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Bluegrass First Class 2014

Posted on | October 1, 2013 | No Comments

This year’s event will be held on the THIRD WEEKEND of February (14th, 15th, & 16th, 2014)

 asheville nightNestled deep in the heart of the scenic Blue Ridge Mountains, Asheville, NC is one of the most exciting small cities you’ll ever be privileged to visit. It is a trendy haven for musicians, artists and craftspeople from all over the world. Arrive early and enjoy the red carpet VIP treatment you will receive at the regal Crowne Plaza Resort, your festival location, and take a little extra time to enjoy the local year-round sights and attractions this eclectic and charming area has to offer.

The lineup of performers for 2014 Bluegrass First Class is unbeatable!

Friday will feature the impeccable harmonies of 7-time Female Vocalist of the Year Rhonda Vincent & The Rage, 5-time IBMA Male Vocalist of the year Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out, North Carolina’s own Lou Reid & CarolinaNewton & Thomas, the old duet sounds from the 30′s and 40′s with the Crazy Water Crystals, and a professional band all of whom have graduated from East Tennessee State University (ETSU), Sons of Bluegrass, with special guest, Amethyst.  This will be an exciting day of the different sounds of Bluegrass Music.

Saturday, oh what a day!  Entertainment will include top national bands and one of the hottest up-and-coming Bluegrass bands you could imagine.  The incomparable Dailey & Vincent will perform, share memories of the early days with Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver featuring band members during his 7 consecutive years as IBMA Vocal Group of the Year.  He will also perform with members of his original band.  Seldom Scene will be on-hand along with the Rambling Rooks, a group which includes Ronnie Bowman, a long-time Bluegrass First Class Favorite!  The new, hot, up-and-coming band is ….. Flatt Lonesome!  This will truly be a day to remember!

Purchase your tickets and/or reserved seats online October 15th at 10:00 AM!

The Crowne Plaza Resort is the first of its kind in North Carolina and will be dedicated to bluegrass for the entire weekend. All rooms in the resort will be occupied by bluegrass fans, and all of the facility’s meeting rooms will be set aside for picking and jamming. There is a “quiet wing” block on one floor consisting of sleeping rooms which have been set aside for those who wish to rest and relax in a no-jamming zone.

Hotel reservations are limited. Call the Crowne Plaza Resort to reserve your room for Bluegrass First Class in Asheville, NC by calling 828-254-3211. Crowne Plaza reservations must be made over the phone.

Meet the Artists

Posted on | September 30, 2013 | No Comments


Barefoot Movement

Johnson City’s The Barefoot Movement have been making waves in the folk world since the release of their 2011 debut album Footwork.

2013 brings the release of a new album, cross country touring, and all manners of shoeless excitement. Their new effort, “Figures of the Year”, comes on the heels of their west coast tour, opening for Anti Records artists The Milk Carton Kids from Denver to San Francisco to Vancouver. The record itself is a journey through a year, each song telling its part of the larger story, with both original and traditional numbers, complete with all the elements that make up the Barefoot sound: lush harmonies, thoughtful instrumentation, and memorable melodies.

From the foot-tapping instrumental “Sheepherder” to the emotional ballad “Thunder” and everything in between, these roots music newcomers have assembled quite the collection here, both old songs and new, offering something for everyone.


Honey Spine

Honey Spine

Honey Spine is comprised of two individuals based in Western New York who have been making their own noise for a number of years. In January, their ventures and musings found them intertwined in a musical duo, looking for nothing but the soul, expression of the self, and their own interpretation of art.  Tim and Brian First met and connected at a local Fredonia teahouse, blending well through instrumentation, only to find six months later after Tim’s journey to Asheville North Carolina, that lyrically and vocally they clicked. After a few more months of late night conversations about their philosophy on music, they experienced what they now call “The Moment of Divinity”, where the lyrics and music were channeled through them, resulting in the creation of their first song. Since then, they find themselves with three tours to New York City, four music festivals, and countless other shows in various cities on their resume.