Past Festival Performers

Frank Solivan and Dirty Kitchen

Frank Solivan and Dirty Kitchen

Throughout the years, the Bluegrass on the Grass festival has sought high-quality performers and a mix of bands that offers bluegrass aficionados a variety of styles and subgenres. Many bands return to play year after year, including the Dismembered Tennesseans, who have performed every year since the first and become the festival’s “house band.”

Performers hail mostly from southern Appalachia, including North Carolina, Virginia, Tennessee and Maryland. Many of the groups have won numerous awards from the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) and the Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music in America.

Bluegrass on the Grass has showcased a number of major bluegrass acts over the years such as:

2013 Grammy winning Steep Canyon Rangers (2008 Festival)

2013 Grammy winning Steep Canyon Rangers (2008 Festival)

Lynn Morris

(International Bluegrass Music Association 1996 Song of the Year)

Blue Highway (IBMA 2008 Song of the Year)

Butch Baldassari & Mike Bubb (2008 IBMA bass player of the year)

Dale Ann Bradley (2009 IBMA female vocalist of the year)

The Claire Lynch Band (2010 IBMA Female Vocalist of the Year)

Junior Sisk & Ramblers Choice (IBMA 2013 Male Vocalist of the Year)

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Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper

The Steep Canyon Rangers (2013 Grammy for Best Bluegrass Album)

Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen (2014 IBMA Instrumental Group of the Year)

Special Consensus (2014 IBMA Recorded Event of the Year)

Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper (three time IBMA Instrumental Group of the Year)

The Boxcars (three time IBMA Instrumental Group of the Year)

Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out (five time IBMA Male Vocalist of the Year).

Claire Lynch

Claire Lynch

Past Festival Lineups

1996

The Fox Family

The Penn-Del Mountain Boys

Country Bob & the Barbecue Boys

1997

The Penn-Del Mountain Boys

The Lynn Morris Band

The Dismembered Tennesseans

1998

Bill Emerson – Mark Newton Band

Chris Jones & the Night Drivers

The Penn Dell Mountain Boys

The Dismembered Tennesseans

1999

The Dismembered Tennesseans

Fiddle for Fun

The Penn-Del Mountain Boys

The Mark Newton Band

New Vintage

2000

The Penn-Del Mountain Boys

The Dismembered Tennesseans

Big Country Bluegrass

Fiddle for Fun

Dale Ann Bradley & Coon Creek

2001

The Dismembered Tennesseans

Big Country Bluegrass

Sally Jones & the Sidewinders

Blue Highway

2002

Big Country Bluegrass

The Dismembered Tennesseans

Jim Hurst Band

Wolfe Bros.

The Lone Mountain Band

Sally Jones & the Sidewinders

2003

The Lone Mountain Band

Mike Compton & David Long

The Dismembered Tennesseans

James Leva & Memory Land

Slavek Hanzlik & Emory Lester

Ronnie Reno & the Reno Tradition

2004

Kenny & Amanda Smith

The Special Consensus

UpSouth

Shenandoah Blue

The Donna Hughes Band

The Dismembered Tennesseans

2005

Kenny & Amanda Smith

The Emory Lester Set

UpSouth

The Lone Mountain Band

The Dismembered Tennesseans

2006

No Speed Limit

The Butch Baldassari Trio

Troublesome Creek String Band

The Dismembered Tennesseans

The Special Consensus

2007

The Chapmans

The Grass Cats

The Hunger Mountain Boys

The Dismembered Tennesseans

Mark Johnson & Emory Lester

2008

The Dixie Bee-Liners

KC Groves & Riley Baugus

The Dismembered Tennesseans

The Chicken Chokers

The Steep Canyon Rangers

2009

Big Country Bluegrass

The Steep Canyon Rangers

The Grass Cats

The Chicken Chokers

The Dismembered Tennesseans

2010

The Special Consensus

Chris Jones & the Night Drivers w/Sally Jones

The Boxcars

The Freight Hoppers

The Dismembered Tennesseans

2011

The Claire Lynch Band

Chatham County Line

Louie Setzer & the Appalachian Mountain Boys

The Freight Hoppers

The Dismembered Tennesseans

2012

Audie Blaylock & Redline

Junior Sisk & Ramblers Choice

The Dismembered Tennesseans

Lone Mountain Band

Nora Jane Struthers

2013

The Georgia Crackers

The Dismembered Tennesseans

Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper

Danny Paisley & The Southern Grass

Town Mountain

2014

Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen

Nora Jane Struthers & the Party Line

Big Country Bluegrass

The Vickie Vaughn Band

Jake Krack & the Bing Brothers

The Dismembered Tennesseans

2015

The Dismembered Tennesseans

Tellico

Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper

Jake Krack & the Bing Brothers

Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out

2016

Dismembered Tennesseans

Charm City Junction

Coal Town Rounders

High Fidelity

Big Country Bluegrass