Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder
Fifteen-time GRAMMY® Award-winner Ricky Skaggs’ career is easily among the most significant in recent country music history. If Skaggs’ burgeoning trophy case full of awards wasn’t already enough evidence of that fact, consider that legendary guitarist Chet Atkins once credited Skaggs with “single-handedly saving country music.” His life’s path has taken him to various musical genres, from where it all began in bluegrass music, to striking out on new musical journeys, while still leaving his musical roots intact.
Rhonda Vincent & The Rage
Rhonda Vincent inherited timeless bluegrass strains from her family and the hills of her Missouri homeland. You can hear them echo every time she opens her mouth to sing, or when she runs her hands across a mandolin, guitar, or fiddle. Yet Vincent’s music is a transformation of tradition a very modern manifestation of her roots in classic bluegrass, refracted through her very real experiences as a bandleader, musician, songwriter, mother, wife, and woman.
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Over 40 years since they began playing together at weekly jam sessions in Ben Eldridge’s Bethesda, Maryland basement, The Seldom Scene have become one of the single greatest contributors to the progression of bluegrass while setting a new standard and attracting new audiences to the genre. Their legendary weekly DC-area residencies included bluegrass versions of country music, rock, and even classical pop.
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Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out
Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out will celebrate 25 years of making ground-breaking music when the band commences their 2016 touring schedule. Moore, is the International Bluegrass Music Association’s most awarded male vocalist, taking home the award a record five times. As journalist Jon Weisberger recently stated, “…it’s more than just longevity that gets Russell Moore’s name out front. The man is, to put it simply, one of the finest singers you’ll ever hear, and he makes it seem positively effortless.” Joined by four unequivocally talented musicians with Wayne Benson on mandolin, Nathaniel Aldridge on fiddle, Keith McKinnon on banjo, and Dustin Pyrtle on bass, this band continues to bring fresh music to the ears, while staying true to the tradition that has made them an industry favorite for over two decades.
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Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver
With nearly 40 albums to their credit, Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver have multiple Grammy, Dove, ICM, IBMA and SPBGMA Award nominations, and are 7-time winners of IBMA’s Vocal Group of the Year. Lawson is reigning SPBGMA Mandolin Player of the Year, and Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver are the reigning Inspirational Country Music Association (ICM) Vocal Group of the Year, crowned in October 2012 at Nashville’s Schermerhorn Symphony Center, on the heels of Lawson’s induction into the International Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame at the Ryman Auditorium on September 27, 2012… (Click below to read more.)
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Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper
The world tends to look at accomplishments in the form of accolades and although only in his mid-30’s, Michael Cleveland, a 2018 GRAMMY Nominee, has plenty to his credit. After picking up the fiddle at age 4, Michael’s musical momentum began to propel him forward towards early success. “When I started taking lessons at age 4,” he remembers, “I told the teacher right up front that I wanted to learn how to play bluegrass and I wanted to play ‘Orange Blossom Special.'” Reluctant as they were, his teachers quickly found reason to his rhyme, helping him progress to the point when, at age 9, Michael was invited to sit in with the legendary Bill Monroe at the Bean Blossom Bluegrass Festival. Soon after, he brought his virtuosic style to the Grand Ole Opry as a guest of Alison Kraus, and was hand picked for the International Bluegrass Music Association’s (IBMA) Bluegrass Youth Allstars before he was 14. His blistering prowess and technical fluency have since marked him as a sought-after musician, leading to performances with Vince Gill, Marty Stuart, Tim O’Brien, J.D. Crowe and the New South, Andy Statman, and The Kruger Brothers in recent years. However, it wasn’t until 2006, when Michael formed his own band Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper, that he found the right vehicle for his musical vision, and he hasn’t rested since, constantly looking for new ways to push himself and his music forward (Click below to read more.)
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Lonesome River Band
Since its formation 35 years ago, Lonesome River Band continues its reputation as one of the most respected names in Bluegrass music. Five-time International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) Banjo Player of the Year, and winner of the Steve Martin Prize for Excellence in Banjo and Bluegrass, Sammy Shelor leads the group that is constantly breaking new ground in Acoustic music. With two stellar lead vocalists, Brandon Rickman (guitar) and Jesse Smathers (mandolin), with impressive talents of Mike Hartgrove (fiddle) and Barry Reed (bass), the band seamlessly comes together, performing the trademark sound that fans continue to embrace (Click below to read more.)
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The Caleb Daugherty Band
The Caleb Daugherty Band is based out of central Indiana. The band's sound has been generated from deep bluegrass roots and a love for country music. CAleb Daugherty released a self-titled country album in 2017 with Chris Keefe on KDM records and is currently working on another country album. The Caleb Daugherty Band is set to release their first bluegrass album very soon. Calen Daugherty's smmoth lead vocals and the bands hot pickin' is sure to have audiences swaying and tapping their toes.
Appalachian Road Show
Barry Abernathy was a founding member of the vocal and instrumental powerhouse band, Mountain Heart. Abernathy is also known for his contributions to both Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver and IIIrd Tyme Out. Darrell Webb is a Grammy nominated session musician as well as an IBMA award winner. The mandolin master with the soaring tenor previously headed up his own eponymous band and prior to that, worked with some of the acts in acoustic music, inclduing Lonesome River Band and Rhonda Vincent & The Rage. Additionally, the group takes influences from other sources and apply their Appalachian style, as theyve done with their first radio single, a grassy version of the Steve Miller Band's "Dance, Dance, Dance
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Steve Gulley And New Pinnacle
Steve had alread won esteem for his lofty tenor voice and emotional delivery as an entertainer at Kentucky's historic. Renfro Valley well before he join Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, which brough him to a wider but no less appreviative audience. Steve was also a foudning member of Mountain Heart where he recorded five high acclaimed, award-winning projects while serving as the band's lead vovalist followed by a five year stint as a founding member and front man of the popular group, Grasstowne. Thesedays he is considered a stalwart of the very top echelon of lead and tenor singers in the bluegrass business as well as being gifted songwriter and guitarist. He gas been tapped as harmony and feature vocalist on projects such as the widely prasied Keith Whitley album, "Sad Sons and Waltzes". As a songwriter, he has been fotunate enough to have his songs recored by many top groups including Blue Highway, Kenny & Amanda Smith, and Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver. Steve has also earned multiple Male Vovalist of the Year nominations at SPBGMA.