Mountain View Bluegrass Festival 2016 Fall Line-up
November 10th, 11th & 12th
As usual, the Mountain View Fall Bluegrass Festival is packed with first rate acts that are sure to keep you entertained. We will keep you informed if any new information becomes available so check back often!
Remember…Thursday is All Gospel Night!
Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver – Thursday Only
With over 35 albums to their credit, Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver have multiple Grammy, Dove, ICM, IBMA and SPBGMA Award nominations, and are seven-time winners of IBMA’s Vocal Group of the Year. Doyle Lawson received two nominations in the 17th Annual Inspirational Country Music (ICM) Awards held in Nashville on October 28, 2011, with fellow nominees including such country giants as George Strait and Carrie Underwood. Lawson also won two IBMA Awards in September, and was recently heralded by journalist Craig Havighurst as “one of music’s lions at this point.”
Of Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver’s performance at the 2011 IBMA Awards Press Conference in August, which garnered three standing ovations from a sold-out crowd in Nashville, Havighurst wrote: “There was no question who was going to close the show. Doyle Lawson is one of music’s lions at this point, and when he came out in perhaps the most beautiful western jacket I’ve ever seen… he was a holy vision. … When DLQ, in quartet mode, nailed the final chorus of the a cappella gospel song “He Made It All Right,” I swear we were mainlining the holy spirit. You know how the word awesome gets overused and misused? Here’s where it applies.”
Legendary in the Bluegrass genre and called a “mandolin virtuoso” with “perfectly silken harmony” by The New York Times, Doyle Lawson also broke new ground in 2011 with a benchmark Children’s Hospital and Arena Tour, the first tour of its kind in any genre, combining National Anthem performances at major sporting arenas with performances for boys and girls at Children’s Hospitals in the same cities or regions. The tour combines helping hospitalized children with inspiring national patriotism, and Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver performed for nearly 108,000 people during six games in 2011 (not including live broadcast audiences for the NBA and NCAA games), as well as for children, families, and staff at four children’s hospitals. Pretty impressive numbers from the little boy from Kingsport… who grew up to be a LEGEND.
Visit Doyle Lawsons Website
Lorraine Jordan & Carolina Road Band – Thursday & Friday
Pinecastle recording artists Lorraine Jordan & Carolina Road have a distinct sound and charismatic stage show, which sets them apart from many traditional bluegrass bands. Affectionately known as the “Lady of Tradition” in bluegrass, Lorraine has fronted Carolina Road for over 15 years. The band’s distinct sound and old time flair can be attributed to the bluegrass-rich area of North Carolina from which they hail and borrow their name. As the founding member and band leader for Carolina Road, Lorraine Jordan’s showmanship and chemistry with the audience makes the group one of the most popular bands among bluegrass fans today.
Carolina Road has some of the top musicians in the industry including Ben Greene (banjo), Josh Goforth (fiddle), Jason Moore (bass), and Brad Hudson (dobro). Ben Greene is SPBGMA’s 2015 Banjo Player of the Year and has two banjo cd projects receiving national radio airplay. Josh Goforth, multi-instrumentalist, was a 2009 finalist for a Grammy Award for a project he produced and recorded on, titled “Cuttin Loose.” Tommy Long, who sings lead vocals on both of Carolina Road’s # 1 hits, has a great cross-over voice for the Country Grass sound . Jason Moore plays an upright bass with the drive and timing that brings their hard-driving music together. Brad Hudson on dobro has a great lead voice for any type of music, and like Josh, is a multi-instrumentalist. With this combination of musicians, the energy and charisma, Carolina Road is one of the most sought out bands today.
Monroe Crossing – Thursday, Friday & Saturday
Named in honor of Bill Monroe, “The Father of Bluegrass Music,” Monroe Crossing dazzles audiences with an electrifying blend of classic bluegrass, bluegrass gospel, and heartfelt originals. Their airtight harmonies, razor sharp arrangements, and on-stage rapport make them audience favorites across the United States and Canada.
Based in Minnesota, the group plays an average of 125 shows a year at major venues and festivals, frequently for non-bluegrass audiences — and people often comment that they’d never really liked bluegrass music until they attended a Monroe Crossing concert!
Monroe Crossing is made up of five very distinct personalities with differing musical backgrounds and tastes, combining for a very unique ensemble sound. They are Derek Johnson: guitar, lead & harmony vocals; Lisa Fuglie: fiddle, mandolin, lead & harmony vocals; Matt Thompson: mandolin, fiddle, baritone vocals; Mark Anderson: bass & bass vocals; and David Robinson: banjo. Their paths crossed through the music of Bill Monroe so they like to say they had a “Monroe Crossing.”
Among their many honors, Monroe Crossing was selected to showcase at the 2007 International Bluegrass Music Association Convention and they were inducted into the Minnesota Music Hall of Fame in 2007. The only bluegrass band ever nominated as “Artist of the Year” by the Minnesota Music Academy (MMA), Monroe Crossing won the 2003 MMA “Bluegrass Album of the Year” award. The group also took home four awards — for Female Vocalist, Guitar, Mandolin and Banjo — at the Minnesota Bluegrass and Old-Time Music Association’s 25th Anniversary Awards Banquet.
