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Dr. Ralph Stanley with Family & Friends

Dr. Ralph Stanley with Family & Friends

Dr. Ralph Stanley with Family & Friends featuring Nathan Stanley and the Clinch Mountain Boys. It was the look on everybody’s faces that tickled Jim Lauderdale the most about the recent recording sessions for Ralph Stanley’s new album of duets, Man of Constant Sorrow. No matter how many millions of albums sold and awards won, rock gods, country superstars and iconic singers alike all reacted with awe and nervousness when they joined Stanley and his Clinch Mountain Boys in Nashville to record new versions of his most beloved songs.

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Friday

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Dr. Ralph Stanley

Dr. Ralph Stanley

Dr. Ralph Stanley has performed continually since 1946. The patriarch of traditional and bluegrass music still does over 150 dates a year. He has written and recorded many songs that have become bluegrass standards. Stanley’s music, particularly his high, mournful vocals is so raw, powerful and authentic that it has moved and inspired performers from all musical genres. Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, Dwight Yoakum, Vince Gill, Jerry Garcia, Hal Ketchum, Patty Loveless, John Anderson credit Stanley as a major inspiration.

 

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Del McCoury Band

Del McCoury Band

Among the most distinguished practitioners of traditional bluegrass, Del McCoury was the epitome of the “high lonesome sound” for over three decades. The most awarded band in the history of bluegrass! Vince Gill says it simply, and maybe best: “I’d rather hear Del McCoury sing Are You Teasing Me’ than just about anything.” For fifty years, Del’s music has defined authenticity for hard core bluegrass fans.

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Hot Rize with Special Guests Red Knuckles and the Trail Blazers

Hot Rize with Special Guests Red Knuckles and the Trail Blazers

It didn’t take long after Tim O’Brien, Pete Wernick, Nick Forster, and Charles Sawtelle first appeared onstage together in 1978 for the bluegrass music world to realize that the Colorado band, Hot Rize, was something special.  And by the time they bowed off the stage as a full-time act in 1990, they’d not only climbed to the top of that world as the International Bluegrass Music Association’s very first Entertainers of the Year, but their stature was recognized across the board, with a nomination for a then-new bluegrass Grammy, a four-star album review in Rolling Stone, tours across four continents, and a legion of up-and-coming, broad-minded young musicians ranging from String Cheese Incident to mando monster Chris Thile learning their songs and singing their praises.

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BÉLA FLECK & Abigail Washburn

BÉLA FLECK & Abigail Washburn

Banjoists Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn have mastered the deceptively intricate art of the duet. Their performances embrace a diversity almost unthinkable – coming from just
two banjos and one voice. Washburn’s beguiling composing, playing and singing blend with Fleck’s riveting and virtuosic musicianship to create music both unique yet familiar
in texture.

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Sierra Hull

Sierra Hull

A good chunk of popular music’s real estate has been carved up along lines of age these last half-dozen decades, and we’re used to seeing young musicians aim exclusively for young audiences then flounder as they outgrow teenaged listeners’ tastes and concerns. Pan-generational mentoring and mingling has done much to insulate bluegrass from this coming-of-age quandary. Still, Sierra Hull is the rare soul to make it through these years entirely unscathed.

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Driven

Driven

From a late night, impromptu jam session where some of the members first met, Driven has emerged as a band that John Lawless of Bluegrass Today proclaimed to be “as strong contender” for headliner status as anyone currently working the circuit.” That jam not only led to deep friendships among the members but also quickly grew into a powerful and innovative musical partnership.

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SWBA Bluegrass Kids

SWBA Bluegrass Kids

The SWBA Bluegrass Kids – The Southwest Bluegrass Association conducts a School Program that brings bluegrass music and instruments into the classroom, thereby introducing this uniquely American form of music to the next generation.  The program is part of the Victor Elementary School District’s curriculum of the regular school day.  Since 2006, students from our school program have attended Huck Finn Jubilee, accompanied by Eric Nordbeck, their instructor and SWBA School Program Chairperson.  The kids have appeared before a very responsive and enthusiastic audience on the Huck Finn main stage and on the stage in the Entertainers Camp area.

