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THE CLEVERLYS

 

The Cleverlys are a one-of-a-kind comedy/music blend coming from the remote part of the Ozark Mountains, near Cane Spur, Arkansas.

Digger Cleverly, along with his nephews Ricky Lloyd, Sock, DVD and Cub, make up The Cleverlys. They have traveled the globe, if the globe only consisted of the United States, performing at music venues and some of the nation’s largest festivals like Stagecoach, Telluride, CMA Music Fest and even the Grand Ole Opry.

The New York Times wrote, “If Earl Scruggs, Dolly Parton, and Spinal Tap spawned a litter of puppies, it would be the Cleverlys.”

Don’t be fooled by this faux-family band – they are all accomplished musicians putting their unique bluegrass spin on cover songs from any genre.  The Cleverlys’ set list includes genius arrangements of tunes like Psy’s “Gangnam Style,” a medley of Blackstreet’s “No Diggity,” and Flo Rida’s “Low” that recently went viral on Facebook, with over 11 million views from a local TV appearance. Rolling Stone Magazine says Digger’s “out-of-date eyeglasses are as thick as his hillbilly accent, but whose comic sensibilities are a hilariously off-kilter hybrid of Homer & Jethro and The Office.”

TIM WHITE & TROUBLESOME HOLLOW

 

Troublesome Hollow is a dynamic bluegrass and Americana band from Hickory Tree, Tennessee. The band has been together for many years performing all across the eastern United States. Tim White on banjo, guitar and vocals, Donnie Ollis on guitar and vocals and his younger brother Garry Ollis on upright bass and vocals. The band performs everything from hard driving traditional bluegrass to newgrass, old time music, ballads as well as Americana and comedy. They have six recordings to their credit as well as appearing on many television shows and recently on Song of the Mountains seen across America on public television (PBS). Tim White has hosted Song of the Mountains since its beginning in 2005. Tim also hosts his nationally syndicated radio show “The Tim White Bluegrass Show” across America on 60 plus radio stations.

 

Their latest recording was produced in Nashville, Tennessee and is titled “Troublesome Hollow-Old School”. A new CD is to be released soon titled “Troublesome Hollow-The Sign Shop Project”. Audiences are thoroughly entertained at a Troublesome Hollow performance. For more information visit www.troublesomehollow.com or visit their page on Facebook.

ABBY THE SPOON LADY

 

Abby the Spoon Lady is a folk percussionist, storyteller, radio personality and free speech activist. She is based out of Ashville, North Carolina and has established quite a following over the past decade. You can find her weekly on FM radio (103.3 Asheville FM), on several TV shows, documentaries, and even within horror films. With video views equaling over 300 million views, she enjoys playing original songs and reworking classic gospel.

KYLE PETTY

 

Kyle Petty is a former racecar driver turned racing analyst who has always carried a passion for music. A traveling preacher at the racetrack gave Petty his very first guitar at age 12. Petty soon began writing his own music in high school, finding creative influences in country artists, such as Johnny Cash and Merle Haggard, and singer-songwriters like Carole King, James Taylor, Harry Chapin and Jim Croce. Throughout the ‘80s, Petty was an opening act for various bands, and now enjoys open-mic night at the Evening Muse in Charlotte, North Carolina. When not onstage, you can find him on NBC Sports Network’s daily NASCAR America show, and beginning in July, on pre- and post-race NASCAR Sprint Cup shows on NBC and NBCSN. Petty lives in Charlotte with his wife, Morgan.

LORRAINE JORDAN & CAROLINA ROAD

 

The band has just released a brand new single on Pinecastle Records called, “True Grass Again” with special guests, former IBMA Male Vocalists of the Yaar, Junior Sisk and Danny Paisley. Carolina Road has had multiple songs appear in the top 10 on the bluegrass Billboard, Bluegrass Today, and Roots Music Charts throughout the past few years. The title track of their current album "True Grass" spent 4 consecutive months in the number one spot on the Bluegrass Unlimited National Survey Chart.

The Carolina Road band is made up of personnel with decades of experience, instrumental and vocal skill and training beyond most in the business, ensuring a show that will leave any audience wanting more. Led by Lorraine Jordan on mandolin, Carolina Road is comprised of Ben Greene on banjo, Tommy Long on Guitar, Randy Graham on bass, Matt Hooper on fiddle, and Josh Goforth on second fiddle. Lorraine, Tommy, and Randy carry the majority of the lead vocals, although we all enjoy when Ben or Josh step up to the mic as well.

 

Carolina Road plays worldwide and headlines a National Bluegrass festival, Christmas in the Smokies. They have hosted the Canadian Bluegrass Awards, toured Europe, and played more than 15 bluegrass cruises. Carolina Road’s performance is a traditional sound with a fresh approach, which includes invigorating instrumentals, smooth blending vocals, and all the energy that you can stand!  

ALAN BIBEY & GRASSTOWNE

 

Grasstowne is a band comprised of a very well respected veterans of bluegrass music as well as some of the finest young musicians in bluegrass today.   This combination together is  one of the hottest and energetic bands touring today! The band’s first four projects “The Road Headin’ Home”, “The Other Side of Towne”, “Kickin Up Dust”  and “4” all rose to #1 on the National Bluegrass Charts.  The Road Headin’ home remained at #1 for three months and also won the 2008 “Album of the Year” award.  Their latest all Gospel recording “Gonna Rise & Shine” has already yielded two singles that have dominated the Gospel Charts for the last year including being #1  25 weeks collectively!!  Alan Bibey, Zak McLamb and Laura Orshaw or all the 2019 SPBGMA players of the Year on their respective instruments with Alan being a five time winner including 2018 and 2019! Alan is also a final Nominee for Mandolin Player of The Year at IBMA this year! Alan is an original member and was a founding member of The New Quicksilver, IIIRD Tyme Out and BlueRidge and has been honored by Gibson with The Alan Bibey signature mandolin. Justin Jenkins, although still less than 30 years old is one of the very finest banjo players on the circuit today and JBS Banjos has just introduced “The Jenks” model banjo. Zak Mclamb has been with the band for five years and is one of the greatest bass players in Bluegrass today.  Laura Orshaw and her husband Tony Watt round out the group and are a big part of the bands sound.  All the members are featured on the new project “Gonna Rise & Shine”.

CUMBERLAND COUNTY LINE BLUEGRASS

 

From the Piedmont Region of North Carolina and with a style reminiscent of the old bluegrass groups of the past, Cumberland County Line Bluegrass offers a mixture of traditional Bluegrass and Gospel music. Formed September 17th 2014 and influenced by the old time greats like the Stanley Brothers, Jimmy Martin, Red Smiley and Don Reno just to mention a few. To us, traditional bluegrass and gospel music are tightly intertwined and is more than just music. It is indeed a reflection of our heritage, where the struggles, hopes, and happiness of everyday life are put into song. Between playing great music and telling a few tall tales along the way, we will do our best to stir up some good ole memories, cause a laugh or two, and lift your faith in Jesus Christ. From picking on your back porch for your family gathering to playing at your next corporate event, we would love to share some great music with you and make a new friend.

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