2017 LINE-UP

Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder

Fourteen-time Grammy Award-winner Ricky Skaggs’ career is easily among the most significant in recent country music history. Early in his career, Skaggs worked with legendary bluegrass acts including Ralph Stanley, J.D. Crowe & the New South and the Country Gentleman. By 1981 he’d become a mainstream country star in his own right, capturing eight Country Music Association Awards and racking up 14 #1 hits. Since the late ‘90s Skaggs has refocused on his bluegrass roots, cutting a series of Grammy Award-winning albums with his amazing bluegrass band, Kentucky Thunder (8-time winners of the IBMA Instrumental Group of the Year).

Gibson Brothers

Since winning the IBMA Emerging Artist of the Year in 1998, The Gibson Brothers’ tight harmonies, expertly-crafted songs and outstanding musicianship have taken them far. Twice named IBMA Entertainer of the Year (2012 and 2013), the band – led by brothers Eric Gibson (banjo and guitar) and Leigh Gibson (guitar)– has risen to the top of the national and international bluegrass music scene.  Always a festival favorite, Eric and Leigh, joined by Mike Barber (bass), Clayton Campbell (fiddle) and Jesse Brock (mandolin), return to the Jenny Brook stage with trademark brotherly banter and award-winning bluegrass. A show that shouldn’t be missed.

Dale Ann Bradley

Born and raised in the coal fields of Kentucky, Dale Ann Bradley fell in love with bluegrass music as a young teen and was determined to pursue her dreams in spite of religious restrictions and a very rural upbringing. In 1997 she formed the Dale Ann Bradley Band, and over the next twenty years she would begin racking up honours, including five IBMA Female Vocalist Awards, two SPBGMA Female Vocalist Awards and, most recently, a Grammy nomination for 2016’s Pocket Full of Keys, which she also self-produced.

Special Consensus

Formed in the Chicago area in 1975, The Special Consensus has released 18 recordings and appeared on numerous National Public Radio programs and cable television shows, including The Nashville Network and the Grand Ole Opry. Band leader/banjo player Greg Cahill is the former President/Board Chair of the Nashville-based International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) and a recipient of the IBMA Distinguished Achievement Award. Other band members include guitar player Rick Faris, bass player Dan Eubanks and mandolin player Nick Dumas. Their 2012 LP Scratch Gravel Road was Grammy-nominated for Best Bluegrass Album and two songs from 2014’s Country Boy: A Bluegrass Tribute to John Denver won IBMA awards for Recorded Event of the Year and Instrumental Recorded Performance of the Year.

David Parmley & Cardinal Tradition

David Parmley is back on tour, drawing from the wealth of music that brought him bluegrass fame as a founding member of the Bluegrass Cardinals. With his newly named band, Cardinal Tradition, David’s soulful voice and driving rhythm guitar is complemented by Steve Thomas on mandolin, Dale Perry on banjo and baritone vocals, Steve Day on fiddle, and Ron Spears on bass and tenor vocals.

David Davis & Warrior River Boys

Alabama Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame-member David Davis has traveled and performed as a  frontman of the Warrior River Boys since 1984. He is recognized as one of the foremost practitioners of the Monroe mandolin technique. His interest in old-time and bluegrass music grew organically from his musical family, as both his father and grandfather were players and singers. His uncle, Cleo Davis, was Bill Monroe’s original Blue Grass Boy. Joining David is Marty Hayes on bass, Stan Wilemon on guitar and Ben Sanders on the fiddle.

Joining David is Marty Hayes on bass, Stan Wilemon on guitar, and fiddler Ben Sanders.

Ricky Wasson Band

Rickey Wasson spent 15 years singing lead vocals and playing guitar with J. D. Crowe & The New South. Wasson’s powerful vocals have placed him in an elite group of today’s top bluegrass singers, including performing lead on J.D. Crowe & The New South’s hit song and album “Lefty’s Old Guitar,” which garnered a 2008 Grammy Nomination, the 2008 SPBGMA Song of the Year, 2007 IBMA Album of the Year and #1 hit Song and Album on Bluegrass Unlimited’s National Bluegrass Survey Charts. Prior to joining J. D. Crowe & The New South in 1998, Rickey filled in briefly in Alison Krauss’ band and was a founding member of the well-respected bluegrass group Southern Blend.

Karl Shiflett & Big Country Show

Among the most beloved and respected entertainers in the genre today, The Karl Shiflett & Big Country Show harnesses the synergy and raw edginess of classic country acts of the 1940s and 50s with their high energy single microphone stage show. Charting singles like “Where the Smoke Goes Up” and “Worries on my Mind” established Shiftlett’s reputation, with their Worries on my Mind LP ranked by Texas Music Magazine as the second greatest Texas bluegrass album of all time. The success of recent recordings like Take Me Back and Sho-Nuff Country has only confirmed them as an institution in modern roots music.

Sideline

Sideline began as a quick side project for the month of December when work for bluegrass bands is in short supply. Steve Dilling, the banjo player for IIIrd Tyme Out, put together a group of musicians for a series of special concerts during the holiday season. They enjoyed playing together and performed a few late night showcases during the 2011 World of Bluegrass Conference and the rest is history! Sideline consists of Steve Dilling on banjo, Skip Cherryholmes on guitar, Jason Moore on bass, Nathan Aldrich on fiddle, Troy Boone on mandolin and Brad Houston on dobro.

Sideline consists of Steve Dilling on banjo, Skip Cherryholmes on guitar, Jason Moore on bass, Nathan Aldrich on fiddle and Brad Houston on dobro.

