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July 12, 2014

Counting Crows prelims rock MMF

Somerset —

Counting down the hours until Counting Crows.
That’s what attendees at Master Musicians Festival were doing Friday night and Saturday afternoon, but to be sure, they weren’t just idly biding their time. There was plenty to see and do and of course hear throughout the weekend.
Specifically, the local talent that took the MMF stage early in the festival made the most of their opportunity in this sort of venue. 
Yovany Pino captains The Little Ship, a Monticello-based band that played early in the evening on Friday. The youngest band appearing at MMF by far, The Little Ship brought energy and a fresh sound to the stage.
“We’re touring this summer, so this is a great start to it here at home,” said Pino. “This is probably the biggest amount of people we’ve ever played in front of. 
“I play with the kind of energy that people feed back to me,” he added. “The more the people are energetic, the more I feel it.”
He had plenty to feed off of. Though numbers were not immediately available, the Friday night crowd seemed larger than usual, and MMF board president Tiffany Bourne agreed with that assessment.
She also noted that visitors — including returning artist Willie Watson, who previously played the festival with his former band Old Crow Medicine Show — appreciated the growth and changes MMF has undergone, with a more “polished” appearance in terms of organization and appearance.
Headlining Friday night was Sundy Best, one of country music’s fastest-rising national acts. The eastern Kentucky-native duo, Nick Jamerson and Kris Bentley, drew a packed crowd in front of the stage, not dissimilar from what Counting Crows promised to attract on Saturday night, and really won the crowd over with a rendition of “My Old Kentucky Home.”

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