November 6th, 7th & 8th -2014
As usual, the 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!
Great musicians will always find a way to make good music, but for great musicians to make great music, they must form a bond – one that, more often than not, goes beyond the purely musical to the personal. For The Grascals, that bond has been forged at the intersection of personal friendships, shared professional resumes and an appreciation for the innovative mingling of bluegrass and country music that has been a hallmark of the Nashville scene for more than forty years. As their releases prove, The Grascals’ rare musical empathy gives them an unerring ear for just the right touch to illuminate each offering’s deepest spirit – whether they’re digging into one of their original songs or reworking a bluegrass classic or pop standard.
Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver
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
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
Bobby Ozborne & Rocky Top X-press
Bobby and his brother Sonny were made members of the Grand Ole Opry on Saturday, August 8th, 1964 at the Ryman Auditorium. The Brothers performed Ruby that night, one of the most significant and influential song throughout both the Osborne Brothers’ and Bobby’s career.
Bobby began his career in 1949 with the Lonesome Pine Fiddlers. From there he began playing with the Stanley Brothers before being drafted in the Korean War where Bobby was awarded the Purple Heart for his services. After returning from Korea, in 1953 Bobby teamed up with Sonny as the Osborne Brothers. They would become the first Bluegrass group to perform at a college campus and the White House. They would also win CMA Vocal Group of the Year in 1971 and be nominated for a Grammy in 1991. In 1994 the Brothers were inducted into the International Bluegrass Music Association’s Hall of Fame, and in 2002 into the Kentucky Music Hall of Fame.
In 2004, Sonny retired, however Bobby continued touring with his band, the Rocky Top X-Press. In 2009 Bobby was inducted into the IBMA Hall of Fame once again as a part of the Lonesome Pine Fiddlers, making him the only person in the Hall of Fame twice!
Bobby’s band, the Rocky Top X-Press, consists of his sons Wynn Osborne on banjo and Bobby Osborne Jr. on bass, as well as Joe Miller on guitar, and Buddy Griffin on fiddle.
For more information visit www.bobbyosborne.com
The Leatherwoods is an all acoustic group based in Mountain View Arkansas that performs at venues all across the country. They were formed by Jean Jennings in the early eighties. Although members of the group have changed throughout the years, the current lineup maintain that incredible acoustic standard set by it’s founders. The current members are Roger Fountain, Pam Kirby Setser, Danny Dozier and Teresa Johns. Roger and Pam have been members for over 20 years.
Roger is one of the finest fiddle players you will ever hear. Pam plays guitar, mountain dulcimer, spoons, autoharp and sings like an angel! Danny Dozier has been with the group for over 5 years and brings strong vocals and stunning guitar work as a true Merle Travis style flat picker extraordinaire. He is also exceptional on the harmonica, mandolin, dobro and banjo. Teresa Johns took up the mantle after Jean’s death and also has an angelic voice as well as keeping everyone in time with the upright bass.
The Leatherwoods are extremely versatile performing several styles of music including bluegrass, folk, gospel and old country and it’s not unusual to hear a surprise from time to time!
Jeff Brown & Still Lonesome
Brown is a powerful vocalist, with a sound reminiscent of Larry Sparks, with whom he once worked, and the great Ralph Stanley, who schooled Sparks at the early stage of his career.
He is supported here by a fine band, composed of talented young musicians from Jeff’s native southwestern Virginia and eastern Tennessee. Brown plays guitar, Josh Blankenship is on mandolin, Meredith Goins on fiddle, Josh Underwood on banjo, and Austin Brown on bass. Wyatt Rice provides guest support on guitar, as does Tina Steffey on clawhammer banjo.
In live shows, you might hear Jeff singing in a very primitive mountain style on a song or two, but the music here has a pronounced contemporary bluegrass vibe. Brown’s lonesome voice provides an interesting counterpoint to the more modern – but still traditional – sound of his young band.
Meyer Bluegrass Band
A local Vernon County bluegrass band brought home top honors from the 8th Annual KSMU Silver Dollar City Youth in Bluegrass Competition held Memorial Day weekend in Branson, Mo. The Meyer Bluegrass Band, one of 19 bands from nine different states, won the $1,200 first place prize in a close two-day contest with some of the best young bluegrass bands in the country.
“We were surprised,” said more than one of the Meyer band members. “There were bands who had won second and third places last year, so we were hoping to get into the top five, since this was our first year competing.”
The judges, however, appreciated the group’s classic bluegrass sound, their good techniques, and strong vocal harmonies. Joe, 21 years old, plays upright bass for the group. Brother Paul, 20, sings lead vocals and plays guitar. On the banjo is John, 18, who, with David, 16, on the fiddle, sings vocals. Mary, 14, rounds out the group playing mandolin.
Clancy & The Rag Tags
All true bluegrass fans have wondered from time to time just how much further each new generation of pickers can elevate the skill level in their performances. Well, Clancey Ferguson and The Ragtags are sure to push the envelope a little further.
They perform a quality mix of traditional bluegrass favorites, as well as, newer and original tunes in a traditional style. It’s great to see young musicians who resist the urge to reinvent the bluegrass genre. Instead, they focus on being skilled, dynamic performers who can take command of a stage with full confidence. This is the kind of group that audience members will be talking about long after the stage lights are out and the microphone chords are rolled up.
Clancey Ferguson, age fifteen, 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 Woodsong’s 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, 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.
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.
Music Roots Ensemble