Visit Monroe Crossings Website
Jeff Brown & Still Lonesome – Friday and Saturday
Jeff Brown is a name that is very well known to musicians on today’s bluegrass circuit, and has been steadily gaining in popularity with fans, DJ’S and promoters alike. He began playing at the very young age of nine, and hasn’t slowed down since. He and his brother formed the Richlands Bluegrass Boys, where he played alongside Blue Highway’s Wayne Taylor. In 1993, Jeff went to work for the legendary Larry Sparks as bass player and tenor singer, where he was a Lonesome Rambler from 1993 to 1996. Jeff has performed on many famous stages such as: the Grand Ole Opry at the world famous Ryman Auditorium in Nashville Tennessee, along with the television shows Austin City Limits in Austin Texas and Song of the Mountains on PBS. One notable, while performing with Sparks at the Carter Fold in Hiltons Virginia, Jeff was ask to play bass for Johnny Cash along with his wife June Carter Cash. He continued playing various dates and helping out on multiple recording projects before stepping out to front his current band, Jeff Brown and Still Lonesome. Jeff also toured with The Charlie Sizemore Band, and has pulled fill-in duties with Blue Highway, Dr. Ralph Stanley and the Clinch Mountain Boys, and Jesse McReynolds, just to name a few. He has served on many boards and committees throughout his career, and continues to be very active in promoting and furthering bluegrass music. Jeff has proven, in a very short time, he’s more than capable to stand on his own two feet as a singer, player and band leader. Being from Southwest Virginia, Jeff continues to respect his musical roots, but had the unique ability to make any song his own, and is certain to continue winning over bluegrass music fans wherever he goes.
The Baker Family – Friday & Saturday
14 year old Carina mandolin/lead vocals/harmony
11 year old Elijah upright bass/lead vocals/harmony
Carrie(mother) guitar/lead vocals/harmony
2014 Oklahoma State Band contest champions
2013 Pickin in the Pines Band contest winners
2013 2nd place KY State Band Winners
2012 George D. Hay Hoe Down award winners
2013 Top 5 National Youth in Bluegrass Band Contest Silver Dollar City
Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out – Saturday Only
Playing music is the easy part,” says Russell Moore with an ever-so-slightly rueful laugh as he looks back on more than thirty years of doing what he grew up wanting to do. “By the time we put this band together”—he’s talking about IIIrd Tyme Out, his musical vehicle for over twenty years now—“I was realistic enough to know that bands come and go. Being able to stay together is the hurdle that everyone faces. So I didn’t have a preconceived notion that someday I’d be celebrating twenty years with IIIrd Tyme Out—but I did feel like I would be playing music for the rest of my life.”
As it turns out, while many bands have come and gone since that May in 1991, Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out have endured. In the process, they’ve managed to climb to the top not just once, but twice—winning a slew of IBMA vocal awards, including two Male Vocalist of the Year honors, in the mid and late 1990s, then persevering through rough times to see Moore recapturing the Male Vocalist trophy for the past three years. Along the way, they’ve made a whole new generation of fans, and with the release of Timeless Hits From The Past… BLUEGRASSED by Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, the quintet are poised to deliver their distinctive kind of music more widely than ever.
“All the awards, all the recognition, those things are just by-products of doing what we love to do —and of having everybody pulling in the same direction. So to get them is a little overwhelming, sometimes. But when you know that somebody else out there is getting something from you because of your music, well, that’s the thing about music that got me into it—just the love of the music, and the way it made me feel. It always has been therapeutic, and it still is—and you can’t ask for more than that.”
Goldwing Express – Friday & Saturday
Goldwing Express is made up of Three Native American brothers and their father. A segment of their performance is dedicated for their Indian Heritage. Each Brother wears his very own Native American Headdress which represents the Creek Indian Tribe from which their Mother is from. This family music show comes from Okmulgee, Oklahoma. Now the family resides in Branson, Missouri producing their own music show along with many appearances throughout the United States and into Canada.
Twang – Thursday Only
Twang is an all-girl string band, which is the latest traditional music inspiration of Mountain View, Arkansas, “Folk music …capital of the world”. This young and energetic group is the newest singing sensation and range in ages from 10 years to 12 years old. They sprang from the renowned Music Roots instructional program which is available to them beginning in elementary school. Their command of their instruments is far beyond their tender years, and they have a dynamic and natural stage presence, which thrills every audience by their performances. Anna Caldwell, playing mandolin and fiddle; Lillyanne McCool, playing banjo and bass; Mary Parker, playing fiddle; Gabi Pervis, playing guitar. The magnificent sounds created by their instruments and harmonious singing, are further complimented by the talents of their adult chaperone and bass player Crystal McCool. For the last two years, Twang has captivated audiences at regional shows, bluegrass festivals, private booking as well as local churches and has amazed audiences with their harmonic ballads, old-time, bluegrass and gospel tunes. Twang is a contract staff band at the Ozark Folk Center State Park in Mountain View, Arkansas, and they perform frequently during the months of April through October.
They won the 2015 Rising Legend Award
–National Traditional Country Music Association
Music Roots Ensemble – Saturday Matinee Only
For a special treat this fall is some of Mountain View’s very own Music Roots pickers. These guys and gals may be kids but their talent level exceeds their ages by years! The Music Roots programs throughout the year are some of the most attended shows of the season. Folks come from all over to take in the excitement and music skills of the young entertainers.