13th Annual

Acoustic, Americana, Folk, Old-Timey,
Bluegrass & Traditional Music
July 7, 8 & 9, 2017
Johnson County Fairgrounds
Buffalo, Wyoming
e-mail: info@bighornmountainfestival.com
2016 Featured Musicians
We had a fantastic lineup for 2016 and are happy with our ability to continue presenting great performers at the Big Horn Mountain Festival in Buffalo. Click on a band link to the right for more information about our 2016 performers.
Sound Engineering by Old Blue Sound

Helen Highwater

Can it get any better than this? It’s David Grier on guitar, Missy Raines on bass, Mike Compton on mandolin, and Shad Cobb on fiddle!
David Grier came into the bluegrass music world at age 6, playing the guitar. Today, he is regarded as one of the premier acoustic guitarists in the world, along with his early influences, Doc Watson, Tony Rice, and family friend, Clarence White. Recognized by Acoustic Guitar Magazine in 2000 as one of the Artists of the Decade, and named Guitar Player of the Year three times by the IBMA, Grier has played on four Grammy Award-winning albums (True Life Blues: A Tribute to Bill Monroe; The Great Dobro Sessions; Alison Brown’s Fairweather; and Amazing Grace 2: A Country Salute to Gospel). His most recent release is Fly On The Wall (2014).

Missy Raines is a seven time recipient of the Bass Player of the Year Award from the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) and a former member of the Grammy-nominated Claire Lynch Band and the acclaimed duo Jim Hurst & Missy Raines. She is one of the most respected, popular, and trailblazing figures in bluegrass. She is also performing with Missy Raines and The New Hip.

Mike Compton is a Grammy and IBMA award-winning recording artist; solo, duo and band performer; and as passionate a teacher and advocate for the mandolin as you're ever likely to find. Born in Meridian, Mississippi (hometown to the legendary Jimmie Rodgers) in 1956, Mike grew up hearing old-time country music, and took up the mandolin as a teenager. Drawn to the powerful mix of old-time fiddle stylings, blues influences and pure creativity embodied in Monroe's playing, he moved to Nashville in 1977 and quickly found work with veteran banjoist and former Monroe sideman Hubert Davis. Compton made his first recordings with Davis, but by the middle of the 1980s, he was recruited by Pat Enright and Alan O'Bryant to help found the Nashville Bluegrass Band, and the group quickly became one of the most prominent and admired in bluegrass. Returning to Nashville, Compton soon joined the legendary John Hartford, recording a half dozen albums with the Hartford String Band and touring extensively until Hartford's death in 2001. At the same time, he began to develop collaborative efforts in recording, performing, and teaching with other masters such as guitarist David Grier, with whom he has toured and recorded the IBMA Album Of The Year-nominated Climbing The Walls; renowned mandolinists David Grisman and Mike Marshall, at whose invitation he participates in the Mandolin Symposium in Santa Cruz, California; producer T-Bone Burnette, for whom he not only performed as a Soggy Bottom Boy on 2001's Grammy Album Of the Year, O Brother, Where Art Thou?, but on the following Grammy-winning Down From The Mountain soundtrack and tours, and on the Cold Mountain soundtrack and tours; and, most recently, with up-and-coming mandolinist David Long, with whom he recorded Stomp, nominated for the IBMA's Recorded Event Of The Year in 2006.

Shad Cobb’s present day virtuosity puts him at the forefront of top fiddlers in the country. Whether on one of his recordings, or in a live setting, the playing of Shad Cobb is quite an amazing thing to witness. Born in Hazelville, WA, Shad Cobb began playing the fiddle at the age of thirteen, and his career started early with his family band that included his father and brothers. In 1995 Shad moved to Nashville and began recording with some of Nashville’s top artists, including such acts as Bluegrass legends and Grand Ole Opry members: the Osborne Brothers, vocalist Marty Rabon with his band Shenandoah, country music icons like Willie Nelson, singer-songwriters like Steve Earle, and old-time and bluegrass musician/comedian Mike Snyder.