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Saturday

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Railroad Earth

Railroad Earth

Railroad Earth is one of Americaʼs greatest bands playing today, plain and simple. They sing of our nationʼs changing landscape and social ills with a commitment reminiscent of Woody Guthrie, while interpolating instrumental timbres that could have been pulled from Celtic or Cajun culture. And as anyone who has caught them live will attest, their concerts are imbued with the fire-in-the-belly passion of straight-ahead, blue collar rock & roll. Then there is the newest album from the New Jersey sextet, which is the most cohesive embodiment of their myriad gifts to date—hence the decision to simply call it Railroad Earth—showcasing nine new selections that draw strength and inspiration from an acknowledgment of our shared past, while also embracing new ideas and celebrating diversity… just like America when she is at her best.

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Jeff Austin Band

Jeff Austin Band

Jeff Austin (formerly of Yonder Mountain String Band) and his Band featuring Danny Barnes, Ross Martin and Eric Thorin. Mandolinist Jeff Austin is unstoppable. He is celebrated for his fleet fingers and penchant for improvisation on stage, but those qualities also speak volumes about how he chooses to live. Austin has cultivated his natural musical abilities and allowed himself to be driven by his boldest instincts.  In this way, he has been able to build positive, exciting momentum around his life’s greatest passion.

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Steep Canyon Rangers

Steep Canyon Rangers

The Steep Canyon Rangers are an American bluegrass band from Brevard, North Carolina. In 2013 their album Nobody Knows You won a Grammy for Best Bluegrass Album. The previous year, their 2012 collaboration with Steve Martin, Rare Bird Alert, was nominated for the same award. The International Bluegrass Music Association awarded Martin and Steep Canyon Rangers Entertainer of the Year in 2011. In 2008, the band received a nomination from International Bluegrass Music Association for “Album and Gospel Performance of the Year”.

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Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder

Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder

A life full of music. That’s the story of Ricky Skaggs. By age twenty-one, he was already considered a “recognized master” of one of America’s most demanding art forms, but his career took him in other directions, catapulting him to popularity and success in the mainstream of country music. His life’s path has taken him to various musical genres, from where it all began in bluegrass music, to striking out on new musical journeys, while still leaving his musical roots intact.

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Lonesome River Band

Lonesome River Band

Lonesome River Band continues their reputation as one of the most respected names in bluegrass music. Virginia Country Music Hall of Famer and multi-award winning banjo picker, Sammy Shelor (banjo and harmony vocals) has put together a wealth of talent that includes: Brandon Rickman (lead & harmony vocals and guitar); Mike Hartgrove (fiddle); Barry Reed (bass, harmony vocals); and Randy Jones (lead & harmony vocals, mandolin) all performing the distinctive LRB sound fans love.

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Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen

Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen

Repeatedly tagged as one of the most exciting bands on the bluegrass scene, the 2015 Grammy Nominated group for Best Bluegrass Album and winner of the 2014 International Bluegrass Music Association’s Instrumental Group of the Year Award, Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen have earned a slew of accolades since joining forces in the Washington, D.C. area, a longtime breeding ground for some of the genre’s finest players. Lead vocalist/mandolinist/fiddler Solivan and bassist Dan Booth have known one another since they were teens in Alaska; they’re joined by banjoist Mike Munford, winner of IBMA’s 2013 Banjo Player of The Year Award, and guitarist Chris Luquette, who won IBMA’s 2013 Instrumentalist of The Year Momentum Award.

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Detour

Detour

Detour is a Michigan-based bluegrass band that combines original contemporary bluegrass sounds with great traditional favorites. Detour’s tight focused harmonies, precision instrumentals, and creative melodies take you down a unique bluegrass road. The band’s talented line-up features the soaring lead vocals of Missy Armstrong, the championship fiddling of Peter Knupfer, the inventive rhythm lines of Jack Grant on bass, the soulful guitar of Scott Zylstra, the hard driving mandolin and superb song writing of Jeff Rose, and the stellar banjo playing of Kevin Gaugier.

