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Event: Wide Open Bluegrass [clear filter]
Friday, September 27
 

8:00am

Quiet Space
For people or families who need a low sensory environment away from the crowds and noise.

Sponsors
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West Elm

West Elm was born in Brooklyn in 2002. A branch of Williams–Sonoma, Inc, we're focused on the intersection of modern design, affordability and community. Everything we sell—from sofas and tables to bedding and vases—is made with one goal in mind: to help our customers express... Read More →


Friday September 27, 2019 8:00am - 5:00pm
Raleigh Convention Center Room 302A 500 S Salisbury St, Raleigh, NC 27601

8:00am

Instrument Check and Lost & Found
Friday September 27, 2019 8:00am - Saturday September 28, 2019 2:00am
Raleigh Convention Center Room 202 500 S Salisbury St, Raleigh, NC 27601

10:00am

Bluegrass Jam Class -- Bring Your Instrument! with Pete Wernick, Gilbert Nelson & Leigh Nelson
FREE! Register here:

http://jamclasses.drbanjo.com/en/jamclasses/pw-2016-09/class_page/

All bluegrass instruments welcome
No jamming experience necessary
You will be jamming right away!
Friendly, encouraging, knowledgeable teaching.
Mistakes allowed/expected!
Singing not required, but encouraged and taught.
Easy 2- and 3-chord songs, slow speeds.
Soloing not required! "Faking" solos taught.

Do you qualify? It's easier than you may think!
If you play guitar, mandolin, banjo, fiddle, bass, or dobro... you can be part of a bluegrass jam.

Only requirements:
You must be able to tune your instrument (electronic tuning devices welcome) and
change smoothly between G, C, D, and A. (Fiddles and basses need to know which notes work with which chords)

Speakers
avatar for Gilbert Nelson

Gilbert Nelson

Gilbert Nelson is a banjo and guitar player, and certified teacher of the Wernick Method of learning to jam. Using this approach, beginning and intermediate players can get comfortable in a group setting, progress at their own rate, learn to sing and harmonize new tunes and learn... Read More →
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Pete Wernick

Pete Wernick is renowned worldwide for his contributions to bluegrass music: the hot-picking force in several trend-setting bands including Hot Rize, respected author and teacher, songwriter, and long-term President of the International Bluegrass Music Association. His Wernick Method... Read More →


Friday September 27, 2019 10:00am - 12:00pm
Raleigh Convention Center Main Lobby 500 S Salisbury St, Raleigh, NC 27601

10:30am

Bluegrass College Info Session
More and more universities are developing bluegrass music-related degree programs with ensemble opportunities for young musicians interested in bluegrass scholarships and careers. Come and hear the latest bluegrass education news from 15 universities, hear their student bands perform, and take the opportunity to meet the directors of these programs and ask questions. Parents of young musicians interested in bluegrass scholarship and degree program info are especially encouraged to attend, but all are welcome!

Speakers
avatar for Fred Bartenstein

Fred Bartenstein

University of Dayton
Fred Bartenstein has had the privilege of working with virtually all of the music's first generation. He has been a magazine editor, broadcaster, musician, MC, composer, record producer, compiler of market research, regional association founder, college professor, and a lifelong fan... Read More →


Friday September 27, 2019 10:30am - 11:30am
Raleigh Convention Center Room 304 500 S Salisbury St, Raleigh, NC 27601

10:30am

Allen Mills: Love of the Mountains - Live Podcast Recording
Allen Mills is a bluegrass legend. As a founding member of The Lost & Found bluegrass band, and a pivotal figure in the early days of IBMA, he is beloved by the bluegrass community. Allen is a 2019 recipient of IBMA's Distinguished Achievement Award. Daniel Mullins of the Walls of Time: Bluegrass Podcast will be interviewing Allen about his career and legacy for an upcoming podcast episode.

Speakers
avatar for Allen Mills

Allen Mills

Allen Mills is a bluegrass legend. As a founding member of The Lost & Found bluegrass band, and a pivotal figure in the early days of IBMA, he is beloved by the bluegrass community. Allen is a 2019 recipient of IBMA's Distinguished Achievement Award.
avatar for Daniel Mullins

Daniel Mullins

Daniel Mullins is a full-time radio broadcaster and IBMA award-winning journalist from southwestern Ohio. He is heard weekdays on Real Roots Radio, and has had work published in Bluegrass Unlimited, Bluegrass Today, The Bluegrass Situation, and Singing News Magazine. His multi-faceted... Read More →


Friday September 27, 2019 10:30am - 11:30am
Raleigh Convention Center Masters Workshop Stage 500 S Salisbury St, Raleigh, NC 27601

11:00am

Pickin' Thistles
Pickin' Thistles is an all sibling band including Hayden (13) on banjo, mandolin, and guitar, Josephine (11) on fiddle and vocals, and Rosemary (9) on violin, guitar, and vocals. They enjoy playing their favorite traditional old time, Scottish, and Irish tunes with a few modern American favorites, as well. They also add Irish and Scottish highland dancing to their performances. Pickin’ Thistles is from the beautiful mountains of Todd, NC and have participated in the Boone JAM for a few years. They have played at Merlefest Acoustic Kids, Appaloosa Festival, Festival in the Park, various farmers markets and are frequent back porch pickers at the Original Mast General Store in Valle Crucis.

Artists
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Pickin' Thistles

Pickin' Thistles is an all sibling band including Hayden (13) on banjo, mandolin, and guitar, Josephine (11) on fiddle and vocals, and Rosemary (9) on violin, guitar, and vocals. They enjoy playing their favorite traditional old time, Scottish, and Irish tunes with a few modern American... Read More →


Friday September 27, 2019 11:00am - 11:45am
Martin Street Stage 16 E Martin St, Raleigh, NC 27601

11:00am

The Life Of A Professional Songwriter: A Career Path
There are many of us in the songwriting world who have hopes of someday make a living as a professional songwriter. Our panel features three of the most successful songwriters of our time: Donna Ulisse, Jerry Salley, Irene Kelley. Each has insight on songwriting as a career path based on their knowledge and many years of experience. Whether you are a songwriter or not, hearing from these talented folks is sure to be fascinating!

Speakers
avatar for Irene Kelley

Irene Kelley

Irene Kelley left Pennsylvania for Nashville in 1984 and signed with MCA Records. Carl Jackson, Sam Bush and Jerry Douglas appeared on her first album. Irene’s trademark is the heart-felt songwriting that exposed her music to millions through hits like “A Little Bluer Than That... Read More →
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David Morris

David Morris is an award-winning songwriter and winner of the Chris Austin Songwriting Contest at Merlefest. He has co-written two number ones and four top 10 songs. His weekly radio show, Songwriter Showcase, appears weekly on bluegrasscountry.org. Dave also reviews CDs, compiles... Read More →
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Jerry Salley

Referred to by Billboard Magazine as “One Of Music Row’s Greatest Veteran Tunesmiths”, Jerry has had over 500 songs recorded in his multi-award winning career. Bands that have covered Jerrys songs include The Steeldrivers, Del McCoury Band, Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, Lonsome... Read More →
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Donna Ulisse

Donna Ulisse is a key figure in the Bluegrass, folk and acoustic music scene as a singer and songwriter, being awarded 2016 IBMA Songwriter Of The Year and 2017 Song Of The Year with “I Am A Drifter”. Her 10th album “Breakin’ Easy” was released September of 2017 on Mountain... Read More →

Artists

Friday September 27, 2019 11:00am - 12:30pm
Raleigh Convention Center Room 306A 500 S Salisbury St, Raleigh, NC 27601

11:00am

Wide Open Expo (Exhibit Hall)
The Wide Open Expo is the central gathering place, with over 20,000 visitors browsing the latest industry wares, conducting business, and networking. The Expo features a wide variety of vendors, gear, services, and products for the bluegrass professional and fan, alike!

Friday September 27, 2019 11:00am - 6:00pm
Raleigh Convention Center Exhibit Hall C 500 S Salisbury St, Raleigh, NC 27601

12:00pm

Lorraine Jordan & Carolina Road
Traditional music hosted by Lorraine Jordan at Lorraine's Corner, in the flat lot near the Dance Tent (in front of the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts).

Lorraine Jordan, who plays mandolin and sings lead and harmony, has been fronting Carolina Road for more than 20 years, during which time she has won two IBMA awards for recorded events of the year (2009 and 2011) as well as the 2015 SPBGMA Entertainer of the Year and Traditional Female Vocalist of the Year awards. She was also nominated for the 2015 Carolina Music Awards in the Bluegrass Americana category. Jordan is a co-founder of The Daughters of Bluegrass and an original member. Their “Back to the Well” album won IBMA’s recorded event in 2006, and she was part of the Daughter’s latest album, “Bluegrass Bouquet,” also a 2009 IBMA recorded event of the year winner for the song “Proud to be a Daughter.” Jordan’s charisma during her emcee work onstage gives Carolina Road a great connection with the audience.


Friday September 27, 2019 12:00pm - 12:20pm
Lorraine's Corner 1 E Lenoir St, Raleigh, NC 27601

12:00pm

Crying Uncle Bluegrass Band
OPEN DANCE. These young bluegrass and new acoustic aficionados from Northern California are fresh off a 2019 tour of Finland and multiple appearances on the Grand Ole Opry. Fronted by Asian American brothers Miles and Teo Quale, Crying Uncle Bluegrass Band has opened shows for the Del McCoury Band and David Grisman and have guested with Marty Stuart and His Fabulous Superlatives. Their debut, self-titled album is available now.

The Fourth Annual Shout & Shine: A Celebration of Diversity in Bluegrass will take place all day Friday, September 27, in the Wide Open StreetFest Dance Tent, celebrating music and dance by underrepresented and marginalized artists, musicians, and performers who love bluegrass, old-time, and roots music.


Friday September 27, 2019 12:00pm - 12:45pm
Dance Tent 1 E Lenoir St, Raleigh, NC 27601

12:00pm

The Price Sisters
Virginia-based Rebel Record’s most recent recording artists, The Price Sisters feature Lauren Price on mandolin and harmony/lead vocals with Leanna Price on fiddle and lead/harmony vocals. The sisters are 22-year-old twins from Sardis, Ohio, who love and perform the traditional style of bluegrass music. They have been greatly influenced and inspired by the sounds of Bill Monroe and his Blue Grass Boys, Hazel and Alice and the Carter Family, striving to carry forth those traditional sounds established so long ago. The Price Sisters released their Rebel debut in 2016, a seven-song EP recorded and produced by Bil VornDick in Nashville. The girls were accompanied on the recording by Charlie Cushman, Mike Bub, Ronnie McCoury, Dustin Benson and Alan Bartrum. The EP was well-received across the world, with much success on the Billboard and Roots Music charts. That led to a full-length album for Rebel, again produced by VornDick.

Artists
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The Price Sisters

pricesistersbluegrass@gmail.com, Booking: Lauren Price Napier
Rebel Records recording artists, ‘The Price Sisters,’ features Lauren Price and Leanna Price, twin sisters from southeastern Ohio. Accompanied by musicians Matthew Parsons, Bobby Osborne Junior, and Lincoln Hensley, The Sisters produce a fresh, original sound, yet one which manages... Read More →


Friday September 27, 2019 12:00pm - 12:45pm
City Plaza Stage 443 Fayetteville St, Raleigh, NC 27601

12:00pm

Cane Mill Road
Growing up just down the road from Doc Watson, Billboard-charting artists Cane Mill Road rock the traditional bluegrass standards they were raised on, yet boldly write original music with roots in the fertile grounds of bluegrass, old-time, blues, jazz, and Americana. The four young men roam the Blue Ridge Mountain backroads driving between Deep Gap, NC, and Rocky Gap, VA to meet and make music- thus the title track of the band’s latest Gap to Gap. The title signifies more than just the long hours on the road touring, but the spaces between the bluegrass foundation of the band’s youth and the new spaces of music they create together. Honoring the past, the band looks to the future with a blended set of traditional and contemporary music. The band’s new live album will debut this summer. Peers in the bluegrass community voted Cane Mill Road as one of the five nominees for the International Bluegrass Music Association’s Momentum Band of the Year for 2018. Cane Mill Road’s banjo player, Tray Wellington, was nominated for IBMA’s Momentum Instrumentalist of the year. From internationally in Argentina to stateside across the country, Cane Mill Road plays the most festivals including Wide Open Bluegrass, MerleFest, Grey Fox, Delaware Valley, Silver Dollar City, Ogden Music Festival, Outer Banks BGF, Bristol Rhythm & Roots, Carolina in the Fall, Shakori Hills, OcraFolk... just to name a few. The band’s first two albums have spent 7 weeks on Billboard’s Bluegrass Album Charts, both debuted in the top 10. The band is sponsored by: Deering Banjos, GHS Strings, Sorensen Mandolin & Guitar Company, Kogut Violins, Shubb Capos, NS Design, and MiniFlex Microphones.

Artists
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Cane Mill Road

Cane Mill Road plays an eclectic mix of bluegrass, newgrass, and old-time Appalachianmountain music that they have made into their own sound. From Deep Gap, NC, theband has played internationally, on PBS/NRP, as well as nationally known festivals suchas MerleFest, IBMA, Grey Fox... Read More →


Friday September 27, 2019 12:00pm - 12:45pm
IBMA Youth Stage 500 S Salisbury St, Raleigh, NC 27601

12:00pm

Jonah Graves
Jonah Graves is an 18-year-old fiddling sensation who discovered traditional music only three years ago through the Folk School JAM program in Murphy, NC. Jonah enjoys carrying on the traditions of the mountain music of this secluded area of North Carolina, which borders Tennessee and Georgia.

Artists
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Jonah Graves

Jonah Graves is an 18-year-old fiddling sensation who discovered traditional music only three years ago through the Folk School JAM program in Murphy, NC. Jonah enjoys carrying on the traditions of the mountain music of this secluded area of North Carolina, which borders Tennessee... Read More →


Friday September 27, 2019 12:00pm - 12:45pm
Martin Street Stage 16 E Martin St, Raleigh, NC 27601

12:00pm

12:15pm

Nixon, Blevins & Gage
Nixon, Blevins & Gage continue to entertain audiences with their presentation of the emerging genre of the acoustic trio. Loosely based in bluegrass, they bring thumb-picking, early country music popularized by Doc Watson and Merle Travis. A recent review from the Raleigh News & Observer noted, "the juxtaposition of Nixon's finger-style playing with guitarist David Blevins' flat-picking (resulting) in an acoustic ambiance reminiscent of Doc Watson…, John Hurt and Etta Baker.” To date they have released five albums and received popular acclaim from Bluegrass Unlimited, Bluegrass Today and County Records. Venues played include Merlefest, North Carolina Museum of History, Raleigh City Plaza, IBMA World of Bluegrass, Home Town Opry, Pullen Park, Cary’s Bond Park, Holly Springs Cultural Center, Durham Centerfest and regular appearances at local venues.


Friday September 27, 2019 12:15pm - 1:00pm
Davie Street Stage 80 E Davie St, Raleigh, NC 27601

12:15pm

Tellico
With vivid storytelling, vibrant musicianship and arresting honesty, Asheville, North Carolina’s Tellico explores the beauty of songcraft through the lens of the Appalachian stringband tradition. Tellico features the singing and songwriting of Anya Hinkle, originally from the mountains of southwest Virginia, steeped in the tones of bluegrass and folk but seasoned by travels across the world and back. Tellico’s most recent album, Woven Waters (Organic Records), produced by Irish guitar legend John Doyle (Transatlantic Sessions, Joan Baez, Tim O’Brien), was No. 9 on WNCW’s Top 100 Albums of 2018. Hinkle has toured nationally and internationally for over a decade and has developed as a notable songwriter. No Depression writes, “Tellico reminds us we cannot abandon our own humanity, even when others try to grind it out of us.” Hinkle and Tellico are poised for an exciting 2019 with international tours to France and Japan, official artist showcases at the World of Bluegrass International Bluegrass Music Association conference, MerleFest, Albino Skunk Festival, North Carolina Folk Festival and more.

Artists
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Tellico

brewerworldtour@gmail.com, Booking: David Brewer, Brewer World Tour
With vivid storytelling, vibrant musicianship and arresting honesty, Asheville NC’s Anya Hinkle & Tellico explore the beauty of songcraft through the lens of the Appalachian stringband tradition. Tellico features the singing and songwriting of Anya Hinkle, originally from the mountains... Read More →


Friday September 27, 2019 12:15pm - 1:00pm
Capitol Stage 90 Fayetteville St, Raleigh, NC 27601

12:30pm

King James Boys
Artists

Friday September 27, 2019 12:30pm - 12:50pm
Lorraine's Corner 1 E Lenoir St, Raleigh, NC 27601

12:30pm

Valerie Smith & Liberty Pike
Valerie Smith is an award-winning Grassicana artist who mixes her style with bluegrass, country and Americana music. National Public Radio radio host Dave Higgs has noted, "She can be sassy, sultry, siren-like, sweet, smooth, soothing and smoldering---sometimes during the span of just one song!" Smith’s show can be described as non-stop energy and passion with tremendous love for her audience. The beat of the music inspires her to dance and move; Smith has soul. She has recorded a number of projects, performed around the world and can be heard on several radio and television shows. Smith is a music instructor and offers educational programs about songwriting, voice, bluegrass history and performance techniques. Liberty Pike is Smith’s touring band. They are seasoned, talented musicians and have recorded several music projects of their own. The band offers an educational program and also enjoys reaching out to the fans. Members of Liberty Pike include Wally Hughes, Lisa Kay Howard Hughes, Joe Zauner and Tom Gray. Valerie Smith & Liberty Pike have been together for five years.


Friday September 27, 2019 12:30pm - 1:15pm
Hargett Street Stage 80 E Hargett St, Raleigh, NC 27601

12:30pm

A Bluegrass Ambassadors Workshop - Kyrgyzstan
The Henhouse Prowlers have toured more than 25 countries as musical diplomats, bridging cultures through the shared language of music. This workshop brings listeners to countries seldom visited by Americans; teaching traditional dances from Kyrgyzstan, Nigerian Hip Hop songs done bluegrass-style and so much more. Join these Bluegrass Ambassadors as they share stories of wild adventures in far off lands...and where you just might walk away with a deeper understanding of places unknown.

Speakers
avatar for Chris Dollar

Chris Dollar

Chris's love for John Hartford comes in handy when it comes time for the Ambassadors to learn to sing in another language. His ability to bend and shape his voice brings a sense of authenticity to languages like Czech and Uzbek. While he's only been in the band for 20 months, his... Read More →
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Jon Goldfine

Henhouse Prowlers
Jon is a co-founding member of both the Henhouse Prowlers and the group’s non-profit, Bluegrass Ambassadors. The non-profit's mission is to educate and inspire through the cultural exchange of music. When not performing around the globe and teaching, Jon handles much of the back-end... Read More →
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Kyle O'Brien

Kyle grew up playing in the O'brien Family Band and toured across the US from a young age. His effortless rapport with youth and love of teaching is an absolute boon to Bluegrass Ambassadors. Kyle's equally comfortable on the fiddle and mandolin and has brought those skills to nearly... Read More →

Artists
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Henhouse Prowlers

mike@strategictouring.com, Mike Kaiz, Strategic Touring


Friday September 27, 2019 12:30pm - 1:45pm
Raleigh Convention Center Main Lobby 500 S Salisbury St, Raleigh, NC 27601

12:55pm

Michelle Canning Band
Originally from North Andover, MA and currently residing in Nashville, Tennessee, Michelle Canning is known as one of the most energetic performers of bluegrass and country music. A first-rate banjo player and vocalist, Canning plays a variety of instruments including guitar and bass. Recognized for her vibrant stage presence, Michelle Canning has toured several states and 7 cities across the People’s Republic of China. In 2009, Canning became the youngest person and only female ever to earn the title of New England Banjo Champion. Her two recordings (2015, 2018) include several of her original compositions. Canning is a graduate of Morehead State University with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Traditional Music and a Masters Degree in Business.


Friday September 27, 2019 12:55pm - 1:40pm
IBMA Youth Stage 500 S Salisbury St, Raleigh, NC 27601

1:00pm

Steve Thomas & The Time Machine
Steven Crawford Thomas is a Nashville-based entertainer: a singer, songwriter, arranger, and producer. He is also an accomplished multi-instrumentalist, proficient on fiddle, guitar, and mandolin, as well as bass and banjo. Crawford started his professional career in 1982 playing the fiddle for Del McCoury; over the next three decades, he worked with a "who's who" of Nashville's greats. Here's the short list: The Osborne Brothers, Jim and Jesse, The Whites, Aaron Tippin, Barbara Mandrell, Kenny Chesney, Brooks and Dunn, John Michael Montgomery, Montgomery Gentry, Lee Ann Womack, and Lorrie Morgan. In 1985, as a member of The Whites, - along with bandmates Jerry Douglas and Neil Worf - Crawford received nominations for Vocal and Instrumental Group of the Year by the Country Music Association. In 1989, as a member of The Osborne Brothers, Crawford received a Grammy nomination for his version of "Orange Blossom Special." In 2014, he teamed up with Mark Newton and recorded Newton and Thomas' "Reborn" for Pinecastle Records. The album produced several number ones and top ten songs including "Old McDonald Sold The Farm" which made it to the #1 spot on Bluegrass Today's Chart four different times in 2014 and finished fourth for the year. Along with his band the Time Machine, Crawford is now producing his own new blend of traditional bluegrass, country, and blues - a fresh offering built on forty years of experience.



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Steve Thomas & The Time Machine

Steven Crawford Thomas is a Nashville-based entertainer: a singer, songwriter, arranger, and producer. Thomas is also an accomplished multi-instrumentalist, proficient on fiddle, guitar, and mandolin, as well as bass and banjo. He started his professional career in 1982 playing the... Read More →


Friday September 27, 2019 1:00pm - 1:30pm
Lorraine's Corner 1 E Lenoir St, Raleigh, NC 27601

1:00pm

One Fret Over
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One Fret Over

One Fret Over is a band formed of award winning musicians: Gabe Bemus (guitar and vocals), Grace Bemus (fiddle and vocals), Elijah Moore (mandolin), and Lincoln Moore (bass). The band has won ribbons at several fiddle conventions, including a 1st place in Adult Band at the 2018 Granite... Read More →


Friday September 27, 2019 1:00pm - 1:45pm
Martin Street Stage 16 E Martin St, Raleigh, NC 27601

1:00pm

1:15pm

David Davis & The Warrior River Boys
A member of The Alabama Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame, Alabama native David Davis has traveled and performed as frontman for the bluegrass group David Davis and the Warrior River Boys since 1984. He is recognized as one of the foremost practitioners of the Monroe mandolin technique. His interest in old-time and bluegrass music grew organically from a musical family; both his father and grandfather were players and singers, and his uncle Cleo Davis was one of Bill Monroe’s original Blue Grass Boys. After years of touring coast-to-coast and watching the remaining first-generation masters “live and up-close” at major festivals and hallowed halls, the group signed with Rounder Records in 1989. One of the first pieces of advice Ken Irwin gave them was, “You have a great Bill Monroe thing going; now you should work at creating your own identity.” It was hard to understand at that time in the group’s musical development — kind of a curve ball to the youngsters who prided themselves at playing Bill’s style so faithfully. The future is in the roots. By going back in time, they move forward, growing those roots into a magical potion of ingredients old and new.


