Blue Highway is a respected 25-year strong band heralded as a supergroup with 28 IBMA Awards, 6 SPBGMA Awards, one Dove Award, and three GRAMMY nominations. Four of its founding members are still intact: Tim Stafford (guitar and vocals), Wayne Taylor (bass and vocals), Shawn Lane (mandolin, fiddle, guitar, and vocals), Jason Burleson (banjo, mandolin, and vocals), and Gary Hultman (Dobro and vocals). As momentum continues to build for the 25 year strong powerhouse band, Blue Highway is rolling on with a rich legacy, carried on by three powerhouse songwriters and vocalists in Tim Stafford, Wayne Taylor, and Shawn Lane, whose harmonies soar over the dynamic banjo of Jason Burleson and the tasteful dobro of Gary Hultman.
Formed in April of 2008, and still touring with the original lineup, The HillBenders have firmly established their presence as one of the most energetic and engaging progressive acoustic bands on the scene and they continue to wow audiences from stages around the contry and around the world. Just over three years ago the band shifted their focus away from original music to tackle their recent critically-acclaimed "Tommy: A Bluegrass Opry" release. Now The HillBenders have shifted their focus back onto their roots that started their career and have released their fourth studio album.
A superb bluegrass outfit in a classic vein but withmore than enough modern sensibilities to attract every ear in town. The vocals are spotless, the playing as shiny as a newly minted penny, and music like this is the reason people come to love bluegrass… Special Consensus approaches this hallowed American musical form with boundless energy and an aesthetic reverence that tickles the ribs, tugs at the heart, and puts a restless two-step in boots and bare feet.
J2B2 is an all-star bluegrass supergroup featuring four legendary, award-winning musicians – John Jorgenson on acoustic guitar, mandolin and vocals; Herb Pedersen on banjo, acoustic guitar and vocals; Mark Fain on bass; and Patrick Sauber on acoustic guitar and vocals – delivering bluegrass like no one has ever heard it before. The four combine forces to form a spot-on union of impeccable musicianship, incomparable songwriting, incredible harmony vocals (a fresh twist combining bluegrass with elements of West Coast folk rock) and seasoned showmanship.
Hailing from Siler City, NC, the textbook definition of a picturesque small southern town, Nu-Blu's heart and soul is husband-and-wife duo Daniel and Carolyn Routh. Carolyn's caramel-coated soprano is one of the band's defining traits, at times a tender lullaby, at times a freight train headed straight for you, but always unwinding a surprising tale. Daniel is the group's backbone, a multi-instrumentalist and vocalist. Zach McCracken on banjo, and Justin Harrison on fiddle/mandolin round out the quartet's warm, layered, American roots sound that builds to a full country sound. Together they deliver upbeat, blazing-fingers pick work just as well as gentle, heartwarming ballads, and they do it all with a natural togetherness that can't be faked, forged over hundreds of shows on the road.
Whether it's in the studio or on stage, Chris Jones & The Night Drivers are making some of the most distinctively elegant yet driving music to be heard anywhere today, and they're delivering it with a unique blend of dry wit, emotional authenticity and broad humor that's won the loyalty of a growing number of fans across the country, from Merlefest in North Carolina to California's Huck Finn Jubilee, and around the world. Steve Martin referred to the Night Drivers as ". . . some of the best players in bluegrass! Chris Jones' voice is there with the great masters.".
Heartfelt, energetic, and down home. Heralded by CMT Edge as "one of the most promising bands on the bluegrass scene," the music of the Nashville based group The Barefoot Movement is as down to earth as their intention for members of their audience: sit back, relax, take your shoes off, and stay a while. All the worries and frustrations of the world melt away as this charming, acoustic band takes listeners back to a simpler place and time. Whether you're seeking emotional ballads or rip-roaring barn-burners, you can expect a collection of music that offers something for everyone.