Learn more about The Helen Highwater String Band at www.helenhighwaterstringband.com.

David Parmley & Cardinal Tradition

David Parmley began his musical career at age 15 and by the time he turned 17, he began his full time career as a member of The Bluegrass Cardinals. That band featured his father, Don Parmley, and three Los Angeles musicians. In 1975 they made their way to the Washington, D.C. area and began performing several nights a week for several years. David's lead and baritone voice was the backbone to The Cardinal sound. Dozens of musicians have worked with David and Don over the years but "The Sound" remained constant. The Bluegrass Cardinals recorded dozens of projects during their 25 year run. The material is considered the finest to come out of the 70's and 80's Bluegrass era. David left The Bluegrass Cardinals in the 90's to pursue a solo career featuring a more modern approach to Bluegrass Music. David Parmley and Continental Divide topped the bluegrass charts throughout the 90's. He took time off the road around 2008, but now David is returning to Bluegrass Music with a renewed spirit. David also has a special connection with Buffalo. The group will record two songs on his next album written by David Stewart, owner of the historic Occidental Hotel and leader of the Thursday night jam, “Too Wet to Plow” and “Blue Grass State of Mind.”
Dale Perry on banjo and vocals was born in Crum, West Virginia and by age 11 was playing several instruments. His first professional job was with the band Redwing. Dale joined The Bluegrass Cardinals in 1985 playing bass and adding his impressive bass vocal skills. Dale went on to join The Lonesome River Band and then spent 11 years as a member of Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver, starting off as the bass player and moved over to the banjo later. In 2003, Dale reunited with David Parmley and became a member of Continental Divide. He has produced four of their recordings as well as several other Bluegrass bands over the years.

Steve Day on fiddle and vocals started playing music at age 14 as a member of his father's bluegrass band. He has lent his fiddle chops to dozens of bands on stage and in the recording studio over the years. He was a member of David Parmley and Continental Divide for 13 years. Steve can also be seen performing on the RFD Network reruns as a Cumberland Highlander and fiddler with Ronnie Reno and Reno Tradition.
Doug Bartlett on mandolin and vocals emerged from the Syracuse, New York area as a full time musician since 1980. He spent five years with Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver and has been a member of The Lonesome River Band, The James King Band, and performed with the legendary Hylo Brown.  In addition to playing mandolin, singing lead, tenor, and baritone he plays second fiddle on several of the band's tunes.  Doug has recently relocated to Bowling Green, Kentucky.
Ron Spears on bass and vocals hails from Salt Lake City, Utah. His musical career began at age 12 playing rock and roll. He was bitten by the bluegrass bug at the age of 16 and traded his electric guitar for a banjo. He worked in several local bands until going national in 1999 with his band Within Tradition. Ron is a songwriter with a long list of recordings by several top bluegrass acts. He has been a member of Rhonda Vincent and the Rage, Special Consensus, David Parmley and Continental Divide, The James King Band, and Reno and Harrell. He now makes his home in Joelton, Tennessee,
Cardinal Tradition is an exciting new adventure and one that everyone has been waiting for. Learn more at www.davidparmley.com.


You may remember most of these fellows from a couple years back as the group Houston Jones. With Glenn Houston retiring from the band and moving on to other projects, the group has reformed as The Jones Gang. Keep posted as the group will add a fifth guitar player to the group soon.

Travis Jones, on acoustic and electric guitar, lead and background vocals, and percussion, began singing gospel music at age four with his mother Lottie Mae Adams, a blues singer who recorded several discs on Paula Records. Travis became known not only for his vocal abilities but also for his telling of Old Testament bible stories at revivals and tent meetings all across the south. He started his first group at sixteen and has since performed with a wide array of artists. He’s shared the stage with Asleep at the Wheel and Waylon Jennings – Night Ranger and the Doobie Brothers - John Hartford and Levon Helm, just to name a few. Travis has been the opening act (with Houston Jones) for Rodney Crowell, Michael Martin Murphy, Maria Muldaur, The Infamous Stringdusters and The Green Cards. He has recorded with various artists, as well as releasing two self titled albums – “Lost Highway, The Legendary Music of Hank Williams” and “Dance All Night” – along with six CD releases with Houston Jones.