Friday September 27, 2019 1:15pm - 2:00pm
City Plaza Stage 443 Fayetteville St, Raleigh, NC 27601

1:15pm

Nic Gareiss & Allison de Groot
STEP DANCE DEMONSTRATION. Acclaimed dancer, ethnochoreologist, and queer theorist Nic Gareiss and old-time banjoist Allison de Groot combine timeless tunes and melodies with the surprisingly lyrical, musical, and jaw-droppingly deft steps of Irish, bluegrass, old-time, and otherwise vernacular rhythmic dance. Gareiss performs with Duo/Duo, This Is How We Fly, and others across the United States, Canada, and Europe. De Groot is a member of Molsky’s Mountain Drifters, the Goodbye Girls, a duo project with Tatiana Hargreaves, and many others.

The Fourth Annual Shout & Shine: A Celebration of Diversity in Bluegrass will take place all day Friday, September 27, in the Wide Open StreetFest Dance Tent, celebrating music and dance by underrepresented and marginalized artists, musicians, and performers who love bluegrass, old-time, and roots music.


Friday September 27, 2019 1:15pm - 2:15pm
Dance Tent 1 E Lenoir St, Raleigh, NC 27601

1:30pm

Seth Mulder & Midnight Run
Favorites among bluegrass enthusiast and non-bluegrass audiences alike; they keep the energy high and the audience on their feet. Midnight Run knows when they are on stage, it is not only about the music, it is about connecting with the audience and leaving them with a memory that will last a lifetime. Midnight Run has been referred to as one of the most entertaining new acts on the bluegrass scene today. Now, with over 200 shows a year, they find themselves playing to audiences from all over the world. From the moment they step on stage you’ll feel like you are in the hills of Tennessee, sitting on the front porch, listening to some of the finest music that the Smoky Mountains have to offer.



Artists

Friday September 27, 2019 1:30pm - 2:00pm
Lorraine's Corner 1 E Lenoir St, Raleigh, NC 27601

1:30pm

Steve Gulley & New Pinnacle
Steve Gulley had already won esteem for his lofty tenor voice and emotional delivery as an entertainer at Kentucky’s historic Renfro Valley well before he joined Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, which brought him to a wider but no less appreciative audience. Gully was also a founding member of Mountain Heart, recording five award-winning projects while serving as the band’s lead vocalist, followed by a five-year stint as frontman of Grasstowne. These days he is a stalwart of the very top echelon of lead and tenor singers in bluegrass, and also a gifted songwriter and guitarist. He was tapped as vocalist on the widely praised Keith Whitley album “Sad Songs And Waltzes” and other projects featuring Ronnie Bowman, Dan Tyminski, Tim Stafford, Dwight McCall, Dale Ann Bradley, Jeff Parker and country singer Ken Mellons. His songs have been recorded by top acts including Blue Highway, Kenny & Amanda Smith and Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver. “Through the Window of a Train,” which Guelley co-wrote with Tim Stafford, won IBMA Song Of The Year for 2008. Guelly has also earned multiple Male Vocalist of the Year nominations at SPBGMA.


Friday September 27, 2019 1:30pm - 2:15pm
Capitol Stage 90 Fayetteville St, Raleigh, NC 27601

1:30pm

Brandon Lee Adams
Brandon Lee Adams is an up and coming artist from the mountains, hills and valleys of Appalachia. Tracing his musical roots from traditional gospel music all the way to folk, bluegrass, jazz and blues, he never assumes one clear path or direction but moves where the music leads. After recordings with iconic artists including Carl Jackson, Scott Vestal and IBMA Hall of Famer Tony Rice, appearances on two Grammy-nominated albums and the IBMA Award-winning album “Celebration of Life,” Adams has laid a solid foundation for a long career. He’s always looking to bring music that is "From a real place inside of me." Lyrics and melody are always at the root of every note. Seeing himself more as a story teller who happens to play an instrument, he finds no comfort in any kind of a box. Listening to everything and holding only to what "stays," Adams is on a path with no defined end.


Friday September 27, 2019 1:30pm - 2:15pm
Davie Street Stage 80 E Davie St, Raleigh, NC 27601

1:45pm

Chatham Rabbits
It's been about music from the get go. Austin and Sarah McCombie crossed paths in 2013 when he spotted her onstage at the Cat's Cradle while opening for Mandolin Orange. He didn't know much about old-time music and she didn't know much about him, but they figured it out. Music is the reason they met. It's their pasttime and gift they give to others. Chatham Rabbits have played smokey bars and summer festivals, busked on the streets of Nashville ‘til their voices wore out, put a tune to the love at their best friends' wedding and led churches in old-time hymns way past time for Sunday lunch. This past summer, Austin and Sarah decided to leave their corporate careers to take Chatham Rabbits full-time. They knew they would regret it if they never gave their music a shot. They tour full-time in our van with their hound dog Ruby and are so thankful for the life they’re living. It’s not always easy, but so far it’s been worth it. If they haven’t already, they hope to see you at a show soon.

Artists

Friday September 27, 2019 1:45pm - 2:30pm
Hargett Street Stage 80 E Hargett St, Raleigh, NC 27601

2:00pm

Shannon Baker & Sometime Soon
Shannon Baker’s vocals are the highlight of the group. She brings bluegrass selections alive with power and finesse. Country, Americana, gospel, folk and other numbers are delivered with heartfelt soul and nuance far beyond her years. Joining her in the group are three with years of bluegrass band heritage along with acoustic experience outside the genre. The harmony vocals of Brent Wiggins are a perfect complement, but he also delivers a well crafted lead on several numbers and adds mandolin/guitar. Ronnie Parrish weaves a smooth line on the acoustic bass that draws everything together, and John Dudley adds banjo/guitar and harmony vocal. You’ll hear foot tapping numbers with strong three part harmony, moving, soulful renditions and some
in between. Plenty to put a smile on your face.

Artists

Friday September 27, 2019 2:00pm - 2:30pm
Lorraine's Corner 1 E Lenoir St, Raleigh, NC 27601

2:00pm

Liam Purcell & Mallory Blackwood
Liam Purcell & Mallory Blackwood feature a dynamic combination of creative talent. Liam is an award-winning multi-instrumentalist who got his start in the Boone JAM program at age 7. Liam quickly excelled to become one of the youngest teaching artists in traditional music education. Now, at age 17, he collaborates with other young musicians, such as Mallory Blackwood, to present acoustic music at its best. Mallory is an up and coming young songwriter from Spartanburg, SC, where she was raised in a musical family.

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Liam Purcell & Mallory Blackwood

Liam Purcell & Mallory Blackwood feature a dynamic combination of creative talent. Liam is an award-winning multi-instrumentalist who got his start in the Boone JAM program at age 7. Liam quickly excelled to become one of the youngest teaching artists in traditional music education... Read More →


Friday September 27, 2019 2:00pm - 2:45pm
Martin Street Stage 16 E Martin St, Raleigh, NC 27601

2:00pm

2:00pm

Vintage Instrument Tasting
Host Tony Williamson (mandolin), banjoist Terry Baucom, guitarist Will Jones and legendary bassist Tom Gray will exhibit, discuss and perform on a priceless collection of vintage Bluegrass instruments.


Friday September 27, 2019 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Raleigh Convention Center Room 304 500 S Salisbury St, Raleigh, NC 27601

2:00pm

Kids on Bluegrass
The Kids on Bluegrass program spotlights the talents of young bluegrass musicians and singers, ages 4 to 17, at the IBMA’s annual Wide Open Bluegrass Festival. The program matches kids of similar abilities, offering the opportunity to create and arrange music instrumentally and vocally, and to perform in a group of their peers. Many Kids on Bluegrass alumni have gone on to become professional musicians, including Sierra Hull, Sarah Jarosz, Casey Campbell, Cory Walker, Nick Keen, Alex Hargreaves, Seth Taylor, Molly Tuttle, Austin Ward, Christian Ward, Gaven Largent and Cory Piatt. More than a workshop or “academy” experience, the program’s goals are to provide guidance, and to foster a fun atmosphere for producing, performing, promoting, and even emceeing a professional bluegrass music show. Kids on Bluegrass plays two separate sets at the Wide Open Bluegrass Festival, Friday evening and Saturday morning. In both sets each child is a featured musician, performing one or two songs of his or her choice.


Friday September 27, 2019 2:00pm - 3:45pm
IBMA Youth Stage 500 S Salisbury St, Raleigh, NC 27601

2:30pm

Nixon, Blevins & Gage
Nixon, Blevins & Gage continue to entertain audiences with their presentation of the emerging genre of the acoustic trio. Loosely based in bluegrass, they bring thumb-picking, early country music popularized by Doc Watson and Merle Travis. A recent review from the Raleigh News & Observer noted,  "the juxtaposition of Nixon's finger-style playing with guitarist David Blevins'  flat-picking (resulting) in an acoustic ambiance reminiscent of Doc Watson…, John Hurt and Etta Baker.” To date they have released five albums and received popular acclaim from Bluegrass Unlimited, Bluegrass Today and County Records. Venues played include Merlefest, North Carolina Museum of History, Raleigh City Plaza,  IBMA World of Bluegrass, Home Town Opry, Pullen Park, Cary’s Bond Park, Holly Springs Cultural Center, Durham Centerfest and regular appearances at local venues.


Friday September 27, 2019 2:30pm - 3:00pm
Lorraine's Corner 1 E Lenoir St, Raleigh, NC 27601

2:30pm

Bowman, Bowman & Dre
When Ronnie Bowman, Garnet Bowman and Dré Anders sang together for the first time at DelFest, it was a perfect fit -- so the McCoury family festival can take credit for launching another new group. The vocal trio features Ronnie, the hit songwriter and former lead singer of The Lonesome River Band; Garnet, his partner in life and in-demand Nashville session singer; and Anders, Swedish-born folksinger and founder/lead vocalist of Dré and The Collective. Together, their harmonies evoke the folk music of the 70's, peace, love and songs with something to say. From age 3, Ronnie Bowman has been performing music. Starting in a family band, he eventually joined the acclaimed bluegrass band The Lost & Found before moving on to The Lonesome River Band, joining in time to record 1991 IBMA album of the year “Carrying the Tradition.” Garnet Bowman started her music career in Nashville as a session singer, becoming one of the top go-to vocalists in town. In the last few years she has exclusively sung and traveled with her favorite singer, Ronnie. Swedish-born Anders is a product of a famous musical family (her father is honored on a postage stamp and her brother is a producer for “Glee”).


Friday September 27, 2019 2:30pm - 3:15pm
City Plaza Stage 443 Fayetteville St, Raleigh, NC 27601

2:45pm

Blue Canyon Boys
The Blue Canyon Boys are equal parts purists and innovators when it comes to bluegrass: they stay true to the form’s roots while constantly reimagining their relationship to tradition. The result is a toe-tapping mix of haunting standards, genre-bending arrangements, and catchy original numbers—all built on the bedrock of their collective bluegrass mastery. Founding members Jason Hicks and Gary Dark launched the Blue Canyon Boys in 2006 with seamless brother-duet style, crisp instrumentation, unvarnished lyrics and subversive humor. After winning first place 2008 Telluride Bluegrass festival band contest, the Blue Canyon Boys went off at full tilt, taking the bluegrass circuit by storm, performing in illustrious venues across the country as well as internationally. Their distinctive sound, honed from over a decade of performing together, moves easily from instrumental wizardry to playful ribbing. Ultimately and repeatedly, they hit a high note—the rare confluence of harmony that leaves the soul ajar. The seasoned quartet features Gary Dark on mandolin, Jason Hicks on guitar, Drew Garrett on bass, and Chris Roszell on banjo. Their latest album, eponymously called The Blue Canyon Boys, is perhaps their most polished and poignant yet. Classic bluegrass, clean and raw, blends effortlessly with the band’s homegrown compositions, then peppered with a judicious cover or two, such as the band’s riveting take on Pink Floyd’s “Time.”
Whether calling on their old timey musical roots or reconnoitering the future, the band’s musical prowess never wavers. This is high lonesome sound at its best: a driving pulse that weaves through harmonies and fierce rhythms, always with the reminder that as long as the music plays we are never quite alone.

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Blue Canyon Boys

rob@quicksilverproductions.net, Booking: Rob Miller, Quicksilver Productions
The Blue Canyon Boys are equal parts purists and innovators when it comes to bluegrass: they stay true to the form’s roots while constantly re-imagining their relationship to tradition. The result is a toe-tapping mix of haunting standards, genre-bending arrangements, and catchy... Read More →


Friday September 27, 2019 2:45pm - 3:30pm
Capitol Stage 90 Fayetteville St, Raleigh, NC 27601

2:45pm

Hubby Jenkins
OPEN DANCE. Brooklyn native Hubby Jenkins is a veteran of the Grammy-winning Carolina Chocolate Drops. A multi-instrumentalist who specializes in old-time American roots music -- from blues, jazz, and ragtime to fiddle and banjo -- Jenkins spreads his knowledge and love of music and history through his dynamic solo performances.

The Fourth Annual Shout & Shine: A Celebration of Diversity in Bluegrass will take place all day Friday, September 27, in the Wide Open StreetFest Dance Tent, celebrating music and dance by underrepresented and marginalized artists, musicians, and performers who love bluegrass, old-time, and roots music.

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Friday September 27, 2019 2:45pm - 3:30pm
Dance Tent 1 E Lenoir St, Raleigh, NC 27601

2:45pm

Larry Stephenson Band
The award-winning Larry Stephenson Band has been entertaining audiences for 30 years including numerous performances on the Grand Ole Opry, RFD-TV and headlining festivals and concerts all across the U.S. and Canada. The group is led by Virginia Country Music Hall of Fame member and five-time Society for The Preservation of Bluegrass Music in America (SPBGMA) Male Vocalist of the year Larry Stephenson, who was inducted into the SPBGMA Hall Of Greats in 2018. With numerous IBMA and SPBGMA nominations and awards, Stephenson records on his own label Whysper Dream Music.


Friday September 27, 2019 2:45pm - 3:30pm
Davie Street Stage 80 E Davie St, Raleigh, NC 27601

3:00pm

Kristi Stanley
Kristi Stanley has become well known for performing a diverse catalogue of roots music for her audience. She says it’s all about making a connection between them and the music, delighting the fans and brightening their days. Stanley hopes through her music she and her band are able to create emotion and bring back memories of days gone by. Stanley's shows include a vast array of Americana, bluegrass, gospel, traditional country and even the occasional classic rock song. The people that pay their hard earned money to hear Stanley's music are extremely close to her heart and she wants to repay their support and kindness by giving her very best each and every show. Her fan base continues to grow nationwide and promoters are always pleased by the number of patrons that come out to see Kristi Stanley & Running Blind.

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Friday September 27, 2019 3:00pm - 3:20pm
Lorraine's Corner 1 E Lenoir St, Raleigh, NC 27601

3:00pm

Dave Adkins Band
There is no mistaking the raw and powerful vocals by singer, songwriter and guitarist Dave Adkins. His significant chart success, coupled with stellar live performances, have made him one of most talked-about male vocalists 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 8 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. In 2010, he returned to the genre that was his first love, bluegrass. Adkins’ soulful vocals earned him a 2013 SPBGMA nomination as Male Vocalist of the Year in the Contemporary category.


Friday September 27, 2019 3:00pm - 3:45pm
Hargett Street Stage 80 E Hargett St, Raleigh, NC 27601

3:00pm

Eliza Meyer
Eliza Meyer is an "old soul," singing and playing traditional string band, old time and classic country music reminiscent of Hazel and Alice, The Carter Family, and Tommy Jarrell. Influenced by traditional ballads of Madison County and the round peak music of Surry County, Eliza plays fiddle, banjo, guitar and autoharp.
Eliza plays at house concerts and has played on the IBMA JAM Stage, at Merlefest, the North Carolina Museum of History and the Earl Scruggs Center. Eliza is a native of Raleigh, NC and attends Broughton High School, where she is in the junior class. She has just released her first recording, “Hello Stranger.”

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Eliza Meyer

Eliza Meyer is an "old soul," singing and playing traditional string band, old timeand classic country music reminiscent of Hazel and Alice, The CarterFamily, and Tommy Jarrell. Influenced by traditional ballads of Madison County and theround peak music of Surry County, Eliza plays... Read More →


Friday September 27, 2019 3:00pm - 3:45pm
Martin Street Stage 16 E Martin St, Raleigh, NC 27601

3:00pm

3:30pm

Cuttin' Grass

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Friday September 27, 2019 3:30pm - 3:50pm
Lorraine's Corner 1 E Lenoir St, Raleigh, NC 27601

3:45pm

Sierra Hull & Justin Moses
Sierra Hull and Justin Moses are two of the most exciting young talents in bluegrass (and also the cutest couple in the field). Mandolinist Hull’s stellar career started early, including a Grand Ole Opry debut at age 10, Carnegie Hall at 13, releasing her Rounder Records debut at 13, playing the Kennedy Center at 16 and becoming the first woman to win IBMA’s mandolin player of the year at age 25. Multi-instrumentalist Moses was just as precocious, starting to play music at age 6 and going on to become an in-demand player with Dan Tyminski, Ricky Skaggs and many others.


Friday September 27, 2019 3:45pm - 4:30pm
City Plaza Stage 443 Fayetteville St, Raleigh, NC 27601

3:55pm

BJUGrass - Bob Jones University
Steve walked into the Old Town Music Store in Chicago, Illinois in 1992 and bought his first mandolin. For 29 years, he led the Steve Pettit Evangelistic Team (1985-2014) where they produced 18 different recordings including sacred, bluegrass, and celtic styles. In 2014, Steve carried his mandolin to Greenville, South Carolina, when he became the president of Bob Jones University. He started jamming with the Skillman sisters and later formed BJUGrass in 2018. BJUGrass is a five-piece bluegrass band from Bob Jones University in Greenville, South Carolina. Made up of four BJU students and the president of the university, BJUGrass members are Madison Skillman (fiddle), Mariah Skillman (guitar), Caleb Rollins (banjo), Anne Smith (bass) and Dr Steve Pettit (mandolin). Madison and Mariah Skillman are sisters from northern California who grew up playing in their family bluegrass band. Madison won her division at the California State Old Time Fiddle Championship in 2006. Mariah won 3 rd place at the 2018 Rocky Grass guitar flat-picking competition. Caleb Rollins grew up in Shelby, NC playing banjo, guitar, mandolin, and bass. Anne Smith (bass) plays on the BJU orchestra and studies cello at the university. BJUGrass plays traditional bluegrass, gospel, and hymns at a variety of venues including dinners, concerts, and churches in North Carolina, South Crolina, and Georgia.


Friday September 27, 2019 3:55pm - 4:40pm
IBMA Youth Stage 500 S Salisbury St, Raleigh, NC 27601

4:00pm

Appalachian Road Show
Barry Abernathy and Darrell Webb’s Appalachian Road Show is available now (BILLY BLUE RECORDS) and the debut single, “Dance, Dance, Dance” includes a rousing new music video! Making its debut on Facebook, the music video quickly garnered thousands of views and shares. Barry Abernathy was a founding member of the vocal and instrumental powerhouse band Mountain Heart. The group or its members have won or been nominated for multiple Grammys, ACM, CMA, and IBMA Awards. Abernathy is also known for his contributions to both Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver and IIIrd Tyme Out. The most unlikely thing about Abernathy's story is his having been born with just a thumb and part of an index finger on his left hand. Still, in addition to his truly great voice, Abernathy plays a blistering banjo. Because of his hand, he approaches the fingerboard from the top and does the fretting with his thumb and the end of his single-knuckled index finger. The Georgia-born Abernathy was named Banjo Player of the Year in 1997 by the Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music of America (SPBGMA). Darrell Webb is a Grammy nominated session musician as well as an International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) and SPBGMA 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 top acts in acoustic music, including Lonesome River Band, J.D. Crowe & The New South, Rhonda Vincent & The Rage, Wildfire, and Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper. With Appalachian Road Show, Abernathy, Webb and their talented compadres (including fiddle beast Jim VanCleve and legendary upright bassist Todd Phillips) seek to honor the music, traditions, and history of the great Appalachian people and region. Additionally, the group takes influences from other sources and applies that Appalachian style, as they’ve done with their first radio single, a grassy version of the Steve Miller Band’s “Dance, Dance, Dance.”


Friday September 27, 2019 4:00pm - 4:45pm
Capitol Stage 90 Fayetteville St, Raleigh, NC 27601

4:00pm

Gate Ten
Gate 10 is a high-energy bluegrass band from the New River Valley of Southwest Virginia. Gate 10 has been playing strong and steady since joining together in August of 2018. They have found their way by performing traditional bluegrass, gospel, and country music, along with original music. Gate 10 is excited to travel this musical journey with a hard driving, solid style, but one that is firmly rooted in traditions with their own innovative sound. A true style of their own makes them a highly entertaining group to watch. Their stage presence is beyond their young years with their musicianship, vocals, and harmonies.

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Gate Ten

Gate 10 is a high-energy bluegrass band from the New River Valley of Southwest Virginia. Gate 10 has been playing strong and steady since joining together in August of 2018. They have found their way by performing traditional bluegrass, gospel, and country music, along with original... Read More →


Friday September 27, 2019 4:00pm - 4:45pm
Martin Street Stage 16 E Martin St, Raleigh, NC 27601

4:00pm

Cathy Fink & Marcy Marker & the Grassabilly Rockets
OPEN DANCE. Featuring Jon Weisberger (bass) and George Jackson (fiddle). Grammy winners and folk and bluegrass legends Cathy Fink & Marcy Marxer have released -- quite literally -- dozens of albums. Revered in their musical circles for pioneering activism, thoughtful teaching, unrelenting feminism, award-winning children’s music and outreach programs, and their quietly awe-inspiring expertise on banjos, guitars, ukuleles, mandolins, and more.

The Fourth Annual Shout & Shine: A Celebration of Diversity in Bluegrass will take place all day Friday, September 27, in the Wide Open StreetFest Dance Tent, celebrating music and dance by underrepresented and marginalized artists, musicians, and performers who love bluegrass, old-time, and roots music.

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George Jackson

george.fiddle@gmail.com, Booking: Due South Touring Co.
At the heart of traditional music lies two important coordinates, the time and place of origin; objective definitions in the ever evolving aesthetics of folk music. These coordinates are the concepts explored with infinite new possibility by New Zealand born fiddler George Jackson... Read More →
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Jon Weisberger

Asheville Music Publishing
The first recipient of the IBMA’s Songwriter of the Year award, Jon Weisberger has had nearly two hundred songs recorded by artists ranging from Lindsay Lou, the Travelin’ McCourys and the Infamous Stringdusters to Joe Mullins & The Radio Ramblers, Junior Sisk and Steve Gulley... Read More →


Friday September 27, 2019 4:00pm - 4:45pm
Dance Tent 1 E Lenoir St, Raleigh, NC 27601

4:00pm

ClayBank
The tri-state area of the Blue Ridge Mountains has historically produced some of the very finest bluegrass musicians in the industry, and ClayBank is a top-shelf example. The band takes its name from the community of Claybank, near West Jefferson, North Carolina. It’s not only where the founding band members originally met to hone their craft, but it’s a place that embodies the very spirit of the music they play. With a nod to the traditional, hard-driving bluegrass and gospel music that has influenced them so greatly and adding their own dynamic energy and original material, ClayBank is ready to take the next step in their musical journey. While this is the first band that Zack Arnold and Jacob Greer have been part of, new members Jason Davis, Kameron Keller and Jamie Harper bring a wealth of experience from being sidemen in some of the top bluegrass bands of the past several years.

