Patty Loveless - The Pikeville, KY, native was one of the most popular female country vocalists of the late '80s and early '90s. A "new traditionalist," her music drew from country's honky tonk tradition while adding a slight rock 'n' roll edge. While still in high school, she auditioned for Porter Wagoner who quickly asked her to perform with him and Dolly Parton on weekends. In 1988, her "Honky Tonk Angels" LP produced a pair of No. 1 hits. In 1993, her "Greatest Hits" record went platinum and charted several more hits. Her 1994 release, "When Fallen Angels Fly," also went platinum and yielded several Top 10 hits and, in 1996, Loveless won the ACM's "Female Vocalist of the Year" award. Turning back to her bluegrass roots, she released "Mountain Soul" in 2001 and, on 2005's "Dreamin' My Dreams," covered songs by the likes of Richard Thompson, Steve Earle and Delbert McClinton. On her current release, "Sleepless Nights," Loveless offers up versions of 14 classic country songs.
Dan Tyminski - Since 1994, guitarist/singer Dan Tyminski has been a key member of Alison Krauss and Union Station. With Union Station on hiatus for most of 2008, Tyminski has re-formed the Dan Tyminski Band and recorded a new album. The Vermont native signed on with Alison Krauss' Union Station in 1994. The band has since won Grammy, Country Music Association (CMA), and International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) awards, and Tyminski has been named Male Vocalist of the Year by the IBMA three times. In 2000, Tyminski was the singing voice of George Clooney in the Coen Brothers' "O Brother, Where Art Thou?" His rendition of "Man of Constant Sorrow" became a surprise hit single and was given the CMA "Single of the Year" award, an IBMA award for "Song of the Year" (the album was also named the "Album of the Year"), and a Grammy for "Country Collaboration with Vocals." While launching a solo career Tyminski was invited by Eric Clapton to participate in Clapton's Crossroads Guitar Festival in 2004. The Dan Tyminski band includes longtime Union Station bassist Barry Bales, former Union Station and Mountain Heart mandolinist Adam Steffey, Ron Stewart (banjo, fiddle), and Justin Moses (fiddle, dobro).
Solas - When it burst on the scene in 1996, this Irish folk supergroup invigorated the traditional music scene by incorporating non-traditional instruments and adding a modern flavor to Irish reels, jigs and traditional melodies. Leader Seamus Egan was a teen prodigy who recorded his first album at age 16 and toured with Ralph Stanley and Peter, Paul and Mary. He formed Solas with fiddler Winifred Horan, John Williams, John Doyle and vocalist Karan Casey. Casey departed in 1999 to pursue a solo career and was replaced by Deirdre Scanlan. The band''s current lineup includes co-founder Horan, a native New Yorker who graduated from Boston's New England Conservatory of Music. Guitarist Eamon McElholm was awarded the Performing Rights Society "John Lennon Songwriters Award" when he was a student in Manchester, England and, in addition to singing, Mairead Phelan has won the All Ireland Championships on both flute and tin whistle. The song "I Will Remember You", from the band's new release "For Love and Laughter," was co-written by Egan and Sarah McLachlan and is featured in the film "The Lucky Ones" starring Tim Robbins and Rachel McAdams.
Chris Knight - Raised in the Kentucky mining town of Slaughter (pop. 200), singer/songwriter Chris Knight was inspired by artists like Johnny Cash and John Prine. After working for the Kentucky Department for Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement, he was "discovered" at a songwriter's night at Nashville's legendary Bluebird Café. He signed with Decca Records in 1997. His five releases range from an in-your-face style reminiscent of country maverick Steve Earle to heartland rock 'n' roll. His current release is titled "Heart of Stone."
The Mountain Stage NewSong Winner - Chosen out of five co-winners at the 2008 Mountain Stage NewSong performing songwriter competition to perform on Mountain Stage are Canadian duo Jacob & Lily. Comprised of singer/guitarist/songwriter Karla Adolphe and percusionist Caleb Friesen, Jacob & Lily recorded their debut CD "The Cathedral" at various venues across Winnipeg, Manitoba and it has already sold over 2,000 copies.