Henry Salvia, on keyboards, lead and background vocals, and percussion, has had extensive experience playing rock and country and has had the honor of working with artists such as Bo Diddley, Rickie Lee Jones, Johnny Colla (of Huey Lewis and the News), Big Jay McNeeley, Jessica Mitford, Tommy Ridgely, Al Kooper, Peter Coyote, Big Lou the Accordion Princess, Jan Fanucci, and (his favorite) Johnny Adams. He has been a member of Houston Jones since 2005.

Rolling Stone Magazine described Peter Tucker as "one of the most creative percussionists to emerge in rock music." Originally from Massachusetts, Peter's eclectic pro career began in the early 60's working with the Boston-based band The Monks featuring Brad Delp (who later became lead singer for the rock group Boston). Peter has recorded in New York with Tim Hardin and worked with Richie Havens, Austin Delone, Grungy O'Muck and others. Peter has also worked with the ground-breaking rock band Guns and Butter, recording two albums on Atlantic Records. Later, on the West Coast, Peter played with the R&B band Pacific Gas and Electric and with Declan Mulligan and The Beau Brummels with whom he put out the Vince Welnick-produced single, "Back To Life." Peter has continued to play folk, jazz, country, blues and rock with many Bay Area Bands such as Large and in the Way, The Ray Price Club, Celtic Scandal, The Ron Price Band, The Lost River Band, The Gary Gates Band, Dallas Wayne, and most recently, The Waybacks, The Cowlicks, and of course, Houston Jones. Peter is also a session drummer in many Bay Area recording studios and especially for local music entrepreneur Kathi Goldmark where he has recorded with Warren Zevon, Skunk Baxter and authors Amy Tan, Steven King, and Norman Mailer.
Born and raised in Bloomfield, CT, Joshua Zucker on upright and electric bass, background vocals, and percussion, studied classical composition, jazz performance and ethnomusicology at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, New York, before moving west in 1994. A seasoned upright and electric bassist/vocalist comfortable with most any musical genre, Joshua co-founded the Zucker Family Band and works or has worked with The Rowan Brothers, Peter Rowan, Poor Man’s Whiskey, Houston Jones, Dear John Love Renee featuring Renee Harcourt of Blame Sally, The Go To Hell Man Clan, Stevie Coyle, Cormack & Ross featuring Tom Ross, Jerry Hannan, Tony Perez & Second Hand Smoke, Cole Tate, Crowsong featuring Randy Clark, Kenni & Co., Caren Armstrong, David Gans, David Thom, David Phillips, Garrin Benfield, Dore Coller, Tim Weed, Andrew Freeman and countless others.

David Phillips has traveled a long way straight from the Georgia woods to the San Francisco Symphony, with stops at Dick’s Tower in Brisbane playing with Johnny Paycheck to festivals with Peter Rowan. He’s played with rockers such as James Hetfield from Metallica and Jerry Cantrell of Alice in Chains, to unclassifiable artists like Les Claypool and Tom Waits. He currently divides his time between being the musical director for the Patsy Cline tribute show “Always Patsy” and performing with Chris Kee and Jane Selkye in The Springhouse. David is a fluid master of pedal steel, lap steel, dobro, and good old 6-string guitar.

Learn more about The Jones Gang at www.thejonesgang.com.


