Mountain View Bluegrass Festival 2019 Spring Line-up
March 12th, 13th, & 14th
Tickets for the Spring 2020 Bluegrass Festival are now on sale!
As usual, the Mountain View Spring 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!
Seldom Scene – Saturday evening only
The Seldom Scene is an American bluegrass band formed in 1971 in Bethesda, Maryland. The Scene has been instrumental in starting the progressive bluegrass movement as their shows include bluegrass versions of country music, rock, and even pop. What does it take for a bluegrass band to remain popular for more than four decades? For The Seldom Scene, it’s taken not only talented musicians, a signature sound, and a solid repertoire, but also a sheer sense of fun.
Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out – Thursday 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.”
No Time Flatt – Thursday and Friday
NO TIME FLATT is blazing a red-hot-trail on today’s bluegrass music scene, with their highly energetic and hard drivin’ live performances. Centered around tight harmony vocals and great song selections, No Time Flatt strives to perform the highest quality version of bluegrass music, by selecting great songs and material that has not been recorded often in bluegrass, including originals and music from other genres, tempered with a mix of some classic bluegrass standards which are uniquely arranged by the band. Formed in 2015, No Time Flatt includes the talents of Patrick Cupples (bass, vocals), Steve Moore (banjo,guitar, vocals), Kevin Wright (guitar, vocals), Becky Weaver (fiddle, vocals) and Kevin Keen (mandolin). No Time Flatt has released their first self titled project, which is available for download at many digital download outlets as well as on physical CD . Fans of No Time Flatt are lovingly referred to as Flattheads! No Time Flatt was awarded the “Bluegrass Band of the Year” award at the Tennessee Music Awards at the University of Memphis Lambuth on October 5, 2017 and again on October 7, 2019. They were also named “Entertainer of the Year” for 2019.
High Fidelity – Thursday and Friday
The band consists of five stellar musicians and singers who are steeped in the sounds of tradition and outstanding in their field. Jeremy Stephens is the guitarist and lead vocalist for the group. He has worked as guitarist and singer for the world famous gospel group The Chuck Wagon Gang, as a multi-instrumentalist on the television show Ray Stevens’ Nashville, and most recently as a banjo player and singer with Jesse McReynolds & the Virginia Boys. Corrina Rose Logston is the fiddler and first harmony vocalist. She has worked as fiddler and singer with a who’s who of today’s traditional-based bluegrass performers, including David Peterson & 1946, Jesse McReynolds & the Virginia Boys, Chris Henry & the Hardcore Grass, and Jim Lauderdale. Kurt Stephenson handles the banjo duties and second harmony vocals. He is the 2010 National Bluegrass Banjo Champion at the Walnut Valley Festival in Winfield, Kansas, and is a staple performer of the greater west Tennessee area both as a sideman and with his own band, Stone County Connection. Vickie Vaughn is the bassist for the group. She has worked in recent years with Patty Loveless, The David Mayfield Parade, Valerie Smith & Liberty Pike, and she also fronts her own group, The Vickie Vaughn Band. Daniel Amick plays mandolin. He has won numerous contests and has worked most recently with Kody Norris & the Watauga Mountain Boys and Kenny & Amanda Smith
See the High Fidelity website
Volume Five – Friday only
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). Visit Volume Five’s Website.
Kody Norris – Friday and Saturday
Call it retro, hillbilly, bluegrass or rockabilly, the group strives for something Kody simply calls “dern good entertainment.” Deeply rooted in North American folk music, Norris has crafted a performance that harkens back and tips a hat to the traditions created by Bill Monroe, Jimmy Martin’s showmanship, the Stanley Brothers’ harmonies, performances of the Grand Ole Opry and a bit of Vaudeville. Top notch picking is center stage, but humor and visual flash are part of the entertaining package. Always clad in colorful, tailored suits adorned with rhinestones, ties, classic hats and ornate boots, the band earns its moniker as a “show.” The brand is traditional, clean cut, acoustic and always entertaining.
The foursome is fronted by Norris on guitar and his fiddling “sweetie,” Mary Rachel Nalley, Tyler Wiseman on bass, and Josiah Tyree on banjo.
The band’s album, When I Get The Money Made, was named 2017 Bluegrass Album of the Year by the National Traditional Country Music Association. The Kody Norris Show was honored with 7 nominations in the 2018 SPBGMA Awards in Nashville.
The Family Sowell – Friday and Saturday
The Family Sowell is an award winning, first generation bluegrass band based in Knoxville, Tennessee. They perform a variety of bluegrass and acoustic music ranging from traditional to mainstream to Gospel across the country and in Eastern Europe. They feature beautiful family harmony, driving instrumentals, and heartfelt new originals. You never know what will happen during their show, so be ready for a toe-tapping, heart-touching, fun time!
The Gravel Yard Bluegrass Band – Saturday matinee only
Apple & Setser – Saturday matinee only
Pam Setser is an award winning, multi-instrumentalist extraordinaire. It’s not just her musical talent that will catch your heart but her angelic voice as well. Setser has played at many venues including Louisiana Hayride, Hee Haw, The Ralph Emery Show, Jay Leno, and You Can Be A Star. Not to mention playing at Washington D.C. for President Clinton and winning third place in the National Wrangler Country Showdown at the Grand Old Opry in Nashville, Tennessee.
Brad Apple has been playing country and old time music for decades. His vocal performance on lead and harmonies is only out-shined by his proficiency on the mandolin and guitar. His renditions of old time classics plus his performances of a few originals makes for a wonderfully entertaining musical set.
The Redmond Keisler Band – Thursday and Saturday
The Redmond Keisler Band has a true longstanding love of traditional bluegrass music. Redmond sings lead and harmony vocals and plays resophonic guitar. He was nominated in 2018 by the Arkansas Country Music Awards for dobro/steel player of the year. He strives to lead the band as he has for more than 30 years to provide the best in bluegrass entertainment. Rodney Heslep, band member since 1989, is a skilled all around musician with especially amazing talents on the banjo, along with his outstanding harmony vocals. Mark Taylor lends his talents to the guitar and lead and harmony vocals, as well as some heartfelt original tunes. Lonnie Collins is also a long time member of the band and has been amazing audiences with his old time traditional fiddle playing for many years. Kelly Rogers is a talented songwriter and has actually enjoyed success as a top ten finalist in the bluegrass category of the International Acoustic Music Awards. She plays the upright bass and provides lead and harmony vocals. The Redmond Keisler Band provides great musiicanship and with some great song selection including original material. Their hard driving traditional sound has a natural flow for a family oriented, high energy show with something for everyone.
Don’t miss our Fall Bluegrass Festival
November 12-14 2020
Junior Sisk and Rambler’s Choice
The Farm Hands
The Baker Family
Darin & Brooke Aldridge
Dale Ann Bradley