Mountain View Bluegrass Festival 2017 Spring Line-up
March 9th, 10th, & 11th
Tickets available right after New Year
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!
Larry Stephenson Band – Thursday Only
Highly regarded as one of Bluegrass Music’s finest High Lead and Tenor vocalist, Larry Stephenson has been a headliner for over twenty years. Larry formed his band in 1989 while living in his home state of Virginia. Stephenson has been a touring bluegrass musician since he played with his Dad beginning in the middle seventies. Born in Harrisonburg, VA and raised in King George, his Dad started him on the mandolin at age five, cutting his first record at age 13. He credits the rich music scene of Virginia for much of his musical success, having seen and heard the first generation bluegrass performers at festivals, shows, and on the radio. After high school graduation, he worked and recorded with Cliff Waldron and Leon Morris while soaking up the Washington, D.C. rich musical scene, which included cutting edge bands like The Country Gentlemen and The Seldom Scene as well as traditional bluegrass and old-time music. Moving onward in 1979 Larry spent 4 ½ years with Bill Harrell & The Virginians. And in 1983 joined the famed Bluegrass Cardinals for 5 ½ years. This combination has been called “…one of the classic lineups of the Bluegrass Cardinals”. Recording with both groups.
In 1992 Larry moved to Nashville, Tennessee and since then, The Larry Stephenson Band has toured widely, recorded frequently, nurturing it’s own sound, based on Larry’s crystal clear, easily recognizable tenor voice, while providing a musical home for some of the finest sidemen in contemporary bluegrass history. Many appearance’s on the Grand Ole Opry and RFD TV have made The Larry Stephenson Band a fan favorite all across the US and Canada. In 1996, Stephenson was made a member of the Virginia Country Music Hall of Fame by the Virginia Folk Music Association.
While Larry Stephenson is best known as a touring musician whose voice sets a standard of melody, clarity, and storytelling, he has had an active and well-awarded recording career. He recorded with Webco Records and then spent eighteen years with Pinecastle Records, releasing eighteen CD’s during that period. Signature songs in Larry Stephenson’s vast catalog include “Patches,” “Yes, I See God,” “Clinch Mountain Mystery,” “Many Hills Of Time”, “The Knoxville Girl”, “The Knoxville Boy,” The Pretty Blue Dress” and “The Violet and the Rose.” Another Stephenson fan favorite is his version of Bill Monroe’s classic “Mule Skinner Blues,” often performed as an encore and showcasing his flexible and reliable tenor voice. These songs, always delivered with commitment and conviction are often requested in his live performances at festivals, concerts, and other appearances.
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.
Special Consensus – Friday & Saturday
Band leader/banjo player Greg Cahill was awarded the IBMA Distinguished Achievement Award in 2011. Other band members include guitarist Rick Faris, bass player Dan Eubanks, and mandolin player Nick Dumas.
The 2012 band release Scratch Gravel Road (Compass Records) was GRAMMY nominated for Best Bluegrass Album.
“Country Boy: A Bluegrass Tribute to John Denver” (Compass Records) was honored in October 2014 by the International Bluegrass Music Association for Instrumental Recorded Performance of the Year for “Thank God I’m A Country Boy” and Recorded Event of the Year for “Wild Montana Skies”.
David Parmley & Cardinal Tradition – Thursday, Friday and Saturday
All of these faces will be recognized by long time Bluegrass fans. This quintet has over 180 years of experience performing in the Bluegrass genre. 2016 is the breakout year for this configuration. All of the members have played together in different bands as well as the Original Bluegrass Cardinals or Continental Divide. As the name suggests, this band is bringing back the songs and sounds of The Bluegrass Cardinals. The Cardinals were at the top of the Bluegrass heap from 1976 to 1991. They will be bringing back the smooth three and four part harmonies the Cardinals were renowned for. They are also creating new recordings featuring great old Bluegrass Cardinal classics and new songs that fit perfectly with the originals.
Blue Highway – Saturday Only
Blue Highway was voted the Favorite Bluegrass Artist of All Time by the readers of Bluegrass Today in April 2016.
Tim Stafford received honors as 2014 IBMA Songwriter of the Year and 2015 SPBGMA Guitar Player of the Year. Shawn Lane was nominated as 2015 IBMA Songwriter of the Year, while Gaven Largent was recently nominated as 2016 SPBGMA Dobro Player of the Year.
Blue Highway charted the Most Radio Airplay of any Bluegrass Artist in 2014, per the 2014 Bluegrass Radio Airplay Chart, storming national airplay charts with their heralded album The Game.
The Game topped multiple charts at #1 including reigning at #1 for 7 consecutive months on the Bluegrass Unlimited Album Chart, and was named the #1 Bluegrass Album of the Year by critic Daniel Mullins in his end of the year Top 20 Albums of 2014 list in Bluegrass Today.
As momentum continues to build for the 22 year strong powerhouse band, Blue Highway just released their 11th studio album, and is rolling on with a rich legacy carried on by three powerhouse songwriters and vocalists in Tim Stafford, Wayne Taylor, and Shawn Lane, whose harmonies soar over the dynamic banjo of Jason Burleson and the explosive dobro of Gaven Largent.
Clancey Ferguson – Friday & Saturday
Clancey Ferguson, age eighteen, from Mountain View, Arkansas, is a nuclear powered bundle of musical talent. Her fiddle playing is huge. She is full of hot licks and strong chops while remaining musically tasteful. Her vocals are equally powerful and she has the stage presence of a seasoned performer. Despite her tender age, Clancey has amassed an impressive list of appearances including playing on stage with Rhonda Vincent on numerous occasions, performing with Buck Trent on his show in Branson, Missouri, playing with the Sally Mountain Show at Queen City, Missouri, interviewed by Chelsea Clinton for NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams, and interviewed by Chris Jones for Sirius XM Bluegrass Junction. She recently played with Michael Martin Murphey on Woodsongs Old-Time Radio Hour. She is the 2012 Arkansas State Junior Fiddle Champion, the 2013 Arkansas Junior Contemporary Fiddle Champion, the 2013 Arkansas State Fair Overall Instrumental Soloist Youth Talents Competition, the 2013 Arkansas State Fair Youth Talent Competition Grand Champion, the 2014 Arkansas State Junior Contemporary Fiddle Champion, and also was voted the Ozark Folk Center “Musician of the Year”. She has performed at various bluegrass shows and events throughout Arkansas, Louisiana, and Missouri.
The Keisler Brothers Band – Thursday and Saturday
Redmond, Rick and Randy Keisler brought their God-given talents and showmanship to the stage for over 27 years. The Keisler Brothers appreciate their loyal, enthusiastic fans, friends & promoters that have supported them over the years.
The band’s love for Bluegrass music, good Christian roots, and rural upbringing gives their music a natural flow for a family oriented, high energy show with something for everyone.
The Keisler Brothers Band will always be a Crowd pleaser!