Let me say up front...I LOVE bluegrass and trad country. I was raised listening to it at my Grandparents home, so it kind of "speaks" to me and brings back lots of good memories. But.. I went to my first bluegrass festival this weekend, and if this one was typical, I see why bluegrass bassists get slammed a lot by others in the DB world. Saw about 10-12 bands and only one had a bassist who played with any sort of fire and precision. The players in the "picking sheds" weren't any better. Most were admittedly local to central GA, but Damn! Put something into that gig! My mandolin-playing buddy, who's a really high-energy and creative player, hung around our own camp site and jammed most of the time. Pretty big disappointment...I was expecting to get some pointers from some experienced players. They kind of snubbed my Strunal, though. Too shiny, I guess. Now, a major exception to all this was the headlining band, "IIIrd Tyme Out". Whoa! Killer players all around, and the bassist sang bass vocal harmony against his own bass lines, in the same register and in many cases sang notes that it would require a B-string to reproduce on bass. Great tone (thanks to his sound man), very solid player. Well, anyway.... The camping and non-stop outdoor jamming was nice. Do these things always work out this way?