The 20th Annual McReynolds Memorial ConcertCountry
Proceeds benefitting The National Multiple Sclerosis Society
Adults - $20
Children 6 to 12 - $10
Under 6 - Free
Gallatin TN | Country
Jesse Lester McReynolds (born July 9, 1929, in Coeburn, Virginia) is an American bluegrass musician. He is known for his innovative crosspicking and split-string styles of mandolin playing, and has been a member of the Grand Ole Opry since 1964. He is a multiple Grammy nominee and award winner and one-half of the famed Jim & Jesse bluegrass duo.
Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver
With over 35 albums to their credit, Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver have multiple Grammy, Dove, ICM, IBMA and SPBGMA Award nominations, and are seven-time winners of IBMA’s Vocal Group of the Year. Doyle Lawson received two nominations in the 17th Annual Inspirational Country Music (ICM) Awards held in Nashville on October 28, 2011, with fellow nominees including such country giants as George Strait and Carrie Underwood. Lawson also won two IBMA Awards in September, and was recently heralded by journalist Craig Havighurst as “one of music’s lions at this point.”
Of Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver’s performance at the 2011 IBMA Awards Press Conference in August, which garnered three standing ovations from a sold-out crowd in Nashville, Havighurst wrote: “There was no question who was going to close the show. Doyle Lawson is one of music’s lions at this point, and when he came out in perhaps the most beautiful western jacket I’ve ever seen… he was a holy vision. … When DLQ, in quartet mode, nailed the final chorus of the a cappella gospel song “He Made It All Right,” I swear we were mainlining the holy spirit. You know how the word awesome gets overused and misused? Here’s where it applies.”
Valerie Smith and Liberty Pike
When it comes to making music, there's nothing wrong with playing by the rules, but that's never been the right way for Valerie Smith. While the energentic singer/songwriter knows and repects the tried and true ways of bluegrass-and knows the penalties that can follow a departure from them - she's held fast to one simple rule of her own: "I sing from the heart," she says. "I do my own thing." And today, a dozen of years after her first album she can look back with pride at a musical path that's all her own, even as she looks ahead to the next dozen with the confidence of a seasoned artist who's built a devoted folling in the best way it can be done - just by being herself.
She's looking beyond bluegrass. "I can't speak for anyone else," she says, "but for myself, I would be bored if I never wanted to grow or change or learn or challenge myself as a musician. And so I've really found a pocket for myself in the Americana field.
In Americana, you can do anything - you can fuse it all together, bluegrass, country, swing, blues and rock, all in one package, and have fun with that, just doing what you want to do. I love bluegrass, and I understand and respect the blueprint, but at the same time, it's not all I want to do. "I've been fortunate enough to be able to put all of it together in a way that's been accepted, even by bluegrass radio."
"I'd like for people to know that I'm all artist. I do what I do because it's me - it's what I have to do to be true to myself. Everything I do makes sense to me, and I hope that people like it, but if they don't, I get it; I understand. But I'm happy that there are so many people who do like it, who do get it. I like to dance, and I like to see people dance; I like bluegrass, I like country, and sometimes I like what's just a really heartfelt song that says something about people, not just me. I try to find things that everyone can relate to when they hear them - the kind of songs that you hear and say to yourself, "that said what I was thinking." To me, an artist has to be giving, an artist has to love an audience. That's the magic - being up there and saying, let me give the best part for myself to you. When you're doing that, you're doing everything you need to do."
Audie Blaylock and Redline
Audie Blaylock has performed with some of bluegrass music’s most distinguished acts over the years including the great Jimmy Martin and Rhonda Vincent & The Rage as well as doing session work that earned him a Grammy® nomination for Best Bluegrass Album and an IBMA nomination for Recorded Event of the Year for" A Tribute to Jimmy Martin: The King of Bluegrass." This group project included Audie Blaylock on guitar and vocals along with a stellar lineup of musicians including former Sunny Mountain Boys J.D. Crowe, Paul Williams, and Kenny Ingram. He has also performed with the legendary Red Allen, The Lynn Morris Band and songwriting great Harley Allen. Audie Blaylock and Redline had the honor of being nominated for the International Bluegrass Music Association's Emerging Artist of the Year award in both 2005 and 2006.
In October 2007, while Blaylock was the featured artist with Michael Cleveland and Flamekeeper featuring Audie Blaylock, they brought home the Instrumental Group of the Year Award at the 18th Annual International Bluegrass Music Awards show held at the Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville, TN. “I’m extremely honored to receive the award that so many prestigious and talented musicians have been nominated for and received in the past. This is a great honor for myself and the entire group,” said Audie Blaylock. “This is particularly humbling when you consider the caliber of the past recipients such as Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder, Nickel Creek, Del McCoury and others,” he adds.
Born in El Paso, Texas into a family whose roots go back to the hills of Virginia and Tennessee, Audie learned to play guitar and sing with his parents and siblings, and went on to play locally in the Lansing, Michigan area where he grew up. In 1982, at age 19, Audie Blaylock joined Jimmy Martin and The Sunny Mountain Boys and spent nine years on the road learning the craft of bluegrass from one of the music's first-generation legends
The Expedition Show
The Expedition Show is built to thrive on diversity because the band is happy to sound like itself rather than following trends.
