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Weekend Festival Celebrates American Roots In Bluegrass

Above: Bluegrass band Lonesome Otis

Aired 6/12/14 on KPBS Midday Edition.

GUESTS:

Greg Deering, owner Deering Banjo Company

Lonesome Otis, Bluegrass band, members Steve Stout, Chris and Chris Cerna and Chris Rudd

If you're looking for something fun to do this Father's Day weekend, why not celebrate with music?

You can binge on Bluegrass music filled with banjo, fiddle and guitars jamming at the Huck Finn Jubilee: California's Jam and Bluegrass Festival showcasing some of the top names in the industry.

The Bluegrass band Lonesome Otis stopped by the KPBS studios this week to give us a sneak peek to some foot-stomping music.

You may be surprised to learn that San Diego is home to the largest manufacturer of banjos in the country. Greg Deering of Deering Banjo Company tells us the banjo is making a comeback and used in music ranging from country and bluegrass to rock and roll.

Kurt Kohnen and Roland Lizarando of KPBS contributed to this segment.

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