Confessions of a Local Winter WonderGrass Musician

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Denton Turner, Buffalo Commons
Denton Turner, Buffalo Commons

Editor’s note: Want to know what it feels like to play in front of your friends at Winter WonderGrass? Consider the following post-show Facebook post from Denton Turner of Buffalo Commons

“The gratitude I have for Steamboat Springs, the people who have helped me in my journey and the Winter Wondergrass festival is deep. The memories I have over the years with different amazing musicians and bands is something I don’t take for granted. My history with WWG started 10 years ago at the inaugural event in Edwards, Colo., playing with my old band The Old Town Pickers—formed in the backyard of my 100-year-old cabin in the alley behind The Old Town Pub, my favorite place to play. We named our band after the bar. That first year of WWG The Old Town Pickers made the front page of the Vail paper. Over the years I’ve played a bunch of times and different stages at WWG and cherish for them all. Last year was an amazing moment when I got to join the WWG Allstars on the main stage for a couple songs with such heroes as Ronnie McCoury and Andy Thorn, Jon Stickley and more. My dreams had come true in that moment. But just when you think it can’t get any better, it does. This year my band Buffalo Commons played a main stage Saturday and I also got to play Friday with The Old Town Pickers.

I have so much thanks and love for my family and friends and supporters and the Winter WonderGrass Festival and all who have helped me. Life is crazy and keeps rolling and everything comes full circle in the end, good or bad. I just try to lead with my heart and soul and live every day like there is no tomorrow and trust and accept whatever comes, because there never is a yesterday or tomorrow to prepare for. Now is all you have. I’m missing a friend dearly today. She was a huge supporter of mine and made me always believe in myself. I’m dedicating my weekend to her because I know she is proud of me looking down and if she was still on earth she’d be riding the rail smiling at me making me play harder. I wore her button on my shirt throughout the weekend so I’d still be able to look down and see her big smile to tell me to keep on going 💜 Lara 💜 #keepongoing #boundtocoverjustalittlemoreground #thewheel #thesoulneverdies #withoutloveinadreamitwillnevercometrue

Denton Turner, Buffalo Commons