The unique and entertaining musical journey of The Expedition Show blends tight vocal harmonies, white-hot picking, and sidesplitting humor into a fast paced, non-stop, crowd-pleasing show! One of the fantastic surprises of this veteran group of musicians is the original songs and fresh sounds combined with old-school traditional spirit. Critically ac- claimed master musicians and singers trained by the forefathers of bluegrass and the legends of the Grand Ole Opry have forged into a very special musical experience!
Consisting of Blake Williams on banjo and vocals; Wayne Southards on guitar and vocals; Kimberly Williams on bass and vocals; and Alex Hibbitts on mandolin and vocals; The Expedition Show has been a fan and festival favorite since their beginning in early 2002. During the band's 9 year tenure, the entertaining group has been nominated twice by the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) for Emerging Artist of the Year (2005 and 2007), Wayne Southards has won the International Acoustic Music Association's Male Vocalist of the Year award (2009) and Blake Williams has been nominated three times for Entertainer of the Year by the Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music of America (2007-2009). The band has performed all over the world including a tour with country music artist Darryl Worley to Japan and an extensive headlining tour in Canada. In addition, the band was invited to perform for the historic Ryman Auditorium's "Bluegrass Nights at The Ryman" concert series in 2007 where they played to a nearly sold out crowd. In between all the touring, the quartet has also released seven full-length CDs.
Retro and Smiling
Glenville WV | Bluegrass
“You don’t hear much of their stuff nowadays.” No, you don’t. They are Don Wesley Reno and Arthur Lee Smiley, and they are the all but forgotten pioneers of Bluegrass music. They were contemporary with Monroe, Flatt & Scruggs, the Stanleys, yet there are legions of Bluegrass “enthusiasts” who have never heard them. Maybe the others got better “press”. Certainly, the others toured more, especially to the college campuses in the early 1960’s. Don’t take that as an indication of popularity or quality, however. Don and Red and the Tennessee Cut-Ups didn’t stray too far from Roanoke, Virginia. They couldn’t, they had a daily live television show, and that show generated all the appearance dates they could handle pretty close to home. Truth be told, the other pioneer groups would have loved a deal like that in those “thin gravy” years. Red Smiley had a baritone voice that can only be described as silky. He sang easy, smoothly, effortlessly. Don Reno had a more piercing, sharp tenor voice that provided the perfect counterpoint to Red’s delivery, providing a “punch” that set their duet vocals apart from their peers. And, Don Reno was an instrumental genius. He is best known for his unique banjo style, so innovative that precious few players these days will venture to steal even a few licks. It is said he “knew the neck”, two-finger, three finger, single string, double roll, an amazing arsenal of style and technique. He was equally virtuosic on guitar and mandolin. So, if imitation is truly the highest form of flattery, Buddy Griffin and Ashley Messenger hope that their tribute will in some small way reflect the esteem in which they hold these incredible artists. We hope you not only enjoy Retro and Smiling, but will want to explore Reno and Smiley and the Tennessee Cut-ups more in depth. You’ll be tickled.
Tuscumbia AL | Country
How does one describe the talent and career of Marty Raybon in only a few paragraphs? Throughout his epic journey, spanning nearly three decades, Marty has produced a remarkable list of career accomplishments including; multiple number one singles, top selling albums, CMA, ACM, IBMA, and Grammy Awards, along with scores of other accolades. Collectively, his contributions to the recording industry have sold well into the millions and he has performed literally thousands of live concerts at four corners of the earth. But what does all that really say about Marty Raybon?
Mark Newton and Steve Thomas
Nashville TN |
The McReynolds Tradition
Cumberland TN | Country
The McReynolds Tradition officially became a group in the summer of 2009 when siblings Amanda & Garrett McReynolds, cousin Luke McKnight and uncle Darin Lyons decided it was time for them to share the music they love with the world.
Amanda, Garrett and Luke are the fifth generation of McReynolds to carry on the family legacy of traditional music. A legacy which began with their great-great grandfather Charlie McReynolds, who was one of the first to record for RCA in Bristol, VA in 1927 on the historic "Bristol Sessions" with his band "The Bull Mountain Moonshiners".
Music has always been an integral part of the McReynolds family tradition and that music has continued to be passed down through the generations; more specifically with grandfather and great uncle Jim and Jesse McReynolds (the legendary brother duet "Jim and Jesse") and also with Garret and Amanda's late father, Keith McReynolds (Jesse's eldest son and former bass player for their band).
Luke, Amanda and Garrett are all grandchildren of Jesse McReynolds, long-time member of the Grand Ole Opry, multiple Grammy Award nominee, and inductee of the International Bluegrass Music Association Hall of Honor. When the McReynolds Tradition is not touring; all the members perform regularly with Jesse on the Grand Ole Opry, sharing the stage with some of the top names in country music, and at bluegrass festivals and concerts in the US and Canada in venues with audiences ranging from 1000 to 150,000. They have recorded one CD with Jesse, "Family Harmony", are currently recording a project of their own, and recently completed filming a pilot for a proposed network television show.