Mountain View Bluegrass Festival 2021 Fall Line-up
November 11th, 12th, & 13th
Tickets for our Fall 2021 Bluegrass Festival are On Sale Now!
COVID-19 info: WEARING MASKS is not required, but is STRONGLY ENCOURAGED!
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!
Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver – Friday evening only
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
Dave Adkins Band – Friday and Saturday
There is no mistaking the raw and powerful vocals by singer, songwriter and guitarist Dave Adkins. His significant chart success, coupled with his stellar live performances, have made him one of most talked about male vocalist in acoustic music.
Adkins was born in Pikeville, Kentucky and makes his home in Elkhorn City. He began playing and singing when he was just eight years old and joined a band with fellow classmates performing at schools and other venues. At 17, he began playing bluegrass music at Dollywood where he stayed two years. A year later, Adkins was named a Kentucky Colonel – the highest title of honor bestowed by the Commonwealth of Kentucky. Commissions for Kentucky colonels are given by the governor and the secretary of state to individuals in recognition of noteworthy accomplishments and outstanding service to a community, state or the nation. He is also a proud Mason and Shriner.
After Dollywood, Adkins took a turn doing solo Country shows and later performed with a Rock band especially in the Chicago area. He also served as a Country Radio DJ as Brave Dave Adkins, the Original Midnight Cowboy at WBHR in Pikeville, Ky.
King James Boys – Thursday only
The King James Boys are an all gospel, bluegrass band that blends southern gospel harmonies with modern bluegrass sounds. Founded in 1994, The King James Boys started solely as group that only sang at their church with no intentions of traveling. A few years later, after much encouragement and prayer, The King James Boys were led to pursue ministering and singing abroad. Now, some years later, The King James Boys are still doing what they started out doing and that is sharing the gospel with others through the music!
Visit King James Boys website
Shannon Slaughter – Thursday evening and Friday matinee
Shannon Slaughter and County Clare is a bluegrass / acoustic country music band that features the award-winning songwriting talents of Shannon Slaughter as well as a cadre of outstanding musicians and singers. Formed in 2010 by Shannon and wife Heather, the band has become a powerful vocal and instrumental force all over the United States as well as Canada. Rooted in bluegrass and traditional acoustic country music, the band’s strongest features are the incredible singing talents of Shannon and Heather, soaring harmonies, and the original songwriting of Slaughter, who has garnered numerous Top Ten charted songs and three NUMBER ONE SONGS to his writing credit.
Elite Circuit Recording Artists, Shannon and the band have consistently been at the top of the bluegrass charts with their last 4 recordings; scoring three number 1 and numerous Top Ten songs. This band believes in heartfelt original material and features tight-knit harmonies and superb lyrical instrumentation.
Visit Shannon Slaughter website
Ralph Stanley II and The Clinch Mountain Boys – Friday matinee only
Ralph Stanley II & The Clinch Mountain Boys are celebrating their Billboard Bluegrass Album Chart that was released on Stanley Family Records last year. Even into 2018, the band is still regularly appearing on that coveted Top 15 chart. This self-titled album was the first release for the group since Ralph II took over the Clinch Mountain Boys band name in 2016 per the wishes of his late father Dr. Ralph Stanley.
The band includes Clinch Mountain Boy John Rigsby on fiddle, mandolin and vocals; Alex Leach on banjo and vocals; Randall Hibbitts on the upright bass and vocals; and Ralph Stanley II on the guitar and lead vocals. This band configuration brings a lot of talent, energy and humor to the stage as they perform old-time favorites, bluegrass hits and new original material. .
Visit Ralph Stanley II’s Website.
Kody Norris – Friday and Saturday
Call it retro, hillbilly, bluegrass or rockabilly, the group strives for something Kody simply calls “dern good entertainment.” Deeply rooted in North American folk music, Norris has crafted a performance that harkens back and tips a hat to the traditions created by Bill Monroe, Jimmy Martin’s showmanship, the Stanley Brothers’ harmonies, performances of the Grand Ole Opry and a bit of Vaudeville. Top notch picking is center stage, but humor and visual flash are part of the entertaining package. Always clad in colorful, tailored suits adorned with rhinestones, ties, classic hats and ornate boots, the band earns its moniker as a “show.” The brand is traditional, clean cut, acoustic and always entertaining.
The foursome is fronted by Norris on guitar and his fiddling “sweetie,” Mary Rachel Nalley, Tyler Wiseman on bass, and Josiah Tyree on banjo.
The band’s album, When I Get The Money Made, was named 2017 Bluegrass Album of the Year by the National Traditional Country Music Association. The Kody Norris Show was honored with 7 nominations in the 2018 SPBGMA Awards in Nashville.
Visit Kody Norris website
Sideline – Saturday evening only
Sideline is a pedigreed six-piece powerhouse whose style has set the pace in Bluegrass for over two decades. Founders Steve Dilling (banjo), guitarist Skip Cherryholmes and Jason Moore (bass) can all claim their own historical significance to the genre as members of highly awarded groups, multiple Grand Ole Opry appearances and years of national and international touring. What started as a side project for the seasoned players soon moved to the front and center and they began to record and release albums in earnest. In 2019, Sideline won the IBMA Song Of The Year Award for their hit single, “Thunder Dan.”
To listen to Sideline reminds the fan of why so many people fall in love with Bluegrass in the first place; pulse-pounding drive, songs sung from the heart, perfected timing and dynamics as well as a visceral emotion in the rendering. A band that was started as an off-season fun experiment has become a full-time dream team of players and singers, including its latest additions, Zack Arnold (mandolin), Jamie Harper (fiddle), and Jacob Greer (guitar).
Whether live or in the studio, the sextet moves dynamically from well chosen, hard-hitting neo-traditional covers of classic songs to new material, all curated by a band with a perfect sense of who they are and what they have to say. Combine all this with their on-stage energy and finesse as well as their powerful and affecting harmonies, and you have the embodiment of the North Carolina Bluegrass sound. Sideline has released 5 national projects and records for the highly awarded Mountain Home Music Company based near Asheville, NC.
Visit Sideline website
The Redmond Keisler Band – Thursday and Saturday
Redmond, Rick and Randy Keisler brought their God-given talents and showmanship to the stage for over 27 years. The Redmond Keisler Band 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 Redmond Keisler Band will always be a crowd pleaser!
Visit Redmond Keisler Band’s Website
Spillwater Drive – Friday evening and Saturday matinee
Visit Spillwater Drive on the web
Sylamore Special – Saturday matinee only
Congrats to Mountain View’s own Sylamore Special for winning 1st place at this year’s KSMU/Silver Dollar City’s Youth in Bluegrass competition.
The Ellis Family – Thursday
The Ellis Family moved from Mississippi to Mountain View Arkansas a few years ago. They have been playing music together for many years.
See The Ellis Family on Facebook
Don’t miss our Spring Bluegrass Festival
March 10-12 2022
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Joe Mullins & Radio Ramblers
Chigger Hill Boys and Terri
Redmond Keisler Band