Riverfront Blues Festival honors two local men

Print Article

By JOHN BLODGETT

The Western News

Libby’s Riverfront Blues Festival turns 10 this year, and in celebration organizers have dedicated the two-day event to the memory of two local men — Jerry Hersman and Alan Lane — who played a role in festivals past.

Hersman, who ran Rocky Mountain Music and Collectibles with his wife, Debbie, was involved with the festival from its start in 2008, according to materials provided by organizer Jennifer Nelson.

He started by providing sound equipment and being sound man, and in following years he and Debbie expanded their support by donating money and stage equipment and gathering instruments for the festival’s “Connecting Kids with Music” program.

Though Hersman died June 4 this year, organizers say Debbie continues to support the festival.

Organizers describe Lane, who twice played the festival with Frank Chiaverini and often performed at Frank’s Hot Club in Troy, as a “talented guitarist with an unforgettable voice” and “a man of rare resolve.” After losing his right arm above the elbow in a logging accident, he returned both to working in the woods and to playing guitar. Watch a video about him at www.youtube.com/watch?v=dAImb-rFLDs.

In the years leading up to his Nov 22, 2017 passing to mesothelioma, Lane built a recording studio at his home, where he made three CDs. His wife, Wendy, hopes to make the studio available to other musicians.

The festival is Friday and Saturday at Riverfront Park in Libby. To learn more and to buy tickets, visit www.riverfrontbluesfestival.com.

Print Article

Read More Local News

SB315 revisions seek to redefine asbestos advisory team

October 16, 2018 at 5:00 am | Western News Revisions to Senate Bill 315, which in 2017 established the Libby Asbestos Superfund Advisory Team, will be presented by the Montana Environmental Quality Council during Montana’s 2019 legislative se...

Comments

Read More

Sheriff’s Office exploring ‘aggressive’ plan to refresh aging vehicle fleet

October 16, 2018 at 5:00 am | Western News The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office is exploring an “aggressive” plan to modernize its vehicle fleet, Undersheriff Brian Griffeth told the County Commission on Oct. 10. “We have zero [vehicle] resou...

Comments

Read More

Sarah Carpenter gets life without parole for Jan. 2017 murder of Travis Gillett

October 15, 2018 at 4:32 pm | Western News Sarah Carpenter was sentenced in Montana 19th Judicial District Court Monday to life without eligibility for parole for the homicide of Travis Gillett in January 2017. She was also given 10 years wi...

Comments

Read More

Seniors best underclasses at 2018 Troy Homecoming game night

October 12, 2018 at 5:00 am | Western News The Troy High School classes competed in Homecoming game night at the football field in Troy Wednesday, with the senior class once again coming out on top. ...

Comments

Read More

Contact Us

(406) 293-4124
311 California Ave.
Libby, MT 59923

©2018 The Western News Terms of Use Privacy Policy
X
X