Posted on | October 1, 2013 | No Comments
This year’s event will be held on the THIRD WEEKEND of February (14th, 15th, & 16th, 2014)
Nestled 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 & Carolina, Newton & 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!
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.
Posted on | September 30, 2013 | No Comments
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.
Heralded as one of the best upcoming Bluegrass bands in the country, the award winning Sons of Bluegrass are setting the standard for a new generation of Bluegrass professionals. The Sons of Bluegrass have been performing bluegrass music for over thirty years and the current members of the band are all enrolled at East Tennessee State University seeking B.A. degrees in Bluegrass music. They are the only band in the world entirely comprised of four year Bluegrass majors.