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Big Brush Creek ROOTS Music Festival & Campout is about the extraordinary landscape. presents an awesome landscape blending American made music and the artists performing it.
Great bands make up the diverse menu of artists from West Virginia, Virginia, North Carolina, Texas and mostly Tennessee. In one weekend, you’ll see bluegrass, jazz, reggae, old time mountain music, traditional country, funk country, gospel, southern rock, psychedelic rock and jambands, 35 hours of live music on one stage fills the air of the 8 ¼ acre concert area.
You’ll discover new musical horizons and enjoy the late night blugrass bonfire.
Performances over all 4 days- Friday, May 24 – Monday, 27, 2019. . . Here they are...
MICHAEL CLEVELAND & FLAMEKEEPER
Mike Cleveland: Vocals, Fiddle, Josh Richards: Vocals, Guitar, Nathan Livers: Vocals, Mandolin, Jasiah Shrode: Vocals, Banjo, Tyler Griffith: Vocals, Bass
An 11-time winner of the International Bluegrass Music Association's Fiddle Performer of the Year award-winning fiddler Michael Cleveland
Brings dynamic traditional bluegrass to the stage with his award-winning band, Flamekeeper, in a show that will mesmerize the audience!
Mike and his talented band present a program of tight vocal trios and duos, blistering instrumentals, and fiddle-and-banjo duets that echo the first-generation stars of bluegrass. The show is rounded out with Mike's dry wit and the band's sense of fun. Considered one of the premier bluegrass fiddlers of his generation, Mike picked up a fiddle at age four, and his talent was recognized early. In 1993 he was chosen to be part of the Bluegrass Youth All Stars. Later that year Mike made his Grand Ole Opry debut as a guest of Alison Krauss. His list of guest appearances over the years is a who's who of bluegrass legends.
Since 2006, Mike has swept the Fiddle Performer of the Year award, and now has 10. Mike's first solo project as a Rounder recording artist, Flame Keeper, was re-leased in February 2002 and was chosen the IBMA's Instrumental Album of the Year. In 2004, Mike shared the Instrumental Album of the Year award with Tom Adams for Tom Adams and Michael Cleveland Live at the Ragged Edge, an album of fiddle and banjo duets. That was followed in 2006 by a second solo project, the award-winning Let 'Er Go, Boys! and in 2008 by the first Michael Cleveland and Flamekeeper CD, Leavin' Town. The band’s second CD, Fired Up, was released in March 2011 and reached #1 on Sirius XM Bluegrass Junction’s Most Played Albums chart.
Michael and his band perform Saturday night May 26 at 9:15pm.
Unspoken Tradition is a North Carolina-based bluegrass band. Its members: Audie McGinnis (guitar and vocals), Lee Shuford (bass and vocals), Tim Gardner (fiddle & vocals), Ty Gilpin (mandolin & vocals) and Zane McGinnis (Banjo) play passionate bluegrass.
Drawing on their influences of the original bluegrass masters and the roots of traditional music, they perform with a hard-driving and sincere sound that features deep Appalachian soul with their vocals and solid technical proficiency with their instruments. Their music and overall artistic vision reflect the ever-changing culture of Western and Central North Carolina-- where they call home.
Their debut recording, Simple Little Town (2013) saw quick success in radio; including XM’s Bluegrass Junction where the band’s music continues to be in solid rotation. Their follow-up release, Miles Between was featured on The World Cafe’s nationally syndicated programming and ranked #14 on WNCW FM’s top 100 releases of 2015.
Dr. Bacon is a genre blending "Appalachian Funk-Rock" band from Asheville, NC. Performing an infectiously danceable blend of funk, soul, jazz, rock, blues, folk, hip-hop and more. Featuring as diverse instrumentation as influencing styles including: guitars, resonator, harmonica, bass, tenor saxophone, baritone saxophone drums, trombone, violin, pedal steel, mandolin, kazoo and more.