Head for the Hills is deeper and richer in their 15th year as a band, with a wider palette of sonic textures at their disposal. Dorm room jam sessions have turned into a decade plus on the road--from humble coffee shops to theaters, festivals, roadhouses and clubs all across the country. Over time those sounds and influences have crept more and more into the bluegrass beginnings of the band, morphing into seasoned eclecticism.
With their fresh sound, original material, strong vocals and innovative musicianship, Breaking Grass is doing exactly what their name implies. Although not quite traditional, the music they present is without a doubt steeped in the timeless genre they grew up listening to. Comprised of Cody Farrar on guitar; Tyler White on fiddle; Jody Elmore on banjo; Zach Wooten on mandolin; and Britt Sheffield on bass; this innovative band formed with one goal in mind - to make music that all ages could enjoy.
In the 14 years since the Henhouse Prowlers inception, the band has forged its own path through bluegrass music and across the globe. On stage, the group's enthralling performances give audiences a sense how much they love what they do; while on record, the band manages to explore their collective life-experiences through songwriting and intricate instrumentation. While bluegrass is the undeniable foundation of the Prowlers music, the band manages to bend and squeeze the traditional form into a sound all their own.
The Grateful String Band puts an bluegrass spin on the music of the Grateful Dead! Anything related is fair game too. Peter Rowan, Tony Rice, David Grisman, Old & In The Way, and of course, Bill Monroe!.
Chicagoland string band playing bluegrass, newgrass, and old-time music. We play bluegrass, drink whiskey and beer, and talk deep ecology. The River Valley Rangers (RVR) are a group of strapping young lads hailing from the Chicagoland region. We enjoy cornbread, long walks in the woods, craft brews, and and of course, bluegrass!
An acoustic Bluegrass / Roots / Americana band based in McHenry, IL. Their musical styles range from bluegrass, reggae, to punk, and beyond, all delivered in a "not-so-traditional" bluegrass voice. Their live shows are high energy, centered around their arsenal of original material and refreshing variety of cover songs interpreted in their own way.
Have you been missing that truly high lonesome sound? The ladies of Fox Crossing Stringband bring all those high harmonies plus driving rhythm of dobro, fiddle, mandolin, banjo, guitar and bass. Six instruments across four vocalists will leave you chasing these foxes for their new bluegrass sound.
Fast paced, well dressed, and with all the excitement of the early days of Bluegrass. A bit of Folk, a hint of Jazz , and a touch of Swing: Chicago Style Bluegrass at its finest! With banjo, guitar Bass, dobro, mando, and occasional fiddle, Truman's Ridge is known for its classic style, high energy, and tight harmonies and instrumentation.
Three of the top bluegrass musicians in the Chicago area, Rob Anderlik, Pat Otto and Mike Church first met at late night jam session and felt a deep musical connection from the moment they played together. They formed a trio in 2015 and quickly built a reputation as one of the most versatile bluegrass bands in the Midwest.
Homestretch Ride is a Chicago area based four piece string band who's first love is Bluegrass, but Americana, Folk, Country, Blues, ain't far behind!!! We play a combination of bluegrass classics from legends like Bill Monroe, Flatt and Scruggs, and Jimmy Martin, to newer tunes by such bands as The Bluegrass Album Band, Hot Rize, Seldom Scene, Blue Highway, and even a Grateful Dead tune here or there,
The Dyer Switch Band plays hard-driving traditional, original and unique bluegrass, and acoustic music, and more. Dyer Switch was inducted into the New York State Country Music Hall of Fame and nominated for five consecutive years as Bluegrass Band of the Year by the Northeast Country Music Association.
Georgia Rae Family Band has always pushed the envelope of traditional music. Their progressive sound inspired by a mix of Americana, contemporary folk and roots, and a little jazzy swing, all flavored with family harmony and youthful energy. Their original songs are clever and catchy. Fiddle champion Georgia Rae, lead singer/uke Kelly Jo, Quin on mandolin and banjo are joined by a solid driving rhythm "punk rockin' momma" on guitar and Joe Burie on bass. .