For the last 30 years, Colorado's San Juan Mountains have hosted some of traditional and contemporary bluegrass' most lauded -- and occasionally unknown -- performers. The Telluride Bluegrass Festival has become the ultimate fix for acoustic music junkies, and this collection of highlights celebrating the event's 30th anniversary will no doubt provide satiating for those unable to attend -- or wait for next year -- to take in the real thing. Seasoned players like John McEuen's Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Sam Bush, and upstate New York's vastly underrated Horseflies share the stage with more youthful pickers such as Nickel Creek, Yonder Mountain String Band, and Kasey Chambers, resulting in a snow globe of laid-back (and occasionally explosive) instrumentals, down-home narratives, and easy jam band theatrics -- Martin Sexton and the String Cheese Incident's rendition of Stevie Wonder's "I Wish" may drive you to both dance and rage -- that when shaken leaves a bed of fresh mountain powder that's the perfect tonic for a hot Sunday afternoon.
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AllMusic Review by James Christopher Monger