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ClayBank

andrea@andrearobertsagency.com, Booking: Andrea Roberts Agency
With a nod to the traditional, hard-driving bluegrass and gospel music that has influenced ClayBank so greatly and then adding their own dynamic energy and original material, they are ready to take the next step in their musical journey. That journey includes an extensive band member... Read More →


Friday September 27, 2019 4:00pm - 4:45pm
Davie Street Stage 80 E Davie St, Raleigh, NC 27601

4:00pm

Bass - Zak McLamb, Edgar Loudermilk, Beth Lawrence
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Edgar Loudermilk

Rural Rhythm Records recording artist Edgar Loudermilk’s signature voice, bass skills, and songwriting are a family tradition for this Louvin Brothers’ descendant. Loudermilk’s distinctive and powerful vocals cut to the heart of a song, while also winning over audiences with... Read More →


Friday September 27, 2019 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Raleigh Convention Center Masters Workshop Stage 500 S Salisbury St, Raleigh, NC 27601

4:00pm

Inaugural Earl Scruggs Music Festival Announcement Party
Join us at the International Bluegrass Music Association World of Bluegrass Conference and Events in the lobby of the Raleigh Convention Center as we host the Public Announce Party for the Inaugural Earl Scruggs Music Festival to be held September 4-5, 2020 at the Tryon International Equestrian Center!

We'll have festival promotional items to give away, music from Unspoken Tradition and Radney Foster, snacks, beverages, and our Artist At Large and host extraordinaire Jerry Douglas on hand for the festivities! Be sure to join us in the lobby of the convention center on Friday September 27th between 4-5pm ET for all the news and our first round artist lineup!

See you there!

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Earl Scruggs Festival

The inaugural Earl Scruggs Music Festival will be held at the Tryon International Equestrian Center September 4-5, 2020.


Friday September 27, 2019 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Raleigh Convention Center Main Lobby 500 S Salisbury St, Raleigh, NC 27601

4:15pm

Irene Kelley
Irene Kelley’s love for country music runs deep. She remembers hearing it for the first time in her dad’s basement TV repair workshop as a young girl. That music resonated in her soul, so when she started writing songs on her own, she already had a head start. At 15, Kelley began her journey as a professional musician in a rock band, but when she brought a Dolly Parton album to band rehearsal one day, she was fired on the spot. It was, perhaps, the best thing that could have happened to her. Fast forward to 1981 when Jerry Williamson asked her to move to Huntington, West Virginia to join the bluegrass band Redwing. She found herself fronting the band as the lead singer and playing some pretty big festivals, not the least of which were Bill Monroe’s Bean Blossom and Tarheal Festivals and the Carter Family Homeplace in Bristol, Virginia. After a stint in country, she has focused on bluegrass, calling it “the last frontier of country music.”

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Irene Kelley

Irene Kelley left Pennsylvania for Nashville in 1984 and signed with MCA Records. Carl Jackson, Sam Bush and Jerry Douglas appeared on her first album. Irene’s trademark is the heart-felt songwriting that exposed her music to millions through hits like “A Little Bluer Than That... Read More →


Friday September 27, 2019 4:15pm - 5:00pm
Hargett Street Stage 80 E Hargett St, Raleigh, NC 27601

4:30pm

Jim & Lynna Woolsey


Friday September 27, 2019 4:30pm - 4:50pm
Lorraine's Corner 1 E Lenoir St, Raleigh, NC 27601

4:50pm

Jubile
Jubile is a bluegrass/celtic driven band, spreading the gospel with original songs and sound. 2018 Georgia Bluegrass Band Champions.

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Friday September 27, 2019 4:50pm - 5:35pm
IBMA Youth Stage 500 S Salisbury St, Raleigh, NC 27601

5:00pm

Ella & Mary
Ella & Mary are Ella Hennessee and Mary Johnson -- two young musicians from Greenville, South Carolina. Both come from a traditional southern upbringing that is not only evidenced in their character, but also reflected in their music. While they are proud to carry this folk aura in their sound, they are not limited to just one style. From the rich spirit of their bluegrass and old time backgrounds through the YAM programs in Pickens
County to the alternative elements of today's progressive music, the two work together to bring these diverse sounds into one they can call their own.

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Ella & Mary

Ella & Mary are Ella Hennessee and Mary Johnson -- two young musicians fromGreenville, South Carolina. Both come from a traditional southern upbringing that is notonly evidenced in their character, but also reflected in their music. While they are proudto carry this folk aura in their... Read More →


Friday September 27, 2019 5:00pm - 5:45pm
Martin Street Stage 16 E Martin St, Raleigh, NC 27601

5:00pm

Sister Sadie
The all-female group Sister Sadie has had a huge year, gaining notoriety in multiple music circles. With their latest Pinecastle Records project, Sister Sadie II, the all-star band consisting of bluegrass favorites Dale Ann Bradley (5-time IBMA "Female Vocalist of the Year" winner), Tina Adair (fronted her own band for 20 years), Deanie Richardson (ACM nominated fiddle player), and Gena Britt (played banjo with several critically acclaimed bands over the years), secured rave reviews in such prestigious outlets as Rolling Stone, NPR, and Parade Magazine, and earned a "Best Bluegrass Album" Grammy nomination. The group received a standing ovation when they made their Grand Ole Opry debut this spring.

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Friday September 27, 2019 5:00pm - 5:45pm
Red Hat Amphitheater 500 S McDowell St, Raleigh, NC 27601

5:00pm

Fireside Collective
Quickly blazing a name for themselves with their progressive approach to bluegrass music, Fireside Collective delights listeners with memorable melodies and contemporary songwriting. Formed in the mountain city of Asheville. North Carolina, the band plays original songs on stringed instruments, intended for a modern audience. Following the release of their debut album “Shadows and Dreams,” the band hit the road seeking to engage audiences with their energetic live show, built on instrumental proficiency, colorful harmonies, and innovative musical arrangements. Well what do you call it? “Bluegrass, newgrass, perhaps progressive folk…” These are some descriptions mandolinist and songwriter Jesse Iaquinto chooses to identify with. “Depending on where you come from and your experience with folk music, you may think we’re very traditional, or on the other hand, consider us a progressive act. We appreciate both ends of the spectrum and may lie on a different end on any given night.” While roots music lies at the core of the Collective’s songs, a willingness to explore the boundaries and present relevant new material remains fundamental.


Friday September 27, 2019 5:00pm - 5:45pm
City Plaza Stage 443 Fayetteville St, Raleigh, NC 27601

5:00pm

5:15pm

Allison de Groot & Tatiana Hargreaves
Over the past eight years, Tatiana Hargreaves has been on the forefront of an up and coming generation of old time, bluegrass and new acoustic musicians. Since releasing her first solo album “Started Out To Ramble” in 2009, Hargreaves has toured with musicians such as Dave Rawlings, Gillian Welch, Laurie Lewis, Darol Anger and Bruce Molsky. From being the second woman to place first at the Clifftop Appalachian Fiddle Contest to her bluegrass fiddling on Laurie Lewis’ Grammy-nominated album “The Hazel And Alice Sessions,” Hargreaves shows a musical fluency that flows between old time and bluegrass worlds with ease. For her most recent project, Hargreaves joins forces with clawhammer banjo innovator Allison de Groot (Molsky’s Mountain Drifters). Together, they create a sound that is adventurous, masterful, and original, as they expand on the eccentricities of old songs while never losing sight of what makes them endure. The duo not only showcases impressive musicianship, but reflects on which voices we seek to hear as we explore the expansive, diverse canon of American roots music. Their debut, self-titled album released on Free Dirt Records is a powerful opening statement, one not to be missed!


Friday September 27, 2019 5:15pm - 6:00pm
Capitol Stage 90 Fayetteville St, Raleigh, NC 27601

5:15pm

The Trailblazers
Based out of Wilkesboro, North Carolina, The Trailblazers have taken a step back to the roots of bluegrass, Americana, folk and jazz music. The band has a solid foundation in the music they love, but they’re constantly looking for new ways to make their mark in progressive acoustic music. The Trailblazers make original music and put their own twist on timeless classics. They are the 2018 IBMA Momentum Band of the Year and have won many other prestigious contests including MerleFest (2017) and the SPBGMA International Band Contest (2018).


Friday September 27, 2019 5:15pm - 6:00pm
Davie Street Stage 80 E Davie St, Raleigh, NC 27601

5:15pm

Cane Mill Road with special guest Williette Hinton
OPEN DANCE AND CLOGGING DEMONSTRATION. Natives of Doc Watson’s hometown of Deep Gap, NC Cane Mill Road’s two studio albums -- which include music that walks the lines between bluegrass, Americana, old-time, and folk -- racked up a total of seven weeks on Billboard’s Bluegrass Albums Chart. Made up of teens and young adults, the band looks to the future with a blended set of traditional and contemporary music.

Williette Hinton (son of internationally acclaimed musician and dancer Algia Mae Hinton) is a clogger, buckdancer, and native North Carolinian. Hinton, a Music Maker Relief Foundation artist, makes his second appearance as part of Shout & Shine guest dancing with Cane Mill Road.

The Fourth Annual Shout & Shine: A Celebration of Diversity in Bluegrass will take place all day Friday, September 27, in the Wide Open StreetFest Dance Tent, celebrating music and dance by underrepresented and marginalized artists, musicians, and performers who love bluegrass, old-time, and roots music.

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Cane Mill Road

Cane Mill Road plays an eclectic mix of bluegrass, newgrass, and old-time Appalachianmountain music that they have made into their own sound. From Deep Gap, NC, theband has played internationally, on PBS/NRP, as well as nationally known festivals suchas MerleFest, IBMA, Grey Fox... Read More →


Friday September 27, 2019 5:15pm - 6:15pm
Dance Tent 1 E Lenoir St, Raleigh, NC 27601

5:30pm

Hubby Jenkins
Hubby Jenkins is a talented multi-instrumentalist who endeavors to share his love and knowledge of old-time American music. Born and raised in Brooklyn, he delved into his Southern roots, following the thread of African American history that wove itself through country blues, ragtime, fiddle and banjo and traditional jazz. Jenkins began his higher musical education as a busker, developing his guitar and vocal craft on the sidewalks and subway platforms of New York City and performing material by those venerable artists whose work he was quickly absorbing. An ambitiously itinerant musician, he took his show on the road, playing the streets, coffee shops, bars, and house parties of cities around the U.S. After years of busking around the country and making a name for himself, Jenkins became acquainted with the Grammy-winning Carolina Chocolate Drops and became an integral part of the group (2010 - 2016), as well as a member of Rhiannon Giddens band. Today he spreads his knowledge and love of old-time American music and history through his dynamic solo performances.

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Friday September 27, 2019 5:30pm - 6:15pm
Hargett Street Stage 80 E Hargett St, Raleigh, NC 27601

5:30pm

Garrett Newton Band
Garrett Newton is a gifted young banjo player from Eastern North Carolina. At a young age, he began attending local bluegrass picking sessions and quickly became enamored with the traditional bluegrass sound. He has devoted significant time to learning the history and absorbing the recordings of the first generation of bluegrass artists, and it clearly shows in the style and drive of his banjo playing. Newton may not have a lot of years under his belt but he is one heck of a talent, and the Garrett Newton Band highlights the best that bluegrass has to offer. The current release, YOUNG HEART, OLD SOUL (Pinecastle Records), showcases how raw talent paired with veteran bluegrass musicians offers a new sound that is sweet music to the genre. Their single “Country Poor and Country Proud” is currently charting on both the Bluegrass National and Roots Music Report charts.


Friday September 27, 2019 5:30pm - 6:20pm
Lorraine's Corner 1 E Lenoir St, Raleigh, NC 27601

5:45pm

The Burnett Sisters Band
Ranging from ages 12-22, The Burnett Sisters Band consists of five members who create a unique blend of music in the bluegrass, old-time, old country and folk traditions. Establishing themselves as a gospel quartet, all four sisters began singing and playing together at local venues and churches in their early youth with the inspiration of other family bands. Currently, The Burnett Sisters Band performs professionally as a five-piece string band across the USA. The Burnett Sisters Band has established a reputation of a highly entertaining, engaging, and delightful group of musicians with haunting sibling harmony vocals. Products of the very successful Junior Appalachian Musicians (JAM) program, the members strive to carry on the old-time and bluegrass traditions, while providing their own characteristic renditions of classic favorites and originals. The Burnett Sisters Band looks forward to sharing their music with you.


Friday September 27, 2019 5:45pm - 6:30pm
IBMA Youth Stage 500 S Salisbury St, Raleigh, NC 27601

6:00pm

ShadowGrass
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Friday September 27, 2019 6:00pm - 6:45pm
Martin Street Stage 16 E Martin St, Raleigh, NC 27601

6:05pm

Balsam Range with special guests from NC State Symphony Orchestra
The 2018 International Bluegrass Music Association’s Entertainer of the Year, Balsam Range, has become one of the genre’s most award-winning acts. Since forming in 2007, the group has garnered 13 IBMA awards on the heels of 9 critically-acclaimed albums. The band's latest album, Aeonic, debuted at #1 on the Billboard Bluegrass Albums Chart and features several #1 bluegrass radio songs.

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Friday September 27, 2019 6:05pm - 6:55pm
Red Hat Amphitheater 500 S McDowell St, Raleigh, NC 27601

6:15pm

The Gibson Brothers
With accolades including the International Bluegrass Music Association’s Entertainer of the Year, Song of the Year, Songwriter of the Year and Album of the Year—in some cases multiple times—the Gibson Brothers truly need no introduction in the bluegrass world. Yet even though the New York Times calls them "bluegrass superstars,” plenty of people outside the worlds of bluegrass and acoustic music still are not yet familiar with their music. Born on a northern New York dairy farm, they began on banjo and guitar in middle school. Their dad owned a banjo, a fiddle and a guitar, and offered them lessons under the condition that they not quit. And while they did, indeed, stick to the music firmly planted in farm and family, the brothers expanded outward from there, from the Earl Scruggs lesson book to listening to Don William, Ricky Skaggs with Emmylou Harris—an important intersection of country and bluegrass—and to the revelatory inspiration of Flatt & Scruggs Live at Carnegie Hall. From those beginnings, combined with music in church and its emphasis on singing and harmony, the brothers created their own distinctive style of singing and songwriting.


Friday September 27, 2019 6:15pm - 7:15pm
City Plaza Stage 443 Fayetteville St, Raleigh, NC 27601

6:30pm

Mark Templeton Band

Friday September 27, 2019 6:30pm - 6:50pm
Lorraine's Corner 1 E Lenoir St, Raleigh, NC 27601

6:30pm

Kenny & Amanda Smith
How to describe the feeling you get when you learn of something new from Kenny & Amanda Smith? You know it’s going to be a fine song, tastefully arranged and expertly performed, before you even hear the first note. That’s the reputation this husband-and-wife team have built over the past 18 years, recording top flight material and touring all over America. From the time they were a young married couple to the present day traveling with their young daughter in tow, Kenny’s distinctive guitar playing and Amanda’s ethereal voice have left an indelible mark on bluegrass music.


Friday September 27, 2019 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Davie Street Stage 80 E Davie St, Raleigh, NC 27601

6:30pm

Darin & Brooke Aldridge
Husband and wife duo Darin & Brooke Aldridge draw on the traditions of their native North Carolina, the savvy of a young, gifted band and their own dedication to ingenuity to create the most adventurous album of their career with their latest critically acclaimed release, “Faster & Farther.” The duo has placed several tracks at the top of the charts on Americana/Roots, SiriusXM, Bluegrass and Gospel charts. They have received multiple nominations from the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA), the Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music of America (SPGBMA) and Inspirational Country Music (ICM). TV appearances include PBS, Great American Gospel, The Bluegrass Road, RFD-TV, Blue Highways TV, Songs of the Mountain, Woodsongs, Larry’s Country Diner and Music City Roots. Both highly acclaimed vocalists in their own right (Brooke is IBMA’s reigning Female Vocalist of the Year), Darin and Brooke combine rich harmonies with impeccable musicianship to create the unmistakable sound that has made them one of the hottest young acts in acoustic music and they’ve surrounded themselves with a band of equally amazing pickers.


Friday September 27, 2019 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Capitol Stage 90 Fayetteville St, Raleigh, NC 27601

6:45pm

Lakota John & Kin
OPEN DANCE. Lakota John Locklear is a prodigious blues guitarist and native of Robeson County, North Carolina. A descendant of Lumbee and Lakota tribes, Locklear carries on the traditional sounds of acoustic Piedmont blues, electric blues guitar styles, and preserves his own heritage with songs from the Native American flute. In 2015 he was a Native American Music Awards nominee.

The Fourth Annual Shout & Shine: A Celebration of Diversity in Bluegrass will take place all day Friday, September 27, in the Wide Open StreetFest Dance Tent, celebrating music and dance by underrepresented and marginalized artists, musicians, and performers who love bluegrass, old-time, and roots music.


Friday September 27, 2019 6:45pm - 7:30pm
Dance Tent 1 E Lenoir St, Raleigh, NC 27601

6:45pm

Hank, Pattie & The Current
Bluegrass ambassadors Hank Smith and Pattie Hopkins Kinlaw join forces once again with their original and energetic new soulgrass band, Hank, Pattie & the Current. Hank and Pattie take traditional bluegrass and infuse it with their own flair, drawing from a melting pot of styles including Latin and Jazz, which adds up to an authentic and unique reflection of American music. While some of the music sounds old-school and some sounds fresh and new, their overall musicianship, vocal harmonies, impassioned delivery and innovative arrangements captivate all generations of music lovers. Hank and Pattie are backed by an all-star band comprised of North Carolina musicians Jonah Freedman on bass and vocals, Billie Feather on guitar, and Robert Thornhill on mandolin and vocals. Hank, Pattie & The Current encourages fans to record our shows, venue permitting, and post them to social media, streaming sites and internet archives. They believe their music should be accessible to all, regardless of ability to attend the concerts.


Friday September 27, 2019 6:45pm - 7:45pm
Hargett Street Stage 80 E Hargett St, Raleigh, NC 27601

7:00pm

Mountain Music Ambassadors – Morehead State University
Direct from the hills of Kentucky, the dynamic Mountain Music Ambassadors is the flagship group of student performers from The Kentucky Center for Traditional Music at Morehead State University. Ready to entertain with bluegrass, old time, and country music, these student musicians form a section of band class. Musicians from the center have represented their region and mountain culture in hundreds of concerts at theaters, schools, festivals, and other prestigious venues, regionally, nationally, and in such diverse lands as Ireland, Jamaica, and The People’s Republic of China. They have appeared nationally on television and programs such as “Song of the Mountains” and “WoodSongs Old Time Radio Hour.” All MSU Traditional Music Ensembles are comprised of students enrolled in band class, so members vary from semester to semester. Students in the Mountain Music Ambassadors are majoring or minoring in Traditional Music at Morehead State University’s Kentucky Center for Traditional Music. Morehead State offered the first Bachelor of Arts degree in Traditional Music meeting the accreditation standards of the National Association of Schools of Music.


Friday September 27, 2019 7:00pm - 7:30pm
IBMA Youth Stage 500 S Salisbury St, Raleigh, NC 27601

7:00pm

Cane Mill Road
Growing up just down the road from Doc Watson, Billboard-charting artists Cane Mill Road rock the traditional bluegrass standards they grew up on while boldly tackling original music that walks the lines between Bluegrass, Americana, Old-time and Folk. Audiences love Cane Mill Road’s high-energy performances, easy-going on and offstage rapport and eclectic mix of originals and standards. Peers in the bluegrass industry voted Cane Mill Road one of five nominees for the International Bluegrass Music Association’s Momentum Band-of-the-Year for 2018 — an award to honor rising music stars under 30 years old. Cane Mill Road’s banjo player, Tray Wellington, was nominated for IBMA’s Momentum Instrumentalist of the Year. The four young men roam the Blue Ridge Mountain backroads driving between Deep Gap and Rocky Gap, Virginia, to meet and make music together — thus the title track of the band’s sophomore album “Gap to Gap.” The title signifies more than just the long hours on the road touring, but the spaces between the bluegrass foundation of the band’s youth and the new spaces of music they create together. Honoring the past, the band looks to the future with a blended set of traditional and contemporary music.

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Cane Mill Road

Cane Mill Road plays an eclectic mix of bluegrass, newgrass, and old-time Appalachianmountain music that they have made into their own sound. From Deep Gap, NC, theband has played internationally, on PBS/NRP, as well as nationally known festivals suchas MerleFest, IBMA, Grey Fox... Read More →


Friday September 27, 2019 7:00pm - 7:45pm
Martin Street Stage 16 E Martin St, Raleigh, NC 27601

7:00pm

Danny Paisley
Danny Paisley and The Southern Grass are still deeply rooted in tradition while looking to the future with enthusiasm and anticipation. Since Danny’s father, Southern Grass founder Bob Paisley, passed away in 2004, Danny Paisley and The Southern Grass have made their own niche in the bluegrass world. Their album “The Room Over Mine” earned accolades and significant chart action, with the song “Don’t Throw Mama’s Flowers Away” winning IBMA’s 2009 Song of the Year Award. Paisley won IBMA’s 2016 Male Vocalist of the Year Award, to go with other nominations over the years for Emerging Artist of The Year, Male Vocalist of the Year and Album of the Year. Danny Paisley and The Southern Grass are a national and international touring band that frequently gets invited for return engagements. Their list of notable festivals and events include Rocky Grass, Grey Fox, Grass Valley, Del Fest, Wind Gap, Delaware Valley Bluegrass Festival and more.


Friday September 27, 2019 7:00pm - 7:50pm
Lorraine's Corner 1 E Lenoir St, Raleigh, NC 27601

7:15pm

Molly Tuttle
A virtuosic, award-winning guitarist with a gift for insightful songwriting, Molly Tuttle evolves her signature sound with boundary-breaking songs on her compelling debut album, “When You’re Ready.” Already crowned “Instrumentalist of the Year” at the 2018 Americana Music Awards on the strength of her EP, Tuttle has broken boundaries and garnered the respect of her peers, winning fans for her incredible flatpicking guitar technique and confessional songwriting. Graced with a clear, true voice and keen melodic sense, the 26-year-old seems poised for a long and exciting career. Produced by Avett Brothers/Lumineers producer Ryan Hewitt, “When You’re Ready” showcases her astonishing range and versatility, showing that she is more than simply an Americana artist. Since moving to Nashville in 2015, the native Californian has been welcomed into folk music, bluegrass, Americana and traditional country communities – even as “When You’re Ready” stretches the boundaries of those genres. Over the past year, Tuttle has continued to accumulate accolades, winning Folk Alliance International’s honor for Song of the Year for “You Didn’t Call My Name” and taking home her second trophy for the International Bluegrass Music Association’s Guitar Player of the Year (the first woman to win that honor).

