Saturday, July 13th, 2019
12:00 PM – 8:00 PM
New Dismembered Tennesseans
The Bing Brothers w Jake Krack
Rob Ickes & Trey Hensley
Becky Buller Band
Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper
Seating is open. Free admission. Bike racks available throughout campus. The lawn may be accessed starting at 8:00 AM on the day of the festival. Bring lawn chairs and blankets. A wide array of vendors will keep appetites happy with everything from french fries and bratwurst to Thai food and ice cream, plus non-alcoholic drinks and smoothies. Restrooms will be available. Dickinson College is a smoke-free campus. Festival is held rain or shine. Get ready for great music!
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NEW Dismembered Tennesseans
Fletcher Bright, founding member of The Dismembered Tennesseans, passed away early on Christmas morning of 2017. Fletcher, you were unmatched as a friend and fiddler. Thank you for all you did for bluegrass music and for our Bluegrass on the Grass Festival.
Ed “Doc” Cullis – Banjo
Laura Walker – Bass, Fiddle and Vocals
Bobby Martin – Guitar and Vocals
Don Cassell – Mandolin and Vocals
Brian Blaylock – Mandolin, Dobro, Guitar, Banjo and Vocals
It was back in 1945 that a group of McCallie students got together and began singing and playing a brand of Bluegrass music that has gone on now for more than 65 years. The name “Dismembered Tennesseans” seemed good enough a name for a bunch of teenagers who had no long range plans, and they sang their way through school.
But somehow the music never stopped, and the band stayed together for the next 65 years, singing and laughing their way across the country – from Florida to Washington to Ohio and Colorado and points between. They played for every local civic group in existence, every charity, and most of the conventions in town looking for cheap entertainment. They have also played at the Annual Chattanooga …Riverbend Festival and at Kennedy Center.
The 3 Sisters Festival Bluegrass on the River is held annually in Chattanooga, Tennessee and is a free concert presented by Chattanooga Presents which brings in big-name Bluegrass artists mixed with local talent.
The group has appeared on stage with many of the top bluegrass music stars and has performed in concert with the Chattanooga Symphony Orchestra and the Chattanooga Boys Choir, and more recently the Chattanooga Ballet. They have appeared on a segment of ABC-TV’s Peter Jennings Nightly News and were featured on the NBC Sunday Today Show. Their audiences have been composed of such celebrities as Chuck Yeager, Sam Nunn, Gerald Ford, Jack Kemp, and three Tennessee governors. Easily one of the most popular bands in hometown Chattanooga, they have made their mark singing bluegrass music for people who don’t particularly like country music.
The Bing Brothers w Jake Krack
West Virginia’s Bing Brothers Band plays old-time music with a “hard-driving style that reflects the gumption it takes to live in the Mountain State” (Bluegrass Unlimited). “Old-time” refers to the rural American string band traditions that developed from the meeting of the African banjo and European fiddle in colonial times, traditions that have been well-kept in the mountain communities of Appalachia. The Bing Brothers are among West Virginia’s most formidable and respected keepers of this priceless musical legacy.
Mike and Tim Bing grew up raising hogs outside of Huntington, and inherited a love for rural life and traditions from their parents. Music was the soundtrack of daily life, whether singing on the porch of the family homestead in nearby Wayne County, or seeing the legendary Flatt & Scruggs perform each time the local Heck’s Department Store celebrated a special occasion. Oldest brother Mike was in college when an uncle gave him a mandolin: “It fit my hand,” Mike now recalls. His youngest brother Tim took up the banjo. In 1974, when Tim was still a teenager, they officially launched the Bing Brothers. During the early years, the brothers built a rich repertoire of old-time music under the tutelage of family friends, Sherman and Burl Hammons of Pocahontas County.
Four decades later, they are still going strong. With his distinctive clawhammer style, Tim is a 14-time West Virginia State Champion on the banjo. Mandolin player Mike leads efforts to maintain West Virginia traditions: he is the founder of Allegheny Echoes Summer Workshops, now marking 22 years of teaching music “in a traditional way in a traditional setting.” In 2012, the brothers Bing were awarded the Vandalia Award from the West Virginia Division of Culture and History for “their lifetime contribution to West Virginia and its traditional culture.”
