March 8th, 9th & 10th – 2012
We hope you are making plans to attend the next Mountain View Bluegrass Festival on March 8th, 9th & 10th. We have a great line-up scheduled so this page is dedicated to the artists who will be here in March 2012. You can find bios, videos and artist website links. Be sure to check back because more things will be added as the information becomes available….Enjoy!
JD Crowe & The New South
Banjoist J.D. Crowe was one of the most influential progressive bluegrass musicians of the ’70s. Initially influenced by Earl Scruggs, as well as rock & roll and the blues, Crowe worked his way through several bands during the ’60s, developing a distinctive instrumental style that melded country, bluegrass, rock, and blues. Crowe didn’t receive national exposure until the early ’70s when he formed the New South, but after the release of the band’s eponymous debut in 1972 he became a fixture on the bluegrass scene for the next 20 years.
David Parmley & The Continental Divide
I have been an entertainer most of my adult life… a singer of songs. The gift of music was passed down to me by my father, Don Parmley who was for many years the studio banjo player for the Beverly Hillbillies TV show. He taught me the fundamentals of rhythm, timing and note selection. Dad had, and still has, an incredible ear for precise harmony singing, and very little tolerance for anything less. Lord knows how many times he stopped me right in the middle of a word that did not meet his ear exactly right, and we sang the offending note, notes, or phrase over and over again, until it was, in his judgment, “done right.”
I have carried those lessons with me as constant companions and I must confess, they have served me well. I’ve had an incredible career, for which I am truly grateful.
It’s an ever changing world, but the one thing I will NEVER change is my desire to make uncompromised music. I love American traditional music and have devoted my entire adult life to it, and the fans who love it, too.
Wow! Your are in for a real treat with these folks. You are not likely to find a more talented group of individuals with such rock solid bluegrass backgrounds than the Boxcars. They have all been around the block more than a time or two! Adam Steffey is a mandolinist extraordinaire and Ron Stewart is know for his unbelievable banjo and fiddle work but can play anything…well! With John Bowman on fiddle, Kieth Garrett on guitar and Harold Nixon on bass this may be one of the most proficient bluegrass bands on the circuit today. Check out their website for more detailed info and I’ll bet you won’t miss this one!
Audie Blaylock and Redline
There are many flavors of bluegrass, but none so delicious as what you’ll hear on Rural Rhythm Records’ I’m Going Back To Old Kentucky by Audie Blaylock and Redline. My personal introduction to bluegrass music included just about all the songs featured on this CD. So, they hold a special place in my heart. Absolutely no track disappoints the listener. How can that be? Audie Blaylock, along with Redline members: Patrick McAvinue (fiddle/vocals), Reed Jones (bass/vocals), and Russ Carson (banjo) comprise a wealth of talent alone. Add special guests Del McCoury, Ronnie McCoury, Bobby Osborne, Lou Reid, Carl Jackson, Glen Duncan, and Jason Carter to the mix and you cannot have anything less than a truly outstanding piece of work. These extra-‐special guest artists add a little of their magic to every single track on the CD.
Goldwing Express is made up of Three Native American brothers and their father. A segment of their performance is dedicated for their Indian Heritage. Each Brother wears his very own Native American Headdress which represents the Creek Indian Tribe from which their Mother is from. This family music show comes from Okmulgee, Oklahoma. Now the family resides in Branson, Missouri producing their own music show along with many appearances throughout the United States and into Canada.
Bluegrass music is a unique art form that is as much about feel and instinct as it is technique. Blending proficiency and passion into a musically intoxicating package, The Roys make their debut with LONESOME WHISTLE ( Rural Rhythm Records) , a spirited set that showcases the siblings’ stellar vocals, taut musicianship and enviable songwriting skills.
Cody Shuler & Pine Mountain Railroad
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!”
The Redhead Express
Fueled by the sweet sounds of America’s heartland, Redhead Express is going full steam ahead. Their music is a homegrown blend of contemporary country, old-fashioned bluegrass and Americana. Kendra, LaRae, Alisa and Meghan were, and still are, integral members of the Walker Family Band. Over the past few years, they have performed nearly 1,000 shows with their family all across America. Now these four young girls are charting their own path, aiming for the top of the charts. Redhead Express is fueled by pure energy both on and off stage. While keeping up with hectic touring, the girls are busy working on their upcoming CD.
Redmond Keisler & Friends
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.
For 11 years, The Lonesome Ridge Bluegrass Band has been delighting audiences along the Front Range with toe-tapping, spirited bluegrass. The group features precise, rich “high and lonesome” vocal harmonies, sweet ballads, and blazing-fast instrumental numbers. The group can play through a sound system, or simply play acoustically and “stroll” through a restaurant or crowd. The Lonesome Ridge members are veteran showmen who really know how to entertain a crowd. The full band features four-part vocals and the classic, authentic, bluegrass acoustic instrumentation of: fiddle, banjo, mandolin, guitar, and bass.
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, 19 years old, plays upright bass for the group. Brother Paul, 18, sings lead vocals and plays guitar. On the banjo is John, 16, who, with David, 14, on the fiddle, sings vocals. Mary, 12, rounds out the group playing mandolin.