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Friday September 27, 2019 7:15pm - 8:05pm
Red Hat Amphitheater 500 S McDowell St, Raleigh, NC 27601

7:40pm

High Lonesome Senate – Walters State Community College
From the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains in East Tennessee, the High Lonesome Senate is Walters State Community College’s performing bluegrass ensemble. The current lineup includes art major Laree McMurray of Church Hill on fiddle; general studies major Ryan Henard of Rogersville on mandolin; agriculture major Riley Denton of Jefferson City on banjo and dobro; history major Corey Kapnick of Morristown on bass; and their instructor and Dean of Humanities Chip McLain on guitar. The vocal trio of McMurray, Henard, and McLain offers a real treat with this year’s band, and a capella numbers adding Denton’s bass vocal to the quartet are crowd favorites. Having played all across Walters State’s 10-county service area, the group has steadily become a regional favorite since their first shows in 2013. Past highlight performances for the band include opening for bluegrass legend Doyle Lawson at Greeneville’s Niswonger Performing Arts Center, competing in SPBGMA’s 2019 International Band Competition, and serving as the host band for the Hawkins County Best of the Best Awards in 2018 and 2019. The band released their first album, Cotton Candy Skies, last September, and their second release, Split Decision, will be available at IBMA’s World of Bluegrass 2019.


Friday September 27, 2019 7:40pm - 8:10pm
IBMA Youth Stage 500 S Salisbury St, Raleigh, NC 27601

7:45pm

The Grascals
Great musicians will always find a way to make good music, but for great musicians to make great music, they must form a bond beyond the purely musical to the personal. For The Grascals, that bond was forged at the intersection of personal friendships, shared professional resumes and an appreciation for the innovative mingling of bluegrass and country music that has been a Nashville hallmark for more than 40 years. Their cutting-edge modern bluegrass is delivered with a deep knowledge of and admiration for the work of the music’s founding fathers. Timely yet timeless, The Grascals make music that is entirely relevant to the here and now, yet immersed in traditional values of soul and musicianship. It’s a unique sound that has earned three Grammy nominations and two Entertainer of the Year awards from the International Bluegrass Music Association, as well as national media attention that seems to perpetually elude acts entrenched in niche genres. Appearances include The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Fox & Friends, The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, and CBS’ The Talk. Stages representing the strongest bastions of tradition continually welcome them, including over 150 performances on the Grand Ole Opry.

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Friday September 27, 2019 7:45pm - 9:00pm
City Plaza Stage 443 Fayetteville St, Raleigh, NC 27601

8:00pm

Lorraine Jordan & Carolina Road
Lorraine Jordan, who plays mandolin and sings lead and harmony, has been fronting Carolina Road for more than 20 years, during which time she has won two IBMA awards for recorded events of the year (2009 and 2011) as well as the 2015 SPBGMA Entertainer of the Year and Traditional Female Vocalist of the Year awards. She was also nominated for the 2015 Carolina Music Awards in the Bluegrass Americana category. Jordan is a co-founder of The Daughters of Bluegrass and an original member. Their “Back to the Well” album won IBMA’s recorded event in 2006, and she was part of the Daughter’s latest album, “Bluegrass Bouquet,” also a 2009 IBMA recorded event of the year winner for the song “Proud to be a Daughter.” Jordan’s charisma during her emcee work onstage gives Carolina Road a great connection with the audience.


Friday September 27, 2019 8:00pm - 8:50pm
Lorraine's Corner 1 E Lenoir St, Raleigh, NC 27601

8:00pm

Laurie Lewis & the Right Hands
OPEN DANCE - IN MEMORY OF EILEEN CARSON SCHATZ. A legend in bluegrass, old-time, folk, and Americana, Grammy winner Laurie Lewis is a songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and fiddler who has spent decades as a professional musician in California, across the United States, and around the world. She’s collaborated and performed with Linda Rondstadt, Alison Krauss, Bill Monroe, and many others. A groundbreaking voice and consummate influence for women in bluegrass, Lewis is also an activist and advocate for California’s rivers and wildernesses everywhere.

The Fourth Annual Shout & Shine: A Celebration of Diversity in Bluegrass will take place all day Friday, September 27, in the Wide Open StreetFest Dance Tent, celebrating music and dance by underrepresented and marginalized artists, musicians, and performers who love bluegrass, old-time, and roots music.

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Laurie Lewis

Grammy Award-winning musician Laurie Lewis is internationally renowned as a singer, songwriter, fiddler, bandleader, producer and educator. She was a founding member of the Good Ol’ Persons and the Grant Street String Band. Laurie has performed/recorded since 1986 with mandolinist... Read More →


Friday September 27, 2019 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Dance Tent 1 E Lenoir St, Raleigh, NC 27601

8:00pm

Kate Lee & Forrest O'Connor
Kate Lee & Forrest O’Connor earned national recognition as co-lead singers and primary songwriters of the O’Connor Band, with O’Connor’s father, seven-time CMA Award-winning violinist Mark O’Connor. They wrote the majority of the band’s first album, 2017’s Grammy-winning “Coming Home,” which debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s bluegrass chart. Lee and O’Connor have collaborated with Paul Simon, Zac Brown, Kenny Loggins, Clint Black, Bela Fleck, Jerry Douglas and Dan Tyminski while accumulating more than half-a-million streams on Spotify. Lee and O’Connor were introduced in 2014 by Nashville-based arranger Kris Wilkinson (Tim McGraw, Lady Antebellum, Brandi Carlile), who believed their powerful, expressive vocals and writing sensibilities would align. O’Connor, a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Harvard and former Tennessee State Mandolin Champion, shared a love of ‘60s classic rock, ‘70s folk rock, ‘90s country, bluegrass and modern pop music with Lee, a Belmont graduate and violinist who frequently backed up stars ranging from John Legend and Kelly Clarkson to Keith Urban and Carrie Underwood at the CMA Awards and CMA Country Christmas shows. They soon began performing together as a duo.


Friday September 27, 2019 8:00pm - 9:15pm
Capitol Stage 90 Fayetteville St, Raleigh, NC 27601

8:00pm

Carolina Blue
Based in Brevard, NC, Carolina Blue’s roots run deep in the tradition of Bill Monroe. The band formed in 2007 after the release of the album “Nothing So Blue” by Bobby Powell and Tim Jones. Carolina Blue won the South Carolina state bluegrass championship at RenoFest in 2011. They also received their first Vocal Group of The Year Nomination at the 2018 SPBGMA Awards Show. They have appeared on the hit TV show “Song Of The Mountains” as well as “The Bluegrass Trail” series on RFDTV. The band's repertoire consists of original songs, many bluegrass favorites and gospel, all done in the traditional style. Their most recent Pinecastle Records release, “I Hear Bluegrass Calling Me,” debuted on Billboard's Top 5 Bluegrass Albums chart, made its debut on the National Bluegrass Survey's Top 15 Albums chart and produced their No. 1 hit song "Rusty Rails." Band members are Bobby Powell on guitar and vocals, Timmy Jones on mandolin and vocals, Reese Combs on upright bass and vocals, James McDowell on banjo and vocals, and American and Canadian Grand Master Fiddle Champion, Aynsley Porchak on fiddle, recipient of the 2018 International Bluegrass Music Association’s Momentum Instrumentalist Award.

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Friday September 27, 2019 8:00pm - 9:15pm
Davie Street Stage 80 E Davie St, Raleigh, NC 27601

8:15pm

The Burnett Sisters Band
​Ranging from ages 12 to 22, The Burnett Sisters Band’s five members create a unique blend of music from the bluegrass, old-time, old country and folk traditions. Establishing themselves as a gospel quartet, all four sisters began singing and playing together at local venues and churches in their early youth with the inspiration of other family bands. Currently, The Burnett Sisters Band performs professionally as a five-piece stringband across the United States. The Burnett Sisters Band has established the reputation as a highly entertaining, engaging, and delightful group of musicians with haunting sibling harmony vocals. Products of the very successful JAM (Junior Appalachian Musicians) program, the members strive to carry on the old-time and bluegrass traditions, while providing their own characteristic renditions of classic favorites and originals. The Burnett Sisters Band looks forward to sharing their music with you.


Friday September 27, 2019 8:15pm - 9:15pm
Hargett Street Stage 80 E Hargett St, Raleigh, NC 27601

8:20pm

Tigertown Roots – Clemson University
The Clemson University Bluegrass Ensemble, known as Tigertown Roots, was formed in the fall of 2017 by Performing Arts major Ryan Wilson and music professor Mark Hosler. A for-credit music ensemble class in Clemson’s Department of Performing Arts, the band is open to all students. Participating students can earn general education credit and satisfy elective hour requirements for any major. Private lessons on bluegrass instruments are also offered for credit. In addition, students can major in Performing Arts with a bluegrass instrument as their primary instrument and play in a bluegrass band to satisfy ensemble requirements. The Performing Arts Bachelor of Arts degree program prepares students for many careers in the arts with a curriculum that offers separate concentrations in music, audio technology, and theatre. Students can also minor in music and play bluegrass to satisfy the private lesson and ensemble requirements.


Friday September 27, 2019 8:20pm - 8:50pm
IBMA Youth Stage 500 S Salisbury St, Raleigh, NC 27601

8:25pm

I'm With Her (Sara Watkins, Sarah Jarosz, Aoife O'Donovan)
I’m With Her is a band rooted in a rare alchemy: three celebrated songwriters coming together to create music that reveals entirely new possibilities in their distinct and deep-seated talents. Since forming in 2014, Sara Watkins, Sarah Jarosz, and Aoife O’Donovan have imbued their songs with a sharply detailed lyricism, graceful musicianship, and—perhaps most powerfully—mesmerizing harmonies that endlessly reflect their extraordinary chemistry. In 2019, I’m With Her has been awarded Artist of the Year by the International Folk Music Awards and has been nominated for Duo/Group of the Year by the Americana Music Association.


Friday September 27, 2019 8:25pm - 9:25pm
Red Hat Amphitheater 500 S McDowell St, Raleigh, NC 27601

9:00pm

Lorraine's Friends
Friday September 27, 2019 9:00pm - 9:20pm
Lorraine's Corner 1 E Lenoir St, Raleigh, NC 27601

9:00pm

ETSU Bluegrass Pride Band – East TN State Univ.
The East Tennessee State University Bluegrass Pride Band is comprised of virtuosic and award-winning student performers with many years of musical experience. As one of the Bluegrass, Old-Time, and Country Music Program’s 30+ bands, the group has performed in seven foreign countries and at noteworthy venues including the Smithsonian National Folklife Festival, NATO Headquarters in Brussels, and the Kennedy Center, and they frequently perform at bluegrass festivals across the country. The 2019 ETSU Bluegrass Pride Band includes Andy Stinnett on bass, Adam Miller on mandolin, Wesley Wolfe on guitar, Jacob Metz on banjo, and Program Director Daniel Boner on fiddle. The group became the first collegiate bluegrass band ever to chart inn 2016 when their original single release, "Did You Hear Me Say Goodbye," reached #12 and #16 on the Bluegrass Today National Airplay Chart. The band appeared on the charts again during Halloween 2017 with "Sam Jocelyn’s Ghost," a spooky ballad penned by ETSU student Holly McIntyre. Bluegrass, Old Time, and Country Music Studies at East Tennessee State University is the oldest established program of its kind at any four-year institution. Founded in 1982 by Jack Tottle, the program offers a Bachelor of Arts degree in Bluegrass, Old Time, and Country Music Studies as well as an undergraduate minor. Students from around the globe are attracted to ETSU for the chance to study and experience the music and Appalachian culture of East Tennessee.


Friday September 27, 2019 9:00pm - 9:30pm
IBMA Youth Stage 500 S Salisbury St, Raleigh, NC 27601

9:30pm

Edgar Loudermilk Band
Rural Rhythm Records recording artist Edgar Loudermilk’s signature voice, bass skills, and songwriting are a family tradition for this Louvin Brothers’ descendant. Loudermilk’s distinctive and powerful vocals cut to the heart of a song, while also winning over audiences with his friendly, down-home style. Having experienced a long tenure of performing, including several industry awards with Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out, Rhonda Vincent, and Marty Raybon, in 2015 Loudermilk stepped out forming his own band with the highly-acclaimed guitarist Jeff Autry, Zack Autry (mandolin), Curtis Bumgarner (banjo), and Dylan Armour (resonator guitar).
The Edgar Loudermilk Band’s title track on their 2019 album Lonesome Riverboat Blues (Rural Rhythm Records) spent 12 weeks in the Top 20 of the Bluegrass Today Airplay Charts. In addition, “Lonesome Riverboat Blues” (written by Edgar Loudermilk, Jeff Autry, & Zack Autry) reached #1 status on the Sirius XM Bluegrass Junction “Most Played” status for July 2019. The band recently released their second track from the album, “The House My Daddy Built,” co-written by Mark “Brink” Brinkman, Mike Morgan, & Jeff Elliott, and is being well received by fans during the band’s live performances, as well as on the radio airwaves.

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Edgar Loudermilk

Rural Rhythm Records recording artist Edgar Loudermilk’s signature voice, bass skills, and songwriting are a family tradition for this Louvin Brothers’ descendant. Loudermilk’s distinctive and powerful vocals cut to the heart of a song, while also winning over audiences with... Read More →


Friday September 27, 2019 9:30pm - 9:50pm
Lorraine's Corner 1 E Lenoir St, Raleigh, NC 27601

9:30pm

Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen
Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen released You Can’t Stand The Heat on Jan. 25, 2019 on Compass Records. The new 10-song collection, co-produced by Grammy-winning banjoist and Compass co-founder Alison Brown, offers a vibrant mix of songs, including the traditional "Lena" featuring the mid-Atlantic bluegrass vocals of Danny Paisley and Dudley Connell, the neo-old timey "Crooked Eye John," with the inimitable fiddling of label mate Michael Cleveland, and the compelling lead-off track "Crave," co-written by Frank and Becky Buller and showcasing the guitar prowess of Chris Luquette. The new album also delivers a compelling rendition of Steely Dan’s “Rikki” with lead vocals from Jeremy Middleton, the catchy “Be Sure” written by Frank Solivan, and the red-hot instrumental "Crack of Noon" penned by banjoist Mike Munford.


Friday September 27, 2019 9:30pm - 11:00pm
City Plaza Stage 443 Fayetteville St, Raleigh, NC 27601

9:30pm

Shout & Shine Square Dance Party with Caller - Boo Radley; Musicians: Jake Blount, Tatiana Hargreaves & friends
Headlining the year is the Shout & Shine Square Dance Party, led by banjoist and ethnomusicologist Jake Blount and fiery fiddler Tatiana Hargreaves. The dance will feature Michigan-based square dance caller, Boo Radley (AKA Brad Baughman), who specializes in using gender neutral directions for dancers, opening up the square dance -- traditionally regarded as a conservative, white, heteronormative space -- to non-binary and non-heterosexual participants. All are welcome to participate -- no prior experience or partner required!



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Jake Blount

Jake Blount is an award-winning old-time banjoist, fiddler, singer and scholar based in Washington, DC. Blount specializes in the music of Black and Native American communities in the southeastern United States, and in the regional style of Ithaca, New York. His teachers include Rhiannon... Read More →



Friday September 27, 2019 9:30pm - 11:00pm
Dance Tent 1 E Lenoir St, Raleigh, NC 27601

9:40pm

Warren Wilson College Bluegrass Band – Warren Wilson College
Warren Wilson is inextricably linked to our location in the Blue Ridge Mountains, and our traditional music program is firmly tied to the Appalachian region. Traditional music courses include: Old-Time Fiddle; Mandolin; Appalachian Flatfooting and Clogging; Appalachian Square Dance; Old-Time String Band; Bluegrass Band; Folk Guitar; Flatpicking and Fingerpicking Guitar; Banjo (Old-Time and Bluegrass); Appalachian Ballads and Folksongs; Appalachian Music and Dance; and Ensembles. Music performance is an integrated part of Warren Wilson's program. Students have opportunities to participate in a variety of ensembles, including old-time string band, bluegrass band, jazz ensemble, college choir, and gamelan ensemble. In addition to the school's full time faculty, their curriculum is given breadth with the participation of accomplished musicians and experts including: Jason DeCristofaro (Jazz Ensemble, Individual Instruction: Piano, Percussion); Parrish Ellis (Individual Instruction: Guitar, Banjo); John Engle (Individual Instruction: Fiddle); Wayne Erbsen (Bluegrass Band, Bluegrass Banjo, Old-Time Banjo, Old-Time Singing, Guitar II, Individual Instruction: Banjo, Mandolin, Guitar); Jane McCoy (Beginning Voice, Individual Instruction: Voice); John Miller (Songwriting, Old-Time String Band, Individual Instruction: Mandolin, Banjo); Ben Nelson (Beginning String Band, Individual Instruction: Fiddle, Banjo); Natalya Weinstein (Individual Instruction: Fiddle)


Friday September 27, 2019 9:40pm - 10:10pm
IBMA Youth Stage 500 S Salisbury St, Raleigh, NC 27601

9:45pm

Alan Bibey & Grasstowne
Alan Bibey & Grasstowne is a band comprised of very well-respected veterans of bluegrass music as well the finest young musicians in bluegrass today. This combination together makes Grasstowne one of the hottest and most energetic bands touring today! The band’s first two projects “The Road Headin’ Home” and “The Other Side of Towne” went to #1 and #2 respectively on the National Bluegrass Charts. “The Road Headin’ Home” remained at #1 for three months and also won the 2008 “Album of the Year” award. Their project “Kickin’ Up Dust” hit in the top 5 on the singles and CD chart. The band's new album “Alan Bibey & Grasstowne 4″ has already yielded two huge chart hits, “This Old Guitar and Me” and “Cold Dark Ground.” Bluegrass Today says of the album, “Anyone who appreciates contemporary bluegrass played with precision, soul, and authority will want this one in their library.”


Friday September 27, 2019 9:45pm - 11:00pm
Hargett Street Stage 80 E Hargett St, Raleigh, NC 27601

9:45pm

The Steel Wheels
Some things come to be in their own time, of their own accord. Such is the case with The Steel Wheels. In the beginning, it was simply a matter of four young men who happened to cross paths at a formative moment in each of their lives, reveling in the shared experience of plucking acoustic instruments and blending their voices. But over the years, what began organically as a pure lark evolved into a mission: to fuse the personal with the universal, the deeply rooted past with the joys and sorrows of everyday existence. The band’s genesis dates back to 2004, when the core group met in at Eastern Mennonite University in Harrisonburg, Virginia, and transitioned from playing punk-leaning alternative rock to interests in acoustic music. Finally they took the leap of faith to join together as The Steel Wheels, a band name redolent of steam-powered railroad trains, America’s industrial age and the buggies of their Mennonite forebears.


Friday September 27, 2019 9:45pm - 11:00pm
Capitol Stage 90 Fayetteville St, Raleigh, NC 27601

9:45pm

Unspoken Tradition
Unspoken Tradition is about new, original bluegrass. Inspired by their own influences and the roots of traditional music, they bring a sound that is both impassioned and nostalgic, hard-driving but sincere. Their 2019 release from Mountain Home Music Company, “Myths We Tell Our Young,” debuted at No. 5 on Billboard’s bluegrass chart and yielded five top-charting radio singles, including a No. 1 spot on the Bluegrass Today chart for “Dark Side of the Mountain.” Their material is mostly original and reflects the ever-changing culture of Western and Central North Carolina, which they call home. The band has earned a fervent following in the Southeast, selling out shows in Asheville as well as Nashville’s legendary Station Inn. They have also performed twice on the coveted Watson main stage at MerleFest. With heavy airplay on Sirius XM’s Bluegrass Junction and ever-growing streaming numbers, Unspoken Tradition is a fast-rising voice of a new generation of roots music artists. Their debut recording, 2013’s “Simple Little Town,” saw quick success in radio and with tastemakers. Their follow-up release, “Miles Between” was featured on the nationally syndicated NPR show The World Cafe. Represented by Midwood Entertainment, Unspoken Tradition plays nationwide.


Friday September 27, 2019 9:45pm - 11:00pm
Davie Street Stage 80 E Davie St, Raleigh, NC 27601

10:00pm

New Country Grass
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Friday September 27, 2019 10:00pm - 10:20pm
Lorraine's Corner 1 E Lenoir St, Raleigh, NC 27601

10:30pm

Clay Hess Band
Clay Hess is from Athens, Ohio and is the leader of The Clay Hess Band. His first introduction to many was as the lead guitarist for Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder, winning a Grammy Award during his tenure there. After departing Skaggs, Hess toured and recorded with several of the top bands in the genre. With the help of long time friend and musical comrade Randy Kohrs, Hess recorded his critically acclaimed solo CD Rain with the title track going to #1 on the Bluegrass Today chart. The success of the project directly led to the formation of The Clay Hess Band in 2012.

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Friday September 27, 2019 10:30pm - 11:00pm
Lorraine's Corner 1 E Lenoir St, Raleigh, NC 27601
 
Saturday, September 28
 

8:00am

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Saturday September 28, 2019 8:00am - 5:00pm
Raleigh Convention Center Room 302A 500 S Salisbury St, Raleigh, NC 27601

8:00am

Instrument Check and Lost & Found
Saturday September 28, 2019 8:00am - Sunday September 29, 2019 2:00am
Raleigh Convention Center Room 202 500 S Salisbury St, Raleigh, NC 27601

10:00am

Bluegrass Jam Class -- Bring Your Instrument! with Pete Wernick, Gilbert Nelson & Leigh Nelson
FREE! Register here:

http://jamclasses.drbanjo.com/en/jamclasses/pw-2016-09/class_page/

All bluegrass instruments welcome
No jamming experience necessary
You will be jamming right away!
Friendly, encouraging, knowledgeable teaching.
Mistakes allowed/expected!
Singing not required, but encouraged and taught.
Easy 2- and 3-chord songs, slow speeds.
Soloing not required! "Faking" solos taught.

Do you qualify? It's easier than you may think!
If you play guitar, mandolin, banjo, fiddle, bass, or dobro... you can be part of a bluegrass jam.

Only requirements:
You must be able to tune your instrument (electronic tuning devices welcome) and
change smoothly between G, C, D, and A. (Fiddles and basses need to know which notes work with which chords)

Speakers
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Gilbert Nelson

Gilbert Nelson is a banjo and guitar player, and certified teacher of the Wernick Method of learning to jam. Using this approach, beginning and intermediate players can get comfortable in a group setting, progress at their own rate, learn to sing and harmonize new tunes and learn... Read More →
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Pete Wernick

Pete Wernick is renowned worldwide for his contributions to bluegrass music: the hot-picking force in several trend-setting bands including Hot Rize, respected author and teacher, songwriter, and long-term President of the International Bluegrass Music Association. His Wernick Method... Read More →

Artists
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Pete Wernick

Pete Wernick is renowned worldwide for his contributions to bluegrass music: the hot-picking force in several trend-setting bands including Hot Rize, respected author and teacher, songwriter, and long-term President of the International Bluegrass Music Association. His Wernick Method... Read More →


Saturday September 28, 2019 10:00am - 12:00pm
Raleigh Convention Center Main Lobby 500 S Salisbury St, Raleigh, NC 27601

11:00am

Cheyenne & Wyatt Grantham
Cheyenne & Wyatt Grantham are a sister and brother duo from Boones Mill, Virginia, where they participate in the Franklin County JAM program. Both under the age of ten, Cheyenne and Wyatt are immersed in old time and bluegrass music, and have learned to echo the unique sounds of the mountains with their fiddle and banjo music. Cheyenne is an award-winning fiddler who has already been featured on stage at the Harvester
Performance Center with Ricky Skaggs, in addition to many performances at regional festivals with the regional JAM performance band.