MILE TWELVE

Mile Twelve is a fresh, hard driving young band gracefully walking the line between original and traditional bluegrass with their infectious groove and intricate melodies. Fast gaining recognition for their outstanding performances in New England’s bluegrass and folk circles, Evan Murphy, Bronwyn Keith-­Hynes, Nate Sabat and Catherine (BB) Bowness and David Benedict create captivating songs and daring instrumental pieces from diverse influences. Banjo luminary Tony Trischka says, “Mile Twelve is carrying the bluegrass tradition forward with creativity and integrity.”

Marteka & William

Marteka and William are rapidly making a name for themselves in the bluegrass music business. Their recent appearances with the likes of J.D. Crowe on the Woodsongs Old Time Radio Hour in Lexington, KY and The Wheeling Jamboree USA have served notice of their talent, and Jenny Brook is sure to be a major stepping stone for this talented duo.

Zink & Company

Formed in 2012, Zink & Company is one of the premier bands on the Northeast bluegrass circuit. Led by vocalist and guitarist Corey Zink, these talented musicians have become a festival favorite for their dynamic performances that combine hard-driving bluegrass with a sprinkling of heartfelt country balladry. Corey and bandmates John Roc (mandolin and vocals), Keith Edwards (bass and vocals), and Dan Menzone (banjo and vocals) are welcomed back for an encore appearance on the Jenny Brook stage.

BigApple’achia

A New York City-based traditional bluegrass quintet, Big Apple’achia has spent years bringing the mountains to the biggest city in the USA. Honoring the songs of “our pioneers, their offsprung’ns, spin-offs, 3rd time-outers, and the wannabes” with high lonesome harmonies and a smattering of deep country, Big Apple’achia promise to be a rollicking good time on the Jenny Brook stage.

Katahdin Valley Boys

One of Maine’s most popular and respected bluegrass bands, The Katahdin Valley Boys take pride in presenting audiences with top quality traditional and contemporary bluegrass and gospel music. Each member brings many years of experience and professional showmanship to the band’s forceful, traditional sound. Their repertoire showcases tight harmonies and smooth solos. A Katahdin Valley Boys show has a fresh, personal approach and an exciting format.

Aaron Foster & Dreamcatcher

Dreamcatcher is a bluegrass band that is taking the scene by storm. All but one member are students at East Tennessee State University, and are involved with the university’s Bluegrass, Old Time, Country, &  Celtic Music Program. The band blends in a youthful energy to the sounds of traditional and contemporary bluegrass!

Dreamcatcher was formed in early summer of 2015 by Troy Boone and Aaron Foster. Upon the release of Troy’s debut CD “First Impressions,” Troy and Aaron decided to create a project that fulfilled their musical desires. Hence, Dreamcatcher was born.

After about two years of touring and playing shows from Florida to Vermont, Troy Boone accepted the position with bluegrass super group “Sideline” which has passed over the reins of Dreamcatcher to Aaron Foster.

Michelle Canning Band

The Michelle Canning Band hails from the bluegrass region of Eastern, KY. Having met at Morehead State University’s Kentucky Center for Traditional Music, each band member holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in traditional music or is currently studying bluegrass at the college level. The band is fronted by New England native, Michelle Canning. Perhaps most recognized for her vibrant stage presence, Canning has toured in several states in the U.S. as well as seven different cities in the People’s Republic of China. In 2009, she became the youngest person and only female ever to earn the title of New England Banjo Champion. In addition to Canning, The Michelle Canning Band is made up of Thomas Albert (Guitar, Vocals), Samantha Cunningham (Fiddle, Vocals), and Casie Glover (Bass, Vocals).

The Clem Hawkins Revival Band

There’s no better way to kick off the festival than with the Clem Hawkins Revival Band! A true family venture, the band features siblings Tom Venne (guitar) and Julie Hogan-Venne (bass), resurrecting a sound started by their father (stage name Clem Hawkins) in the late 1940s. Tom and Julie have reclaimed their dad’s sound and made it their own; the result is beautiful sibling harmonies and memory-stirring classic country tunes. Not to be missed, Tom and Julie are joined by their Beartracks bandmate Harry Ralph on fiddle, and Bob Newton on drums. Come out and plan to dance!

Robinson Bluegrass Sing

Another Jenny Brook tradition, Mike and Mary Robinson lead the Sunday morning Gospel Sing and Jam, encouraging everyone to join them in helping close out the festival weekend.  Full-time missionaries, Mike and Mary have been ministering to the bluegrass community for a quarter-century, making friends along the way as they carry forward and share their gospel messages. No stranger to the Jenny Brook community, Mike helps MC the event, and Mike and Mary immerse themselves in the weekend festivities, meeting old and new friends and sharing their love of Jesus Christ. If you haven’t yet met Mike and Mary, stop by to say hello, and don’t miss the Sunday morning Gospel Sing!

Seth Sawyer Band

The Seth Sawyer band has been playing its distinctive brand of country-infused traditional bluegrass for more than fifteen years. Seth’s powerful vocals and heartfelt original songs are ably supported by his wife Candi on bass and vocals, Dave Shaw on banjo, fiddle and dobro and Dave “Tex” Orlomoski on mandolin. Seth’s reputation as a songwriter goes well beyond the region, and his work has been recorded by the Warrior River Boys and the Gibson Brothers. Dave and Tex help out Seth with harmony vocals on the trios and duets, and bring to the band a deep understanding of the best of classic country and bluegrass. In its pure vocal power and instrumental expertise, the Seth Sawyer Band represents the best in New England’s long and proud bluegrass history.