The Country Grass Bluegrass Band: A Symphony of Talent with Allen Dyer, Wayne Morris, Lorraine Jordan, Matt Hooper, Garrett Newton, and Kent Dixon


Austust 2024

Bluegrass music, with its roots in the Appalachian region, has always been a genre that exudes authenticity and raw emotion. One band that epitomizes the spirit of bluegrass is The Country Grass Bluegrass Band, featuring a stellar lineup of musicians: Allen Dyer, Wayne Morris, Lorraine Jordan, Matt Hooper, Garrett Newton, and Kent Dixon. This article delves into the unique contributions of each member, their collective journey, and the impact they have made on the bluegrass scene.

The Genesis of The Country Grass Bluegrass Band

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Tim White and the Harmonious Legacy of Song of the Mountains


2025

In the heart of Appalachia, where the echoes of bluegrass and traditional American music reverberate through the mountains, Tim White has carved a niche that resonates with the soulful cadence of this rich musical heritage. "Song of the Mountains," a syndicated television program, stands as a testament to White's dedication to preserving and celebrating the region's cultural tapestry. As the host and a fervent advocate for Appalachian music, Tim White's journey intertwines with the stories and melodies that define this American musical landscape.

The Genesis of a Musical Odyssey

Tim White's path to becoming the steward of Appalachian music's legacy was not merely a career choice but a calling. Born and raised amidst the vibrant musical traditions of Southwest Virginia, White's early life was imbued with the sounds of banjos, fiddles, and soul-stirring harmonies. This immersive environment nurtured his deep appreciation for the genre, guiding him toward a lifelong commitment to its preservation and promotion.

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Authentic Unlimited


2025

Harmony and Heritage: The Rise of Authentic Unlimited in Bluegrass Music

The bluegrass band Authentic Unlimited is a dynamic and celebrated group formed by former members of Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver after Doyle Lawson retired from regular touring. The band consists of Jerry Cole, Eli Johnston, and Stephen Burwell, who were part of Quicksilver's last touring band. They are joined by John Meador and Jesse Brock, who bring their vocal and instrumental talents to create a powerful and cohesive musical ensemble. Authentic Unlimited prides itself on performing a blend of bluegrass and gospel music, showcasing their expertise through captivating vocal harmonies and instrumental prowess.

The recognition Authentic Unlimited received at the 2023 IBMA Bluegrass Music Awards with their wins in both the "Vocal Group of the Year" and "New Artist of the Year" categories marks a significant milestone in their career. These awards not only validate their exceptional talent and the quality of their music but also spotlight their impactful entry into the bluegrass music scene.

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Tennessee Bluegrass Band


Saturday, April 13, 2024

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Jerry Butler


Saturday, April 13, 2024

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Liam Purcell & Cane Mill Road


Friday, April 12, 2024

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Junior Sisk Band


Friday, April 12, 2024

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The Harmonic Journey of Remedy Tree: Floridas Modern Bluegrass Sensation

Saturday, April 13, 2024

Remedy Tree is a dynamic bluegrass band from the sunny state of Florida. It began as the creative brainchild of Gabriel Acevedo in 2015. Starting as an indie-folk band, they gradually transitioned into a bluegrass ensemble, fulfilling Gabriel's dream. Today, the band includes Gabriel Acevedo (vocals, guitar, and fiddle), his wife Abigail Acevedo (guitar, bass), Aaron Morse (mandolin), and Benny McDowell (banjo).

Gabriel started writing songs at a young age and, along with his brother, formed several bluegrass bands between 2008 and 2014. In 2015, he and Abigail established Remedy Tree, setting the foundation for a new era in their musical journey. The band's lineup, with each member bringing their distinct musical flair, contributes to the unique and energetic sound that defines Remedy Tree.

Musical Style and Influences

Remedy Tree blends the essence of old-time traditional bluegrass and Americana with contemporary tunes, creating a refreshing and engaging musical experience. Their songs are lyric-driven, with each composition echoing their passion for storytelling through music.

