romances to fly-fishing. We Speak Imaginese has great cross over appeal and is one of the very best local groups performing at the moment. 

Chatham County Line - 1 p.m., Sunday
Hailing from Raleigh, North Carolina, Chatham County Line has released a string of excellent bluegrass albums including 2014's "Tightrope." The band are as much storytellers as they are musicians. Chatham County Line's music is imaginative and honest, and worth suffering the mid day heat for. 

The Wood Brothers - 5:30 p.m., Sunday
Originally from Boulder, festival closers The Wood Brothers have released their last two albums through the famous jazz label Blue Note Records (most notably the home of Norah Jones). Not always a duo, brothers Oliver and Chris came together in 2004 and have performed steadily since. Now based out of Nashville, The Wood Brothers fuse a number of roots music styles together together to create a sound that is equal parts blues, jazz, folk, and bluegrass.  

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