Dr. Bacon is sure to get you moving and grooving. Playing Fri May 24 6:30pm
GLADE CITY ROUNDERS
The Glade City Rounders blend influences and sounds from old time string band, jug band, and country blues music from old 78 rpm records with their own musical stylings and virtuosity to create a sound that is truly unique. Imagine a barn dance in the 1930's in the middle of the woods where the corn liquor flows as freely as the mountain stream. That's exactly where you would find the Glade City Rounders as they tear the house down with their high energy performance as the crowd dances into the night. They are: Randy Hill: Stand-up bass, Squirell: Banjo ‘n vocals, Josh Smith: Jug, Tennessee Bill: Fiddle ‘n vocals. See em play Friday night May 24, 9:40pm
TRONGONE BAND (Pron: Tron- GO-NEE)
Formed by brothers Andrew and Johnny Trongone with father John Sr on bass, The Trongone Band has grown from a family affair to a full on touring machine with the addition of keyboardist Ben “Wolfe” White and bassist Chip Hale. “the quartet has come together to create an old-school and all-in-the-family sound reminiscent of The Allman Brothers while still keeping it fresh with their cutting edge original compositions that also infuse funk and blues into the mix.”
Keeping with the homegrown vibe, the band nestled into the woods outside of RVA, tapping into Montrose Recording’s Flickinger console, one of only seven remaining in the world. Known as the console that revolutionized the recording industry in the 60s & 70s, the Flickinger provided the warm sounds that turned into “Keys to the House” as “imagery of boxcar drifters, rolling hills and dirt roads that are easy to close your eyes and get lost in”.
This four-piece ensemble may not all be related, but with a chemistry so emphatically discernible, it's fair to call them brothers.
Time Sawyer combines the folk-soul of the Avett Bros with their country and bluegrass roots for an energetic and engaging live show experience.
Time Sawyer blends a grassroots feel with heartfelt lyrics to put on an entertaining show. From introspective ballads to high-energy crowd-pleasers, Time Sawyer’s songs land in that rootsy sweet spot where folk, alt-country, and rock gather for a good time.
“Lead singer Sam Tayloe’s voice has an appealing open quality that particularly shines in the upper parts of his range, and banjo player Houston Norris’ harmonies add a new dimension to this album.”— Glide Magazine
“This music is a cross-pollination of indie-folk & country-rock, progressive in nature, but still rooted in tradition and with southern spirit. ”— Sarah Fuller Hall, No Depression
“Time Sawyer have back country America dust layered finely in their songs. The folk rock the band delivers has an easy Americana texture, influenced by peers from Poco through The Jayhawks and beyond.”— The Alternate Root
From Raleigh, North Carolina, Urban Soil weaves Americana, rock and soul into their explosive live shows and polished recordings. Their studio albums display the uncompromising energy that Urban Soil consistently delivers live, and are a stimulating representation of the band’s skillful-yet–visceral sound. Urban Soil has the unique ability of capturing the energy of their live shows and translating it to their studio recordings, resulting in an electrifying experience with every listen.
Influenced by early roots elements, Urban Soil uniquely fuses those sounds with a fresh take, delivering a blend of raw, nostalgic sounds with a modern and glistening slant.
Fronting the band is Christiane Smedley on lead vocals and rhythm guitar. Guitarist and vocalist, Eric Chesson delivers forceful and driving components with every lick, and offers steadfast vocals. Greg Meckley’s skillful violin, vocals and percussion playing blends tight layers and bright sounds that solidify the band smoothly against driving guitars.
Holding down the rhythm section, Jonathan Wilson and Leo Kishore provide a concrete foundation on drums and bass respectively. See Urban Soil Monday May 27, 7pm.
Cody performs his new 12 song Gospel CD titled RISE UP on Sunday morning May 26. The festival is also fortunate to have Cody as the Production Manager on stage. He is a real asset to Big Brush Creek fest.
Raised in the mountains of Spencer, TN, Cody’s first musical influence was in his home church. Even as a young child, Cody loved music and became the church piano player before the age of ten. It’s that musical connection to faith that has helped Cody through dark and troubled times.
Cody spent over a decade with country music super-group, Confederate Railroad, eventually leaving to start his own solo career including three number one videos on CMT Pure Country and earning the title of Independent Artist of the Year from Music Row Magazine.