From Ten Sleep, Wyoming, Jalan Crossland is widely acclaimed by audiences, critics, and his musical peers as one of the country’s premier acoustic guitarists. Along with dozens of regional contest awards, his extraordinary guitar work has earned him National Fingerstyle Championship honors in 1997 and the State Championship Flatpick Title in his home state of Wyoming in 1999. He’s been invited as the opening act on two national tours with Texas songwriting legend Robert Earl Keen. He is a talented vocalist, banjo player, songwriter, and an engaging showman. Shaun Kelley plays bass and Pat Madsen will be on drums and percussion. Jalan was recipient of the prestigious 2012 Wyoming Governor's Arts Award. He released his 7th album, No Cause For Despair in June 2014. Jalan has made numerous television and radio appearances and is portrayed in the short film Wyomericana, which won the Laramie Film Festival in 2014.

Learn more at www.jalancrossland.com.
Jeff Scroggins & Colorado

Jeff Scroggins & Colorado is a high-energy five-piece bluegrass band located in the western frontier state of Colorado. Their distinctive sound showcases an eclectic range of influences that marry second and third generation bluegrass, delivering a unique experience that captivates audiences and keeps them guessing: It’s a powerful, high mountain “bluegrass explosion” that features world-class banjo and mandolin playing, incredible vocals, a solid and energetic rhythm, and an easy stage banter that has delighted listeners all over the world.

Fronted by internationally acclaimed two-time National Banjo Champion Jeff Scroggins, their distinct style is immediately recognizable due to Jeff’s unique and diverse range of influences, which include Alan Munde, Don Reno, Jimmy Page, and Eric Clapton. His fiery style and lightning-fast licks have earned him worldwide recognition and have left many a first-time listener in stunned disbelief! The band also features the award-winning mandolin playing of Jeff’s son Tristan Scroggins. Coming from an entirely different generation, both musically and in life, Tristan brings his own individual sound and musical perspective to the group. At only 20 years old, Tristan is an award-winning instrumentalist and accomplished songwriter in his own right while the instrumentals he shares with Jeff play a large role in the band’s unique and energetic style. To round out the experience, West Virginia native Greg Blake provides powerful bluegrass vocals steeped in country heritage, bringing a truly authentic sound developed from a lifetime of singing bluegrass, gospel, and country. Twice nominated for SPBGMA’s “Traditional Male Vocalist of the Year” award, Greg’s phenomenal guitar playing has earned him nine nominations and five consecutive wins as SPBGMA’s Guitarist of the Year. In addition to their individual accomplishments, the band was featured as one of No Depression Magazine’s “Six New Discoveries”, standing alongside established greats that include Bela Fleck, Abigail Washburn, and Danny Paisley. With four previously released albums they will soon release their fifth, Ramblin Feels Good.

Learn more about Jeff Scroggins & Colorado at www.jeffscrogginsandcolorado.com.
Horseshoes & Hand GrenadesHORSESHOES & HAND GRENADES

Coming from the river town of Stevens Point, Wisconsin, Horseshoes & Hand Grenades is a progressive and high energy band known for their rollicking and energetic stage show and ability to make crowds smile from ear to ear. With strong roots in old-time and bluegrass, the band has formed its' own unique style born from the diverse musical backgrounds and interests of the five friends who make up the band: Davey Lynch on harmonica, accordion, spoons, and vocals; Russell Pedersen on banjo, fiddle, and vocals; Adam Greuel on guitar, dobro, and vocals; Samuel C. Odin on bass and vocals; and Collin Mettelka on fiddle, mandolin, and vocals. "These guys have the energy to move mountains, musicianship to blow you away, and songwriting skills that instantly transport you to their Wisconsin paradise", says Nadine Landry of Foghorn Stringband. All born and raised in the beautiful state of Wisconsin, the boys began playing music and their earliest shows in the spring of 2010. Since then, the band has shared the stage with Merle Haggard, the Infamous Stringdusters, Tim O'Brien and Darrell Scott, Yonder Mountain String Band, Trampled By Turtles, The Travelin’ McCourys, Railroad Earth, Marty Stuart, and many more. The group’s third album, Middle Western, was released in March of 2015.

Learn more about Horseshoes & Hand Grenades at www.hhgmusic.com.

