After 18 years together, up to 175 shows per year, nearly 1,000 different setlists, six studio albums, and a litany of live releases, Greensky Bluegrass embodies more than just music for members Anders Beck [dobro], Michael Arlen Bont [banjo], Dave Bruzza [guitar], Mike Devol [upright bass], and Paul Hoffman [Mandolin]. Truthfully, it embodies an ironclad creative bond, familial brotherhood, and a lifelong commitment to fans.
For the past 20 years, Yonder Mountain String Band has redefined bluegrass music, expanding the traditional acoustic genre beyond its previously established boundaries by steadily pushing the envelope into the realms of rock n’ roll and improvisation.
YMSB—guitarist Adam Aijala, bassist Ben Kaufmann, banjo player Dave Johnston, violinist Allie Kral and Nick Piccininni on mandolin.
Even among the pantheon of music’s finest artists, Del McCoury stands alone. Now helming the Del McCoury Band, with sons Ronnie and Rob, the ensemble did and continues to represent in a larger, growing musical community a peerless torchbearer for the entire sweep and scope of bluegrass history. One listen and it’s clear as crystal. There is Del.
If flat-picking guitar on the highest level required a resumé, Larry Keel could skip the interview process altogether and get straight to work. Keel has collaborated and shared the stage with an absolute all-star cast over the course of his career. From bluegrass legends Tony Rice, Vassar Clements, Bill Monroe, and John Hartford to modern rock and jam mainstays Keller Williams, Leftover Salmon, Little Feat, and String Cheese Incident, to today’s most respected up-and-comers like Billy Strings, Tyler Childers and Greensky Bluegrass, all of Keel’s influences and peers sing his praises—not just for his musicianship, but his friendship as well.
"What am I trying to do with my music?" Jacobs muses. "The simple answer is this: I’m trying to connect with people. To express real-life human emotions and make people feel things. To connect my love of music with my love of writing and conjure up all of the joy and emotions that those things bring to me. To hopefully have people walk away feeling lighter or happier or more inspired to go do something after listening... I want to create a body of work that my family will be proud of one day, and to show that I had compassion to the human condition and wasn’t just a self-indulgent show off."
Jon Stickley Trio is a genre-defying and cinematic instrumental trio, who’s deep grooves, innovative flatpicking, and sultry-spacy violin moves the listener’s head, heart, and feet. “It’s not your father’s acoustic-guitar music—although Stickley’s pop showed him his first chords when he was 12 years old. Instead, Stickley’s Martin churns out a mixture of bluegrass, Chuck Berry, metal, prog, grunge, and assorted other genres—all thoroughly integrated into a personal style,” writes Guitar Player Magazine.
Stickley says, “The Trio feels fresher and hotter than ever, we’ve hit our stride in terms of creating tunes that are uniquely us and that’s a really exciting place to be musically.
There was only one prize-winning teenager carrying stones big enough to say thanks, but no thanks to Roy Acuff. Only one son of Kentucky finding a light of inspiration from Bill Monroe and his Blue Grass Boys and catching a fire from Bob Marley and The Wailers. Only one progressive hippie allying with like-minded conspirators, rolling out the New Grass revolution, and then leaving the genre’s torch-bearing band behind as it reached its commercial peak.
There is only one consensus pick of peers and predecessors, of the traditionalists, the rebels, and the next gen devotees. Music’s ultimate inside outsider. Or is it outside insider? There is only one Sam Bush.
Raw, soulful, and with plenty of swagger, Town Mountain has earned raves for their hard-driving sound, their in-house songwriting and the honky-tonk edge that permeates their exhilarating live performances, whether in a packed club or at a sold-out festival. The hearty base of Town Mountain's music is the first and second generation of bluegrass spiced with country, old school rock ‘n’ roll, and boogie-woogie. It's what else goes into the mix that brings it all to life both on stage and on record and reflects the group's wide-ranging influences – from the Grateful Dead's Jerry Garcia and the ethereal lyrics of Robert Hunter, to the honest, vintage country of Willie, Waylon, and Merle.