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Leftover Salmon

Leftover Salmon

Looking back over the past 25 years of rootsy, string-based music, the impact of Leftover Salmon is impossible to deny. Formed in Boulder at the end of 1989, the Colorado slamgrass pioneers took their form of aggressive bluegrass to rock and roll bars at a time when it wasn’t so common, helping Salmon become a pillar of the jam band scene and unwitting architects of the jamgrass genre. Today, Leftover Salmon is: Vince Herman (vocals, acoustic guitar, washboard); Drew Emmitt (vocals, acoustic and electric mandolin, electric guitar, fiddle); Andy Thorn (vocals, acoustic and electric banjo); Greg Garrison (vocals, acoustic and electric bass); Alwyn Robinson (drums); Bill Payne (vocals, keyboards).

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Greensky Bluegrass

Greensky Bluegrass

By playing up to 175 shows a year, mostly in rock clubs and more open-minded festivals like Telluride, Austin City Limits, Bonnaroo, and the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, Greensky Bluegrass became a word-of-mouth underground sensation, cultivating a devoted legion of fans entranced both by the band’s improvisational acumen and the quality of their songwriting. Then and now, despite their wide-ranging musical interests, Greensky continues to work within the structure of a classic five-man stringband. “The cool thing about a bluegrass band or, really, any drummerless band,” Hoffman explains, “is that it’s like acoustic chamber music — challenging, exciting, and fun to play.”

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Keller Williams’ Grateful Grass

Keller Williams’ Grateful Grass

Keller Williams’ Grateful Grass delivers anything-but-traditional bluegrass versions of Grateful Dead favorites. Grateful Grass often times has a rotating lineup and so far, has included collaborations with The Keels, Keith Moseley (SCI), Jeff Austin (Yonder Mountain String Band), Michael Kang (SCI), Reed Mathis (Tea Leaf Green, Mark Beneveto Trio), Bill Nershi (SCI), Allie Kral, Vince Herman (Leftover Salmon) and Sam Grisman. Grateful Grass: Loose interpretations of Grateful Dead songs done in a bluegrass style. Take my fascination with Grateful Dead songs and mix it together with my love of psychedelic improvisational bluegrass music and out burps this project.

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The Infamous Stringdusters

The Infamous Stringdusters

The Infamous Stringdusters consist of Andy Falco (guitar), Travis Book (bass), Jeremy Garrett (fiddle), Andy Hall (dobro), and Chris Pandolfi (banjo). They sound like no one else, combining virtuosic chops on five traditional bluegrass instruments, with an ethos of pushing the genre forward. The Stringdusters’ live shows take improvised string band music to new places, combining musicianship and songwriting with experimental performance and a contagious energy flowing between the band and crowd. Their groundbreaking musical proficiency is earning them critical acclaim, awards, and nominations aplenty; and has even attracted the attention of musical legends Phil Lesh and John Scofield, who have joined The ‘Dusters on stage to offer up unforgettable, raucously crowd-pleasing sit-ins.

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Russell Moore & IIIRD Tyme Out

Russell Moore & IIIRD Tyme Out

The International Bluegrass Music Association’s (IBMA) most awarded Male Vocalist of the Year (5-time career), Russell Moore, is truly at the top of his game. Fronting one of
the most popular bands in bluegrass history; Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out is celebrating nearly 25 years as one of the genres most awarded and influential groups in modern day bluegrass. All in all, the band has garnered over 50 industry accolades since their inception in 1991 including being named the IBMA’s Vocal Group of the Year seven consecutive years.

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Blue Highway

Blue Highway

Blue Highway is indisputably one of the most esteemed and influential groups in contemporary bluegrass. The band’s nine exceptional albums and compelling live performances give proof to the stellar reviews, Grammy nominations, and numerous awards earned by the band since it first took the stage on December 31, 1994, with the same musicians that comprise Blue Highway today. Blue Highway has five gifted writers in its ranks. Rob and Jason turn out the heart-pounding instrumentals, while Shawn, Tim and Wayne give Blue Highway a depth of songwriting talent unprecedented in sixty years of bluegrass bands.

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