John Kulinich, who plays guitar, mandolin and banjo according to the band’s website, is a Sumiton native who said he was excited to be back in the area to perform.
“This band doesn’t get to play in Jasper much anymore, so I am definitely excited to get to see my friends and play in front of some familiar faces,” Kulinich said.
He added his regrets that he won’t get to stick around after the show to visit and see the other groups, but Rollin’ in the Hay had already booked another show for that night in Knoxville. Kulinich explained that the group had already booked the Knoxville show before they got the call about the Foothills Festival and the group was glad the organizers worked with them so they could do both. He said he was also impressed with the organization and enthusiasm of the festival.
“Seems like everybody’s got it in gear and it’s going to be a great show,” Kulinich said.
Kulinich said that the group has recently added a drummer, a new treat for longstanding fans of the almost 20-year-old group.
“It just takes us to another level,” Kulinich explained.
That new level has included spending the summer opening shows for Widespread Panic and Dave Matthews Band, to name a few.
“It’s been a busy summer,” Kulinich laughed. “But I’m really looking forward to this show.”