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Deb G: Rail on the River was a magical festival at Parrish Ranch in Berthoud, CO. Personally, I rediscovered camping and all the joy of starry nights followed by coffee with new friends in the morning. An amazing lineup of musical talent kept us delighted, both with old favorites and new-to-us talent that we’ll be looking forward to hearing again. Potluck meals, food trucks and impromptu invitations to join friends for a bite were all joyful celebrations and nourished hearts and bodies.

Rae M: Rail on the River is full of characters, conversations, and compositions/performances you won’t forget. But for me what made Rail on the River incomparable was the overall experience. My friend and I were gifted parasols that we danced on the soft silted ground under the moonlight in the rain with. I waded in the river and played my ukulele on a rock, and a crowd of crawdads came to listen and tap the beat on my feet.At night the peacocks would echo their cry under the endless starry skies, and you could hear campers throughout the ranch call back. It became impossible to tell what was campers and what was peacocks. We watched the sun rise over the ridge and the incredible vision of every kind of rock you can imagine, blended together from the flood, was like a patchwork quilt. We spent late nights talking to strangers who become dear friends, and had many adventures just frolicking in the beautiful surroundings. Now add to that a soundtrack of endlessly talented musicians, nourishing soul food, fantastic sound technicians, a dance hall full of history, and song circles sharing hearts and souls with each other…

That’s Rail in the River. Priceless.