Mountain View Bluegrass Festival 2019 Fall Line-up
November 7th, 8th, & 9th
Tickets available right after Labor Day
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
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.
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Paul Williams – Thursday
“Big” Paul Williams (Paul Humphrey) is an American bluegrass and gospel musician. He took the surname Williams when he began his musical career in the early 1950s. He was guitarist and lead singer for the Lonesome Pine Fiddlers before replacing Earl Taylor in the Sunny Mountain Boys in 1957, playing mandolin and being featured regularly as a lead singer.
He played with Jimmy Martin at the height of the Sunny Mountain Boys career, recording steadily through 1962 and at times competing for popularity with Elvis Presley. Williams is said to have helped shape Martin’s sound. He was present in the recording process for what Martin has said were the “biggest selling records I’ve ever done.” Williams co-wrote the perennially popular hit “Hold Watcha Got.”
Williams departed from Martin and the Sunny Mountain Boys in 1962. He married Jimmy Martin’s half sister who told him that “he couldn’t play bluegrass music and live for the Lord.” He went on to play gospel music with the Northside Trio and later on achieved some success and a Grammy nomination with the Victory Trio, based out of his hometown, Morristown, Tennessee.
Lorraine Jordan & Carolina Road Band – Thursday, Friday, Saturday
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.
Nothin’ Fancy – Friday and Saturday
Nothin’ Fancy formed as a bluegrass band in 1994 to compete in a bluegrass competition. Since then, they have grown in popularity, released 11 full length albums, and continue to perform at festivals all across the United States, Canada and Norway including the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, TN, the Lincoln Center in New York City, and the Birchmere in Alexandria, Virginia. They have successfully hosted their own Nothin’ Fancy Bluegrass Festival every year since 2001 in Buena Vista, Virginia. In 2014, 2013, 2012, 2010, 2009, and 2008, the Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music in America (SPBGMA) honored Nothin’ Fancy with the prestigious “Entertaining Group of the Year” award. The band has also been nominated for SPBGMA’s Vocal Group of the Year and each band member has been nominated for individual awards as well. Their strong vocals, powerful instrumentation, and energetic stage presence, along with their friendly down-to-earth charm keeps people coming back for more. Nothin’ Fancy is not just carrying on the tradition of bluegrass music; they are contributing to the creation of a new tradition within the acoustic music genre.
The Nichols Family – Saturday
The Nichols family has traveled throughout Arkansas and surrounding states as a bluegrass gospel family band since 2000. Andy and Debbie Nichols, along with daughters Andrea and Leah, bring a tight high energy bluegrass sound with powerful vocal harmonies to the stage. The message in their gospel music has touched many in downtown Mountain View. Kurt Stephenson’s banjo talents has brought him many notable awards including winner of the 2010 National Bluegrass Banjo Championship in Winfield, KS. Andy and Debbie Nichols as well as Leah Tinkle make their home in Mountain View, AR while Andrea and Kurt Stephenson reside in Dyersburg, TN. You will be blessed and impressed by this family’s loving personality, energetic showmanship, and powerful bluegrass sound.
Lonesome Ridge – Thursday and Friday
Lonesome Ridge is surely a Mountain View Favorite! It’s not unusual the see these guys playing their hearts out on the Mountain View Court Square on a regular basis. They are sure to please you with their impecable musicianship and sweet vocal harmonies. Vickie Neal, Lead & Harmony Vocals – Spanky Neal – Dobro, Guitar & Lead Vocals – John Smith – Guitar, Lead & Harmony Vocals – Curtis Adkison – Banjo, Lead & Harmony Vocals – C. J. Adkison, Bass – Will Rhodes, Fiddle & Mandolin.
Highway 36 – Friday and Saturday
Highway 36 came together in 2015 with four friends, after playing in various bands over the years. Our music is inspired by the likes of IIIrd Tyme Out, Larry Sparks, J D Crow and Bill Monroe. With Butch Suitt on guitar and vocals, Eddie Bartley on mandolin and vocals, Randall Wyatt on banjo and vocals, and Connie Bartley on bass and vocals a typical show will consist of hard driving bluegrass, grassed-up country, and soulful gospel, something for everyone.
Catahoula Drive – Friday and Saturday
Don’t miss our Spring Bluegrass Festival
March 6-8 2020