Mountain View Bluegrass Festival 2015 Fall Line-up
November 12th, 13th & 14th
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!
Junior Sisk & Ramblers Choice – Saturday Only
From the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia comes one of bluegrass music’s most honest voices in the genre’s history, Junior Sisk. Over the years, his haunting, almost lonesome vocals have earned him the devotion of countless traditional bluegrass fans from all over the world. His songwriting talents helped the Lonesome River Band make their ascent into bluegrass stardom in the early 1990’s and then he became a member of Wyatt Rice & Santa Cruz and ultimately Blueridge, again reaching new audiences that would eventually follow him on his own musical path. In 1998, Sisk formed Ramblers Choice and together they recorded and released their first solo project titled Sounds Of The Mountains and also contributed to the award winning The Stanley Gospel Tradition. Nominated numerous times for Male Vocalist of the Year by the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) and Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music in America (SPBGMA), Junior Sisk is at the top of his game and has surrounded himself with a top notch band of musicians including Jason Tomlin on bass and vocals; Chris Davis on mandolin and vocals; Billy Hawks on fiddle and vocals; and Jason Davis on banjo and vocals. Junior Sisk & Ramblers Choice are enjoying great success with their latest Rebel Records CD, “The Heart Of A Song.” Junior Sisk & Ramblers Choice received SPBGMA’s Album of the Year Award for “The Heart Of A Song“. Junior also received the Contemporary Male Vocalist of the Year Honor for 2013. “A Far Cry from Lester and Earl“ was named SPBGMA’s 2013 Song of the Year. Visit Junior’s Website.
Nothin’ Fancy – Thursday and Friday
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). Visit Volume Five’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.
Mountain Faith – Cancelled
Mountain Faith, an awarded, accomplished bluegrass group is based in the mountains of Sylva, North Carolina. They have been singing and traveling together for 14 years. Band members include Sam McMahan, on bass, Luke Dotson, guitar along with lead and harmony vocals, Corey Piatt on Mandolin, Summer McMahan, fiddle along with lead and harmony vocals and Brayden McMahan on banjo and harmony vocals. Mountain Faith has a unique style that offers a variety of different genres of music. Audiences applaud their ability to offer numerous styles. You will get a great mix of both traditional and contemporary bluegrass, classic and modern country, folk, acoustic and contemporary gospel and a little rhythm and blues! This band leaves a fresh, pure and upbeat impression on audiences of all ages. They perform frequently at Dollywood becoming a crowd favorite over the years. They travel the bluegrass festival circuit, running alongside bluegrass’ top bands, all over the United States and Canada. Concert venues include civic centers, auditoriums, arenas, fair grounds, parks, churches and other locations. Recent SPBGMA awards “raised eyebrows” and drew more recognition for the band as they were the only band to have all members, but one, nominated for instrumental awards. As you get to know the members of Mountain Faith, quickly their humbleness, kindness and love of people will be evident. They enjoy traveling and making new friends leaving lasting impressions! Be sure to watch them on the 2015 Season of America’s Got Talent! Visit Mountain Faith’s Website.
Catahoula Drive – Friday and Saturday
Check back soon for more information. Visit Catahoula Drive’s Facebook Page.
Hickory Hill – Friday and Saturday
Celebrating their 30th anniversary in September, 2009, Hickory Hill has proven to be one of Texas’ most popular and enduring acoustic groups. Through the years, the band has won considerable recognition, winning third place in the “Best New Band” contest at the Bluegrass Festival of the United States in Louisville, KY in 1981, and being nominated by SPBGMA as “Entertaining Bluegrass Band of the Year” in 1985 and “Bluegrass Band of the Year, Contemporary” in 1986. In 1993, Hickory Hill was named “Band Of The Year” by the Arts and Entertainment Committee of East Texas, and in 1996 was selected for a showcase performance at the International Bluegrass Music Association’s annual World of Bluegrass in Owensboro, Kentucky. Hickory Hill has been the host band of the Overton Bluegrass Music Festival since the festival’s inception in 1989. According to the Bluegrass Newsletter, “Selectivity and tasteful arrangement are characteristic of Hickory Hill’s repertoire.” Variety is an important ingredient in Hickory Hill’s performances. The band emphasizes original material, seldom heard “gems”, or songs adapted from other styles of music. Original and classic gospel songs are some of the band’s favorites. Hickory Hill has always been known for its warm personality and stage presence. Visit Hickory Hill’s Website.
“Dueling Hearts” is an acoustic, bluegrass gospel band that will pluck your heart strings with tight vocal harmonies and strong banjo and mandolin licks. Their songs combine all aspects of the heart such as the wonderful love of God, love for one another, and songs of heartache.” About 20 years ago, Wil and Darla joined with a bunch of friends and formed the band “The Wortham Stringbenders”. They performed at many local bluegrass festivals, such as Tres Rios, Llano, Spring Creek, etc., as well as traveled to Manhatten, KS and Minden, LA. That band slowly disappeared so they could raise their family. They founded their current band, “Dueling Hearts” once their children reached high school. Visit Dueling Heart’s Website.
The Hartley Family – Thursday Only
The Hartley Family started learning to play bluegrass and gospel music in 2003, just wanting to do something together as a family. A year later, to their surprise, they started getting invitations to play at churches, festivals, and other events. By 2007 they were traveling to places as far away as upstate New York, sharing their songs and meeting many kind people. Wherever they went, their goals were to (1) Honor God, (2) Bring joy to people, and (3) encourage others. In 2012, Anna, Josiah, and Daniel moved away from home and were too busy to make it to shows, leaving their dad, mom and the two youngest kids-Abby and Micah. It was a change that was hard to get used to. After deciding that our band was done, we kept getting some calls to come play, so the four left started practicing again. Now they are just doing local shows, but are open to what ever the Lord has planned for them. Although the band has changed a lot from what it was for 8 years, their goals remain the same. Visit the Hartley Family’s Website.
Don’t miss our Spring Bluegrass Festival
March 10-12 2016
Joe Mullins & the Radio Ramblers
Cody Shular & Pine Mountain Railroad
Keisler Brothers Band
Cobb Brothers Band
Kurt Stephenson Band
Farm Hands Quartet
…..and many more