Influenced by renowned artists such as Old Crow Medicine Show, Mandolin Orange, and The Avett Brothers, Remedy Tree's music is a harmonious mix of roots Americana, bluegrass, and old-time tunes. This blend allows them to appeal to a broad audience, bridging the gap between traditional bluegrass fans and those new to the genre. Their vision is to entertain and remedy the listeners' sorrows through their music.

Community Engagement and Impact

Remedy Tree's engagement with the community goes beyond their performances. They are actively involved in music festivals, events, and workshops, bringing their music to a diverse audience. Their participation in the Bluegrass Ramble artists at the World of Bluegrass conference in Raleigh, NC, highlights their commitment to the bluegrass community.

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Exploring the Energetic World of Coyote Ugly Bluegrass Band


2025

This fantastic group from Kingsport, Tennessee, is known for its dynamic performances and heartwarming harmonies. Comprised of members of different ages and personalities, Coyote Ugly brings a unique and energetic presence to the bluegrass circuit.

Coyote Ugly's story is one of passion and musical harmony. The band's formation in the vibrant bluegrass scene of Tennessee brought together individuals who shared a common love for this traditional music style. Their name, Coyote Ugly, reflects their performances' playful and spirited nature. The band consists of Joey Cox on banjo, Vince Bullins on mandolin, Tom Horton on guitar, David Chrisley on bass, and Beverly Horton on lead vocals.

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Strumming Heartstrings: The Harmonious Journey of Chris Jones and the Night Drivers

Saturday, April 13, 2024

If you're a fan of heartwarming tunes and soulful melodies, you're in for a treat with Chris Jones; his deep, soothing voice and masterful guitar skills have been a significant figure in the bluegrass music scene. Alongside his talented band, the Night Drivers, they have created a blend of music that resonates with fans all around the world. But what makes Chris and his band so special? Let's find out as we explore their journey, music, and their impact on the bluegrass community.

The Journey of Chris Jones in Bluegrass Music

Chris Jones's journey into the heart of bluegrass music is as fascinating as his tunes. Born with a passion for music, Chris discovered his love for the guitar at a young age. His deep appreciation for traditional bluegrass and country sounds shaped his musical style. But what truly sets Chris apart is not just his talent but his dedication to his craft.

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Blending Traditions: The Evolutionary Path of Lorraine Jordan & Carolina Road in Bluegrass Music


2025

The formation of Lorraine Jordan & Carolina Road in the late 1990s marked the beginning of a remarkable journey in the bluegrass genre. Founded by Lorraine Jordan, a mandolin virtuoso and a respected figure in the bluegrass community, the band with members including Ben Greene, Randy Graham, Matt Hooper and Allen Dyer, embraced the essence of traditional bluegrass while injecting their unique blend of innovation. They have since become synonymous with the preservation of bluegrass traditions and the exploration of new musical territories.

The band's narrative is a compelling tale of innovation, tradition, and collaboration. Albums like "Back to My Roots" and "Country Grass" highlight the band's pioneering role in blending genres and pushing the boundaries of bluegrass music. These works showcase the band's musical excellence and commitment to bridging cultural gaps within the music community.

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The Future of Bluegrass: ETSUs Bluegrass Pride Band


2025

East Tennessee State University (ETSU) in Johnson City, Tennessee, is not just a hub for higher education; it's the breeding ground for some of the finest talents in bluegrass music. Home to the world's most renowned college bluegrass program, ETSU has nurtured countless musicians who have climbed the ladders of success and become prominent figures in the world of bluegrass and beyond.

A Closer Look at ETSU's Bluegrass Pride Band

Among the gems of ETSU's bluegrass crown is the Bluegrass Pride Band. This group is not just a band; it's a showcase of the top young talents in bluegrass music today. Each member of the band brings their unique flair and profound musicality, contributing to a collective that is vibrant, energetic, and profoundly skilled.

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Deeper Shade of Blue


2025

North Carolina can once again be credited for producing great bluegrass. Hailing from just east of Charlotte, Deeper Shade of Blue is comprised of Jason Fraley (mandolin/vocals), Troy Pope (guitar/vocals), Frank Poindexter (dobro/vocals), Scott Burgess (bass/vocals), and Steve Wilson (banjo). The band has been together for 21 years and self-produced six albums.

