Mountain View Bluegrass Festival 2016 Spring Line-up
March 10th, 11th & 12th
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!
Cedar Hill – Thursday & Friday
Formed by its patriarch and mandolin player Frank Ray some 40 years ago, Cedar Hill is a traditional Bluegrass band made up of five accomplished musicians and singers who have stayed true to their Ozark roots.
In 2008, Frank was honored by being inducted in to America’s Old Time Country Music Hall Of Fame in Anita, Iowa.
With Jim Bunch on banjo and vocals, Pete Brown on fiddle and vocals, Patti LaFleur on bass and vocals and Shannon Cox on guitar and lead vocals,you will be hard
pressed to find a better traditional bluegrass band anywhere. Now settled into their own in the mainstream of the National bluegrass scene, Cedar Hill has
been pleasing audiences everywhere with their original, emotional, exciting brand of traditional Bluegrass!
Once you listen to Cedar Hill and there can be no doubt that traditional Bluegrass music not only exists, but thrives in the Ozark Mountains of Missouri and Arkansas! Honest, emotive original songs, soulful, heartfelt vocals and great picking with drive is what Cedar Hill is all about! Visit Cedar Hill’s Website
Cody Shuler & Pine Mountain Railroad – Thursday & Friday
At 25, Cody has already written or recorded three #1 songs, been nominated for a DOVE award, performed at the Grand Ole Opry, been on the cover of Bluegrass Music Profiles Magazine twice, and their latest album Pickin’ Praisin’ Singin’ debut at #3 for Bluegrass Album sales worldwide. You can say he has been very busy. At 15, Cody joined Raymond Fairchild and the Maggie Valley Boys. He played there four years. He met many bluegrass legends while working with Raymond. During this time period Raymond introduced Cody to Jimmy Martin. That is when Cody’s love for traditional music grew. Jimmy and Cody became friends and they had many, many great times talking about bluegrass music. In 2006, at age 21, Cody bought the band Pine Mountain Railroad and reformed the group. He has brought together some of the finest singers in bluegrass. Cody, Jerry Cole, and Bryan Turner make up the bands vocal trio. Bluegrass Unlimted Magazine says: “They have everything you could ask for, but their vocals are truly something rare!”
Spinney Brothers – Thursday & Friday
Nova Scotia’s The Spinney Brothers could be considered by some to be an “overnight success” story even though they’ve been performing together for well over 20 years. With their latest three releases on Mountain Fever Records and an increased tour schedule that keeps them on the road over 200 days a year, the Canadian duo has been catapulted into a whirlwind of notoriety and recognition by the bluegrass and acoustic music scene. Their 2012 release, Memories, garnered plenty of attention which helped to name the band as a final nominee for the International Bluegrass Music Association’s Emerging Artist of the Year in 2013. And their previous release, No Borders, proved just that – there were no boundaries that could hold this highly entertaining band back! In fact, No Borders broke barriers for all international bands by reaching the #1 spot on the National (US) Bluegrass Survey’s Top 15 Albums, holding tight for 2 months and garnered the band two more IBMA nominations; Emerging Artist and Song of the Year for “Grandpa’s Way of Life.” With their newest project, Tried & True, released in October 2014, The Spinney Brothers are a tour de force. And the fact that they are some of the nicest guys in the world surly doesn’t hurt!
Visit The Spinney Brothers’ website.
Joe Mullins & The Radio Ramblers – Saturday Only
Joe Mullins & The Radio Ramblers have an energetic mix of quality Bluegrass and Gospel music, a professional presentation, inventive instrumental work, a wide variety of vocal arrangements including a capella quartets and tasteful, down-home humor.
Their professionalism and successful, heavily played recordings have kept them in demand with a national audience. JMRR have been seen by thousands of fans across the country at nearly every national bluegrass event.
A contributing factor to JMRR’s success is their active marketing capabilities, due to Mullins’ network of radio stations in the Midwest, including a 24/7 webcast available at myclassiccountry.com or the new “Classic Country Radio” app for Android and iPhone.
– Debuted on the historic Grand Ole Opry July 2013 with regular guest appearances since
– IBMA’s Emerging Artists of the Year (2012)
– Hosts of the Southern Ohio Indoor Music Festivals in March & November
– Album, Another Day From Life on Billboard’s Top 15 Best Selling Albums (10/14), SiriusXM Bluegrass Junction’s Most Played Albums (currently), National Bluegrass Survey’s Top 15 Albums (2/15-present)
– Song, “Another Day From Life” on National Bluegrass Survey’s Top 30 songs & SiriusXM Bluegrass Junction’s Most Played Tracks (3/15-present)
– Song, “Now The Summer’s Gone” on SiriusXM Bluegrass Junction’s Most Played Tracks (10/14-present), National Bluegrass Survey’s Top 30 Songs (12/14-Present)
– Featured Performers of Bluegrass nights at the Ryman in Nashville, TN (2011 & 2012)
Visit Joe’s website
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
The Redmond Keisler Band – Thursday & Saturday
Redmond and Randy Keisler brought their God-given talents and showmanship to the stage for over 27 years. Because of a bad neck surgery, Randy is not able to perform as this time. The Keisler Brothers Appreciate their loyal, enthusiastic fans, friends & promoters that have supported them over the years.
Redmond will continue the tradition with long time friends, Roy Hale, Rodney Heslep and Mike Lane on bass as The Redmond Keisler Band. Mike will fill in until Randy is able to perform again, as the Keisler Brothers Band. 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 Redmond Keisler Band will always be a Crowd pleaser! Visit Redmond Keisler’s Website
Farm Hands Quartet – Friday & Saturday
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
The Cobb Brothers – Saturday Only
The multi-talented Cobb Brothers from Mountain View, Arkansas have played extensively in Mountain View and around the country. The brothers, Samuel 19, and Nathan 17, are very talented young men.
Samuel plays mandolin, guitar and fiddle, and was formerly Grand National Jig Dance Champion. Nathan plays guitar and bass. The brothers are also state and national clogging champions. Among the venues they have performed at the Ozark Folk Center, Cash’s White River Hoedown, Mickey Gilley’s Theatre, Silver Dollar City, and many bluegrass festivals in Arkansas and the surrounding areas. They have performed with the Tennessee Gentlemen, Tim Crouch, and Chubby Checker.
The brothers were selected from 1,200 entrants to be one of forty-eight acts to appear on the RFD-TV Shotgun Red Variety Show in Branson, Mo. Visit The Cobb Brothers Facebook Page
Kurt Stephenson Band – Thursday & Friday
Kurt Stephenson, a first-timer to Winfield and the Festival placed first in the 2010 National Bluegrass Banjo Championship. A 25-year old Radiation Therapist, he hails form Dyersburg, TN. Kurt said he had heard about Winfield and the Festival for the first time about 13 years ago but never had the chance to come. This year he was inspired by a friend to come and one might say it paid off. His dad bought him his first banjo when he was nine years old. In addition to the banjo Kurt plays the guitar, mandolin and bass. Kurt is a busy man with his job, his church and with his music. Kurt chose for his first place finish an OME Gold Odyssey Megatone Bluegrass Banjo by OME Banjos of Boulder, CO. Visit Kurt’s Facebook Page
Don’t miss our Fall Bluegrass Festival
November 10-12 2015
Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver
Lorraine Jordan & Carolina Road Band
Jeff Brown & Still Lonesome
The Baker Family
Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out
Music Roots Ensemble
…..and many more