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JOE MULLINS & THE RADIO RAMBLERs

Radio RamblersSince their last appearance with us in 2014, Joe Mullins & The Radio Ramblers have continued on quite a roll. They were named IBMA's "Emerging Artist of the Year" in 2012 and made their Grand Ole Opry debut in 2013. Their recordings consistently make the Top 10 charts and receive steady radio and satellite radio airplay. Formed in 2006 and based in western Ohio, the Ramblers present a straight-ahead show of traditional bluegrass and gospel music in a relaxed, yet professional manner. You asked us to bring them back and we're happy to oblige.

Band leader / banjo master / singer / radio broadcaster Joe Mullins fronts this great band. He's earned five IBMA and three SPGMA awards over the years and has been a member of The Traditional Grass and award-winning Longview bands. The bluegrass resume of Duane Sparks (guitar and vocals) is long, having performed at Renfro Valley and winning several SPGMA awards in the Midwest. Jason Barie (fiddle) also has plenty of stage experience, including membership in the Doyle Lawson and Larry Stephenson bands. Rounding out the band, Mike Terry (mandolin and vocals) and Randy Barnes (bass) also bring plenty of musical experience to the Ramblers, with Randy previously performing with Rhonda Vincent, Larry Stephenson and Josh Williams.

big country bluegrass

Big Country BluegrassTommy and Teresa Sells formed Big Country Bluegrass in the late 1980s.  All the band members live in and around the Virginia-Carolina Blue Ridge, and their music reflects much of the deep musical heritage found in this region which is at the heart of the Crooked Road Music Trail. Their latest Rebel recording, "Country Livin'" and its lead cut, "The Bluefield West Virginia Blues" has garnered the prestigious top spot on the Bluegrass Unlimited air-play chart.
Tommy plays mandolin and does most of the emcee work while Teresa plays rhythm guitar, sings lead and the high harmony vocals. Eddie Gill handles most of the distinctive lead vocals and plays the guitar. Newest member John Treadway plays banjo and also sings harmony for the group.  Tony King of Galax, Virginia, plays the acoustic upright bass, and bluegrass veteran Tim Laughlin plays fiddle and sings harmony.

the martin brothers & aspen run

Martin BrothersThe "look" and "sound" of vintage, straight-ahead bluegrass is what's in store when you experience The Martin Brothers & Aspen Run. Based in Maryland near the bluegrass hotbeds of Baltimore and Washington DC, the band is heavily influenced by the sounds of Jimmy Martin, the Stanley Brothers, Bill Monroe, Flatt & Scruggs, the Johnson Mountain Boys and Del McCoury, — a regular "Traditional Bluegrass 101" course of study. While some of the members look young, they definitely capture the vibe of the masters as they perform throughout the mid-Atlantic region.

The band is comprised of brothers Clayton (mandolin), Aaron (bass), and Herb Martin III (guitar), all offering solid brother harmonies, and Guy Herbert (banjo) providing his strong instrumental support.   

jeanette Williams band

Jeanette WilliamsWe introduced Jeanette Williams to our area several years ago and she won many new fans in the process. Jeanette has been the recipient of a number of awards including being named the Virginia Folk Music Association's "State Champion Female Vocalist," PICABO "Entertainer of the Year" (4 times), and PICABO "Female Vocalist" (4 times). She has garnered no less than 10 nominations for SPBGMA "Female Vocalist of the Year" -- and has won three times! She has recorded more than 10 projects, including the critically acclaimed 1999 Doobie Shea Records release, "Cherry Blossoms In The Springtime", which spent nine months on the Bluegrass Unlimited charts. She is featured on the "Daughters Of Bluegrass" projects which earned IBMA Awards for "Recorded Event of the Year" in 2006 and 2009. The title track of her release "Thank You For Caring" is a duet with country music legend George Jones. Written by Dixie and Tom T. Hall, the song tells the true story of a little girl Miss Dixie met while gathering items for the relief effort in the aftermath of hurricane Katrina. The project also features Jeanette's song "Enough Of You", winner in the bluegrass division of the 2007 Chris Austin Songwriting Contest at MerleFest.

the allegheny drifters

Allegheny DriftersPittsburgh's Allegheny Drifters is one of the strongest vocal bands on the traditional bluegrass scene. Seasoned entertainers, they breathe new life and excitement into many songs and styles yet undiscovered by a large part of today's audience. They've been a part of our festival many times -- 'cause we really like these folks!

Bob Artis (mandolin) and Bernie Cunningham (guitar) are the most recognizable names to western Pennsylvania bluegrass fans due to their individual tenures with the Dog Run Boys, the Dixie Travelers, Second Wind, and Beaver Creek. They've performed together for over 30 years, developing a tight vocal blend. Bob's wife Karen Artis (bass) has over 20 years of musical experience and sings both lead and harmony. Multi-instrumentalist Jim Scott is the newest member of the group, bringing his solid, inventive banjo skills to this fine band.

the bluegrass mountaineers

Bluegrass MountaineersBased in Akron, Ohio, the Bluegrass Mountaineers has been a driving force on the bluegrass scene in the Buckeye State. The band was formed in 1963 and now features three generations of the Efaw family, along with some mighty talented friends. In addition, they are well-known
promoters of bluegrass music throughout Ohio and produce several concerts each year. The Mountaineers feature a driving, traditional sound that's influenced by the Stanley Brothers.

Larry Efaw (lead guitar, vocals) is an award-winning guitar and mandolin player who also produces bluegrass concerts and has made guest appearances with the likes of Rhonda Vincent and Dr. Ralph Stanley. Larry's father Edward "Beanpole" Efaw (guitar, vocals) started the band and writes many of the band's original songs. Stanley Efaw (mandolin, vocals) joined the Mountaineers at age eight! He also tours with Ralph Stanley II. Joining the Efaw boys are Anthony Prater, Tom Issacs, and John Bryan, all well-known performers on the Ohio bluegrass scene.

brush creek

Brush CreekWhile they're a relatively new band, Brush Creek is quickly becoming one of the hottest bands on the western Pa. bluegrass scene. Its members are no strangers to local audiences, being readily recognizable as some of the cream-of-the-crop players and singers from bands such as Mountain Therapy, Blue Shades, and Poverty Hollow. Their debut CD is currently in the works.

Front-man Tim Custer is an award-winning banjo player and one of the driving forces behind the popular Coleman Station Bluegrass Festival. Fellow Mountain Therapy alum Marsha Kirker-Bozich rocks the bass and provides both lead and harmony vocals. Additional vocals are provided by guitarist Brad Foust and resonator guitarist John Larimer, who also plays lead guitar. Additional instrumental firepower is supplied by Ray "Fiddlin' Ray" Bruckman, the former Pa. State Champion on fiddle, guitar and mandolin -- all at the same time! We're glad to welcome these good friends who just happen to make great music, too.


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