Rick Faris, the front man of the Faris Brothers, used to teach at Americana Music Academy and is now a “Nashville namesake,” said Max Paley, executive director of Americana.
Doug DuBois, a perennial presence at the Kansas State Fiddling and Picking Championships as both a competitor and a luthier, died in 2021, but his family has ensured that his impact on FidPick continues. A sizable donation from the DuBois family enabled the FidPick board to hire the Grammy-nominated Faris Brothers to perform this year — and they did, Sunday, on the Doug DuBois stage.
The group has climbed the bluegrass charts in recent years, and having them at FidPick is something to be proud of, Paley said. The FidPick board of directors would not have been able to secure the band without the generosity of the DuBois family.
“(The DuBois) family decided that part of his legacy … should go to support FidPick,” Paley said. “With his contribution, we were able to hire probably the biggest, most recognizable name we’ve ever been able to hire.”
FidPick is an ongoing local tradition that occurs on the fourth weekend of every August.
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Chansi Long (she/her) reported for The Lawrence Times from July 2022 through August 2023. Read more of her work for the Times here.