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Thursday, April 10, 2025

Wilson Banjo Co.
Nu Blue
Remedy Tree
ETSU Pride Band

Friday, April 11, 2025

Becky Buller
Deeper Shade of Blue
Carolina Road
Shelton and Williams
Little Roy and Lizzy
Lorraine Jordan & Carolina Road

Saturday, April 12, 2025

Tim White & Troublesome Hollow
Country Grass
Special Consensus
Carson Peterson
HillBilly Fever Bluegrass Band
Larry Efaw & Bluegrass Mountaineers


Hosts of
the Stage:

Doug Whitley
"Hwy 40 Bluegrass"

Royce Jordan, 
"Lorraine’s Popular Dad"

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


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


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


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


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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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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