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February 15, 2014

Bluegrass music brings heart and soul to annual festival

Bluegrass music brings heart and soul to annual festival

ANDERSON — The cars parked outside the Rangeline Community Center were packed almost as tightly as someone could pack the melting snow on Saturday.

The hot wail of a fiddle poured from inside of the building where the 25th annual Snowflake Bluegrass Festival was underway.

Hundreds gathered here to enjoy the traditional music featuring instruments like the banjo, fiddle, guitar and mandolin.

Among those kicking up their heels at the festival was Anita Erdos, 69, of Anderson.

Erdos and her husband were seated at the back of the room where they could easily slip onto a dance area.

“It just makes your body move,” Erdos said. “The music is fast and makes you feel good.”

She said the songs tell stories about early American times of coal mines and trains, but they aren’t sad.

“They play songs that tell you stories from our ancestors,” Erdos said.

Nearby the dancing couple, Larry Waters, 52, of Springport prepared to take the stage. Waters, a member of the band Lifeboat, said his band consists of family members.

“I’ve been playing with the band for 25 years, but I’m not an original member,” he said.

Bluegrass music is packed with emotion, which is why Waters said he likes to play it.

“I like the heart and soul it’s got,” he said. “You have to play from the soul or it’s not real. When it has no heart and soul, it just becomes music and there’s a difference.”

Other Lifeboat members joined Waters, and the men joked among themselves, giving Barnnie Woody, 36, of Muncie a hard time.

“He wants an application for singing, but we won’t let him,” Waters.

Woody laughed with Waters, who is his cousin.

“We won’t even let him hum,” said Delon Waters, 70, one of the original 1964 band members of Lifeboat.

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