Bluegrass stars and singers on top of their game after Trump visit
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind.
(AP) Bluegrass star Johnny Cash is on top, singing and dancing in front of the Bluegrass Hall of Fame on Thursday, while others who helped make the music they loved and loved to love are doing their best to avoid being tagged as racist.
The Hall of Presidents, a museum-like space in downtown Indianapolis, will showcase artifacts and artifacts from the era of the bluegrass.
A band will perform.
It will be a reunion show.
And, yes, a group of men will be singing and posing for pictures in a blue-and-white backdrop, surrounded by a red curtain, as they do in many other venues across the country.
“There’s a lot of emotion there,” said Joe Ruggiero, who was born in Kentucky and grew up in Kansas City, Mo.
“It’s very important for me and for all of us to remember what we grew up with and what we’re going through now.”
The musicians have to make a decision, Ruggie said, whether they will sing the anthem or not.
“It’s a choice,” he said.
“We’re gonna sing.”
But he knows it will be “too much.”
He said the crowd is ready for it, but he and other musicians are still worried about what will happen if they sing the national anthem.
“We’re a group and we’re gonna do the best we can do,” he added.
The show, which will take place on the first day of the Hall of Veterans, is the first time that all the musicians will be standing in front a wall, which is decorated with photographs of former Presidents John F. Kennedy and Richard Nixon.
“The first time we did it, it was a very small audience,” Ruggies said.
The music will start at 7 p.m. and go until the Hall closes for the night.
The musicians will have a chance to address a questioner from the audience and a fan, who will have the chance to ask a question.
They will then have a question for the President of the United States.
The performers will be able to make speeches on a big screen inside the Hall.
It’s part of a tour that will take the group to several cities over the next few weeks.
“I’ve been listening to these songs over and over and I’m really impressed,” said singer Johnny Cash, a founding member of the group the Byrds.
“I’m glad that people are listening to this now and I think it’s good to get this out now.”
A woman in a white cap who will be performing at the event is a retired police officer who served in Iraq.
She told the audience she came to Indianapolis because it’s where she grew up and it’s the place where she wanted to be.
“When I was a kid, I was raised in a small town in Illinois,” she said.
She said she’s now part of the generation that will make this country great again.
“Our country was founded by immigrants,” she continued.
“My generation is now a generation of immigrants.”
Ruggieros was born and raised in Kansas, and he is also from Kentucky.
He said that when he first heard about the Hall, he knew he wanted to come.
“People in Kentucky always have their own stories,” he told the crowd.
“This is their story.”
The first person to sing the National Anthem was a member of a group called the Youngbloods, who also include singer John Scofield and guitarist-vocalist George Martin.
It was the first bluegrass band to perform the national song.
The group formed in 1957 and was known as the Youngs before changing its name in the 1980s to the Byrd Sisters.
The group’s members were also the founding members of the Byrs.
They played together for about two decades, before they broke up in the early 1990s.
They reunited in 2003 and formed the Johnny Cash Band.