Steep Canyon Rangers
GRAMMY® Award-winning Steep Canyon Rangers unveil their highly anticipated ninth studio album, RADIO, a project that further illustrates the band’s dynamic songwriting, instrumental virtuosity and high-energy performance. Members Woody Platt (guitar), Graham Sharp (banjo), Charles R. Humphrey III (bass), Mike Guggino (mandolin), Nicky Sanders (fiddle) and Mike Ashworth (box kit) are also known for collaborations with actor/comedian and respected banjo player Steve Martin and esteemed singer-songwriter Edie Brickell. The Steep Canyon Rangers’ RADIO was produced by fourteen-time GRAMMY® winner, Jerry Douglas (John Oates, Alison Krauss, Del McCoury Band) and recorded at Asheville, NC’s Echo Mountain Recording Studio. The album’s twelve all-original bluegrass/ Americana tracks were written by Sharp, Humphrey, Platt and Guggino in varying degrees, including a few co-writes with fellow musicians such as Phil Barker of the Carolina bluegrass band Town Mountain. RADIO follows Steep Canyon Rangers’ 2013 release, Tell the Ones I Love, which Bluegrass Today praised as “…a great mixture of today’s bluegrass styles, excellent harmonies, and a few surprises…an excellent album…”
John Emil, Opening Act
John Emil, an accomplished singer/songwriter, guitarist, and master of slide guitar, has delivered show stopping performances at major music festivals like the Telluride Blues and Brews Fest, the Leek Blues & Americana Festival UK, the Florida Folk Festival, the Decatur Blues and Bluegrass Festival, the Bangor On Dee Blues Festival UK and the 2012 Zoetemeer Blues Festival in the Netherlands.
Emil recently became the first American musician to be published by London’s KPM/EMI, one of the world’s largest production libraries. Among the many television and cable network shows Emil has supplied music for are “Dateline,” "The Voice," Anthony Bourdain’s “No Reservations,” ESPN, UFC's "Ultimate Insider," "American Pickers" and several international wildlife and nature documentaries.
Beau + Luci
“Flower children with rock ’n’ roll souls,” Beau + Luci, sisters from the swamplands of Southern Georgia, enchant audiences with hypnotizing harmonies and bluesy melodies. Growing up in Waycross, Georgia, just a few miles from the Okefenokee Swamp, their music combines the mystery and folklore of “the land of the trembling earth” with their own blend of bluesy Americana rock. Heavily influenced by the Allman Brothers, Fleetwood Mac, Emmylou Harris, and Johnny Cash, with their undeniable approach to storytelling steeped in ageless spirituals, blues, and classic rock, Beau + Luci captive souls from all walks life. At the young ages of 19 and 22, raised listening to generations of diverse, legendary artists, these two sisters have cultivated their artistic skills from a vibrant and rich Georgia music culture.
Saturday Festival Concert Headlined by Drive-By Truckers
Drive-By Truckers have always been outspoken, telling a distinctly American story via craft, character, and concept, all backed by sonic ambition and social conscience. Founded in 1996 by singer/songwriter/guitarists Mike Cooley and Patterson Hood, the band have long held a progressive fire in their belly. AMERICAN BAND’s considerable force can in part be credited to the sheer musical strength of the current Drive-By Truckers line-up, with Hood and Cooley joined by bassist Matt Patton, keyboardist/multi-instrumentalist Jay Gonzalez, and drummer Brad Morgan – together, the longest-lasting iteration in the band’s two-decade history.
The Whiskey Gentry, Opening Act
The Whiskey Gentry has been tearing up the road for the better half of the last decade, logging over 150 shows each year, and winning over crowds at major festivals such as Shaky Knees, Shaky Boots, Merlefest, Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion, FloydFest and many others. With the release of Dead Ringer they’ll continue this trend, bringing their raucous, high-energy shows to audiences from coast-to-coast.
Stephen is originally from Thomasville, NC. His tribute to Elvis Presley started professionally in 1998 and has performed in theaters all over the country.
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Caleb Caudle is a singer-songwriter based in Winston-Salem, NC with seven albums to his credit over more than a decade playing music. He's toured the country many times over, playing clubs, theaters, festivals and corner bars while sharing the stage with friends including Jason Isbell, Margo Price, Dawes, Robert Ellis, Patterson Hood, Justin Townes Earle, Aaron Lee Tasjan, and John Moreland, among many others. His last album, 2016's Carolina Ghost, drew widespread critical acclaim from the likes of NPR Music, Rolling Stone, Huffington Post, Paste, Bitter Southerner, and American Songwriter. Crushed Coins, his new album out in late 2017, was recorded in both Los Angeles and Nashville and produced by Caudle in collaboration with long-time engineer Jon Ashley (Avett Brothers, Band of Horses, Hiss Golden Messenger, War on Drugs).