Throughout his career, Cody has shared the stage with legends such as Charlie Daniels, David Allan Coe, Merle Haggard and more. His solo career saw his music topping the charts and being featured in several motion pictures, which led to McCarver acting in several western films.
Cody is a local too Big Brush Creek farm and is an ambassador for Big Brothers/Big Sisters of America, an organization that is extremely close to his heart.
Starting our gospel morning before Cody on Sunday morning May 26 at about 10am CST, this group is from the Sequatchie Valley and is comprised of most of the players formerly known as Cannon Creek. The band provides great instrumental performances as well as award-winning lead vocals and amazing harmony vocals.
What sets Track 145 apart is their Bluegrass repertoire range including traditional, progressive, and gospel bluegrass songs as well as “grassed up” pop songs. This translates into the broad diversity of their audience, people who enjoy a variety of genres are drawn to their music.
TENNESSEE MAFIA JUG BAND
Performing their special brand of country and folk music, the Tennessee Mafia Jug Band took home the Blue Blaze Award at the 46th annual Smithville Fiddler's Jamboree and Crafts Festival. Members: Mike Armistead, Mike Webb, Ernie Sykes, Leroy Troy and Dan Kelly Albums: Poor Leroy's Almanack, Lester's Lofin Lounge
From the pastoral hills, hollers, shopping malls and interstate highways of Goodlettsville Tennessee, comes the most entertaining "blast from the past".
They’re the Tennessee Mafia Jug Band -- five guys and a scrubboard, with roots like wisdom teeth. The Band has shamelessly stolen a feature of the old Roy Acuff Show -- a bit known as "Pap & the Jug Band". There’s only so many graveyard numbers or raunchy love songs that even the most rabid country audience can sit through without some kind of relief. This frolicking fivesome brightens up the stage with rib-tickling old time tunes. Even better, they have an utter lack of self-consciousness (and some might say any sense of decorum). The Tennessee Mafia Jug Band not only know the music, they wear the costumes, tell corny jokes and even do slapstick gags that throw audiences into hysterics. Grown women have lost control of internal organs when the Jug Band entertains ... tears a’ runnin’ down both legs! 8:15pm Friday May 24.
LAUREN MORROW OF WHISKEY GENTRY
Laura Morrow fronted the Georgia-based band The Whiskey Gentry for some eight years, enjoying a successful run, releasing a few well-received records, including 2017’s Dead Ringer, and did some serious touring landing some big opening gigs at important festivals.
It was in the summer of 2017 when Laura and her husband and fellow Whiskey Gentry member Jason that they decided to leave Atlanta for Nashville, and take the big plunge once and for all. Seeing the musical camaraderie swelling within Nashville’s independent community made them want to be a part of it.
This self-titled EP is the opening salvo from that transformation, and includes some notable Nashville musicians such as pedal steel player Whit Wright, and drummer Jerry Pentacost. these four songs are really good. Starting with “Viki Lynn” about Lauren Morrow’s mother. This is the type of deeply personal, yet widely appealing song you write when you put your fate on the edge of a pen, and take the net away from below the trapeze. Twangy, upbeat, and true, it’s an easy song to fall for. This is followed by a heartbreaker called “I Don’t Think About You At All.” “Mess Around” has more of an Americana approach with its watery guitar, and you don’t even mind the old school moog-y solo once it gets there. “Barbara Jean” ends the EP in more of a storyteller mode, and gives the audience something to unravel. Lauren performs at 7:30pm Sunday May 26.
Celebrated folksinger, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, Ashleigh Caudill, exemplifies one of the most exciting musical trends today, traditional roots music with a new spin. Her songs are constructed with an architect's touch and her performances hum with an excitement in the crisp arrangements that lift each song.
Growing up in a small town in Western Colorado Ashleigh began playing music at an early age. Upon receiving a scholarship to the prestigious Berklee College Of Music she relocated to Boston, Massachusetts. While climbing the ranks of freelance bassists in Boston's booming acoustic music scene, she fell in love with both songwriting and clawhammer banjo.
