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Friday, September 27
 

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.

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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

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

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.

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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.

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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

12:15pm

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.

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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

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

1:15pm

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

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.

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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.

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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

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

2:30pm

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

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

3:30pm

Cuttin' Grass

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

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

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

5:15pm

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

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

6:30pm

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

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

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

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
 
Saturday, September 28
 

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
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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 →
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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

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.

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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

12:15pm

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.

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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.

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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

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.

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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

1:30pm

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."

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

1:50pm

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.

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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.

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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

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

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

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

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

3:40pm

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

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

4:15pm

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

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

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

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

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

7:30pm

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

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

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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

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

9:45pm

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