Artists
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Cheyenne & Wyatt Grantham

Cheyenne & Wyatt Grantham are a sister and brother duo from Boones Mill, Virginia,where they participate in the Franklin County JAM program. Both under the age of ten,Cheyenne and Wyatt are immersed in old time and bluegrass music, and have learnedto echo the unique sounds of the... Read More →


Saturday September 28, 2019 11:00am - 11:45am
Martin Street Stage 16 E Martin St, Raleigh, NC 27601

11:00am

"Stealing Fire" From 1st Generation Songwriters
All songwriters hone their craft by stealing—well, borrowing!—techniques from master songwriters, then making them their own. Writers on this panel all learned from songs of first-generation bluegrass songwriters, and from earlier traditions that influenced those writers. In this participatory discussion, we’ll each offer a fresh listen—with songwriters’ ears—to a song by an admired earlier writer, then share a song of our own that echoes or answers that source.

Speakers
avatar for Laurie Lewis

Laurie Lewis

Grammy Award-winning musician Laurie Lewis is internationally renowned as a singer, songwriter, fiddler, bandleader, producer and educator. She was a founding member of the Good Ol’ Persons and the Grant Street String Band. Laurie has performed/recorded since 1986 with mandolinist... Read More →
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Joe Newberry

Showcase Artist, Compton & Newberry
Joe Newberry is an IBMA Award-winning songwriter and musician.  A frequent guest on A Prairie Home Companion, he was a featured singer on the 2016 Transatlantic Sessions, and at the Transatlantic Session's debut at Merlefest in 2017. The Gibson Brothers’ version of his song “Singing... Read More →
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Mark Simos

Mark Simos is a respected songwriter and tunesmith, with songs and instrumentals recorded by many prominent bluegrass and progressive acoustic artists. Simos’ signature style blends deep grounding in traditional forms with contemporary lyrics and themes. Teaching at Berklee College... Read More →


Saturday September 28, 2019 11:00am - 12:30pm
Raleigh Convention Center Room 306A 500 S Salisbury St, Raleigh, NC 27601

11:00am

Wide Open Expo (Exhibit Hall)
The Wide Open Expo is the central gathering place, with over 20,000 visitors browsing the latest industry wares, conducting business, and networking. The Expo features a wide variety of vendors, gear, services, and products for the bluegrass professional and fan, alike!

Saturday September 28, 2019 11:00am - 6:00pm
Raleigh Convention Center Exhibit Hall C 500 S Salisbury St, Raleigh, NC 27601

12:00pm

Amanda Cook Band
Originally from Jay, Florida, Amanda Cook acquired a love of bluegrass from her father, who played banjo throughout her childhood. Forming the bluegrass group High Cotton with her father in 2007 gave her a taste of performing, fueling a fire to continue as a professional. In 2013, Cook stepped out on her own to self-release her first solo album “One Stop Along the Road.” The project made it to the top 150 Roots Music Bluegrass Album Charts for 2014 and 2015 (#61 for 2015 #56 for 2014). The album also brought significant regional attention and furthered the desire to grow her brand, resulting in the addition of a full touring band. In 2017, Cook signed with Mountain Fever Records and recorded her label debut "Deep Water." Cook was excited for her second album project, especially that she and bandmate Carolyne VanLierop co-wrote the title track. Released in April 2019, "Point of No Return" is a true example of her artistic growth. Cook has created quite a loyal fan-base through her palpable delivery of soul-wrenching songs. And her light-hearted, down-to-earth style helps create an undeniably strong connection with her audience.


Saturday September 28, 2019 12:00pm - 12:45pm
City Plaza Stage 443 Fayetteville St, Raleigh, NC 27601

12:00pm

Crying Uncle Bluegrass Band
One of the finest young acoustic bands anywhere, Crying Uncle Bluegrass Band (CUBG) plays bluegrass and more with astounding instrumental skill and tight vocal harmonies. Whether playing straight-up bluegrass or virtuosic Dawg Grisman tunes, CUBG delivers amazing instrumentals and vocal leads and harmonies that catapult the band into an elite sphere of artistry. Winners of the 2018 Pickin’ in the Pines band contest in Flagstaff AZ, and selected by the IBMA to perform at IBMA’s 2018 World of Bluegrass in NC, CUBG is making waves in the bluegrass community. Brothers Miles and Teo Quale, National and State Champion fiddlers and pickers, are joined by award-winning bassist Andrew Osborn and former CBA Youth Ambassador guitarist John Gooding. Crying Uncle was founded in 2016 by Miles and Teo, as duo band with invited guest artists. They invited Andrew and John to join CUBG in 2017. The band recently released their first CD, Crying Uncle, which can be found on cdbaby.com, iTunes and other media platforms. CUBG has opened for prestigious bands such as the Del McCoury Band and David Grisman Bluegrass Experience. The band has played at venues such as IBMA’s World of Bluegrass, CBA’s Father’s Day Bluegrass Festival and the Freight & Salvage in Berkeley, CA. In 2018, the band was featured on a TedxTalk with Phoebe Hunt. CUBG is based in northern California.


Saturday September 28, 2019 12:00pm - 12:45pm
IBMA Youth Stage 500 S Salisbury St, Raleigh, NC 27601

12:00pm

Carson Moore
Carson Moore is the first student in Pacolet JAM to transition to the teaching in the program. Carson began studying bluegrass banjo at PacJAM in 2016, and has taught in the program since fall of 2018. He has played cello since age 3 & banjo since 9. Carson attended Bela Fleck’s banjo camp this fall, and is also the first banjo student to attend Greenville’s Fine Arts Center for jazz.

Artists
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Carson Moore & PacJAM

Carson Moore is the first student in Pacolet JAM to transition to the teaching in theprogram. Carson began studying bluegrass banjo at PacJAM in 2016, and has taught inthe program since fall of 2018. He has played cello since age 3 & banjo since9. Carson attended Bela Fleck’s banjo... Read More →


Saturday September 28, 2019 12:00pm - 12:45pm
Martin Street Stage 16 E Martin St, Raleigh, NC 27601

12:00pm

Three Jack Jenny
Three Jack Jenny is a Raleigh, North Carolina based bluegrass band performing old style country duets and originals mixed with traditional bluegrass music. Karen Smedley is a seasoned performer who combines her country sensibilities with the bluegrass sound she fell in love with years ago. Her voice conveys heartbreak and sadness, but never fragility; her brand of hard-driving bluegrass is reminiscent of the great female country vocalists with arrangements that make it all her own. Jeff Smedley's entrance to bluegrass music came after marrying into a family of bluegrass musicians. Coming from his own family tradition of southern gospel and quartet singing, Jeff brings tight harmonies that are such an asset to any bluegrass band.He started playing guitar in church, and through the influence of his father-in-law, he started playing rhythm guitar and has never looked back. His influences are Lester Flatt, Jimmy Martin, and Tony Rice. Jeff was born and raised in Texas, and he’s a Texan through and through. Austyn Howell is a third generation bluegrass picker. His father David played with the Bluegrass Parlor Band out of Tampa, Florida, during Austyn’s childhood, exposing him to festivals and bluegrass albums from a very early age. He now makes his home in Snow Camp, NC, and he has played with several regional bands including Bridgetown and Drive Time. Tyler Jackson started playing banjo at the age of 12 and has never looked back. From Roxboro, NC, Jackson grew up going to festivals and listening to his heroes, J.D. Crowe and Steve Dilling. Since then, he's been growing by playing with seasoned musicians, most recently in the band Drive Time. Durham, NC, bass player Jef Walter performs regularly with a Who’s Who of North Carolina acoustic musicians, including Hank Smith and the Beer & Banjos All-Stars. An active member of the bluegrass community, Walter also leads The Carolina PineCones youth bluegrass band and PineCone Bluegrass Jams throughout the year. He is also a member of the IBMA Leadership Bluegrass 2018. Stephen Fraleigh hails from Akron, Ohio. He is a two-time bluegrass fiddle winner of one of the oldest music competitions in the country, the Galax Old-Time Fiddlers' Convention. After starting the Suzuki violin method at age six, he heard bluegrass at the age of eight and has fiddled for nearly 40 years, starting with three years with "The Young Blades of Bluegrass" (1979 winner of the Bean Blossom Band contest and a performance on the Grand Ole Opry), 10 years with "Beanpole and the Bluegrass Mountaineers", and a couple of long stints with "The Jeanette Williams Band" in Danville, VA. He has been a session player in the Raleigh area on bluegrass, country, and Americana recordings.

















Saturday September 28, 2019 12:00pm - 12:45pm
Lorraine's Corner 1 E Lenoir St, Raleigh, NC 27601

12:00pm

12:00pm

Family Square Dance: caller Boo Radley with musicians Jake Blount & Friends
Join us for a gender inclusive square dance called by Boo Radley, who joins us all the way from Michigan; banjoist and ethnomusicologist Jake Blount has gathered a stellar group of musicians to provide some live music to dance to! No partner or experience is necessary to join us for this dance!

Artists
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Jake Blount

Jake Blount is an award-winning old-time banjoist, fiddler, singer and scholar based in Washington, DC. Blount specializes in the music of Black and Native American communities in the southeastern United States, and in the regional style of Ithaca, New York. His teachers include Rhiannon... Read More →


Saturday September 28, 2019 12:00pm - 2:00pm
Dance Tent 1 E Lenoir St, Raleigh, NC 27601

12:15pm

Circus No. 9
Circus No. 9 is East Tennessee’s own Progressive Bluegrass outfit, blurring the lines between Bluegrass, Jazz and Rock. Described as “John Hartford meets John Coltrane,” the group has appeared alongside David Grisman, Bryan Sutton, Larry Keel and many other artists. Comprised of musicians Matthew Davis, Thomas Cassell, Vince Ilagan, and Ben Garnett, Circus No. 9 is one of the most exciting new bands on the acoustic music scene today. Said Bryan Sutton, "Circus No. 9 represents everything that's good about the new generation of acoustic music. These guys already exhibit a maturity and musicianship that has me thinking we're going to be hearing great stuff from them for a long time!" Banjo extraordinaire Matthew Davis is the winner of both the National Banjo Championship and the Rockygrass Banjo Contest, achieving his musical chops at just age 18. Davis has also performed on the Grand Ole Opry, On the mandolin is Virginia’s own Thomas Cassell, winner of the 2016 Rockygrass Mandolin contest. From Knoxville, bassist Vince Ilagan holds a bass performance degree from the University of Tennessee. Nashville-based guitarist, composer, improviser and educator Ben Garnett earned a degree in jazz studies from University of North Texas.

Artists

Saturday September 28, 2019 12:15pm - 1:00pm
Capitol Stage 90 Fayetteville St, Raleigh, NC 27601

12:15pm

Cane Mill Road
Growing up just down the road from Doc Watson, Billboard-charting artists Cane Mill Road rock the traditional bluegrass standards they grew up on while boldly tackling original music that walks the lines between Bluegrass, Americana, Old-time and Folk. Audiences love Cane Mill Road’s high-energy performances, easy-going on and offstage rapport and eclectic mix of originals and standards. Peers in the bluegrass industry voted Cane Mill Road one of five nominees for the International Bluegrass Music Association’s Momentum Band-of-the-Year for 2018 — an award to honor rising music stars under 30 years old. Cane Mill Road’s banjo player, Tray Wellington, was nominated for IBMA’s Momentum Instrumentalist of the Year. The four young men roam the Blue Ridge Mountain backroads driving between Deep Gap and Rocky Gap, Virginia, to meet and make music together — thus the title track of the band’s sophomore album “Gap to Gap.” The title signifies more than just the long hours on the road touring, but the spaces between the bluegrass foundation of the band’s youth and the new spaces of music they create together. Honoring the past, the band looks to the future with a blended set of traditional and contemporary music.

Artists
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Cane Mill Road

Cane Mill Road plays an eclectic mix of bluegrass, newgrass, and old-time Appalachianmountain music that they have made into their own sound. From Deep Gap, NC, theband has played internationally, on PBS/NRP, as well as nationally known festivals suchas MerleFest, IBMA, Grey Fox... Read More →


Saturday September 28, 2019 12:15pm - 1:00pm
Davie Street Stage 80 E Davie St, Raleigh, NC 27601

12:30pm

Zoe & Cloyd
Hailing from opposite ends of the Appalachian mountains, Zoe & Cloyd is renowned fiddler and vocalist Natalya Zoe Weinstein and award-winning songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and vocalist John Cloyd Miller. Their show is as diverse as their upbringing: coming from a lineage of klezmer and jazz musicians, Weinstein trained classically in her home state of Massachusetts before moving south in 2004. Miller, a 12th-generation North Carolinian and grandson of pioneering bluegrass fiddler Jim Shumate, is a first-place winner of the prestigious Chris Austin Songwriting Contest as well as an Artist Fellowship recipient for songwriting from the North Carolina Arts Council. As founding members of the acclaimed Americana trio Red June and long-time fixtures of the Asheville music scene, the couple shifted focus to Zoe & Cloyd in 2015. Their debut recording “Equinox” and their 2017 album “Eyes Brand New” both met with high praise and the pair have continued to gain momentum with their brand of “New Appalachian Music” at performances and festivals all across the country.

Artists
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Zoe & Cloyd

zoeandcloyd@gmail.com, Booking: John Cloyd Miller
Hailing from opposite ends of the Appalachian mountains, Asheville, NC duo Zoe & Cloyd is acclaimed fiddler and vocalist Natalya Zoe Weinstein and award-winning songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and vocalist John Cloyd Miller. Natalya trained classically in her home state of Massachusetts... Read More →


Saturday September 28, 2019 12:30pm - 1:15pm
Hargett Street Stage 80 E Hargett St, Raleigh, NC 27601

12:30pm

Dynamics of Banjo Sound
This session is geared toward banjo players interested in maximizing enjoyment of their instrument. Tom Nechville and his professional partner will demonstrate and explain the steps you can take yourself for setting up your banjo for optimal sound.

Speakers
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Tom Nechville

Nechville Musical Products
Tom Nechville has been an innovative force in advancing the state of the art of banjo design since the mid 1980's. His designs are celebrated internationally in the hands of grass roots players as well as some of the world's most prominent musicians.
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Gilbert Nelson

Gilbert Nelson is a banjo and guitar player, and certified teacher of the Wernick Method of learning to jam. Using this approach, beginning and intermediate players can get comfortable in a group setting, progress at their own rate, learn to sing and harmonize new tunes and learn... Read More →


Saturday September 28, 2019 12:30pm - 1:45pm
Raleigh Convention Center Main Lobby 500 S Salisbury St, Raleigh, NC 27601

12:55pm

Mountain Highway
With a style all their own, Mountain Highway is an authentic young family band steeped intraditional bluegrass and gospel music originally made famous by Bill Monroe, Flatt & Scruggs, and Ralph Stanley. The band is comprised of four sibling singers who play banjo, fiddle, mandolin, and guitar with their father playing upright bass. The group is often heralded for its tight family harmony. After seeing them perform in Nashville, Debra Jean Wagoner said, “I had chill bumps. Their music transported me back to the days when my father, Porter Wagoner, took me to hear bluegrass at the Ryman Auditorium.” Bluegrass icon Jamie Dailey said, “When I heard angelic voices singing harmony to one another from a group called Mountain Highway, I was stunned! I’m a harmony buff and love hearing it done purely.” Mountain Highway hails from Lynchburg, Virginia, but travels each week to perform about 100 times a year at popular music venues, festivals, fairs, and churches in several states. A few of their notable appearances have been at: Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver Festival (NC), HustonFest/ Galax (VA), Jerusalem Ridge Celebration (KY), North Barton Grange Bluegrass Festival (NY), Rue Farms Concert Series (OH), and Wind Gap Bluegrass Festival (PA).


Saturday September 28, 2019 12:55pm - 1:40pm
IBMA Youth Stage 500 S Salisbury St, Raleigh, NC 27601

1:00pm

Wood Family Tradition
Artists
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Wood Family Tradition

Wood Family Tradition brings over 150 years of combined experience in bluegrass and bluegrass gospel! Family values, legacy, faith, and humor are just a few things that Wood Family Tradition bring to the stage. Members of Wood Family Tradition are Mike Wood on guitar and vocals, Bobby... Read More →


Saturday September 28, 2019 1:00pm - 1:30pm
Lorraine's Corner 1 E Lenoir St, Raleigh, NC 27601

1:00pm

Unbranded
Unbranded hails from Pickens County, South Carolina, where bluegrass and old time music is alive and well through 12 after school JAM-affiliated programs (Young Appalachian Musicians). Unbranded is comprised of Molly Johnson, age 12, Adley Ellenburg, age 13, Ross Flowers, age 14, and special guest, Gavin Woodruff, age 12, from the Alleghany JAM program in Sparta, NC. Unbranded will feature a variety of
bluegrass music.

Artists
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Unbranded

Unbranded hails from Pickens County, South Carolina, where bluegrass and old time music is alive and well through 12 after school JAM-affiliated programs (Young Appalachian Musicians). Unbranded is comprised of Molly Johnson, age 12, Adley Ellenburg, age 13, Ross Flowers, age 14... Read More →


Saturday September 28, 2019 1:00pm - 1:45pm
Martin Street Stage 16 E Martin St, Raleigh, NC 27601

1:00pm

1:15pm

Nefesh Mountain
Nefesh Mountain is the place where American bluegrass and old-time music meet with Jewish heritage and tradition. Band leaders, genre-pioneers and husband/wife Doni Zasloff and Eric Lindberg are the heart of this eclectic offering, sharing their love for American music, their own cultural heritage and each other with audiences throughout the world. The result of this unexpected and beautiful mix is staggering; and while complete with the kind of adept string virtuosity and through-composed arrangements one would hope for from a newgrass band with influences from bluegrass, old-time, Celtic and jazz, they also play and sing songs of the heart creating music with a sense of diversity, oneness and purpose for our world today. Their newest and most adventurous recording “Beneath The Open Sky” was a tour de force for the band, featuring friends and bluegrass luminaries Sam Bush, Jerry Douglas, Tony Trischka and David Grier, along with their own band members Alan Grubner and Tim Kiah. The album’s 11 songs collectively weave together a groundbreaking and beautiful patchwork of new American music, called “refreshingly eclectic” by Rolling Stone and “One of the finest, wholly bluegrass records one will hear in not only 2018 but as a touchstone moving forward” by No Depression magazine.

Artists

Saturday September 28, 2019 1:15pm - 2:00pm
City Plaza Stage 443 Fayetteville St, Raleigh, NC 27601

1:30pm

Jan Johansson & Friends
Jan Johansson was born in Sweden and has been playing acoustic music since the age of 14. By the time he was 18, Johansson had mastered the guitar, fiddle, and mandolin. He came to the United States in 1986 to play traditional and bluegrass music. In 1989, he and Theresa Blue, a native of Carthage, NC, were married. Jan and Theresa later adopted four Russian children. In North Carolina, Johansson began working as a freelance translator and music instructor. He founded Johansson's Acoustic Music Studio (JAMS) to provide music instruction for people of all age groups interested in bluegrass and other forms of acoustic music. Focused on one-on-one personal instruction, JAMS has taught hundreds of acoustic musicians in and around North Carolina in guitar, fiddle, mandolin, and bass. Johansson has also worked extensively as a studio musician, contributing to albums such as Lorraine Jordan's Mandolin Rose and the Wells Family's On Destiny's Road. In 2001, Johansson was instrumental in organizing the Amazing Grace Bluegrass Festival in Raleigh. This event, which served as a fundraiser for orphaned children in Russia, brought together IIIrd Tyme Out, Larry Sparks, the Lonesome River Band, and several other leading bands. The festival was complemented by a benefit album entitled The Amazing Grace Project, featuring music by many of the artists who appeared at the festival, as well as contributions from David Grisman, Ricky Skaggs, Bobby Hicks, Laurie Lewis, Butch Robins, and many others. A linguist by training, Johansson explains, "I believe my background [in linguistics] has played an important role in how I teach and communicate about music. Music and language both share a lot of common features--one of the most fascinating parallels is the fact that both systems are using a finite number of rules in order to generate an infinite number of meaningful phrases."

Artists

Saturday September 28, 2019 1:30pm - 2:00pm
Lorraine's Corner 1 E Lenoir St, Raleigh, NC 27601

1:30pm

Henhouse Prowlers
In the 13 years since the Henhouse Prowlers’ inception, the band has forged its own path through music and across the globe. Onstage, the group's enthralling performances give audiences a sense of how much they love what they do; while on record, the band manages to explore their collective life experiences through songwriting and intricate instrumentation. Although bluegrass is the undeniable foundation of the Prowlers music, the band manages to bend and squeeze the traditional form into a sound all their own. Playing more than 175 shows a year, the quartet has toured over 25 countries, often going to places traditional American music has never been. Tours in Siberia or the Middle East are not uncommon since the Prowlers started working as cultural ambassadors with the U.S. State Department in 2013. These global experiences have pushed the band in new directions musically, with songs from Africa and Asia on several albums, but they have also moved the group to start an educational outreach program for both school children and festival-goers alike.

Artists
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Henhouse Prowlers

mike@strategictouring.com, Mike Kaiz, Strategic Touring


Saturday September 28, 2019 1:30pm - 2:15pm
Capitol Stage 90 Fayetteville St, Raleigh, NC 27601

1:30pm

Tommy Edwards & The Bluegrass Experience
Siler City native Tommy Edwards was raised in a musical family. His mom was a piano player and his father played harmonica and ukulele and sang in choirs and quartets. Even though he is "as old as bluegrass" (born in 1945, the year Earl Scruggs joined Bill Monroe's Blue Grass Boys), Edwards listened to rock and roll and R&B as a child and doesn't remember hearing much country music growing up. But the folk revival hit when he was a teenager, and he followed sounds of the banjo from Kingston Trio to Earl Scruggs and finally discovered Bill Monroe, a life-changing experience that also had important implications for Piedmont music history. He pulled a 1930s Gibson banjo out of his neighbor's trashcan, cleaned it up, and began emulating the styles of his heroes, focusing on banjo while at East Carolina University. Then he came home and found that the only bluegrass band in town already had a banjo player, so he switched to guitar. Edwards formed the The Bluegrass Experience in 1971 with the Beane brothers and friends Snuffy Smith, Charles Lee Conard, and "Fiddlin' Al" McCanless, carving a place in the traditional music scene as accomplished players and singers.


Saturday September 28, 2019 1:30pm - 2:15pm
Davie Street Stage 80 E Davie St, Raleigh, NC 27601

1:45pm

Crying Uncle Bluegrass Band
Crying Uncle Bluegrass Band was founded in 2016 by Quale brothers Miles (age 15, on fiddle and vocals) and Teo (age 12, on mandolin and vocals). The brothers are State and National fiddle and mandolin champions, and have been featured on KQED’s The California Report, performed at venues such as IBMA’s World of Bluegrass Festival and CBA’s Father's Day Bluegrass Festival, and toured with sibling music duo and mentors, Tashina and Tristan Clarridge. They've performed onstage with bluegrass bands Sideline and Special Consensus and renowned guitarist George Cole; and with their former band, Rambling Minors, they’ve opened for fiddler Michael Cleveland. Miles and Teo are also part of the band Jubilee. Originally, Crying Uncle invited guest musicians to collaborate with them. In 2017, the Quale brothers invited Andrew and John to join CUBG. Whether playing straight-up bluegrass or virtuosic Dawg Grisman tunes, CUBG delivers amazing instrumentals and vocal leads and harmonies that catapult the band into an elite sphere of artistry. Winners of the 2018 Pickin’ in the Pines Band Contest in Flagstaff, Arizona,, CUBG is making waves in the bluegrass community.


