The good times flowed as freely as the complimentary beer in Butler, Tennessee this past weekend, as the Hidden in the Hollow Festival closed out its fifth year, headlined by The Mantras, Acoustic Syndicate, Jeff Sipe, Consider the Source, Melissa Reeves, and more.
A particularly skilled and dedicated crew headed by Valentine Reilly and her family worked tirelessly around the clock to ensure yet another truly magical weekend of music and camaraderie. Beginning with just enough of a drizzle to bring out a rainbow, the rest of the festival was graced with sunny skies and beautiful warm spring weather. Smiles were abound as old friends reunited with each other, and some of their favorite bands.
Many returning artists expressed gratitude at being able to once again play in front of the tall verdant hills that make for one of the most scenic backdrops of any stage around. I had the pleasure of talking with Julian Sizemore, keyboardist of The Mantras, who had some warm words in regards to his time at the Hollow:
“This was my fourth time playing Hidden in the Hollow, but my first time being able to spend the entire weekend on the property. I feel blessed in my chosen line of work to be a part of so many wonderful events but Hidden is a particular gem. It is built each year by a small, closely knit group of friends and attended by other close friends which makes the feeling of family undeniable. Not just a group that parties together, but friends that are there for each other, encourage each other, want each other to succeed, and to truly live. I have been with The Mantras for four years now and I have seen the same faces every year at Hidden. The fans there have had a front row seat at watching me grow as a person and a musician with this band. At one point I found myself sitting on top of that mountain looking out on a valley of majesty and I thought to myself ‘I am so glad Hidden in the Hollow is one of my homes.’”