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2016 Festival Talent LINEUP
Colorado’s FY5 proudly swim in the deep currents of American music-classic bluegrass, tried-and-true honky tonk, country swing and skillfully spun folk tales. While their sound evokes timelessness, it is decidedly contemporary, well-traveled 21st century sensibility that informs their songwriting. Their tunes draw on the bumps, bruises and laugh lines earned when we find ourselves in the “bogs” of back roads, dive bars and long, lonesome nights.
Augusta Road comes to you from various locations in East Texas. Good friends making good music!
Bitter Creek Band was formed about 2010, when old friends got back together and started playing bluegrass again. Tom Mundheim, guitar player and lead vocalist, and Larry Shoemaker, banjo and vocals, began playing together in the 1970’s. They were later joined by Jerry Shoemaker on bass and vocals. Jerry and Larry were part of a family band in the 1980’s called the Shoemakers, and played venues in Louisiana, Texas, Arkansas, and Oklahoma. Bryan Shoemaker, playing mandolin and singing vocals, was also in that family band in the 1980’s, along with his sister Kristi. In 1990, Larry and Jerry moved to Rhode Island and became part of the Cowtippers, a band based and playing venues in Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Connecticut. Upon returning to Texas in 2001, they reformed the family band under the name Grass Notes, and played festival venues, and local church events along with a family sponsored venue called the ‘Barn Thang’ in Collinsville, Texas.
Since Tom lived on Bitter Creek Road in Red River New Mexico, it was only fitting to name the band Bitter Creek. As a three piece band, Bitter Creek was the first band to play on the first Red River Festival, and has played every festival since. Bryan joins the band this year with stellar mandolin and singing. He is a talented musician, who plays fiddle, mandolin and guitar.
Bitter Creek plays lots of traditional and contemporary bluegrass and gospel, without getting too far out in the weeds. They love good music and fun.
The Blue Canyon Boys
Every once in a while a band comes along that stands out amongst the crowded fields of the bluegrass world. The Blue Canyon Boys, a premier bluegrass band of the Rocky Mountain West, are one of those bands. Winners of the 2008 Telluride Bluegrass festival band contest, the Blue Canyon Boys have gone on to perform across the country and were selected to represent the United States and bluegrass music at the 14th annual Rainforest World Music Festival in Sarawak, Malaysia on the island of Borneo, which has consistently been rated in the top 25 International Festivals by Songlines Magazine. This bluegrass powerhouse consists of Gary Dark on mandolin, Jason Hicks on guitar, Drew Garrett on bass, and award-winning Chris Elliott on banjo. Blending incredible brother-duet-style vocals and hard-driving instrumental proficiency, this energetic band has created an infectious brew of hard-driving Colorado bluegrass. With four well received CDs that have garnered heavy airplay across the country and around the world, the Blue Canyon Boys have quickly become one of Colorado’s most celebrated bluegrass bands.
The ATC Stringband is a student group from the Academy for Technology & Classics, a public charter school in Santa Fe. ATC offers a unique music class called "Acoustic Americana" in which students play and study traditional folk music from all over the U.S. including Old-Time, Bluegrass, Blues, Cajun, and New Mexican. Students play fiddle, banjo, guitar, mandolin, and bass.
They’ll take you on a musical tour of America with songs sung in English, Spanish and French.
grew up in a musical family. His grandmother on his mother’s side was a ballerina who also played harmonica and steel guitar. His grandfather on his father’s side played piano in silent movie houses and was a rodeo clown. His father sang and played guitar and his uncle was a professional entertainer with a midwest radio show and a stint in the West Coast music scene following World War II.
Fritz made his first recording at age three, a rousing version of Hank William’s “Hey, Good Lookin.” A born singer, he took up guitar at age fourteen and soon began playing in public for school functions and parties. His high school drama involvement led to the study of theatre in college, eventually securing a degree in English and Drama.
Celebrating their 35th anniversary in September, 2014, Hickory Hill has proven to be one of Texas' most popular and enduring acoustic groups. Through the years, the band has won considerable recognition, winning third place in the "Best New Band" contest at the Bluegrass Festival of the United States in Louisville, KY in 1981, and being nominated by SPBGMA as "Entertaining Bluegrass Band of the Year" in 1985 and "Bluegrass Band of the Year, Contemporary" in 1986. In 1993, Hickory Hill was named "Band Of The Year" by the Arts and Entertainment Committee of East Texas, and in 1996 was selected for a showcase performance at the International Bluegrass Music Association's annual World of Bluegrass in Owensboro, Kentucky. Hickory Hill has been the host band of the Overton Bluegrass Music Festival since the festival's inception in 1989.
Based in Northern New Mexico, Higher Ground Bluegrass' members reside in Albuquerque, Santa Fe, and Los Alamos. Founded in 1998, HGB plays original, contemporary, and traditional music informed by the American traditions of folk, bluegrass, country, and rock and roll.