Saturday September 28, 2019 1:45pm - 2:30pm
Hargett Street Stage 80 E Hargett St, Raleigh, NC 27601

1:50pm

Shiloh Creek Girls
The Shiloh Creek Girls is a spunky, energetic band from the back country roads of Ramseur, North Carolina. These ladies produce a mixture of bluegrass and gospel music that inspires and reaches the hearts of both young and old. Their first CD, Take Your Shoes off Moses, made its debut much to the delight of family, friends, and fans. The band enjoys playing in churches and at local events, and has the honor of playing on the main stage at the Annual Bluegrass First Class in Asheville, NC. This talented band consists of four sisters and their mother so their bond goes beyond their musical abilities. Katie (guitar) is the oldest sister, Carrie (fiddle) and Kylie (mandolin) are identical twins, Cassie (banjo) is the youngest and Lanette (bass) is the mother of the family who leads her girls to come alive on stage and entertain audiences of all ages.


Saturday September 28, 2019 1:50pm - 2:35pm
IBMA Youth Stage 500 S Salisbury St, Raleigh, NC 27601

2:00pm

Nick Chandler & Delivered
Nick Chandler and Delivered is a hard driving traditional bluegrass band from western North Carolina. This band has been together since 2005, and they were signed to Poor Mountain Records in early 2017. After many successful years focusing on gospel music, Chandler has released a long awaited bluegrass album, Groceries, Gas and Used Cars. The first single, "Eli Funkelby," is available on iTunes.

Artists
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Nick Chandler & Delivered

nickchandleranddelivered@yahoo.com, Booking: Trudy Chandler
Nick Chandler and Delivered is a hard driving traditional bluegrass band from Western North Carolina. Last year they released “Groceries, Gas and Used Cars” and the first single debuted at #17 on the national charts. They have a distinct sound and tight harmonies that have delighted... Read More →


Saturday September 28, 2019 2:00pm - 2:30pm
Lorraine's Corner 1 E Lenoir St, Raleigh, NC 27601

2:00pm

Blackberry Jam
Blackberry JAM was formed out of the need to provide a performance outlet for talented members of the Caldwell Junior Appalachian Musicians (JAM) program. Ranging in age from 11 to 18 years, Band members are: brothers Dawson and Lincoln Clark; brother and sister Dalton and Averi Sigmon; Kemdyn Clement; and Morgan Hendrix. The band has quickly gained experience performing at a variety of events, festivals, and
venues over the past three years. While rooted in the rich musical traditions of our area, the musicians are open to many musical influences. We know you will enjoy Blackberry JAM – the future of tradition.

Artists
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Blackberry Jam

Blackberry JAM was formed out of the need to provide a performance outlet fortalented members of the Caldwell Junior Appalachian Musicians (JAM) program.Ranging in age from 11 to 18 years, Band members are: brothers- Dawson and LincolnClark, brother/sister- Dalton and Averi Sigmon... Read More →


Saturday September 28, 2019 2:00pm - 2:45pm
Martin Street Stage 16 E Martin St, Raleigh, NC 27601

2:00pm

Clawhammer Banjo - Joe Newberry, Liam Purcell, Laura Boosinger
Artists
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Joe Newberry

Showcase Artist, Compton & Newberry
Joe Newberry is an IBMA Award-winning songwriter and musician.  A frequent guest on A Prairie Home Companion, he was a featured singer on the 2016 Transatlantic Sessions, and at the Transatlantic Session's debut at Merlefest in 2017. The Gibson Brothers’ version of his song “Singing... Read More →
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Liam Purcell & Mallory Blackwood

Liam Purcell & Mallory Blackwood feature a dynamic combination of creative talent. Liam is an award-winning multi-instrumentalist who got his start in the Boone JAM program at age 7. Liam quickly excelled to become one of the youngest teaching artists in traditional music education... Read More →


Saturday September 28, 2019 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Raleigh Convention Center Masters Workshop Stage 500 S Salisbury St, Raleigh, NC 27601

2:00pm

Evolution of Bourbon
Just like Bluegrass, Bourbon is distinctly American. Join Heaven Hill Bourbon Ambassador Jason Bradley and we talk and taste through the styles of whiskey made in America from the early settler days through to today.

Speakers
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Jason Bradley

10 years in the bourbon industry. 


Saturday September 28, 2019 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Raleigh Convention Center Room 305AB 500 S Salisbury St, Raleigh, NC 27601

2:00pm

Fiddle & Banjo: The Roots and Branches of American Music
Join us for a discussion and demonstration involving the intimate relationship between the Fiddle and Banjo in African American and Anglo American folk music and how that relationship evolved over time into the present day. Featuring discussion by Dr. Jocelyn Neal and artist demonstrations by Tatiana Hargreaves & Allison DeGroot, Dwight Hawkins, Justin Robinson and Hank Smith & Pattie Hopkins Kinlaw.

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Jocelyn Neal

University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill
Jocelyn Neal is Professor of Music at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she directs the UNC Bluegrass Initiative and teaches courses in songwriting, country music, and bluegrass. She is the author of Country Music: A Cultural and Stylistic History (Oxford Univ... Read More →

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Saturday September 28, 2019 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Raleigh Convention Center Main Lobby 500 S Salisbury St, Raleigh, NC 27601

2:30pm

NC Pork Council Whole Hog Barbecue Championship Winners Announced
The Whole Hog Barbecue Championship is the culmination of a series of barbecue cook-offs held throughout the state using North Carolina Pork Council-sanctioned rules. The winner of each local cook-off is invited to the state championship to compete for coveted trophies and cash prizes, not to mention bragging rights. In addition to the on-site culinary trophy for best whole hog barbecue, there are also trophies for best sauce, crispy skin, blind-taste judging and a people’s choice award. For years, people have asked to try the barbecue of the winning pig. Now you can purchase a wristband and try all of the pigs and vote for your favorite. Proceeds from the wristband sales will be donated to the InterFaith Food Shuttle and the IBMA Bluegrass Trust Fund, a non-profit organization that provides assistance to bluegrass professionals experiencing financial emergencies.

Saturday September 28, 2019 2:30pm - 3:00pm
Lorraine's Corner 1 E Lenoir St, Raleigh, NC 27601

2:30pm

Kids on Bluegrass
The Kids on Bluegrass program spotlights the talents of young bluegrass musicians and singers, ages 4 to 17, at the IBMA’s annual Wide Open Bluegrass Festival. The program matches kids of similar abilities, offering the opportunity to create and arrange music instrumentally and vocally, and to perform in a group of their peers. Many Kids on Bluegrass alumni have gone on to become professional musicians, including Sierra Hull, Sarah Jarosz, Casey Campbell, Cory Walker, Nick Keen, Alex Hargreaves, Seth Taylor, Molly Tuttle, Austin Ward, Christian Ward, Gaven Largent and Cory Piatt. More than a workshop or “academy” experience, the program’s goals are to provide guidance, and to foster a fun atmosphere for producing, performing, promoting, and even emceeing a professional bluegrass music show. Kids on Bluegrass plays two separate sets at the Wide Open Bluegrass Festival, Friday evening and Saturday morning. In both sets each child is a featured musician, performing one or two songs of his or her choice.


Saturday September 28, 2019 2:30pm - 3:15pm
City Plaza Stage 443 Fayetteville St, Raleigh, NC 27601

2:30pm

Clogging Performance & Workshop with Green Grass Cloggers and Willow Dillon & Friends
Step right into the Dance Tent for a performance and workshop by the Green Grass Cloggers, featuring live music by the Willow Dillon (of Strictly Strings), her partner Joe, and some of their friends. No experience or partner is necessary to participate in the workshop.

The Green Grass Cloggers formed in Greenville, North Carolina, in 1971. Distinguishing themselves from precision teams, the original GGCs fused traditional flatfooting steps, head-high kicks, and western square dance figures, and they created steps that have proliferated to numerous other groups through the GGC's regional, national, and international performance history. Currently, GGC teams are based in Asheville and Greenville, NC. The Cloggers typically perform three- and four-couple routines created at various intervals in the group’s history, but they also may include some with as few as four dancers or as many as 16!


Saturday September 28, 2019 2:30pm - 3:45pm
Dance Tent 1 E Lenoir St, Raleigh, NC 27601

2:45pm

The Family Sowell
The Family Sowell is a passionate, first-generation bluegrass band based in Knoxville Tennessee. The band is comprised of six siblings, Jaob, Joshua, Naomi, Abigail, John-Mark, and Justus who perform family/friendly hard-core bluegrass music, ranging from traditional to mainstream to Gospel, across the country and Eastern Europe. They are the winners of the 2017 Jeff and Sheri Easter Talent Search Competition, the 2017 KSMU Youth in Bluegrass Contest at Silver Dollar City in Branson, MO, and the 2019 SPBGMA International Band Championship in Nashville, TN. Their latest album, From Texas to Tennessee, placed at #5 on Bluegrass Today’s “Dave’s Dozen” for 2018. Their songs have also made waves in bluegrass radio. “Speak Love” broke the record of weeks as the #1 song on The Fan Voted Chart with 14 weeks and counting. “Dusty Gravel Road” was the #1 song in 2018 on Bluegrass Borderline’s “Top Ten Countdown.” “God Knows Who He Is,” a song dedicated to wounded veterans, debuted at #3 on Bluegrass Today’s Gospel Chart. You never know what may happen during their show, so be ready for a toe-tapping, heart-touching, and fun time.


Saturday September 28, 2019 2:45pm - 3:30pm
IBMA Youth Stage 500 S Salisbury St, Raleigh, NC 27601

2:45pm

Diamond Creek
From central North Carolina’s fertile bluegrass scene comes Diamond Creek. Now in their sixth year, the band is a combination of old and new in both members and music. Best-described as distinctive, modern yet traditionally rooted bluegrass, their style has a freshness and energy that translates to songs, arrangements and performances. Much of this spirit and energy comes from 23-year-old Emily Kirsch, whose singing shows confidence and conviction well beyond her years with a powerful delivery that makes any song her own. Guitarist Russell Johnson is a long-time veteran of the music having played mandolin the last 28 years, first with New Vintage and just finishing a 20-year run with North Carolina's Grass Cats. A songwriter of note, he has had over 30 songs land on national bluegrass charts including four number ones with The Grass Cats.  Russell's wife Kandis Johnson holds down the bass duties with Diamond Creek. She has been playing since the early 2000s and originally learned from Zac McLamb, one of the music's premier acoustic bass players. Banjoist Lloyd Herring brings decades of performing and recording experience to a Diamond Creek show. A multi-instrumentalist, Herring has had stints with The Grass Cats, Don Rigsby and the MIdnight Call and several other local and regional bands. Fiddler Stephen Fraleigh rounds out the band providing lead and harmony vocals. A two-time bluegrass fiddle champion at the Galax Old Fiddler's Convention he is a sought after studio and road musician. Winners of the prestigious "Got to be NC" Bluegrass Band competition sponsored by the N.C. Department of Agriculture in 2013, Diamond Creek has gone on to make appearances at bluegrass and street festivals, concerts and corporate events, and released their debut CD, Where Do I Go from Here, on New Time Records in the fall of 2015.

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Saturday September 28, 2019 2:45pm - 3:30pm
Davie Street Stage 80 E Davie St, Raleigh, NC 27601

2:45pm

The Gingersnaps
The Gingersnaps is the musical collaboration of five of Central North Carolina’s finest up-and-coming singers, songwriters, and multi-instrumentalists: Billie Feather (guitar, upright bass, vocals), Anna Rose Beck (vocals, guitar, fiddle), Jodi Hildebran (vocals, guitar, harmonica), Palmyra Romeo (upright bass, vocals), and Kate Saylor (fiddle, vocals). Performing a sweet-and-salty mix of old-time folk standards, country classics, smooth Americana favorites, and heart-wrenching original songs, The Gingersnaps’ vocal harmonies and classic instrumentation including upright bass, fiddle, guitar and harmonica, are sure to win your heart at first listen.

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Saturday September 28, 2019 2:45pm - 3:30pm
Capitol Stage 90 Fayetteville St, Raleigh, NC 27601

3:00pm

Fiddlin' Red and the Bluegrass Harvesters
Fiddlin’ Red and the Bluegrass Harvesters is Haylee Kinsler,18, of Nickelsville, VA, backed up by five family and community members with a shared love of mountain music. Haylee has been playing fiddle since she was eight years old and has won numerous competitions. Throughout the years she has branched out to also play clawhammer banjo, guitar, bass and mandolin. Haylee was one of the first students in the Scott County JAM program, where she quickly returned as a teaching artist. Haylee is also a member of The Miss Ellie String Band, which consists of seven young ladies ranging in ages from 15-18 and have participated in JAM programs and Mountain Music School at Mountain Empire Community College in Big Stone Gap, VA.

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Fiddlin' Red and the Bluegrass Harvesters

Fiddlin’ Red and the Bluegrass Harvesters is Haylee Kinsler, 18, of Nickelsville, VA, backed up by five family and community members with a shared love of mountain music. Haylee has been playing fiddle since she was eight years old and has won numerous competitions. Throughout the... Read More →


Saturday September 28, 2019 3:00pm - 3:45pm
Martin Street Stage 16 E Martin St, Raleigh, NC 27601

3:00pm

Hoot and Holler
Hoot and Holler are the sum of two parts: guitarist Mark Kilianski and fiddler Amy Alvey. They’re both songwriters dedicated to honing their craft, equally influenced by wordsmiths like Gillian Welch and Townes Van Zandt as well as authentic mountain musicians like Roscoe Holcomb and Ola Belle Reed. After spending the better part of 2016 living in a camper van while playing shows across the country, they now call Asheville, North Carolina, home. Instrument swapping is common during a performance. Sometimes they don two guitars, other times switching to fiddle and banjo, all while seamlessly blending their vocals as they sing songs infused with the vitality of the landscapes through which they’ve traveled. They have received scholarships to the Blackpot Camp as well as Augusta Heritage Center to study the stylistic nuance of Cajun and Appalachian music. in 2018 they won third place in the traditional band category at the Appalachian string band festival ("Clifftop"), and first place at South Carolina's state fiddler's championship. When performing or teaching workshops, they strive to honor the ancient sounds of those who came before while bringing their own voice to the stage.

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Hoot & Holler

fisforfiddle@gmail.com, Booking: Amy Alvey
Hoot and Holler are the sum of two parts: guitarist Mark Kilianski and fiddler Amy Alvey. Each are songwriters dedicated to honing their craft, both equally influenced by wordsmiths like Gillian Welch and Townes Van Zandt as they are to authentic mountain musicians like Roscoe Holcomb... Read More →


Saturday September 28, 2019 3:00pm - 3:45pm
Hargett Street Stage 80 E Hargett St, Raleigh, NC 27601

3:00pm

Lorraine Jordan & Carolina Road
Lorraine Jordan, who plays mandolin and sings lead and harmony, has been fronting Carolina Road for more than 20 years, during which time she has won two IBMA awards for recorded events of the year (2009 and 2011) as well as the 2015 SPBGMA Entertainer of the Year and Traditional Female Vocalist of the Year awards. She was also nominated for the 2015 Carolina Music Awards in the Bluegrass Americana category. Jordan is a co-founder of The Daughters of Bluegrass and an original member. Their “Back to the Well” album won IBMA’s recorded event in 2006, and she was part of the Daughter’s latest album, “Bluegrass Bouquet,” also a 2009 IBMA recorded event of the year winner for the song “Proud to be a Daughter.” Jordan’s charisma during her emcee work onstage gives Carolina Road a great connection with the audience.


Saturday September 28, 2019 3:00pm - 3:45pm
Lorraine's Corner 1 E Lenoir St, Raleigh, NC 27601

3:00pm

Vocal Workshop - Johnny and Jeanette Williams
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Johnny and Jeanette Williams

Sixteen SPBGMA nominations, three wins for Female Vocalist, two IBMA awards (2009 Recorded Event of the Year, Daughters Of Bluegrass), winner of (2007 Chris Austin Songwriting Contest, 2008 IAMA Songwriting Contest)Twice named PICABO Songwriter of the Year. He won Chris Austin Songwriting... Read More →


Saturday September 28, 2019 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Raleigh Convention Center Masters Workshop Stage 500 S Salisbury St, Raleigh, NC 27601

3:40pm

ShadowGrass
In the summer of 2014, a group of young musicians joined together at local fiddler’s conventions in Southwestern Virginia and Western North Carolina and formed a group that has become one of the most exciting young bands in bluegrass today. Since that time, they have won awards and payed all over the United States sharing their love of music. Although they have their own style, ShadowGrass is honored to be playing in the shadow of great legends. Holding to their bluegrass roots, fast picking, and fresh arrangements have earned the band numerous awards in youth and adult competitions across the region.
ShadowGrass has had the privilege of playing at exciting venues, including Heartwood, The Blue Ridge Music Center, The Lincoln Theatre, The Historic Earle Theatre, and at festivals such as The National Folk Festival, MerleFest, HoustonFest, The Richmond Folk Festival, The National Youth Workers Convention, SPBGMA, The Lowell Folk Festival, The Montana Folk Festival, and the IBMA StreetFest. They were honored to be chosen as a featured youth band for the IBMA WOB Festival in 2016 and 2018. Their foot-tapping music and charming personalities continue to draw a crowd and gain encouraging fans with each new place they visit. ShadowGrass is looking forward to contributing to the heritage of bluegrass music for years to come. The band included Presley Barker, guitar; Kyser George, bass; Luke Morris, mandolin and Clay Russell, banjo. All of the members are award winning youth musicians. ShadowGrass is striving to be the next torchbearers to carry on bluegrass music to future generations. ShadowGrass has been called “one of the most thrilling bluegrass bands to emerge from the musically-rich Crooked Road area in recent memory.” Shadowgrass appeared on the Today Show with Al Roker during the 2016 IBMA WOB in Raleigh. Presley and Kyser appeared on NBC’s Little Big Shots.

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Saturday September 28, 2019 3:40pm - 4:35pm
IBMA Youth Stage 500 S Salisbury St, Raleigh, NC 27601

3:45pm

Missy Raines Band
From her tenure playing with The Claire Lynch Band, Eddie Adcock, Josh Graves, Jim Hurst, Kenny Baker and Jesse McReynolds to her seven International Bluegrass Music Association Bass Player of the Year awards, Missy Raines has proven herself without doubt as an iconic bluegrass instrumentalist. But with her newest release “Royal Traveller,” Raines stepped into the spotlight as a songwriter for the first time. The album digs deep into Raines' family life and upbringing in West Virginia. Featuring previous and current members of her live band as well as cameos from other bluegrass greats including Stuart Duncan and Tim O'Brien, the album is a gorgeous look into the perspective, history and musical influences of one of Nashville’s most beloved musicians. In 1998, Raines became the first woman to win IBMA's Bass Player of the Year award and went on to win the title repeatedly for the next several years. “Royal Traveller” highlights this particular piece of Raines' history with the stand out track “Swept Away,” featuring the five first women to win IBMA instrumentalist awards: Raines, Alison Brown, Sierra Hull, Becky Buller and Molly Tuttle. “Swept Away” was named IBMA’s 2018 Recorded Event of the Year.


Saturday September 28, 2019 3:45pm - 4:30pm
City Plaza Stage 443 Fayetteville St, Raleigh, NC 27601

4:00pm

Kristy Cox
Kristy Cox is the new voice in Australian bluegrass. Adored for her youthful energy-infused bluegrass, she has been awarded radio success and critical accolades. Recently signing with Mountain Fever, Cox released her latest album “Ricochet” in January 2018, which debuted at #1 on Billboard’s bluegrass chart. The title-track first single hit No. 1 on the Bluegrass Today Radio charts for two weeks. Cox was nominated in the 2019 CMA’s in Australia for Female Artist of the Year and Bluegrass Recording of the Year, where she took home her third CMA Award for her track ‘Ricochet’. The previous awards were for her singles ‘Another Weary Mile’ in 2017 and ‘One Heartbreak Away’ in 2015 from her album ‘Living For the Moment.’ Credited for her performance and songwriting capabilities, Golden Guitar winner Cox has been shortlisted in the International Bluegrass Music Awards the past four years for New Artist of the Year and Female Vocalist of the Year.

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Saturday September 28, 2019 4:00pm - 4:45pm
Davie Street Stage 80 E Davie St, Raleigh, NC 27601

4:00pm

The Lonesome Days
The Lonesome Days are a five-piece, high-energy, modern bluegrass ensemble from Denver, Colorado. Blending heartfelt songwriting and powerful vocals with precise instrumentation and undeniable groove, The Lonesome Days have charged their way to the forefront of the Colorado bluegrass scene. Songwriting is a major focus for the band but listeners can always expect a unique repertoire of standard bluegrass and other cross-genre covers. With the recent addition of fiddle to the band, The Lonesome Days are carving out their niche in the national bluegrass arena.


Saturday September 28, 2019 4:00pm - 4:45pm
Capitol Stage 90 Fayetteville St, Raleigh, NC 27601

4:00pm

Wyld Fern
Wyld Fern is a musical group from Western North Carolina who infuse multiple styles of music with the influences of Old Time, Bluegrass, and American Folk. The band consists of Lake Carver, a 9 year old fiddle player; Brant Wimmer, a 16 year old guitarist; Owen Combs, a 13 year old mandolin and bassist; and Ettore Buzzini, an 11 year old banjo player. Their style of music is influenced by artists such as Doc Watson, Bill Monroe, The Avett Brothers, and old time sounds of traditional mountain music. They can be heard performing multiple times a year at festivals, camps, churches, private venues, fundraisers, and any music venue that appreciates young, up-and-coming talent!

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Wyld Fern

Wyld Fern is a musical group from Western North Carolina who infuse multiple styles of music with the influences of Old Time, Bluegrass, and American Folk. The band consists of Lake Carver, a 9 year old fiddle player; Brant Wimmer, a 16 year old guitarist; Owen Combs, a 13 year old... Read More →


Saturday September 28, 2019 4:00pm - 4:45pm
Martin Street Stage 16 E Martin St, Raleigh, NC 27601

4:00pm

4:15pm

Tony Williamson & Friends
2018 North Carolina Heritage Award recipient Tony Williamson is a visionary musician, composer, musical instrument expert, teacher and mentor. He has played stringed instruments, most famously mandolin, for six decades and has been receiving awards and honors for his music for nearly 50 of those years. Never content to rest on his laurels, today Williamson continues to perform live and travel internationally and has recordings with fresh new concepts in progress. Williamson was born and raised in North Carolina’s rural Piedmont to a family of wood-workers and musicians. After studying at the University of North Carolina, Williamson went on the road with the Bluegrass Alliance, a band whose alumni include Vince Gill, Sam Bush and Tony Rice. His credits also include Alison Krauss, Chris Thile, Earl Scruggs, Bill Monroe, Bobby Hicks, Vassar Clements, David Grisman, Sam Bush, Mike Marshall, Ricky Skaggs, Jerry Douglas, Don Stiernberg, and Robin and Linda Williams of “A Prairie Home Companion” fame. In addition to the prestigious NC Heritage Award, his list of honors includes the IBMA recorded event of the year in 1994.