She now resides in Nashville where she is an in demand hired hand playing lots of famous artists. In addition to her renown as a bassist she is gaining recognition for her songwriting prowess. One tune, Row By Row, was recorded on Balsam Range's IBMA album of the year, Papertown, and topped the Bluegrass Gospel Charts summer 2013 in addition to being nominated for IBMA's Gospel Recorded Event Of The Year.
With sweet yet powerful vocals she draws the listener in to the tales she spins. Accompanied by the impeccable timing of her upright bass and a fine cast of musicians, or the rolling mellow tones of her open back banjo her sound will please the ears of music lovers everywhere. If you like your music sophisticated, fun and honest, you need look no further. See Ashleigh on stage 12:30pm Sun May 26 Ashleigh proudly endorses Ome Banjos & Fishman Transducers.
One listen from these guys and we think you’ll agree, a phenomenal band musically, performing Sun, May 26 supper time.
Like a warm musical breeze that blows through California's hills and canyons - across its mystical high desert and into the heart of America - High South has captured the same evocative spirit that gave lift to such high soaring bands as the Byrds, CSNY and the Eagles.
Blending the poetry of Greenwich Village in the 60's with the unmistakable harmony of Laurel Canyon in the 70's, the High South sound exudes the magic and timelessness of both these eras, while infusing a palpable new millennium sensibility.
High South band mates - Kevin Campos, Jamey Garner and Phoenix Mendoza - three gifted "lead singer-songwriters" delivering one undeniable voice - are produced by Josh Leo.
JORDAN FOSTER BAND
From his hometown of Somerset, Kentucky, Jordan Foster embraces a unique, but true sound of Country Music holding tight to his southern roots. Having been raised in your typical “Small Town USA” in South Central Kentucky and being nestled right in the Heart of the Lake Cumberland Area Jordan has truly had the experience of living the true “Country Life”.
Having grown-up with a true passion for music Jordan has been performing since an early age and is no stranger to the music scene.
In addition to “Worn Down Barn”, several other originals have been penned, one of the latest “Dancin’ in the Headlights” that paints a picture with Lake Cumberland as the backdrop. In addition to Love in Kentucky and The Bed I’m Laying In. You can find several videos of his music right here on the Facebook Page as well as on YouTube. The band is: Jordan Foster, Mark Prentice, Johnny Reno, Matt Bubel and Danny Bailey performing at BBCF 5:45pm Sat, May 25.
Tennessee Jed purveys his unique take on Americana music, Soul-Country Pimpgrass. Pimp· grass (pimp – gras) n. 1. The combination of funk and soul music with bluegrass music. 2. Bluegrass with bling. Pimpgrass is an Americana blend of funk and soul with traditional bluegrass and country music. Great vocals!
Jed said: “Thanks to everyone for supporting my life-long dream of playing music. I can't wait to play Big Brush Creek ROOTS Music Festival & Campout. My latest record of 10 great tunes is available on Spotify and Apple Music playlists. While you're at it, tell a friend, and give me a like and/or follow on social media. It is an honor and a privilege to make music for you. Thanks again!”
Genre: Nu-disco, Rock Born and raised (literally) as a power trio, the Specht brothers’ intuitive dynamics are the engine of Flux Capacitor’s progressive, psychedelic rock sound. Based in Reading, PA the band tours widely and regularly regionally. Flux Capacitor’s melding of varied rock idioms
with elements of electronica- in the context of fluid improvisation- and an ear for melody and song structure made them a perfect fit for support gigs with artists like Papadosio, Lotus, Dopapod, Twiddle, They and others who share a musical and cultural aesthetic with Flux Capacitor and their steadily growing fan base.
With three full length albums, a live album and three singles under their belt, Flux will be releasing a fourth studio album in 2018. Flux Capacitor performs at 7:30pm Sat night May 25.
Local Reggae band Members: Jeremy- Vocal/Guitar, Mark- Lead Guitar Cotey- Bass/Vocals Nels- Sax/Melodica, Jarrod- Drums. Jeremy and Cotey keep busy as owners of Smoke & Bricks Restaurant in Walling, TN just north of McMinnville and their food truck which will be at the festival. They are also promoters of Reggae at Smooth Rapids held annually in McMinnville. Feel their groove at BBCFest 2:25pm Sat May 25.
