Gritty Dirt Band -
Forty-five years after they formed in California in 1966, the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band
remains one of the most active and influential bands of its era. Pioneers of
the country-rock movement the band laid the groundwork for a generation of
country rockers from the Eagles to Alabama. The NGDB’s resume includes
multi-platinum and gold records and a string of top ten hits including
"Fishin' In The Dark" and "Mr. Bojangles," as well as
multiple Grammy, IBMA and CMA awards and nominations. Their groundbreaking 1972 LP "Will
The Circle Be Unbroken," a three-LP set re-introduced country legends like
Doc Watson, Roy Acuff, Earl Scruggs and Mother Maybelle Carter to a broader
audience. In the early ‘80s, the band returned to Nashville for a successful career in mainstream
country music charting a decade of hits including “Dance Little Jean,”
"Workin' Man" and "Long Hard Road.” In 1989, the group recorded “Circle
II,” tapping Johnny Cash, EmmyLou Harris, Levon Helm, Chet Atkins, Bruce
Hornsby, John Hiatt and Roseanne Cash. “Circle II” earned three Grammys and the
CMA’s “Album of the Year.” In 2002, “Circle III” took home the IBMA’s “Recorded Event of
the Year award” and led to a 2005 Grammy for “Country Instrumental Performance”
(with Earl Scruggs, Randy Scruggs, Jerry Douglas and the late Vassar
Clements). The group celebrated their 43rd Anniversary with “Speed
of Light” in 2009.
Chocolate Drops - This
trio of young, African-American stringband musicians are dedicated to carrying
on the rich tradition of fiddle and banjo music from the Carolinas’ foothills region known as the Piedmont. Rhiannon Giddens and Justin Robinson
both hail from the North Carolina Piedmont while Dom Flemons is a native of Arizona. After signing to the Music Maker Relief
Foundation, an organization dedicated to supporting elderly Southern musicians
and preserving traditional roots music, MMRF released “Dona Got a Ramblin'
Mind" in 2006. In 2007, they appeared in Denzel Washington’s film, The
Great Debators” and three of their songs (featuring guest Alvin “Youngblood” Hart) were on the movie’s
soundtrack. In 2008, the band received an invitation to play on the Grand Ole
Opry - the first black string band to play the legendary stage. Its 2010
Nonesuch Records release, “Genuine Negro Jig,” ranges from a version of Tom
Waits’ “Trampled Rose” to an acoustic hip hop take on R&B artist Blu
Cantrell’s “Hit ‘Em Up Style.” The album just won "Best Traditional Folk Album" at the 2010 Grammy Awards.
Dale Jett & Hello Stranger w/ Special Guest John Carter Cash & Laura Cash- The son of Janette Carter and the grandson of A.P. and Sara Carter, Dale Jett
is a third generation member of the legendary Carter Family, preserving the
music they first recorded in the historic “Bristol Sessions” of 1927. Singing,
and playing guitar and autoharp, Jett has emceed and performed at the Carter
Family Fold for many years, along with his wife Teresa on bass and longtime
friend Oscar Harris on guitar, mandolin and autoharp. The group has appeared on
The Marty Stuart Show, The Grand Ol Opry, and other TV and radio shows. Hello Stranger will be joined by John Carter and Laura Cash, who released "Past & Present" as Carter Family III with Jett in 2010.
Dale Ann Bradley, Steve Gulley & Kim Fox-Singer Dale Ann Bradley
was awarded the top honors in the IBMA Female Vocalist of the Year category in
2007, 2008 and 2009. She’ll be joined by acclaimed tenor of Kentucky native Steve Gulley, a veteran Doyle
Lawson & Quicksilver, Mountain Heart and most recently, Grasstowne. Songwriter
Kim Fox got her start in 3 Fox Drive and went on to win the prestigious Chris
Austin Songwriting Competition at Merlefest and their recording of Kim’s “The
Dream” reached #1 on Bluegrass Unlimited''s single airplay chart.
Jill Andrews – Based in Knoxville, TN Jill Andrews, formerly of the
alt-folk duo the everybodyfields, released her self titled EP in 2009. A
full-length follow up is scheduled for release in May. A veteran performer of
the Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion and former student at Eastern Tenn.
State University, Andrews leads a full band on record and on stage, drawing in
tender piano, shuffling drums and searing electric guitar to support her
careful acoustic picking.
For more information, including hi-res photos, please contact
Adam Harris at 304.556.4900.