Sally and Steve O’Neill have been playing music in the Rockies for many years. Their influences draw from the traditional New England and Appalachian styles to less traditional Swing and Blues. They enjoy creating variations in traditional music. They are known in the area as energetic, fun, and creative musicians who can play a contra and square dance as well as croon obscure swing songs from the 1920s.

Sally grew up playing traditional guitar and old-time banjo in Santa Fe -- a three-time New Mexico State Old Time Banjo champion. When she went to live in Spain, though, she discovered a decidedly different perspective through Flamenco guitar and dance.  

50s doo-wop songs were oldies when Steve started singing them way back when, but he latched onto them, playing guitar and singing close harmony. The discovery of Swing music broadened his musical reach tremendously, now reflected in much of the guitar he plays.
When Sally and Steve met in New Mexico some 30 years ago, they were singing and playing traditional music of Spanish heritage as well as old-timey American fiddle tunes. Nowadays, strumming cowboy music of Sons of the Pioneers and the stuff of old Westerns is a favorite of theirs. It often blends into the Texas and Western Swing of Bob Wills. Playing double-fiddle is another thing they love to do, creating a rhythmic wall of sound, which is much "bigger" than the two instruments. 
Their full Bebe LeBoeuf Band in Bozeman, Montana plays music of both Cajun roots and Zydeco, while adding a touch of islands music and Cuban rumba. "Montana Zydecajun" describes it perfectly. Steve and Sally get the trademark sound playing Cajun accordion and fiddle in the band. Their band was featured in the award-winning Montana PBS ‘ 11th and Grant show.

They are pleased to have local Wyoming musician friends joining them at the Big Horn Mountain Festival, to get that "big" sound.  In addition to their other performances Bebe LeBoeuf will host our popular Old Time Dance on Saturday.

Learn more about the group or view their Montana PBS show at www.bebeleboeuf.com.

Steep Ravine's soulful sound takes roots music in compelling new directions. Fusing elements of "folk-rock", "bluegrass", and "jazz", the band continues to enthrall audiences with their uniquely Californian sound. Songwriter Simon Linsteadt (guitar, lead vocals) and Jan Purat (violin, vocals) began playing music together in high school in northern California, later moving on to study music at UC Santa Cruz and the California Jazz Conservatory. They fortuitously met bassist Alex Bice (bass, vocals) through jam sessions in Santa Cruz. Percussionist Jeff Wilson, a close musical compadre, is the band’s most recent addition. Steep Ravine has toured extensively throughout the country and has released two full length records of all original material.

Following their humble beginnings playing at a Hawaiian barbecue spot in Santa Cruz and busking in the BART Metro Stations of San Francisco, Steep Ravine quickly gained a following in the Bay Area and throughout the west. After the release of their debut record Trampin’ On, the band went on several national tours, including notable performances at High Sierra Music Festival, Four Corners Folk Festival, Outside Lands, and Strawberry Music Festival. In 2015, Steep Ravine released their second record, The Pedestrian, diving deeper into new musical terrain.

Steep Ravine will be the host band for Big Horn Mountain Festival’s Bluegrass Camps for Kids held July 6th - 8th.

Learn more about Steep Ravine at www.steepravineband.com.
Prairie Wildfire

Prairie Wildfire, formed in 2015, is an all-girl, bluegrass trio from Buffalo, Wyoming. Sage Palser, Morgan Blaney, and Holly Qualm discovered their joy for making music while attending the Bighorn Mountain Festival Bluegrass Camp for Kids. The girls have grown individually and as a band under the instruction of bluegrass musician and gifted teacher Lynn Young. The group’s repertoire showcases their unique harmony in an original song, Tennessee Rain, written by Sage Palser, but also offers a blend of bluegrass, country, and gospel. The girls can often be spotted at the Thursday night jam at the historic Occidental Hotel in Buffalo, Wyoming.

Learn more about the Prairie Wildfire at www.prairiewildfireband.com.
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