Music City SongStar Winner with “She was everything”, NSAI Top-40 songwriter and Georgia Country Awards Overall Artist of the Year, CMT selected his song “I Was Raised” for a songwriting achievement award. Not only one of Nashville’s best songwriters, Matt Rogers played in over 200 performances a year playing venues across the southeast and sharing the stage with some of country music’s hottest names. Matt has built a devout fan base with his electrifying stage presence.
The Georgia native creates a connection with his listeners through his emotionally gripping lyrics and unmistakable melodies. His talent has caught the attention of thousands of fans as well as country music legends like TG Sheppard, “[Matt’s] the real deal…the total package. He’s a great singer, a great picker and a great songwriter.” On stage at 3:45pm Sunday May 26.
JOE HOTT AND THE SHORT MOUNTAIN BOYS
Old time mountain music from West Virginia. Joe Hot and The Short Mountain Boys are a new generation of Bluegrass musicians. They like to call their style "Soulful Mountain Music"
Striding confidentially onto the Nashville music scene, JOE HOTT is poised to become a “must see/must hear” new face and voice for a world of new listeners ready to discover that “all things old become new—and hip again.”
A unique blend of retro-bluegrass, traditional; country and gospel music and, original Appalachian mountain music provide the mixture that makes Joe Hott a rare treasure. His tall (6’4”) lanky frame and handsome boyish resemblance to Hank Williams, Sr. were God’s gift to Joe Hott. His music is Joe’s gift to God.
Joe’s youthful fascination with the blended soundtracks of Dr. Ralph Stanley, Bill Monroe, Flatt & Scruggs, and Hank Williams, Sr. spun the fabric of his creative inspiration as well as the formation of his own vocal and musical interpretations and has formed the base for his songwriting.
In 2012, Joe formed “Short Mountain Brothers” trio—the name of the group a tribute to the Short Mountain that sits just behind Joe’s boyhood home. With the addition of a fourth musician, Joe now tours with his renamed “Short Mountain Band” featuring guitar, banjo, bass and mandolin. His album “Home Far Away” leaves little doubt that all things old are new again—and Joe Hott is here to prove it. Joe is releasing his newest CD “The Last Thing on My Mind”. Joe Hott performs 5pm Friday May 24.
In each track of his 6 albums, Eady reveals a sharp sense of songcraft
he’s honed since childhood. “Even back in my early days of getting into
music, I always cared more about the writers than the singers,” says Eady, who grew up in
Jackson. At age 14—the same year he started writing his own material—Eady began performing
in local bars and showing his natural grasp of everything from soul and R&B to blues and
country. After some time in the Air Force, he moved to Fort Worth, Texas and started playing
open mic nights, where he quickly built up a devoted following. By 2005, Eady had made his
debut with the independently released From Underneath The Old.
On his last two albums, Jason Eady earned major acclaim for his ahead-of-the- curve take on
classic country, a bold departure from his earlier excursions into blues-infused Americana. Now
the Mississippi-bred singer/guitarist merges his distinct sensibilities into a stripped-down,
roots- oriented sound that starkly showcases the gritty elegance of his songwriting.
The follow-up to 2014’s critically praised Daylight/Dark—an album that “belongs on a shelf next
to Dwight Yoakam’s Buenos Noches from a Lonely Room, Joe Ely’s Letter to Laredo, and yes,
even Willie Nelson’s Phases and Stages,” according to AllMusic “At the beginning I told
everyone I wanted to make a record where, if the power went out, we could still sit down and
play all the songs the exact same way,” says Eady, who points out that steel guitar is the only
electric instrument featured on the album.
Despite its subtle approach, the album radiates a warm vitality that’s got much to do with
Eady’s gift for nuanced yet unaffected slice-of-life storytelling.
When you get started making music, your ideas are grandiose and more about the big picture.