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Saturday September 28, 2019 4:15pm - 5:00pm
Hargett Street Stage 80 E Hargett St, Raleigh, NC 27601

4:15pm

Contra Dance with caller Eileen Thorsos & Swang!
A North Carolina resident since 2004, Eileen Thorsos has been calling dances for a decade, becoming one of the most popular callers on the circuit. She is accomplished across a wide range of styles, but especially Contra. When she’s not calling dances, she works as an energy efficiency program specialist at Duke University in Durham. Swang! is a trio of veteran contra dance musicians playing traditional tunes from Acadia (Québec, Nova Scotia, and Maine). Based in the Triangle, Swang! features Paul Fackler on fiddle, Julie Gorka on piano, and Colin Cannell on percussion.


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Swang!

Swang! contra dance band specializes in the high-energy, happy, driving tunes of French Canada, played on fiddle, piano and various types of percussion, including the traditional foot percussion of Quebec. Contra dance groups around the Southeast have enjoyed dancing to the lively... Read More →


Saturday September 28, 2019 4:15pm - 5:45pm
Dance Tent 1 E Lenoir St, Raleigh, NC 27601

5:00pm

Drive Time
Roxboro, NC-based Drive Time features Austyn Howell (guitar, lead/harmony vocals), Tyler Jackson (banjo, harmony vocals), Austin Koerner (mandolin, harmony vocals), Katie Springer (fiddle, lead/harmony vocals), and Grayson Tuttle (bass, lead/harmony vocals).

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Drive Time

Drive Time is an innovative bluegrass band based out of Roxboro, NC. The band is known for their hard driving sounds and sweet, high harmonies. With veteran sidemen (and women) who have toured nationally and regionally with the likes of Nu-Blu, Tyler Williams Band, and Sweet Potato... Read More →


Saturday September 28, 2019 5:00pm - 5:30pm
Lorraine's Corner 1 E Lenoir St, Raleigh, NC 27601

5:00pm

Red Wine
Red Wine is one of the most important European bands, active since 1978 with a style that encompasses traditional and contemporary bluegrass, country, gospel and swing. Since 1984, Red Wine has played all over Europe, playing major international festivals and concerts in Italy, France, Switzerland, Germany, Ireland, Wales, Holland, Slovenia, Czech Republic and Austria, sharing stages with the most important bands and acts from the U.S. and Europe, and gaining a strong following everywhere. Following the huge success of their 30th anniversary celebration concert in Genova in 2008, Red Wine has started a new yearly adventure in 2009, the Red Wine Bluegrass Party, with international guests like Tim O’Brien, Laurie Lewis & Tom Rozum, Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, The Kruger Brothers and Peter Rowan. In the past two years the Party has featured a refreshing opening towards other musical genres (Celtic, Dixieland, Old Time Music), with the valuable help of incredible musicians from Italy and Europe.

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Saturday September 28, 2019 5:00pm - 5:45pm
City Plaza Stage 443 Fayetteville St, Raleigh, NC 27601

5:00pm

New River JAM Band
The New River JAM Band is the regional performing group to represent Junior Appalachian Musicians. This band was formed in early 2018 by Brett Morris, Director of the parent JAM organization, as a means of gathering advanced students to allow them to learn more, and educate others, about the traditional music of the New River Valley region. Current members include Sophia Puckett – Galax JAM (mandolin, banjo, vocals),
Gavin Woodruff – Alleghany JAM (upright bass), Karlee Hamm – Ashe JAM (guitar, vocals), Cheyenne Grantham – Franklin County JAM (fiddle), Nicholas Wingo – Wythe County JAM (banjo), Colin Sprinkle – Henderson JAM (6-string banjo), and Ashlyn Montgomery – Henderson JAM (guitar).

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New River JAM Band

The New River JAM Band is the regional performing group to represent Junior Appalachian Musicians. This band was formed in early 2018 by Brett Morris, Director of the parent JAM organization, as a means of gathering advanced students to allow them to learn more, and educate others... Read More →


Saturday September 28, 2019 5:00pm - 5:45pm
Martin Street Stage 16 E Martin St, Raleigh, NC 27601

5:00pm

Hazel & Alice tribute (Alice Gerrard, Laurie Lewis, Allison de Groot & Tatiana Hargreaves, Cathy Fink & Marcy Marxer, Justin Hiltner)
Hazel & Alice, the pioneering duo of the late Hazel Dickens and Alice Gerrard, showed the way into bluegrass and old-time music for countless generations of women who followed them into the music. Alison Krauss and Emmylou Harris are among those calling Hazel & Alice a major influence. In recent years, Gerrard earned her first-ever Grammy Award at the age of 80 while Hazel & Alice were inducted into the IBMA Hall of Fame. This tribute will feature a stellar lineup of musicians paying their respects, including many of the players from fiddler Laurie Lewis’ Grammy-nominated 2016 album “The Hazel and Alice Sessions.”

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Justin Hiltner

Justin Hiltner
Justin Hiltner is a banjo player and songwriter based in Nashville, TN. His debut record, Watch It Burn, made with co-writer Jon Weisberger, is out now. He is also Associate Editor for The Bluegrass Situation, where he co-founded and produces Shout & Shine, a showcase celebrating... Read More →
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Laurie Lewis

Grammy Award-winning musician Laurie Lewis is internationally renowned as a singer, songwriter, fiddler, bandleader, producer and educator. She was a founding member of the Good Ol’ Persons and the Grant Street String Band. Laurie has performed/recorded since 1986 with mandolinist... Read More →


Saturday September 28, 2019 5:00pm - 5:50pm
Red Hat Amphitheater 500 S McDowell St, Raleigh, NC 27601

5:15pm

Colorado College Bluegrass Band – Colorado College
The Colorado College Bluegrass Ensemble is an instrumental and vocal band created to provide a challenging and creative environment where students can develop material with the feel and structure of bluegrass music. The ensemble draws mainly from traditional sources including Bill Monroe, Flatt and Scruggs, and the Stanley Brothers. The ensemble performs frequently including the Durango Bluegrass Meltdown. The ensemble receives academic credit and is by audition only.


Saturday September 28, 2019 5:15pm - 5:45pm
IBMA Youth Stage 500 S Salisbury St, Raleigh, NC 27601

5:15pm

Rapidgrass
Rapidgrass embodies the notion that nature, and particularly mountains, can bring out the best in art, and the group has dedicated much of its creative energy into bringing that art back to the people of the mountains. Rapidgrass focuses on travel to mountain towns and inspires mountain people and athletes around the globe. Their music is motivated by and made for those who find peace in the mountains. They focus their energy on outdoor mountain lifestyle/culture events. Focusing their travels to mountain towns has also given them a great palate of mountain music styles to draw from including styles from North America, France, Italy, Russia, Tibet, Argentina, and Ireland. The full-time lineup includes Mark Morris (guitar, lead vocals); Coleman Smith (violin); Charlie Parker Mertens (upright bass); and Alex Johnstone (mandolin, vocals). Billy Cardine (dobro) can be seen often with the band but is not a full-time member. This Colorado ensemble uses classical, gypsy, bluegrass, pop, swing and other world rhythms to create what is, and can only be described of as, Rapidgrass. Rapidgrass has had the pleasure of playing mountain music throughout Colorado, Alaska, the lower 48, Ireland, Hungary, Scotland, Poland and the European Alps.

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Rapidgrass

mark@rapidgrass.com, Booking: Mark Morris
The celebration of mountains and whitewater rapids is the inspiration for everything Rapidgrass. The Internationally acclaimed mountain music is influenced by an active, outdoor lifestyle. Brought together through music and love for mountains, they define modern, acoustic, Colorado... Read More →


Saturday September 28, 2019 5:15pm - 6:00pm
Capitol Stage 90 Fayetteville St, Raleigh, NC 27601

5:15pm

Lorraine Jordan & Carolina Road
Lorraine Jordan, who plays mandolin and sings lead and harmony, has been fronting Carolina Road for more than 20 years, during which time she has won two IBMA awards for recorded events of the year (2009 and 2011) as well as the 2015 SPBGMA Entertainer of the Year and Traditional Female Vocalist of the Year awards. She was also nominated for the 2015 Carolina Music Awards in the Bluegrass Americana category. Jordan is a co-founder of The Daughters of Bluegrass and an original member. Their “Back to the Well” album won IBMA’s recorded event in 2006, and she was part of the Daughter’s latest album, “Bluegrass Bouquet,” also a 2009 IBMA recorded event of the year winner for the song “Proud to be a Daughter.” Jordan’s charisma during her emcee work onstage gives Carolina Road a great connection with the audience.


Saturday September 28, 2019 5:15pm - 6:00pm
Davie Street Stage 80 E Davie St, Raleigh, NC 27601

5:30pm

Acoustic Age
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Acoustic Age

Acoustic Age is a band strongly rooted in bluegrass music. However, they don't want to be limited to just one genre. Their vision is to be able to give listeners a different perspective of acoustic music that crosses genres such ad bluegrass, pop, jazz, country, and folk, to name... Read More →


Saturday September 28, 2019 5:30pm - 6:00pm
Lorraine's Corner 1 E Lenoir St, Raleigh, NC 27601

5:30pm

Bill & The Belles
With their enchanting debut album “Dreamsongs, Etc.,” Bill and the Belles have captured the freewheeling, lighthearted approach to music that has endeared them to listeners of every generation. With a spirited sound somewhere between old-time country and vaudeville, the group puts its own spin on a golden era of music, specifically the 1920s, 1930s and 1940s. “We like old music and some of us are consumed by it,” said lead singer and guitarist Kris Truelsen with a knowing laugh. “But we don't have a desire to copy it. We want to sound like ourselves and tell our story.” As a result, a majority of the material on “DreamSongs, Etc.” is original, from the upbeat number “Wedding Bell Chimes” through the yearning ode to youth “Back to My Childhood Days.” While Truelsen’s distinctive tenor anchors the project, the Tennessee-based band’s trio harmonies gleam against a backdrop of banjo, fiddle, accordion, ukulele, and clarinet. “The title seemed appropriate in that a lot of the songs are about dreaming for something better, better days, better lovers, better whatever it may be,” Truelsen said. “Not to mention many of the songs we chose to sing are about the sentimental dreamer.”


Saturday September 28, 2019 5:30pm - 6:15pm
Hargett Street Stage 80 E Hargett St, Raleigh, NC 27601

6:00pm

Glenville State College Bluegrass Band – Glenville State College
Founded over ten years ago by Fine Arts Chair John McKinney and West Virginia native and well-known musician Buddy Griffin, Glenville State College proudly offers the world’s first four year bachelor of arts degree in Bluegrass Music. The Glenville State College Bluegrass Band was a natural outgrowth of the Glenville State College Bluegrass Music Certificate Program, initiated in the Fall of 2002. On August 3, 2007, the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission approved the school's plan for the Four Year Bachelor of Arts Degree in Bluegrass Music. The unique degree program thrives on the philosophies of preserving traditional bluegrass music. Students are immersed with legendary bluegrass music from artists such as Bill Monroe, Flatt & Scruggs, Reno & Smiley, The Stanley Brothers, Jimmy Martin, Jim & Jesse, and many others. Students have a wide variety of opportunities to learn about various facets of the music business, including how to run and set a sound system; great ways to market your band; organizational skills for a successful bluegrass band; stage performance skills; and much more! Notable performances by the Glenville State College Bluegrass Band include the Ernest Tubb Midnight Jamboree, one of the longest running live radio broadcasts on WSM Radio in Nashville. The band has also performed at the World’s Famous Station Inn, John A’s Restaurant, WWWVA Wheeling Jamboree, and The Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival. The group also performs and demonstrates at many schools, fairs, festivals, weddings, and special occasions throughout West Virginia. The bluegrass program is currently under the direction of Glenville graduate Mrs. Megan Darby. The bluegrass board of advisors includes a variety of legendary and respected musicians: retired Director Buddy Griffin; Jesse McReynolds; Mac Wiseman; Little Roy Lewis; Lance Leroy; Mac Samples; Dr. Ralph Stanley; and many others. The band consists of a core group of students who are enrolled in the certificate and/or degree programs, as well as other students who are invited or wish to participate in the group. Performance with the Glenville State College Bluegrass Band satisfies the students' ensemble requirements for the degree and certification. Both the bluegrass curriculum and the bluegrass band require auditions for admission.


Saturday September 28, 2019 6:00pm - 6:30pm
IBMA Youth Stage 500 S Salisbury St, Raleigh, NC 27601

6:00pm

Remington Ryde
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Remington Ryde

Formed in 2005, Remington Ryde consists of lead vocalist and guitarist Ryan Frankhouser; Josh Daniels, mandolin & vocals; Billy Lee Cox, banjo; Ron Truman, bass and vocals; and Stanley Efaw on fiddle & vocals. These five talented musicians share years of combined recording and performing... Read More →


Saturday September 28, 2019 6:00pm - 6:30pm
Lorraine's Corner 1 E Lenoir St, Raleigh, NC 27601

6:00pm

Ella & Mary
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Ella & Mary

Ella & Mary are Ella Hennessee and Mary Johnson -- two young musicians fromGreenville, South Carolina. Both come from a traditional southern upbringing that is notonly evidenced in their character, but also reflected in their music. While they are proudto carry this folk aura in their... Read More →


Saturday September 28, 2019 6:00pm - 6:45pm
Martin Street Stage 16 E Martin St, Raleigh, NC 27601

6:10pm

Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen
Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen released You Can’t Stand The Heat on Jan. 25, 2019 on Compass Records. The new 10-song collection, co-produced by Grammy-winning banjoist and Compass co-founder Alison Brown, offers a vibrant mix of songs, including the traditional "Lena" featuring the mid-Atlantic bluegrass vocals of Danny Paisley and Dudley Connell, the neo-old timey "Crooked Eye John," with the inimitable fiddling of label mate Michael Cleveland, and the compelling lead-off track "Crave," co-written by Frank and Becky Buller and showcasing the guitar prowess of Chris Luquette. The new album also delivers a compelling rendition of Steely Dan’s “Rikki” with lead vocals from Jeremy Middleton, the catchy “Be Sure” written by Frank Solivan, and the red-hot instrumental "Crack of Noon" penned by banjoist Mike Munford.


Saturday September 28, 2019 6:10pm - 6:55pm
Red Hat Amphitheater 500 S McDowell St, Raleigh, NC 27601

6:15pm

Clogging Performance with Apple Chill Cloggers and Patrick Walsh & Friends
The Apple Chill Cloggers were formed in 1975 to preserve, interpret, and teach the traditional style of Southern Appalachian Mountain clogging. The team performs for festivals, benefits, and other events around North Carolina and beyond. From Asheville to Raleigh they have inspired audiences by performing with high energy and clogging to live traditional music. The team also enjoys performing at international festivals. In the past they have performed in Germany, Turkey, Poland, Portugal, Peru, Canada, Ecuador, France, Holland, Ireland, Switzerland, and Mexico to name a few. The Cloggers will be accompanied by live music thanks to Patrick Walsh (bass), Jamie Dawson (mandolin), Lynda Dawson (guitar), Matt Hooper (fiddle), and Barney Rogers (banjo) for a set of music and dance you'll only see at PNC presents Wide Open Bluegrass!


Saturday September 28, 2019 6:15pm - 7:00pm
Dance Tent 1 E Lenoir St, Raleigh, NC 27601

6:15pm

Darin & Brooke Aldridge
Husband and wife duo Darin & Brooke Aldridge draw on the traditions of their native North Carolina, the savvy of a young, gifted band and their own dedication to ingenuity to create the most adventurous album of their career with their latest critically acclaimed release, “Faster & Farther.” The duo has placed several tracks at the top of the charts on Americana/Roots, SiriusXM, Bluegrass and Gospel charts. They have received multiple nominations from the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA), the Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music of America (SPGBMA) and Inspirational Country Music (ICM). TV appearances include PBS, Great American Gospel, The Bluegrass Road, RFD-TV, Blue Highways TV, Songs of the Mountain, Woodsongs, Larry’s Country Diner and Music City Roots. Both highly acclaimed vocalists in their own right (Brooke is IBMA’s reigning Female Vocalist of the Year), Darin and Brooke combine rich harmonies with impeccable musicianship to create the unmistakable sound that has made them one of the hottest young acts in acoustic music and they’ve surrounded themselves with a band of equally amazing pickers.


Saturday September 28, 2019 6:15pm - 7:15pm
City Plaza Stage 443 Fayetteville St, Raleigh, NC 27601

6:30pm

Sideline
Sideline is a pedigreed six-piece powerhouse whose style has set the pace in bluegrass for over two decades. Founders Steve Dilling, Skip Cherryholmes and Jason Moore can all claim their own historical significance as members of highly awarded groups, multiple Grand Ole Opry appearances and years of national and international touring. What started as a side project soon moved front and center as the three were joined by guitarist Bailey Coe, mandolinist Troy Boone and fiddler Daniel Greeson to record and release albums in earnest. Listening to Sideline reminds the fan why so many people fall in love with bluegrass in the first place: pulse-pounding drive, songs sung from the heart, perfect timing and dynamics as well as visceral emotion in the rendering. A band that started as an off-season fun experiment has become a full-time dream team of players and singers. Recorded or live, the band moves dynamically from well-chosen, hard-hitting neo-traditional covers of classic songs to new material curated by a band with a perfect sense of who they are and what they have to say.

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Saturday September 28, 2019 6:30pm - 7:15pm
Lorraine's Corner 1 E Lenoir St, Raleigh, NC 27601

6:30pm

Trout Steak Revival
When Trout Steak Revival won the 2014 Telluride Bluegrass Festival Band Competition, they emerged on the roots music scene to listeners anticipating the often-heard dose of progressive bluegrass with a hint of jam. Their unique brand of mountain music stood out, and the band quickly caught the attention of fans and radio deejays alike. The Colorado quintet has further refined its style, delivering a mesmerizing and soul-quenching array of original songs resonating with the finer points of folk and Americana. With each individual contributing lead vocals and instrumentation to the band’s collaborate songwriting process, Trout Steak Revival is more than the sum of its parts. Most of the band members originally hail from the Midwest, but their lives, musical endeavors and identity now hold roots in Colorado. Inspired by and embodying the popular live music scene in Denver and Boulder, Trout Steak Revival is emerging as the quintessential Colorado band. Named by Denver Westword as “Best Bluegrass Band” in 2016 and 2017 and chosen by the State of Colorado to represent the culture of its citizens on a Today Show appearance, the band draws constant recognition for its wholesome message and down-to-earth sound.

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Trout Steak Revival

drew@ramblewest.com, Booking: Ramble West Management LLC
Ever since winning the Telluride Bluegrass Festival Band Competition, Trout Steak Revival has quickly become a quintessential Colorado bluegrass band. The band won an Emmy Award for a soundtrack they contributed to a Rocky Mountain PBS. They collaborate with school children in mentoring... Read More →


Saturday September 28, 2019 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Capitol Stage 90 Fayetteville St, Raleigh, NC 27601

6:30pm

Terry Baucom's Dukes of Drive
Monroe, North Carolina native Terry Baucom’s music career started in 1970 with Charlie Moore and continued, continuing as founding member of groundbreaking bands like Boone Creek (with Ricky Skaggs and Jerry Douglas), Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, IIIrd Tyme Out and more. Winner of the 2013 IBMA Recorded Event of the Year for "What'll I Do," Baucom currently tours with his own band, "Terry Baucom's Dukes of Drive." “The Rock” was bluegrass radio’s most-played song on the Bluegrass Today chart for 2015, and the latest single “Around the Corner” is a top-10 hit. In 2008, Deering Banjos introduced the Terry Baucom Signature model. The Dunlop company also uses Baucom as an endorser, offering Terry Baucom custom sets of banjo strings. As testament to his influence, countless younger banjo players use Baucom signature licks and emulate his driving technique. In addition to playing on numerous recording sessions and producing instructional materials, Baucom teaches banjo face to face both privately and at camps and workshops. The band consists of Joey Lemons from King, NC, on mandolin and vocals; Will Jones of Cana, VA, on guitar and vocals and Joe Hannabach of Pfafftown, NC on bass.


Saturday September 28, 2019 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Davie Street Stage 80 E Davie St, Raleigh, NC 27601

6:40pm

Carolina Bluegrass Band – Univ. of N. Carolina Chapel Hill
The Carolina Bluegrass Band is one of the newest ensembles on the roster of the music department at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The band performs traditional and contemporary bluegrass and welcomes bluegrass musicians, as well as musicians from other genres who want to cross over and broaden their musical experience. It is open by audition to all students and uses all traditional instruments including acoustic guitar, banjo, fiddle, mandolin, dobro, bass, and vocals. The Carolina Bluegrass Band is part of UNC’s larger Bluegrass Initiative to bring both the study of and performance of bluegrass to the university. The band debuted in November 2016, opening for the Grammy-winning Steep Canyon Rangers in Memorial Hall, and has performed several concerts on and off campus the past three years. The band is directed by Russell Johnson.


Saturday September 28, 2019 6:40pm - 7:10pm
IBMA Youth Stage 500 S Salisbury St, Raleigh, NC 27601

6:45pm

ShadowGrass
In the summer of 2014, a group of young musicians joined together at fiddler’s conventions in Southwestern Virginia and Western North Carolina to form ShadowGrass, which has become one of the most exciting young bands in bluegrass today. They have won awards and played all over the country sharing their love of music. Although they have their own style, ShadowGrass is honored to play in the shadow of great bluegrass legends. Holding to their bluegrass roots, fast pickin’ and fresh arrangements has earned the band numerous awards in youth and adult competitions across the region. They were honored to be chosen as a featured youth band for the IBMA World of Bluegrass Festival in 2016 and 2018. They have been called “one of the most thrilling bluegrass bands to emerge from the musically rich Crooked Road area in recent memory.” The band also appeared on the Today Show with Al Roker during the 2016 IBMA World of Bluegrass Week in Raleigh. Presley and Kyser have also appeared on NBC’s “Little Big Shots.” Their foot-tapping music and charming personalities continue to draw crowds and gain fans with each new place they visit.

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Saturday September 28, 2019 6:45pm - 7:45pm
Hargett Street Stage 80 E Hargett St, Raleigh, NC 27601

7:00pm

Cane Mill Road
Growing up just down the road from Doc Watson, Billboard-charting artists Cane Mill Road rock the traditional bluegrass standards they grew up on while boldly tackling original music that walks the lines between Bluegrass, Americana, Old-time and Folk. Audiences love Cane Mill Road’s high-energy performances, easy-going on and offstage rapport and eclectic mix of originals and standards. Peers in the bluegrass industry voted Cane Mill Road one of five nominees for the International Bluegrass Music Association’s Momentum Band-of-the-Year for 2018 — an award to honor rising music stars under 30 years old. Cane Mill Road’s banjo player, Tray Wellington, was nominated for IBMA’s Momentum Instrumentalist of the Year. The four young men roam the Blue Ridge Mountain backroads driving between Deep Gap and Rocky Gap, Virginia, to meet and make music together — thus the title track of the band’s sophomore album “Gap to Gap.” The title signifies more than just the long hours on the road touring, but the spaces between the bluegrass foundation of the band’s youth and the new spaces of music they create together. Honoring the past, the band looks to the future with a blended set of traditional and contemporary music.

