New County Grass features Duane Estep on mandolin and vocals along with his sons Brent on bass, and Kyle on guitar and vocals. Dean Dubois joins the Esteps on banjo. Folks will be instantly impressed with the dynamic within the New County Grass band. They have a connection between the members that is not only artistic but comes across as balanced in characteristic and personality from the stage. You can tell they have played together for a long time and just love doing it. As recent Winners of the Band Competition during the Burr Oak Bluegrass Weekend in Glouster, OH, New County Grass has been hard at work recording their new project. Festival Host Clay Hess awarded a new CD recording at his studio as 1st prize. Their upcoming project will be released in late 2018.
Caleb is an astounding singer songwriter and musician. Making his home in Connersville, IN Caleb has set the bar high in his music career bringing forth great musicianship and material. Having love for bluegrass music he has futhered his career recording his latest country release with KDM records. Caleb is for sure to bring a chill across your soul.
"The secret to their success has been the appealing voice of fiddler and founder Glenn Harrell, and their inerrant ability to choose tuneful songs that suit their sound. They easily blend a contemporary feel with traditional material, but it’s the quality and perceptiveness of the songs they record that sets them apart.: Bluegrass Today
Deadwood is a Southwest Michigan band whose roots began in 1978. The two original members of the band are Cork Babcock and Steve Carroll. As the band evolved, Ron Sanford joined to play bass. Deadwood welcomes returning member Tod Chapman back to add his banjo playing and vocal talents. Once again, the entire band lives in St. Joseph County, Michigan reclaiming the title of the Bluegrass Capital of Michigan
These five musicians (Mark VanRaemdonck, Bryan Haddix, Tim VanRaemdonck, Fred Chaney and Ed Burkett) hail from the Flint, Michigan area. Bridge takes parts from all of the rich musical legacy that Flint has to offer and combines it into one unique sound. Southern factory workers who brought County Western and Bluegrass music North with them in the 40's and 50's, Rock and Roll musicians such as Bob Seger, Mark Farner and others who got their start here, and Blues and Jazz musicians as well, were all part of Flint’s musical history, but none of these musicians strayed from their genres. Bridge is doing just that. Mark and Bryan are Bluegrass musicians (mandolin and banjo respectively) while Tim, Fred and Ed (guitar, bass and 12 string guitar) are from the Rock and Roll side. Together they perform songs from The Beatles, Dylan, The Ventures, Lynyrd Snynyrd and others, with Bluegrass instrumentation and three part harmony. They also do some Bluegrass standards and some original tunes just to round out their own style of music.
This group needs no introduction for the tri-state area. Playing as the house band at several local festivals this group brings wit and sound to the stage. With powerful vocals that blend smoothly they perform many great originals from the founding leader Tony Hickman, who started the group in the 70's. Still carrying on the torch these guys have a tremendous stage presence and are sure to make you smile!
Crabgrass is a newly formed bluegrass band in Ohio. They bring different genres of bluegrass from traditional Bill Monroe to the more contemporary styles like Blue Highway, Lonesome River Band, and IIIrd Tyme Out to name a few.The band comes with a lot of history and strong vocals comprised of several different bands over the years.
The band's lead singer and guitarist Richard Propps consistently receives rave reviews on his powerful and often awe-inspiring vocals and excellent guitar playing. Superb mandolinist and occasional lead vocalist Rick Hayes, spent four years touring nationally with the Gibson Brothers, and recived a coveted Highlight Review from Bluegrass Unlimited on his solo CD "Fly By Night." Tony Kakaris is the rock solid heartbeat of Nightflyer on the standup bass, lending baritone as well as lead vocals to the group. Tim Jackson adds spice to the mix with his fiery dobro performances, and an occasional lead and baritone. Rounding out the sound is Ronnie Stewart, contributing killer banjo, and sweet lyrical tenor and lead vocals. Each individual is outstanding on their own, but this is truly a band that is greater than the sum of its parts.
This group comes to you as a husband and wife group that has polished and perfected some great songs! Lori and Brad have made several accomplishments with no obstacles to big, They have a great group playing traditional songs and originals songs with perfection and style!
The sparks the bluegrass mountaineers ignite while performing traditional bluegrass music is very unique. Their burning desire fueled by their experience and music shared by four generations to continue a family tradition is one of the world's most valued treasures in such a wonderful music style.
HAMMERTOWNE was formed in late 2012 as the result of a studio session for
now band member Scott Tackett's solo project. It was a musical
collaboration that was too special to end after the session was complete.
Since then, HAMMERTOWNE has recorded 3 highly acclaimed projects for
Mountain Fever Records, with the later "Hillbilly Heroes" topping the
Bluegrass Charts since it's release in late June of 2017. HAMMERTOWNE'S
M.O. is a fresh new brand of traditional, hard driving music that they
have created by composing and arranging most of their own music. One
critic summed it up pretty well when he described HAMMERTOWNE'S MUSIC AS
'New Traditional Music by Kentucky's Finest IN YOUR FACE Bluegrass Band."