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.
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.
Ghost Light’s brilliant debut album, ‘Best Kept Secrets,’ functions much like the band itself, drawing beauty and strength from both its complementary pairings and its unexpected juxtapositions. Formed in 2017, the group brings together five consummately talented artists from across the musical spectrum—guitarists/singers Tom Hamilton and Raina Mullen, pianist Holly Bowling, and drummer Scotty Zwang—and thrusts them into a wholly new context. The result is a record that transcends the sonic contributions and background of any single member, a collection that’s at once gritty and refined, sprawling and restrained, straightforward and psychedelic.
Spanning rock, folk, soul and funk and drawing from inspiration that runs the gamut from the henhouse to the White House, Color Where You Are is a kaleidoscopic portrait of Cris Jacobs as a songwriter, musician and bandleader. It's the work of a devoted father and an empathetic member of the human race. More than that, it's a reminder that there's beauty to be found everywhere, if you just take a moment to color where you are.
"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.
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.
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. With inspiration ranging from from Green Day to Duran Duran to Tony Rice to Nirvana, Grateful Dead, David Grisman and beyond, the Trio is making waves with their unique sound.
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.
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!
West King String Band is made up of long time friends Jesse Harman, Jack Studer, AJ Fox and Spooky Fiddler. The band formed in 2013 in Saint Augustine, Florida and is now recently based out of Nashville, Tennessee. Inspired by a large array of musical genres spanning from rock n' roll & classic country to traditional & MODERN bluegrass, They incorporate their influences to create an original, unique and diverse sound.
Sunflowers & Sin draws on classic americana and modern singer-songwriter influences. With Kaitlin Casteel on lead vocals and Lorra Amos on vocals and guitar, this female duo brings the music of the mountains to the islands of the lowcountry with their unique songs and instrumentation. Inspired by a wide range of Americana musicians, their tunes will fill your ears with a unique fusion of sweet harmonies and sinful melodies.
Dallas Baker & Friends describes themselves as a "Harmony Driven String Band Experience". 2 time winner of Charleston City Paper's "Bluegrass Band of the Year" award, Dallas Baker and Friends have found their place in the Charleston music community.
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.