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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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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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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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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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.

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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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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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Tim White and Troublesome Hollow

Saturday, April 13

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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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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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.

Why the ETSU Bluegrass Pride Band Matters

The significance of the Bluegrass Pride Band extends beyond entertainment. It serves as a preview of the future of bluegrass music. Observing them perform is akin to watching the future unfold—a glimpse into the evolution of a genre that is deeply rooted in American culture yet constantly evolving.

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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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