Since 2002, the Bing Brothers’ line-up has included the stellar playing of guitarist Bob Lieving, a friend of Mike’s since high school, and bass player Tim Corbett, who by day is a Barboursville police corporal and canine handler. The newest member of the band is fiddler Jake Krack. Jake’s parents moved the family from Indiana to West Virginia so he could study with old masters like Lester McCumbers and National Heritage Fellow Melvin Wine. Jake has since become one of West Virginia’s—and indeed the nation’s—top old-time fiddlers. Among other honors, he is a six-time winner of the Best All Around Performer division at the Galax Old Fiddler’s Convention. Since the current Bing Brothers line-up solidified in 2010, they have won top Old Time Band honors at Galax four times, toured Australia, and performed on Broadway—always delivering West Virginia old-time music at its finest.
Rob Ickes & Trey Hensley
Based on a mutual love of bluegrass, country, blues, western swing, and other string band music of all kinds, the partnership of dobro player Rob Ickes (who also plays superlative lap steel guitar in the duo on occasion) and acoustic/electric guitarist Trey Hensley continues to delight and astound audiences of traditional American music around the globe. Since the duo decided to join forces and make their collaboration the focus of their touring and recording careers in 2015, after cutting their first album on Compass, Before The Sun Goes Down (nominated for a Grammy), they have continued to bring their music to venues near and far. They’ve performed in places as close to home as Nashville’s world famous Station Inn—a frequent and favorite showcase– and as far away as Denmark’s Tonder Festival as well as an impressive number of the most prestigious US music festivals, including Rockygrass, ROMP, Wintergrass, Bluegrass Underground, and the Freshgrass Festival, just to name a few. They have toured the European continent four times, as well as England, Ireland, and Australia. Their second album on Compass, Country Blues, released in 2016, testified to the growing diversity and expansion of their collaborative talents and repertoire. The duo were key players on “Original,” the recent highly lauded Compass album by bluegrass giant Bobby Osborne; their participation garnered a Recorded Event Of The Year Award for Bobby’s version of “Got To Get A Message To You” on that album at this year’s IBMA Awards; they also were on the 2016 Recorded Event winner, ”Fireball,” featuring Special Consensus, in 2016. Upcoming news includes Rob and Trey sharing a number of concert bills, beginning in the fall of 2017 with the great and influential mandolin master David Grisman and Australia’s fleet finger picking guitarist Tommy Emmanuel, both enthusiastic admirers of the duo.
Becky Buller Band
Professor Dan Boner
Becky Buller – Becky Buller is an 8-time International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) awards winner who made bluegrass music history in 2016 by becoming the first artist ever to win in both instrumental and vocal categories, as well as the first female to win Fiddle Player Of The Year. Her songs, recorded by some of the industry’s best, preceded the fiery-haired fiddler’s own prominence as an artist in the acoustic music world. Becky co-wrote “Freedom”, the lead-off track of The Infamous Stringduster’s 2018 Grammy award-winning album, Laws Of Gravity. Artists including Ricky Skaggs (“Music To My Ears”), Rhonda Vincent (“Fishers of Men”), Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver (“Be Living”), Josh Williams (“You Love Me Today”), Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out (“My Angeline”, “Rest My Weary Feet”, “Cottontown”) and Special Consensus (“She Took The Tennessee River”, “Scratch Gravel Road”) have cut Becky’s songs. Now, as the leader of her own band, Becky’s audiences are connecting the composer with her compositions … to the tune of seven IBMA awards in the last four years, most recently the 2018 IBMA Gospel Recorded Performance Of The Year for her song “Speakin’ To That Mountain”, co-written with Jeff Hyde of the Eric Church Band, featured on her 2018 album, Crêpe Paper Heart.
Ned Luberecki – Ned is the 2018 IBMA Banjo Player Of The Year and an all-around bluegrass legend. Ned is an incredible music educator. Ned is funny. He was a member of Paul Adkins & The Borderline Band, The Rarely Herd and, most recently, Chris Jones & The Night Drivers for over a decade. The Baltimore, MD, native, who now makes his home in Nashville, TN, is a partner in the Nedski & Mojo duo and a favored guest on stage and in studio with artists ranging from Jim Lauderdale to Tony Trischka to Ray Stevens to Sam Bush. Since the early 1980s, Ned has maintained a busy schedule of private lessons, along with workshops and camps in the U.S., Canada, U.K. and Europe. He is the author of Alfred Publications three-part Complete 5-String Banjo Method and has pioneered on-air instruction with his popular “More Banjo Sunday” and “The Sunday Banjo Lesson” on SiriusXM’s Bluegrass Junction, where he also hosts the regular newgrass show, “Derailed,” keeping us laughing all the way down the road. For several years now, Ned has also been the voice of the IBMA awards show. He and his Bluegrass Junction compadres were honored with a 2016 IBMA Distinguished Achievement award. Check out his critically-acclaimed latest album, Take Five, when you have a moment, as well as his new series of instructional videos for TrueFire.com. Visit Ned online at http:// nedski.com.
