Saturday, July 13th, 2013
Seating is open. The lawn can be accessed starting at 8:00am on the day of the festival. Bring lawn chairs and blankets. Restrooms will be available. Festival is held rain or shine. Bring umbrellas and get ready for great music!
1:00 p.m. Danny Paisley & The Southern Grass
1:45 p.m. Town Mountain
2:35 p.m. The Georgia Crackers
3:25 p.m. The Dismembered Tennesseans
4:15 p.m. Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper
5:00 p.m. Danny Paisley & The Southern Grass
5:50 p.m. Town Mountain
6:35 p.m. The Georgia Crackers
7:25 p.m. The Dismembered Tennesseans
8:15 p.m. Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper
Spotlight on Danny Paisley – The Sentinel, July 03, 2013
Bluegrass Today article: “Danny Paisley & the STILL Southern Bluegrass”
“Danny Paisley and the Southern Grass play powerful, unadorned, and intense traditional bluegrass. There is no hybrid or genre-bending music here. It is music borne of the vibrant old time southern fiddle bands, as well as the lonesome moans of the backwoods mountain blues. The instruments blaze with energy while the songs reveal a paradoxical, desperate sadness anchoring the music squarely in the classic bluegrass tradition. Danny Paisley and the Southern Grass combine those forces with a drive and energy that takes over your senses. It is music you not only hear, but feel in your gut.” – Carl Goldstein
Danny Paisley and The Southern Grass continue to be deeply rooted in tradition, but look to the future with enthusiasm and anticipation. This coming year brings renewed excitement! Danny Paisley and The Southern Grass will be releasing their new CD by years end 2012 on Patuxent Music. It is filled with all the traditional sound you would expect from a Southern Grass CD.
Since Danny’s father Bob Paisley (founder of Southern Grass) passed away in 2004, Danny Paisley and The Southern Grass have made their own niche in the bluegrass world. Their album, The Room Over Mine, earned accolades and significant chart action, and the song, “Don’t Throw Mama’s Flowers Away” won the 2009 IBMA Award for Song of the Year and have garnered several IBMA nominations for Emerging Artist of The Year, Male Vocalist of the Year, Album of the Year. Danny Paisley and The Southern Grass are a national and international touring band who frequently get invited for return engagements. Their list of notable festivals and events include: Rocky Grass, Grey Fox, Grass Valley, Del Fest, Wind Gap, Delaware Valley Bluegrass Festival and more.
With Danny Paisley on guitar Southern Grass continues the family tradition adding Danny’s son Ryan on mandolin, the next generation of up and coming pickers. Southern Grass also includes: Mark Delaney (formerly with Randy Waller and the Country Gentlemen, and Darren Beachley & Legends of the Potomac) on banjo; Doug Meek from York County PA (inspired by his grandfather fiddler) on fiddle and Eric Troutman on bass. Eric Troutman (from Gratz, PA) on bass, who started pickin at the age of 9, when his grandfather gave him a mandolin. As a member of The Southern Grass, Eric is not only known for his driving bass playing but also for his fine lead and tenor singing.
Danny Paisley and the Southern Grass play powerful, unadorned, and intense traditional bluegrass. There is no hybrid or genre-bending music here. Their combination of instrumentation and vocals convey the energy and emotion of classic bluegrass and country music. Danny’s lead vocals will captivate your senses, so much so that many prominent musicians, including Alison Krauss, have considered Danny as one of their favorite singers. His voice combines powerful range and soulful blues with a sound like no one else in bluegrass today.
“Centered around strong, soulful vocals, and poised to stay put. Town Mountain are true to bluegrass in all the right ways and this new project keeps them firmly connected to the traditions of the genre, while also allowing them to reach out into the broad horizon of string band music. Leave the Bottle comes highly recommended.” -Woody Platt of the Steep Canyon Rangers
“Town Mountain is not reinventing the wheel, but taking the wheel in their hands and driving the music down both familiar roads and out to new territory.” -Mike Bub
“There’s a new mountain in town – Town Mountain – and they get down with heart, grit, soul, and drive! They’ll get you moving!” -Jim Lauderdale
Town Mountain is Phil Barker on mandolin & vocals, Robert Greer on lead vocals & guitar, Jesse Langlais on banjo & vocals, Bobby Britt on fiddle, and newest member Jon Stickley rounds them out with his steady bass and rock-solid guitar & vocals. They share the kind of easy-going friendly bond that relays itself through their music. One listen to their instantly memorable songs, and it’s plain to see why Grammy-winner Mike Bub would align with the group to produce Leave the Bottle as well as 2011’s Steady Operator. Banjo player extraordinaire and longtime member of the Sam Bush Band, Scott Vestal, also joined the team by engineering the new album, which was recorded at Digital Underground Studio in Nashville, TN.
