The sheer amount of music that you can take in over the course of a single day at Music Fest in Steamboat Springs is truly incredible. I started out day one of Music Fest watching Jack Ingram power through being sick on an outdoor stage in nineteen-degree temperatures to deliver a powerful, high-energy performance that had the crowd screaming along to “Barbie Doll.” Jack was rocking a t-shirt, scarf and jeans while I was wrapped in more layers than Ralph’s brother in A Christmas Story. From there I walked back inside the Steamboat Grand Hotel to see a live taping of Bruce Robison’s the Next Waltz Live at Steamboat featuring the very talented John Baumann. It was interesting hearing an emerging singer-songwriter being interviewed by a legendary songwriter, Bruce’s insight into the craft of songwriting made for a compelling interview. I rushed to the Grand Ballroom and got there just in time to see our own Justin Frazell bring Lee Ann Womack on stage. Despite being surrounded by a crowd of more than one thousand people, it was an intimate way to see her perform, just sitting on a stool flanked by her daughter on guitar, her husband, and her writing partner Waylon Payne. Seeing Lee Ann in that setting it’s hard to understand how she doesn’t win Female Vocalist of the Year every year she puts out a new record, that girl can flat out sing! Typical of Steamboat shows she had a couple of her friends join her for a few tunes including Wade Bowen and Jack Ingram. Venturing back outside I saw Bri Bagwell followed by Parker McCollum killing it on the Big Tent stage before coming back inside to watch Eleven Hundred Springs Matt Hillyer wow the crowd telling the stories behind his tunes at the Dung Beetle Saloon. As if that wasn’t enough for one day I finished off watching Reckless Kelly rock out a packed house at the Big Tent. One of the other really cool things about Steamboat is the access fans get to their favorite artists, you’re likely to sit next to Wade Bowen or Koe Wetzel at the Cabin Bar, share an elevator with Stoney Larue, and walk alongside Roger Creager as he heads from one stage to another. My hat goes off to Dickson productions for putting on this incredible, one of a kind music festival.