Professor Dan Boner – Dan Boner is a 2018 and 2015 IBMA Mentor Of The Year nominee. In 2000, Dan enrolled at East Tennessee State University, which also happens to be Becky’s alma mater. Both artists were lured by the renowned Bluegrass, Old Time, and Country Music Studies program. In 2010, Dan became the director of that program, wherein he currently teaches private vocal and instrumental instruction, a senior-level recording Capstone course and leads the program’s celebrated ETSU Bluegrass Pride Band. Bluegrass music has taken the Bridgeton, N.J., native all over the world, performing in such noteworthy venues as St. Peter’s Basilica, NATO Headquarters, The Grand Ole Opry and The White House. In 2004 he began a recording and performance collaboration with renowned rokyoku shamisen virtuoso Takeharu Kunimoto which found Dan touring in Japan multiple times. Dan’s music can be heard on dozens of bluegrass recordings, including his own 2007 solo release The Gospel Way. His brand new single, West Of West Virginia, penned by Terry Herd and Blue Highway’s Tim Stafford, is currently climbing the bluegrass music airplay charts. Dan is a graduate of the Leadership Bluegrass class of 2016. In his spare time, Dan builds boutique pro audio gear. Visit him online at http://dansmusiconline.com.
Nate Lee – Nate Lee is a 2015 IBMA Momentum Award winning instrumentalist and renowned teacher of private lessons and music camps. While attending the Bluegrass & Country Music Program at South Plains College, Nate joined the Alan Munde Gazette. He toured with the band for six years and played fiddle on their second release, Made To Last. After moving to Nashville in 2012, Nate toured with Irene Kelley, Town Mountain, and the Jim Hurst Trio. Although Nate is in demand on stage and in the studio, his first love is teaching. With more than thirteen years’ experience as a teacher and workshop instructor, Nate has gained a loyal following of students who enjoy his comprehensive teaching methods and relaxed, encouraging demeanor. Nate can be found playing mandolin, twin fiddle, and singing with the Becky Buller Band. He is also a member of the IBMA Leadership Bluegrass committee and a 2014 graduate of the program. For more info on studying music with Nate and to check out his Plays Well With Others solo album and his popular new teaching DVD, How To Play A Break On A Song You’ve Never Heard Before, visit TheNateLee.com.
Daniel Hardin – Becky and the band are happy to welcome back bassist and tenor singer Daniel “The Hulk” Hardin for the 2019 season! Daniel was with the band from 2015-17, taking 2018 off to focus on family. By day, Daniel is a master machine operator and fire fighter at the Jack Daniels Distillery in his hometown, Lynchburg, Tenn., where he has been employed since 2004. Daniel performed professionally for three years with Valerie Smith & Liberty Pike. He also did a stint with the Nashvillebased band Cages Bend. Daniel toured extensively with both groups throughout the U.S., Canada, Europe and the U.K. Daniel’s high harmony and low four can be heard on the albums Now I’m Lonely by Cages Bend, Valerie’s No Summer Storm and, as well as Becky’s Crêpe Paper Heart (2018), Christmas 45, vol. 1 (2015), and ‘Tween Earth And Sky (2014) albums. Daniel does not have a website, but you can catch him on Facebook.
Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper
Mike Cleveland: Vocals, Fiddle
Josh Richards: Vocals, Guitar
Nathan Livers: Vocals, Mandolin
Jasiah Shrode: Vocals, Banjo
Tyler Griffith: Vocals, Bass
Michael Cleveland – Award-winning fiddler Michael Cleveland brings dynamic traditional bluegrass to the stage with his award-winning band, Flamekeeper, in a show that will leave the audience talking. An 11-time winner of the International Bluegrass Music Association’s Fiddle Performer of the Year award, Mike and his talented band present a program of tight vocal trios and duos, blistering instrumentals, and fiddle-and-banjo duets that echo the first-generation stars of bluegrass. The show is rounded out with Mike’s dry wit and the band’s sense of fun. Considered one of the premier bluegrass fiddlers of his generation, Mike picked up a fiddle at age four, and his talent was recognized early. In 1993 he was chosen to be part of the Bluegrass Youth All Stars. Later that year Mike made his Grand Ole Opry debut as a guest of Alison Krauss. His list of guest appearances over the years is a who’s who of bluegrass legends including Bill Monroe, Jim and Jesse, and Ralph Stanley. After high school Mike toured with Dale Ann Bradley and Coon Creek before joining Rhonda Vincent and The Rage in 2000. At the 2001 IBMA awards, Mike took his first Fiddle Performer of the Year award, and shared the title of Entertainer of the Year with Rhonda Vincent and the Rage. In 2002 Mike rejoined The Dale Ann Bradley Band. That year he won the Fiddle Performer of the Year award and again in 2004. Since 2006, Mike has swept the Fiddle Performer of the Year award, and now has 10. Mike’s first solo project as a Rounder recording artist, Flame Keeper, was re-leased in February 2002 and was chosen the IBMA’s Instrumental Album of the Year. In 2004, Mike shared the Instrumental Album of the Year award with Tom Adams for Tom Adams and Michael Cleveland Live at the Ragged Edge, an album of fiddle and banjo duets. That was followed in 2006 by a second solo project, the award-winning Let ‘Er Go, Boys! and in 2008 by the first Michael Cleveland and Flamekeeper CD, Leavin’ Town. The band’s second CD, Fired Up, was released in March 2011 and reached #1 on Sirius XM Bluegrass Junction’s Most Played Albums chart.
Nathan Livers – Originally from Louisville, Kentucky, Nathan Livers has been engulfed in music his entire life. From his grandpa’s claw-hammer banjo playing to the sounds of Bill Monroe and the Stanley Brothers on the turntable, bluegrass music is in his blood. Inspired by Bill Monroe’s mandolin style, Nathan picked up the instrument at the age of ten and learned a few chords and melodies from his father, Bill Livers, whom he credits as being the driving force behind his learning to play. Now making his home in Charlestown, Indiana, Nathan has played in such bands as The ‘Get Down’ Bluegrass Boys with Michael Cleveland, Charlie Lawson & Oak Hill, Gary Brewer & the Kentucky Ramblers, Tony Holt & the Wildwood Valley Boys, and a Louisville-based bluegrass band, Storefront Congregation, that featured Nathan’s songwriting on its 2011 release “Kaleidoscope.”
Tyler Griffith – Although he’s the youngest musician of the group, Tyler presents his music as a seasoned veteran in his performance as bassist and vocalist. Hailing from Avon, IN, Tyler has been performing since he was the age of 4 through musical family influences. Throughout his career, Tyler has garnered more stage time than many musicians twice his age. Appearing, either as a member or guest bassist of many bluegrass, gospel, jazz, and country groups, Tyler has been molded into a very well rounded and cognizant musician. He has played in such regional groups as Vicki & Crew, Penn Central, and Grand Central. As a driving bassist, his lead work establishes a standard and when Tyler sets a beat it is immovable.
Joshua Richards grew up in the small rural community of Leota, Indiana. His earliest influences were his father Steve and brother Jason who taught him how to play and sing bluegrass music. While completing his degree in corporate and organizational communication at Western Kentucky University, Joshua played upright bass with the Farewell Drifters. After graduation he joined Old Louisville Express on guitar and played primarily around the Louisville, Kentucky area. Joshua was most recently a member of Blue River, the 2008 Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music of America band contest winners. Blue River produced two albums — “Kentucky Girl and Me” and “Outside of Nowhere.” He played guitar, sang lead and tenor vocals, and contributed several original songs to the albums. When Joshua isn’t playing music he watches movies, plays golf, goes sailing, and spends time with his friends and family.
Jasiah Shrode was raised in a rural farming community near Plato, Missouri. He developed an interest in music at a young age and began learning to play several instruments at age 11. Although he’s quite proficient on guitar and mandolin, banjo has been his first love. Since 2009, he has been a member of Jim Orchard and the Boys, a favorite in the Missouri region. Shrode cites his greatest musical influences as Jim Orchard, Aaron McDarris, Haskell McCormick, Ferrell Stowe, Earl Scruggs, Don Reno, and Sonny Osborne.