A quick search on YouTube will no doubt prove why this band has been a favorite in their region for so long. With their tight harmony singing, dynamic instrumentation and energetic stage show, they’ve been lauded as one of the best touring groups in the industry and one that festivals have added to their lineup year after year.

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Doug Whitley with Hwy 40 Bluegrass

The Musical Soul of Raleigh: Doug Whitley and HWY 40 Bluegrass

Doug Whitley, a name synonymous with the passion and tradition of bluegrass music, is the heart and soul behind HWY 40 Bluegrass. Hailing from Raleigh, North Carolina, Whitley's work resonates through the airwaves and the Bluegrass community, filling a unique space where old meets new.

Doug Whitley: The Man Behind the Music

Not just a host, Doug Whitley is the driving force that merges traditional bluegrass melodies with contemporary undertones. His shows are more than just an assortment of songs; they are an orchestrated tapestry of storytelling, instrumental prowess, and a sense of community.

What Sets HWY 40 Bluegrass Apart?

  1. Innovative Yet Rooted: Whitley's deep respect for traditional bluegrass forms the bedrock upon which he builds bridges to modern musical styles.
  2. Local Talent: True to the communal spirit of bluegrass, HWY 40 frequently features local artists, providing a valuable platform for emerging talents.
  3. Raleigh Roots: Raleigh's vibrant musical culture serves as a perfect backdrop for the show, imbuing each episode with southern charm and history.

Where to Listen

Doug Whitley's HWY 40 Bluegrass can be enjoyed on various platforms. One of the most popular avenues is The Bluegrass Jamboree, where listeners can tune in to enjoy a carefully curated musical journey.

Doug Whitley and HWY 40 Bluegrass offer more than just a musical experience; they provide a doorway into the heart of a tradition that is at once both timeless and ever-evolving.

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Tim White and Troublesome Hollow

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Tim has been Executive Coordinator of Song of the Mountains since it began tapings and broadcasts in 2005. His time before Song of the Mountains he was a promoter of many bluegrass and old time music programs in the southern United States working with names such as Bill Monroe, Alison Krauss, Mac Wiseman, Jim and Jesse McReynolds, Tom T. Hall, Ralph Stanley and more. Tim White was instrumental in the founding of the Birthplace of Country Music Alliance in Bristol, TN-VA in 1994 which is now the BCM (Birthplace of Country Music) and is on the Virginia side of the city. The BCM now operates a 12.5 million dollar cultural center and museum paying tribute to the music of the Southern Appalachians.

Tim also co-founded the Appalachian Cultural Music Association (ACMA), another non-profit organization promoting the music and lifestyle of the southern Appalachian region. This group houses the Mountain Music Museum at 316 Broad Street in downtown Kingsport, Tennessee. In 1998 Tim launched and hosted the “Pickin’ Porch Show” as part of the ACMA and this concert series is still thriving today as a weekly show inside the Mountain Music Museum.In 1986 Tim painted the now famous 30 x 100 foot mural on State Street in Bristol, VA-TN paying tribute to the Bristol Sessions of 1927. The mural pictures the main players of these historic sessions including Jimmie Rodgers, the Carter Family and Ernest and Hattie Stoneman. More recently (in 2015) he painted the “Marion Musical Heritage” mural on Main Street in downtown Marion, Virginia paying tribute to legendary musical artists and landmarks from Marion and Smyth County, Virginia.

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The Amanda Cook Band

Friday, April 12, 2024

The Amanda Cook Band is a bluegrass band based out of the great state of Virginia. Originally from the gulf coast of Florida, Amanda formed the band in late 2013 after many years of playing in a band with her father. Amanda was determined to create her own sound. She stepped out on her own and released her first solo album, One Stop Along the Road. The project made it to the top 150 Roots Music Bluegrass Album Charts for 2014 and 2015. The self-released album also brought Amanda significant regional attention and furthered the desire to grow her brand, resulting in the addition of a full touring band.