Circus No. 9 is East Tennessee’s own Progressive Bluegrass outfit, blurring the lines between Bluegrass, Jazz, and Rock. Described as “John Hartford meets John Coltrane,” the group has appeared alongside artists including David Grisman, Bryan Sutton, Larry Keel, among others. Comprised of musicians Matthew Davis, Thomas Cassell, Vince Ilagan, and Ben Garnett, Circus No. 9 is one of the most exciting new bands on the acoustic music scene today.
"Circus No. 9 represents everything that's good about the new generation of acoustic music. These guys already exhibit a maturity and musicianship that has me thinking we're going to be hearing great stuff from them for a long time!" - Bryan Sutton
River Boy is an all-acoustic band based in Charleston, SC blending original Bluegrass and Americana tunes with traditional ones. Their first album, self-titled, received airplay across the country and internationally on radio stations like WNCW in North Carolina, WDVX in Tennessee, WAMU in Washington, D.C., KVMR in California and Grand 101 in Ontario. Each band member brings his special ingredients to the mix making the River Boy experience both familiar and new to the audience.
The Marshgrass Mamas are a bevy of Johns Island musical gals. The roots of their music stem from traditional bluegrass and Appalachian old-time, but over the decades the sound has morphed into a unique sound of their own. Band members consist of Hazel Ketchum and Cary Ann Hearst pickin’ the guitar, Kristen Meierer thumping the doghouse bass, Dee Payne wailing on the banjo, Gina Perez & Chandler Marburg sawing on the fiddles, Lauren Bevins Cahill putting the chop on the mandolin, and Caitlin Cahill Pape singing harmony and hittin’ the snare.
From one of North Carolina’s most beloved musical outfits, Chatham Rabbits — singer-songwriters Austin and Sarah McCombie — comes The Yoke is Easy, The Burden is Full, their enthusiastically anticipated sophomore album. Out on May 1, 2019, “The Yoke” is an album for those that feel both more connected and out of touch than ever before. Co-written by the married couple and true to Chatham Rabbits roots, the lyrics tell stories of real, raw people, doing the best they can with the life they are living.
The Pluff Mud String Band is a Charleston-based folk string band that plays traditional old time and bluegrass music with a hard driving energy. Have us out for your next event and we'll bring a great time!
Over the last ten years, Pierce Edens has been drawing on his Appalachian songwriting roots and blending them with the grungy rock and roll sounds that took him in his teenage years. The result is a haunting and fiery mixture that is notoriously hard to pin down. Allmusic.com classifies Edens as both “Folk-Rock” and “psychedelic-grunge."
Combining styles of Rock, Traditional Bluegrass, Modern Bluegrass, and anything else that comes across their way, Southern Flavor Bluegrass Band has been playing in one form or another for 20+ years. Native to Charleston, SC, Southern Flavor plays Festivals, Parties, Bars, Breweries, Oyster Roasts, Pig Pickin’s….you name it.
The Lowhills are an up and coming Americana/Roots Family band out of Johns Island with a sound that is a smooth mix of genres including Americana, Classic Country, Bluegrass, Swing and R&B. They also cover a wide range of Artists and styles as well including: Elvis, Hank Williams, Al Green, Roberta Flack, Frank Sinatra, Carole King, Bonnie Raitt, Van Morrison, Fleetwood Mac Ect.
Based just north of Charleston South Carolina in historic Mt Pleasant, the Three Pegs are a strings trio of high school seniors composed of a cello, viola and violin. These young men have been performing together for over seven years starting as part of a public school orchestra and Charleston County District Honors Orchestra. They currently perform with the Charleston Symphony Youth Orchestra. Together as a Trio since High School, they have performed in various locations around Charleston SC.
Red Cedar Review is an acoustic band based in Charleston, SC. They perform their blend of folk, country-blues, and bluegrass all over the southeastern US. With a core duo of guitar and mandolin, Red Cedar Review uses acoustic instruments to deliver a lively performance of traditional music as well as original pieces. Expect to hear sounds in the style of Doc Watson, David Grisman, Norman Blake, and more!