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Cane Mill Road

Cane Mill Road plays an eclectic mix of bluegrass, newgrass, and old-time Appalachianmountain music that they have made into their own sound. From Deep Gap, NC, theband has played internationally, on PBS/NRP, as well as nationally known festivals suchas MerleFest, IBMA, Grey Fox... Read More →


Saturday September 28, 2019 7:00pm - 7:45pm
Martin Street Stage 16 E Martin St, Raleigh, NC 27601

7:15pm

Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver
Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame member Doyle Lawson is one of the most important architects of the bluegrass genre. The critically acclaimed artist, the recipient of numerous music awards over the course of his impressive, influential 56-year career, is one of the most respected - and revered - performers in bluegrass today. Many consider DLQ as the Ivy League of bluegrass, with Lawson as the dean of students; perhaps no other band leader has mentored more student-musicians who have gone on to become major players in the bluegrass industry and beyond.


Saturday September 28, 2019 7:15pm - 8:00pm
Red Hat Amphitheater 500 S McDowell St, Raleigh, NC 27601

7:20pm

Pellissippi State Bluegrass Band – Pellissippi State Community College
The Pellissippi State Bluegrass Ensemble was established in 2009 at the urging of then college president Allen Edwards. Led by Larry Vincent, Associate Professor of Music at the college, the ensemble has performed internationally in China, Austria, the Czech Republic and Italy. The ensemble participated in IBMA’s college band showcase in 2017, and has performed in prestigious venues in the Knoxville area such as the Tennessee Theatre, the Bijou Theatre, the Museum of Appalachia and has appeared on multiple occasions on WDVX’s Blue Plate Special. Hardin Valley Thunder, the group’s unofficial name, is made up of students attending PSCC who wish to share their musical talent with our community. “Bluegrass music is a part of East Tennessee,” Edwards says. “Bluegrass has a special place in our community because of its origins in this part of the country. The Bluegrass Ensemble is a reflection of that.” Students enrolled in the course are eligible to receive scholarships for their participation.


Saturday September 28, 2019 7:20pm - 7:50pm
IBMA Youth Stage 500 S Salisbury St, Raleigh, NC 27601

7:30pm

Grassomatics
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Saturday September 28, 2019 7:30pm - 7:50pm
Lorraine's Corner 1 E Lenoir St, Raleigh, NC 27601

7:30pm

Open Dance with Charm City Junction
From dance inducing Old Time rhythms and foot stomping Irish melodies to hard-driving Bluegrass, Baltimore-based acoustic roots quartet Charm City Junction creates a fresh soundscape that keeps listeners on the edge of their seats wondering where they'll go next. Formed in 2014, Charm City Junction has taken the acoustic music scene by storm performing around the country gaining high praise along the way for their high-energy, captivating and dynamic performances. Patrick McAvinue, 2017 IBMA Fiddle Player of the Year, takes charge with his virtuosic, powerful and musical approach to the fiddle. Clawhammer banjo wizard Brad Kolodner adds his playful, driving, melodic and groovy Old-Time touch. Sean McComiskey, soars through the tunes and fills the gaps with his soulful button accordion playing. The versatile bassist Alex Lacquement drives the train, locking everything together with his commanding and tasteful choices.


Saturday September 28, 2019 7:30pm - 9:00pm
Dance Tent 1 E Lenoir St, Raleigh, NC 27601

7:45pm

Rob Ickes & Trey Hensley
Based on a mutual love of bluegrass, country, blues, western swing and stringband music of all kinds, the partnership of dobro/lap-steel player Rob Ickes and guitarist Trey Hensley continues to delight and astound audiences around the globe. Since joining forces in 2015 to cut their first Compass Records album, the Grammy-nominated “Before The Sun Goes Down,” the duo has continued to bring their music to venues near and far. They’re as close to home as Nashville’s world-famous Station Inn and as far away as Denmark’s Tonder Festival, as well as prestigious U.S. festivals including Rockygrass, ROMP, Wintergrass, Bluegrass Underground and Freshgrass. Their second Compass album, 2016’s “Country Blues,” testified to the growing diversity and expansion of their collaborative talents and repertoire. They were also key players on bluegrass giant Bobby Osborne’s highly lauded 2017 “Original” album, which garnered an IBMA Recorded Event Of The Year Award. They also appeared on Special Consensus “Fireball” album, Recorded Event winner for 2016.


Saturday September 28, 2019 7:45pm - 9:00pm
City Plaza Stage 443 Fayetteville St, Raleigh, NC 27601

8:00pm

Cumberland County Line

Saturday September 28, 2019 8:00pm - 8:20pm
Lorraine's Corner 1 E Lenoir St, Raleigh, NC 27601

8:00pm

The Ringers featuring Jerry Douglas, Dan Tyminski, Ronnie McCoury, Christian Sedelmyer, Todd Phillips
It would not be World of Bluegrass without some truly impressive super-group star power, and there’s plenty of that in The Ringers. The group’s lineup includes Jerry Douglas, ringleader of three-time IBMA entertainers of the year Earls of Leicester; Dan Tyminski, of “Man of Constant Sorrow” fame; mandolin master Ronnie McCoury, son of Del and one of the great bluegrass scions; fiddle innovator Christian Sedelmyer; and, along with bassist Todd Phillips holding it down.


Saturday September 28, 2019 8:00pm - 8:25pm
Red Hat Amphitheater 500 S McDowell St, Raleigh, NC 27601

8:00pm

The Ruta Beggars – Berklee College of Music
The Ruta Beggars formed at Berklee College of Music in 2017 when they met as students in an ensemble. The lineup includes: Sofía Chiarandini (Connecticut) – fiddle & vocals; Noah Harrington (Massachusetts) – bass & vocals; Trevin Nelson (Nebraska) – banjo & vocals; Micah Nicol (Ohio) – guitar & vocals;
Ariel Wyner (Massachusetts) – mandolin & vocals. Together they infuse traditional and original bluegrass and swing with intricate vocal harmonies, fiery instrumentals, and plenty of fun. They have appeared on Steve Martin’s Unreal Bluegrass, Brian O’Donavan’s A Celtic Sojourn and on the stages of Joe Val, Grey Fox, Ossipee Bluegrass, Podunk, and Northern Lights Festivals. They recently released their first EP. Also appearing with the Ruta Beggars are Berklee students Reed Stutz (guitar & vocals) and Josie Toney (fiddle & vocals).


Saturday September 28, 2019 8:00pm - 8:30pm
IBMA Youth Stage 500 S Salisbury St, Raleigh, NC 27601

8:00pm

Danny Paisley & Southern Grass
Danny Paisley and The Southern Grass are still deeply rooted in tradition while looking to the future with enthusiasm and anticipation. Since Danny’s father, Southern Grass founder Bob Paisley, passed away in 2004, Danny Paisley and The Southern Grass have made their own niche in the bluegrass world. Their album “The Room Over Mine” earned accolades and significant chart action, with the song “Don’t Throw Mama’s Flowers Away” winning IBMA’s 2009 Song of the Year Award. Paisley won IBMA’s 2016 Male Vocalist of the Year Award, to go with other nominations over the years for Emerging Artist of The Year, Male Vocalist of the Year and Album of the Year. Danny Paisley and The Southern Grass are a national and international touring band that frequently gets invited for return engagements. Their list of notable festivals and events include Rocky Grass, Grey Fox, Grass Valley, Del Fest, Wind Gap, Delaware Valley Bluegrass Festival and more.


Saturday September 28, 2019 8:00pm - 9:15pm
Davie Street Stage 80 E Davie St, Raleigh, NC 27601

8:00pm

Songs From the Road Band
Songs From The Road Band is Mark Schimick, Charles Humphrey III, Ryan Cavanaugh, Sam Wharton and James Schlender. Four-fifths of the band calls Asheville, North Carolina, home. Collectively, they have received top accolades in the bluegrass, Americana and jazz genres. Bassist Humphrey is an IBMA Award-winner and Grammy recipient for songrwriting, performance and producing. He's also a North Carolina Music Hall of Fame member. Nashville resident Cavanaugh has made his long-awaited return to bluegrass after 10 years of touring the world with jazz great Bill Evans and his Soulgrass project. He has been acknowledged by Bela Fleck as an acoustic pioneer on the five-string banjo. Schimick has soared to the top of the progressive and jamgrass scene on his mandolin alongside legends Larry Keel, Vassar Clements and Tony Rice. Two-time National Fiddle Champion . James Schlender has shared the stage with Chick Corea, Bobby McFerrin and George Benson. Alabama native Sam Wharton is an award-winning vocalist and guitar picker. Songs From The Road Band delivers a high energy show full of original material from their four studio albums, unmatched instrumental prowess and creative covers!

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Songs From The Road Band

brian@midwoodentertainment.com, Booking: Brian Swenk, Midwood Entertainment
Songs From The Road Band is Mark Schimick (mandolin), Sam Wharton (guitar), James Schlender (fiddle) and Charles Humphrey III (bass). These veteran acoustic musicians have collectively received top accolades in the bluegrass, Americana, and jazz genres. They are currently touring... Read More →


Saturday September 28, 2019 8:00pm - 9:15pm
Capitol Stage 90 Fayetteville St, Raleigh, NC 27601

8:15pm

Chris Jones & The Night Drivers
Chris Jones is a quadruple threat as singer, songwriter, guitarist and, thanks to his role hosting SiriusXM’s Bluegrass Junction, one of the most widely heard broadcasting voices in bluegrass music. His immediately recognizable voice, warm sense of humor and abundance of talent have combined to make him one of the music’s most distinctive personalities and strongest artists. Following apprenticeships with bluegrass legend Dave Evans and Chicago’s durable Special Consensus, Jones moved to Nashville in 1989 as a member of the band Weary Hearts, alongside Ron Block (Alison Krauss & Union Station), Mike Bub (Del McCoury Band, 18 South) and acclaimed mandolin master, the late Butch Baldassari. Forming Chris Jones & The Night Drivers in the mid-1990s, he’s led the band through a set of stellar recordings and tours while appearing and recording with some of the world’s most respected musicians including The Chieftains, Earl Scruggs, Vassar Clements and Tom T. Hall. He has performed on The Grand Ole Opry with Laurie Lewis, Lynn Morris and The Whitstein Brothers. Jones’ songs have also been recorded by other artists including the Gibson Brothers, Lou Reid & Carolina and The Chapmans.


Saturday September 28, 2019 8:15pm - 9:15pm
Hargett Street Stage 80 E Hargett St, Raleigh, NC 27601

8:30pm

The Kody Norris Show



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Kody Norris

Call it retro, hillbilly, bluegrass or rockabilly, the group strives for something Kody Norris 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... Read More →


Saturday September 28, 2019 8:30pm - 8:50pm
Lorraine's Corner 1 E Lenoir St, Raleigh, NC 27601

8:30pm

Del McCoury Band with special guests Dierks Bentley, Sam Bush, Jerry Douglas, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Jon Fishman (of Phish), and Sierra Hull
Even among the pantheon of music’s finest artists, Del McCoury stands alone. From the nascent sound of bluegrass that charmed hardscrabble hillbilly honkytonks, rural schoolhouse stages and the crowning glory of the Grand Ole Opry to the present-day culture-buzz of viral videos and digital streams, McCoury is the living link. On primetime and late-night television talk shows, there is Del. From headlining sold-out concerts to music festivals of all genres, including one carrying his namesake, there is Del. Where audiences number in the tens of thousands, and admirers as diverse as country-rock icon Steve Earle and jamband royalty Phish count as two among hundreds, there is Del. Emerging from humble beginnings in York County, Penn., nearly 80 years ago, McCoury was not the likeliest of candidates for legendary status. As a teen, he was captivated by the banjo playing of one of its masters, Earl Scruggs, and decided he’d be a banjo picker, too. The Baltimore/Washington, D.C. bar scene of the early 1960s was lively and rough. McCoury caught the opportunity of a lifetime, joining Bill Monroe's Blue Grass Boys in early 1963. Considered the Father of Bluegrass, Monroe transformed McCoury, moving him from the banjo to guitar, anointing him lead singer and providing him with a priceless trove of bluegrass tutelage direct from the source. He has continued apace. 

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Dierks Bentley

In the Fall of 2010, Dierks Bentley played four shows in four nights in New York City that illustrate just how unique he is among contemporary country music artists. First, Dierks the multi-platinum arena headliner played his hits at the Bowery Ballroom. Then Dierks the bluegrass... Read More →
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Jon Fishman

Jon Fishman (born February 19, 1965) is an American drummer known for his work with the ... The band Phish was named after him (he is commonly referred to as "Fish" among many other nicknames.
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Preservation Hall Jazz Band

At a moment when musical streams are crossing with unprecedented frequency, it’s crucial to remember that throughout its history, New Orleans has been the point at which sounds and cultures from around the world converge, mingle, and resurface, transformed by the Crescent City’s... Read More →


Saturday September 28, 2019 8:30pm - 11:00pm
Red Hat Amphitheater 500 S McDowell St, Raleigh, NC 27601

8:40pm

Eastern Kentucky University Bluegrass Band – Eastern Kentucky University
Though the Ensemble was primarily formed to perform as part of the 2017 Festival of Flowers in Medellin, Columbia, the bigger mission of the EKU Bluegrass Ensemble is to bring together a group of students with an interest in performing bluegrass, old time, gospel, and acoustic country music. Instructor Pam Perry Combs, a Grammy-nominated artist, considers herself a “coach” for those students who are interested in broadening their music experiences. Most of the students involved in this Ensemble are music majors.
In the summer of 2017 the Ensemble performed as part of a cultural exchange for Colombo-Americano, an organization which teaches English to students all around Colombia. Colombo-Americano invited the group to take part in the Festival of Flowers, a week-long festival including the world parade of silleteros, or flower vendors, in the city of Medellin, Columbia. During the month of August, La Feria de Los Flores (The Flower Festival) attracts people from all the world, including the USA, Australia, and Europe just to witness the special attractions that include a trail ride through town on horses, orchid competition, music festivals, and parade of silleteros. In addition to the Festival of Flowers, the Ensemble performed at several universities all around Colombia and participated in workshops at all levels of education - elementary to college. The Bluegrass Ensemble performed at IBMA’s Wide Open Bluegrass showcase for college bands in 2018, and they’re pleased to be returning in 2019. The group also performs at university events, as well as bluegrass music festivals and concerts throughout Kentucky.


Saturday September 28, 2019 8:40pm - 9:10pm
IBMA Youth Stage 500 S Salisbury St, Raleigh, NC 27601

9:00pm

Garrett Newton Band
Garrett Newton is a gifted young banjo player from Eastern North Carolina. At a young age, he began attending local bluegrass picking sessions and quickly became enamored with the traditional bluegrass sound. He has devoted significant time to learning the history and absorbing the recordings of the first generation of bluegrass artists, and it clearly shows in the style and drive of his banjo playing. Newton may not have a lot of years under his belt but he is one heck of a talent, and the Garrett Newton Band highlights the best that bluegrass has to offer. The current release, YOUNG HEART, OLD SOUL (Pinecastle Records), showcases how raw talent paired with veteran bluegrass musicians offers a new sound that is sweet music to the genre. Their single “Country Poor and Country Proud” is currently charting on both the Bluegrass National and Roots Music Report charts.


Saturday September 28, 2019 9:00pm - 9:45pm
Lorraine's Corner 1 E Lenoir St, Raleigh, NC 27601

9:20pm

Denison University Bluegrass Band – Denison Univ.
The Denison University Bluegrass Ensemble (Granville Ohio) is comprised of exceptional student performers with all levels of professional and personal musical experience. Under the direction of Adam Schlenker, the DU Bluegrass program strives to cultivate an interest in traditional American roots music within new students, as well as advance knowledge and performance skills in students wishing to major/minor within the school's bluegrass degree. Each band member also upholds individual responsibility as an outstanding liberal-arts student, thriving on balancing a demanding interdisciplinary schedule while actively participating in music lessons, performances, jam sessions, and involvement within the local and extended community. Throughout the program's existence, members have had the pleasure of performing at venues across the United States, sharing the stage with artists including The Special Consensus, Ricky
Skaggs, The Lonesome River Band, Tim O’ Brien & Bryan Sutton, Alison Brown, Blue Highway, and Bobby Hicks. Following the liberal arts philosophy, students can immerse themselves in their music studies via a major or minor, or they can stay connected to the music they love while majoring in a separate
discipline, making the Denison experience unique for every student.


Saturday September 28, 2019 9:20pm - 9:50pm
IBMA Youth Stage 500 S Salisbury St, Raleigh, NC 27601

9:30pm

Volume Five
Volume Five celebrated their 10th anniversary as a band in 2018 with yet another Billboard top-10 bluegrass chart album – “Milestones.” As with their last hit album, “Drifter” (also on Mountain Fever Records), the group continues to demonstrate the various styles of bluegrass that have earned them critical acclaim from media, radio and their peers. In 2017, Volume Five was honored with two International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) Awards, Emerging Artist of the Year and the prestigious Song of the Year (for “I Am A Drifter” written by Donna Ulisse and Marc Rossi). The band includes the talents of Glen Harrell on Fiddle & Vocals; Patton Wages on Banjo & Vocals; Jacob Burleson on Guitar & Vocals; Jeff Partin on Bass; and newest member, Adam Steffey on Mandolin and Vocals. Volume Five was founded by leader Glen Harrell in early 2008 and has now grown into one of bluegrass music’s most unique new acts.

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Saturday September 28, 2019 9:30pm - 11:00pm
City Plaza Stage 443 Fayetteville St, Raleigh, NC 27601

9:45pm

Joe Newberry & Tommy Edwards
Two-time IBMA song-of-the-year winner Joe Newberry is a Missouri native and North Carolina transplant who has played music most of his life. His powerful and innovative banjo playing, songwriting, guitar skills, fiddling and singing has delighted audiences around the world. Tommy Edwards is leader of The Bluegrass Experience, one of the most-respected traditional-music groups in the Southeast. These two old friends don’t get the chance to play together nearly as often as they’d like but have a big old time when they do, and they’re teaming up to do a special collaboration during World of Bluegrass.

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Joe Newberry

Showcase Artist, Compton & Newberry
Joe Newberry is an IBMA Award-winning songwriter and musician.  A frequent guest on A Prairie Home Companion, he was a featured singer on the 2016 Transatlantic Sessions, and at the Transatlantic Session's debut at Merlefest in 2017. The Gibson Brothers’ version of his song “Singing... Read More →


Saturday September 28, 2019 9:45pm - 11:00pm
Capitol Stage 90 Fayetteville St, Raleigh, NC 27601

9:45pm

Sideline
Sideline is a pedigreed six-piece powerhouse whose style has set the pace in bluegrass for over two decades. Founders Steve Dilling, Skip Cherryholmes and Jason Moore can all claim their own historical significance as members of highly awarded groups, multiple Grand Ole Opry appearances and years of national and international touring. What started as a side project soon moved front and center as the three were joined by guitarist Bailey Coe, mandolinist Troy Boone and fiddler Daniel Greeson to record and release albums in earnest. Listening to Sideline reminds the fan why so many people fall in love with bluegrass in the first place: pulse-pounding drive, songs sung from the heart, perfect timing and dynamics as well as visceral emotion in the rendering. A band that started as an off-season fun experiment has become a full-time dream team of players and singers. Recorded or live, the band moves dynamically from well-chosen, hard-hitting neo-traditional covers of classic songs to new material curated by a band with a perfect sense of who they are and what they have to say.

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Saturday September 28, 2019 9:45pm - 11:00pm
Davie Street Stage 80 E Davie St, Raleigh, NC 27601

9:55pm

Violet Bell
Blending pop sensibilities with classical chops and folk traditions, “Violet Bell puts an avant-garde twist on traditional roots music” (INDY Week). This “elegant marriage of strings and vocals” is “delicate yet powerful,” (Encore Magazine) breathing new life into the traditional Americana sound. Singer-songwriter Lizzy Ross “channels the spirit of Eva Cassidy,” while multi-instrumentalist Omar Ruiz-Lopez’s violin performance is “chocolate,” resulting in an undeniable onstage chemistry that captivates audiences of all ages (Woodsongs Old-Time Radio Show). Performing as a duo or quintet, Violet Bell are equally at home in a performing arts center or an intimate listening space. They have mesmerized audiences across America with their “fiery live performances” (The Boot), offering “a mashup of classical, soul, bluegrass, jazz, old-time and blues that floats effortlessly” (Greensboro News & Record). This unique blend of skill, innovation and joy has not gone unnoticed. In their young career, they have been featured at festivals and events across the country, including Americanafest 2018, WoodSongs, Rooster Walk Festival, Grassroots Festival, the Charleston Bluegrass Festival, and many more. In 2020, the quintet will tour internationally as musical ambassadors for the US State Department. They'll release their new album, Honey in My Heart, at NC's iconic Cat's Cradle in October.



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Saturday September 28, 2019 9:55pm - 11:00pm
Hargett Street Stage 80 E Hargett St, Raleigh, NC 27601

10:00pm

Amanda Cook Band
Originally from Jay, Florida, Amanda Cook acquired a love of bluegrass from her father, who played banjo throughout her childhood. Forming the bluegrass group High Cotton with her father in 2007 gave her a taste of performing, fueling a fire to continue as a professional. In 2013, Cook stepped out on her own to self-release her first solo album “One Stop Along the Road.” The project made it to the top 150 Roots Music Bluegrass Album Charts for 2014 and 2015 (#61 for 2015 #56 for 2014). The album also brought significant regional attention and furthered the desire to grow her brand, resulting in the addition of a full touring band. In 2017, Cook signed with Mountain Fever Records and recorded her label debut "Deep Water." Cook was excited for her second album project, especially that she and bandmate Carolyne VanLierop co-wrote the title track. Released in April 2019, "Point of No Return" is a true example of her artistic growth. Cook has created quite a loyal fan-base through her palpable delivery of soul-wrenching songs. And her light-hearted, down-to-earth style helps create an undeniably strong connection with her audience.


Saturday September 28, 2019 10:00pm - 10:30pm
Lorraine's Corner 1 E Lenoir St, Raleigh, NC 27601

10:00pm

BJUgrass – Bob Jones University
BJUgrass is a 6 piece bluegrass band from Bob Jones University in Greenville, South Carolina. Made up of 5 BJU students and the president of the university - Steve Pettit, who bought his first mandolin at the Old Town School Music Store in Chicago, Illinois in 1992 - BJUgrass formed in 2018. The band members are Madison Skillman (fiddle), Mariah Skillman (guitar), Caleb Rollins (banjo), Carson Aaron (bass), Grace Aaron (guitar), and Dr. Steve Pettit (mandolin). BJUgrass plays traditional bluegrass, gospel, and hymns at a variety of venues including dinners, concerts, and churches in North Carolina, South Carolina, West
Virginia, and Georgia.


Saturday September 28, 2019 10:00pm - 10:30pm
IBMA Youth Stage 500 S Salisbury St, Raleigh, NC 27601

10:30pm

Larry Efaw & The Bluegrass Mountaineers
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Larry Efaw & The Bluegras Mountaineers

New Franklin, Ohio’s Larry Efaw has been a cornerstone in the tradition of the bluegrass music genre. Playing the guitar and mandolin since the of age of 7, he is proud to be the fourth generation of a family band, The Bluegrass Mountaineers, to create his own sound of bluegrass... Read More →


Saturday September 28, 2019 10:30pm - 11:00pm
Lorraine's Corner 1 E Lenoir St, Raleigh, NC 27601