In early 2017, Amanda signed with Mountain Fever Records and recorded her debut album on the label "Deep Water." "Deep Water” came out at #6 on the Bluegrass Billboard charts, #3 on the Roots Music Report, and debuted at #7 on the Bluegrass Today charts, remaining in the top 10 for 13 weeks. Amanda's sophomore album with Mountain Fever, "Point of No Return," was released on April 12, 2019. Moving into their 5th year, The Amanda Cook Band has created quite a loyal fan base. Amanda’s delivery of a soul-wrenching song, her light-hearted, down-to-earth style, and the tremendous musicianship backing her create an undeniably strong connection with the audience. Heading into 2020, the year kicked off with big single "Get On Board," a preface to an exciting project, "Narrowing the Gap."

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The Alex Leach Band

Friday, April 14, 2023

Formed and based in East Tennessee, The Alex Leach Band is a multi-talented group that brings exceptional musicianship and high energy to any stage they play. After releasing their debut album on the Mountain Home Music label with award winning producer, Jim Lauderdale, the band spent all of 2021 burning up the roads playing Folk, Bluegrass, and Americana festivals all over the country.

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Carson Peters and Iron Mountain


Saturday, April 15, 2023

Carson Peters and Iron Mountain has quickly become one of the most energetic and hottest bluegrass bands in the business, making numerous trips to the Grand Ole Opry and multiple international appearances. Their traditional bluegrass style and a cappella arrangements are a refreshing reminder that the bluegrass of old is alive and well.

The band is made up of Carson and Jamie Peters, a father and son duo from Piney Flats, TN, along with another father and son duo in Ben And Eric Marshall from Mount Airy, NN, Austin Tate, from Marion, VA, and James Mcdowell, from Hendersonville, NC. The boys give God all the glory for allowing them to accomplish what they have and trust His plan to guide them through the future.

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Drive Time

Saturday, April 15, 2023

Drive Time is an innovative bluegrass band based out of Roxboro, NC. The band is known for its hard-driving sounds and sweet, high harmonies. With veteran sidemen (and women) who have toured nationally and regionally with the likes of Sideline, The Kristy Cox Band, Nu-Blu, Tyler Williams Band, and Sweet Potato Pie, these six friends have ventured out on their own to bring you the bluegrass music that has inspired them. Influenced by IIIrd Tyme Out, Mountain Heart, The Lonesome River Band, Boone Creek, Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver and countless others, they create their own refreshing sound.

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Tim White & Troublesome Hollow

Saturday, April 15, 2023

Tim White & Troublesome Hollow was originally formed in Hickory Tree, Tennessee in the mid-1970s.  The band recorded five albums between 1979 and 1989.  Through most of these years, the band centered on the brother duo of Donny and Garry Ollis and banjo picker Tim White.  The early years of the band also included the dynamic singing of the late Ron Greene and the bass playing of Rick Moore.

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Alan Bibey & Grasstowne

Saturday, April 15, 2023

Alan Bibey & Grasstowne comprises very well-respected veterans of bluegrass music and some of the finest young musicians in the industry. This combination together makes Alan Bibey & Grasstowne one of the hottest and most energetic bands touring today!

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Lonesome River Band

Friday, April 14, 2023

Since its formation decades ago, Lonesome River Band continues its reputation as one of the most respected names in bluegrass music.

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Larry Efaw & Bluegrass Mountaineers

Friday, April 12, 2024

Larry Efaw is all about tradition. Accomplished on both mandolin and guitar, started playing at the age of 7. During his long musical career, he has performed as a guest with Dailey & Vincent, Rhonda Vincent, Dr. Ralph Stanley, Doyle Lawson, Bill Monroe, Jimmy Martin, Del McCoury, Lewis Family, and GoldWing Express just to mention a few.

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Nick Chandler & Delivered: A Symphony of Strings and Stories

Saturday, April 13, 2024

In the vibrant core of bluegrass territory, where the harmonious strains of banjos, fiddles, and guitars intertwine with the rich narratives of the Appalachian region, Nick Chandler & Delivered stands as a luminary force in the realm of both traditional and groundbreaking bluegrass melodies. This group, helmed by the namesake Nick Chandler, transcends the conventional boundaries of a musical band; it embodies a voyage across the spectrum of human emotions, offering a heartfelt delivery that touches the essence of the listener's being.

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