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String Cheese Incident

String Cheese Incident

Over the past decade, The String Cheese Incident has emerged as one of America’s most significant independent bands. Born in 1993 in Colorado’s Rocky Mountains, SCI has since released 6 albums, 3 DVDs and countless live recordings from their relentless tour schedule. Their 14 year history is packed full of surreal experiences, epic moments, groundbreaking involvement and huge accomplishments. They have been recognized for their commitment to musical creativity and integrity, for their community spirit, philanthropic endeavors, and for their innovative approach to the business of music.

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Keller Williams with the Travelin’ McCourys

Keller Williams with the Travelin’ McCourys

They are the latest incarnation of the most awarded band in the history of bluegrass –The Del McCoury Band. Keller Williams is known as one of the most innovative solo singer/songwriters of this generation. What happens when the two join forces? The live stage may never be the same. Brought together by equal parts mutual admiration and the desire to change the musical landscape while staying true to their roots, The Travelin’ McCourys and Keller Williams are a perfect – albeit unexpected – fit.

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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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The Del McCoury Band

The 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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Sam Bush

Sam Bush

Grammy Award winning multi-instrumentalist Sam Bush doesn’t seem old enough to be a musical legend. And he’s not. But he is. Alternately known as the King of Telluride and the King of Newgrass, Bush has been honored by the Americana Music Association and the International Bluegrass Music Association. Bush has helped to expand the horizons of bluegrass music, fusing it with jazz, rock, blues, funk and other styles. He’s the co-founder of the genre-bending New Grass Revival and an in-demand musician who has played with everyone from Emmylou Harris and Bela Fleck to Charlie Haden, Lyle Lovett and Garth Brooks.

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Rhonda Vincent

Rhonda Vincent

Famously crowned as “The New Queen of Bluegrass” by the Wall Street Journal, and the most decorated artist in that field. Vincent’s music incorporates savvy contemporary touches while drawing deeply from the authentic traditions of classic bluegrass, with a flawless band that can execute break-neck instrumentals to heart wrenching ballads. Her latest project “Taken” features special guests ranging from Dolly Parton to Richard Marx. With over eighty awards to their name, Rhonda Vincent and the Rage are the most celebrated band in bluegrass.

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The Gibson Brothers

The Gibson Brothers

The Gibson Brothers were voted 2013 Entertainers of the Year at the IBMA World of Bluegrass 24th Annual Awards Show in Raleigh, N.C. We also won the Vocal Group of the Year, Song of the Year (“They Called It Music”) and Eric was named the Songwriter of the Year.

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Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver

Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver

With nearly 40 albums to their credit, Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver have multiple Grammy, Dove, ICM, IBMA and SPBGMA Award nominations, and are 7-time winners of IBMA’s Vocal Group of the Year. Lawson is reigning SPBGMA Mandolin Player of the Year, and Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver are the reigning Inspirational Country Music Association (ICM) Vocal Group of the Year, crowned in October 2012 at Nashville’s Schermerhorn Symphony Center, on the heels of Lawson’s induction into the International Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame at the Ryman Auditorium on September 27, 2012.

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Junior Sisk & Ramblers Choice

Junior Sisk & Ramblers Choice

From the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia comes one of bluegrass music’s most honest voices in the genre’s history, Junior Sisk. Over the years, his haunting, almost lonesome vocals have earned him the devotion of countless traditional bluegrass fans from all over the world.

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The Boxcars

The Boxcars

2013 was good to The Boxcars. They won the IBMA Instrumental Group of the Year award for the third year in a row! And Adam Steffey took home the 2013 IBMA Mandolin Player of the Year! What a great group of guy to play music with!

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SteelDrivers

SteelDrivers

Only Nashville could give birth to a band like the SteelDrivers: a group of seasoned veterans –each distinguished in his or her own right, each valued in the town’s commercial community – who are seizing an opportunity to follow their hearts to their souls’ reward. In doing so, they are braiding their bluegrass roots with new threads of their own design, bringing together country, soul, and other contemporary influences to create an unapologetic hybrid that is old as the hills but fresh as the morning dew. This is new music with the old feeling. SteelDrivers fan Vince Gill describes the band’s fusion as simply “an incredible combination.”

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Chris Jones & the Night Drivers

Chris Jones & the Night Drivers

Chris Jones. Founder and front man of The Night Drivers, Chris Jones is a quadruple threat as a singer, a songwriter, a guitarist—and, thanks to his role hosting SiriusXM’s Bluegrass Junction, as one of the most widely heard broadcasting voice in bluegrass. His immediately recognizable voice, warm sense of humor and abundance of talent have combined to make him one of the music’s most distinctive personalities, and one of its strongest artists.

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Bluegrass Etc

Bluegrass Etc

Bluegrass Etc. performs a hard hitting show of instrumental expertise, vocal precision and stage personality that never fails to entertain. The group is well known internationally and tours more than eighteen countries per year, performing more than 200 shows annually at festivals and in concert. Bluegrass Etc. consists of John Moore (mandolin, guitar, vocals), Dennis Caplinger (banjo, fiddle, vocals), and Bill Bryson (bass, vocals). The band has its roots in bluegrass music, but has evolved over the years into a much more dynamic and eclectic acoustic band.

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Dan Crary and Thunderation

Dan Crary and Thunderation

Dan Crary, Steve Spurgin, and Martin Stevens come together rooted deep in traditional music; together, they entertain audiences with new songs and old stories, blazing instrumental virtuosity, and deep- down, powerfully felt musical moments.

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The Salty Suites

The Salty Suites

Scott Gates, Chuck Hailes, Chelsea Williams and Elaine Gregston are Salty Suites. Scott on vocals, mandolin and guitar; Chuck on bass and vocals; Chelsea Williams brings vocals and guitar, all bringing amazing musical expertise in both original compositions and covers ranging from old Ireland to current hits.

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Lonesome Otis

Lonesome Otis

Lonesome Otis is an established bluegrass band based in Southern California. LO is a combination of new and experienced talent and with its ability to provide clean instrumentals and harmonies, is guaranteed to satisfy even the most critical of bluegrass music aficionados.
LO is a dedicated band that specializes in hard-driving, traditional bluegrass. Their set lists include traditional, gospel and original songs written by the band members themselves.

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Next Generation

Next Generation

Next Generation formed as the “Demo” band at San Diego Summergrass Festival 2010 to demonstrate the raffle instruments that were to be raffled by the festival. The band was very well received by the attendees of the festival. The professional bands performing at the festival were also very impressed with the remarkable talent of all the Next Generation members. Their tight harmonies, along with the clarity and timing of their instrumentals, made them sound like an established band that had been together much longer than the few days they performed at Summergrass.

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SWBA Bluegrass Kids

SWBA Bluegrass Kids

Supported by Southwest Bluegrass Association, the SWBA Bluegrass Kids are 3rd-6th grade students, in the Victor Elementary School District, learning about and playing real American music.