Town Mountain’s years of touring have created a mature well-traveled sound, a telepathic pickin’ style filled with mesmerizing interplay, and intoxicating rhythms that energize every tune. You hear it in Greer’s straightforward and genuine delivery of vocals that bear the burden of life, love, and loss in every lyric. “His voice has that hint of an edge to it that lends intensity and vitality to what he’s singing,” writes Bluegrass Unlimited.
“The Georgia Crackers are one of the finest new old-time string bands going–pardon the oxymoron! And they are certainly the very best re-creating the wonderful Georgia fiddle band style that was recorded in the 20s and 30s, the Golden Age of recorded old-timey music. The Georgia style had both wild exuberance and bluesy nuance, and accommodated comic songs, flat-out breakdowns, and raggy and blues-inflected numbers. The talents of Mick, Chip, and Kenneth handle all this with fine musicianship and showmanship–give them a listen!” – Grammy Award Winner Art Rosenbaum
Take a trip back in time to the early era of Country Music. Before Hank Williams or Bill Monroe & his Bluegrass Boys, Georgia musicians such as Fiddlin’ John Carson, Gid Tanner and the Skillet Lickers, and many others pioneered the golden age of “Hillbilly Stingbands”. The Georgia Crackers faithfully re-create the vintage sound of the 1920’s, while keeping alive the spirit of spontaneity and improvisation. Their irreverent stage banter is always a crowd please. Along with old time singer, Kenneth Johnson (Pea Ridge Ramblers) on guitar and Chip Corbitt on clawhammer banjo, this rhythm section holds it down for Fiddlin’ Mick Kinney. Kinney has a unique but authentic fiddle style. When asked for his secret, Mick says, “steal licks from the best” and “keep it hot and greasy, but take it easy”. The Georgia Crackers reach back for that old time feel and surge forward in a rush so entertaining it’s mesmerizing.
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 60 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 60 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 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 their hometown of Chattanooga, they have made their mark singing bluegrass music for people who don’t particularly like country music.
“One of the most impressive and well-regarded instrumental bluegrass groups working the circuit.” - The Lonesome Road Review
“Cleveland is as versatile as they come, but when it comes to straight-up bluegrass, whether it’s a ‘bootstomper’ or a high and lonesome lament, his peers are few and far between.” -All Music Guide
“It’s obvious he was destined to become one of bluegrass’s contemporary stars.” -Boston Globe
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 at the IBMA’s award show. Later that year, Mike made his Grand Ole Opry debut as a guest of Alison Krauss. Cleveland’s tour de force bluegrass fiddling has earned him and his band over 13 International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) awards. Cleveland himself is a 9-time Fiddle Player of the Year award winner, and, together with his band Flamekeeper, he has won the Instrumental Group of the Year award 4 times. Flamekeeper consists of Glenn Gibson – banjo and resonator guitar, Nathan Livers – vocals and mandolin, Tyler Griffith – vocals and bass, and Joshua Richards – vocals and guitar.
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.
His list of guest appearances over the years is a who’s who of bluegrass legends including Bill Monroe, Jim and Jesse, Ralph Stanley, Mac Wiseman, Doc Watson, Larry Sparks, Doyle Lawson, and J.D. Crowe. After high school, Mike briefly toured with then-named Dale Ann Bradley and Coon Creek before joining Rhonda Vincent & The Rage in 2000.
At the 2001 IBMA awards, Mike took his first Fiddle Player 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 Player of the Year award and again in 2004. Mike’s first project as a Rounder recording artist, “Flame Keeper,” was released 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. In September 2006 Mike took home his fourth Fiddle Player of the Year Award from the IBMA, and his second solo album on Rounder Records, “Let ‘Er Go, Boys!,” won Instrumental Album of the Year. A year later, in 2007, Mike won his fifth fiddle player award and has won it every year since for a total of nine.
Today Mike is a sought-after guest and has performed with Vince Gill, Marty Stuart, The Mark Newton Band, J.D. Crowe and the New South, Audie Blaylock and Redline, Melvin Goins and Windy Mountain and The Wildwood Valley Boys. He is also an active studio musician, and his credits include the 2005 GRAMMY-nominated “A Tribute to Jimmy Martin: The King of Bluegrass” and a 2003 GRAMMY winner, Jimmy Sturr’s “Let’s Polka ‘Round.” Mike lives in Charlestown, Indiana.
Michael Cleveland and Flamekeeper signed with Nashville-based Compass Records in June 2013. “I’m so excited to be working with everyone at Compass Records!” Mike said. “I think this opportunity will help introduce our music to people that might not have heard us before, and also keep our long-time fan base coming back for more.” Recording for a new album will begin this fall for release sometime in 2014.