Mountain View Bluegrass Festival 2017 Fall Line-up
November 9th, 10th, & 11th
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!
Flatt Lonesome – Saturday Only
FLATT LONESOME is a young, new group of pickers fresh to the scene. While deeply-rooted in bluegrass music’s historic classics, they also have an energetic flair for country sounds, progressive jams, and soul-stirring gospel music while never forsaking their traditional essence. If you love high lonesome harmony, soaring sibling vocals and powerful bluegrass music, then you will love FLATT LONESOME!
FLATT LONESOME was born from the Robertson family’s bluegrass gospel band, Sandy Creek Revival. Pastor Dolton Robertson, his wife Lisa, and their three children Kelsi, Buddy, and Charli began playing as a group just a few years ago because of their love of bluegrass and the desire to play music together as a family. This quickly grew into a passion for the Robertson children with a great longing to travel, write, and record. So, in January 2011, Kelsi, Charli and Buddy teamed up with friends Dominic Illingworth, Michael Stockton, and Paul Harrigill (who is now married to Kelsi as of September 21, 2012) and became FLATT LONESOME. In February of 2011, the band entered the SPBGMA International Band Championship in Nashville, TN and placed 3rd – not bad for the band’s very first time on stage! To commemorate the band’s first anniversary in 2012, they once again entered the SPBGMA Band Championship where they were awarded 1st place! What a way to celebrate!
Visit Flatt Lonesome’s website
Jeff Scroggins & Colorado – Thursday, Friday, and Saturday
Jeff Scroggins & Colorado is a high-energy bluegrass band located in the Western Frontier state of Colorado. Their distinctive sound showcases an eclectic range of influences that marry second and third generation bluegrass, delivering a unique experience that captivates audiences and keeps them guessing: It’s a powerful, high mountain “bluegrass explosion” that features world-class banjo and mandolin playing, incredible vocals, a solid and energetic rhythm and an easy stage banter that has delighted listeners all over the world. Jeff Scroggins & Colorado is a band that believes in creating an enjoyable and intriguing musical experience for their audiences that pushes the boundaries of bluegrass music while honoring the traditions and cultural heritage of the music. We blend our distinctive sound with an eclectic range of influences to create a unique show that delights audiences and keeps them guessing. We bring a high energy, high mountain “bluegrass explosion,” to the stage that features world-class banjo playing, incredible bluegrass vocals, a solid energetic rhythm and off-the-cuff stage banter that has pleased audiences all over the world.In addition to providing quality musical entertainment, Jeff Scroggins and Colorado is also known for getting offstage and diving right into the campground jams. Visit Jeff’s Website.
Farm Hands Quartet – Thursday & Friday
In just 4 years, The Farm Hands have become the most exciting and talked about band in Bluegrass Music. At the 2015 Bluegrass Music Awards, the Farm Hands were named bluegrass music’s Gospel Band of the Year as well as one of the industry’s highest honors-Entertainer of the Year. They have received dozens of other awards and nominations including 2014’s Album of The Year. Their YouTube videos, Facebook, and Twitter pages have thousands of followers. Their monthly newsletter is a regular feature in ‘Bluegrass Unlimited‘, the bluegrass industry’s top publication. They are one of the busiest touring bands in bluegrass, performing over 150 dates per year.
For anyone who has seen them in concert, none of this comes as a surprise. The Farm Hands are one of the most exciting and talented bands in bluegrass music. The group features 4 award winning singers, musicians and songwriters, including two long time veterans of Nashville’s Grand Ole Opry.
Visit the Farm Hands Quartet website
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. Visit Nothin’ Fancy’s Website.
Volume Five – Friday and Saturday
Volume Five was founded by leader Glen Harrell in early 2008 and has now grown into one of bluegrass music’s most unique new acts. One thing fans can count on with Volume Five is that they will never be let down with their live performances and that those live performances will transcend the live show and be just as impactful on their recorded music. Their level of quality musicianship is constant and is making an impact at radio.While Volume Five is a traditional band, their soulful singing, dead-on harmonies, and precision picking set them apart from other bands of this style. They have received critical acclaim for their first album Down In A Celland their second release, Children of the Mountains garnered the group their first #1 song, “Anywhere is Home Again.” On the third album, Run, they achieved significant Bluegrass Today chart success appearing almost every week of 2013. “Rich Man Daughter” was the first single from the album which went to #1 on the chart only three weeks after it was released. Several other songs the album climbed as high as #2 and many weeks they have had as many as 4 songs from the album appearing at one time.2014 proved to be a stellar year for the group who garnered two IBMA nominations for IBMA Emerging Artist of the Year and IBMA Gospel Recorded Performance of the Year for “The Day We Learn To Fly” (album), Stacy Richardson and Leroy Drumm (writers), Volume Five (producers), Mountain Fever (label).
Spring Street Bluegrass Band – Saturday
20 years later, the band has developed their own sound with a combination of bluegrass, gospel, folk, country, and even some classic rock-n-roll from time to time. This mix is finely served up “bluegrass” style.
SpringStreet has performed at many festivals in Oklahoma and the surrounding states. They are also veterans of television and radio in the area as well. Along with performing at these events, SpringStreet has also hosted their own show in Muskogee, OK called “Bluegrass On The Square”. Since this event has been so successful in bringing new fans to bluegrass, SpringStreet has begun to take this show on the road to other towns and events.
Twang – Thursday
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 13 years to 14 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; Rebecca Pool, 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
The Nichols Family – Thursday
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.