But the longer I’ve done this, the more I’ve realized that the real joy comes from the process
rather than the end goal,” he says. “Now it’s about getting better and finding more of myself
with every album. So instead of writing what I think people want to hear, I’m writing what I
want to write and trusting that—as long as it’s coming from an honest place—it’ll hopefully
mean something to the people listening too.”
THE SOFIA GOODMAN GROUP
The Sofia Goodman Group is a jazz funk fusion group, led by drummer and composer Sofia Goodman, based in Nashville. The group performs original music, as well as arrangements of tunes in the jazz genre. Sofia had the honor of performing with Esperanza Spalding in Boston in 2005 and Esperanza's encouragement motivated Sofia to keep perfecting her craft. Sofia has been called "brilliant" by Tony Rounce of Ace Records and the music has been described as "The Grateful Dead sound fused with the best modern jazz." See Sofia and her group at 4pm Sat May 25.
FAUST ‘N THE FAMILY BARGAIN
The First Family of Rock N' Roll, Rejuvenating Genuine Rock Music Faust and company is a regional party favorite. We asked them to do an Allmans set, but there’s no telling what this rock powerhouse will bring to the stage at Big Brush Creek farm! Recognizing their strong family bond (Faust and son Buffalo), they had also become partners in a new venture. A blessing and a deal as they took the name ‘Bargain’ to reflect the talent within that was blossoming with integrity, purpose and professionalism. Band members: Clyde Faust, Buffalo Faust, Sarah Karns, Kenny Reynolds, Luke Warmwater and Scott Peterson.
The Family Bargain typically get audiences up and dancing with their library of standards from Three Dog Night, The Rolling Stones and Guns N Roses. Faust ‘N The Family Bargain is a rock solid, go to classic rock act that will knock your socks off, taking the stage 1:45pm Sun May 26.
Southern Proof is a Middle Tennessee band playing Americana based music. Their songs mix the lyrical insight of a singer/songwriter with the grit and groove stemming from Nashville Honky-Tonks and Beer-Joints. Frontman Patrick Greer's tone and delivery bring it all together giving their music a familiar, yet fresh sound. Other band members: Barrett Coffey, Brian Rotolo, Ky Brazelton and Matt Arseneau. Performing 2pm Monday May 27.
Natchez Tracers consists of four Nashville natives: Chris Long (drums, vocals), Lewis Stubbs Jr. (guitars, vocals), Josh Womack, Brad Clark (bass, vocals) from Peoria, Illinois and Derek Pell. Cosmic Country Funk echoed from the meandering, verdant hills of Central Tennessee. Universal themes & sounds refracted through the Southern vernacular prism. Their latest CD Zeroes & Ones captures the key elements of the Natchez Tracers sound with an expansive and emotion-filled salvo of genre-bending rock-n-roll.
‘Corinthian Queen’ pulls equally from the Muscle Shoals, New Orleans and Southern Rock sounds, with subtle nods to The Band. ‘Ferguson Blues’ and ‘Zeroes & Ones Galore’ are the AOR-infused, social commentary compositions that explore topical events and emotions. These longer explorations take cues from epic 70’s rock and showcase the band’s more blues-based, psychedelic rock and funk influences. With these six songs culled from the bands ever expanding repertoire, this collection of tunes takes the listener on a journey through both the heart and mind, while providing an infectious foot-tapping experience.
Last but not least are Lazaris Pit, a progressive psychedelic trio of cosmic large dogs hailing from Raleigh, NC. Lazaris Pit consists of Ely Yarbrough on guitar and vocals, Cameron Preston on bass, and Jon Castro on drums. On their recently released debut EP "Dr. Perki and the Golden Peak", as well as the previously released Live EP "Night/Light", Lazaris Pit fuse an infectious blend of psychedelia, jam, funk, punk and good old fashioned rock n roll.
They are known for their extended improvisational jams that bend the fabric of space and time and push the boundaries of musical convention. One of the tracks from the Dr. Perki EP, "Delusions of Grandeur" was recently featured in Relix magazine's December Artist digital sampler, and all of their music can be found on Spotify as well as other streaming and download sites.
You will be sure to wake up with a smile Memorial Day, Monday May 27th, with Lazaris Pit performing at 11 am.