Combining musical entertainment and humor, Three on a String performed at the recent Freedom Festival in Oxford. In August, Three on a String will celebrate their 46th year in entertainment, which is a remarkable achievement. They have been inducted into both the Alabama Bluegrass Hall of Fame and the Alabama Music Hall of Fame.

Bobby Horton, proficient at more than 20 instruments, played trumpet, guitar and banjo. Horton has combined his two passions of music and history as a music historian in presentations on Civil War music. He has worked on at least 10 Ken Burns documentaries. Jerry Ryan played guitar and harmonica with at times playing them simultaneously. Brad Ryan and Andy Meginnis also played and sang.

“Joshua Fit the Battle of Jericho” and “Down in the River to Pray” from their “Songs of our Faith” CD were performed for the multi-generational audience. Fiddle tunes such as “Blackberry Blossom” and patriotic audience sing-alongs to “My Country Tis of Thee” and “America the Beautiful” were appropriate for Independence Day. Lyrics from Roy Orbison’s “Blue Bayou” were changed to a brown toupee with gray, which “blew by you” as Three on a String filled every moment with entertainment and humor that sparkled and dazzled at the Freedom Festival.

Penny J. Nielsen