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
2017 Featured Musicians
We have a fantastic lineup coming for 2017 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 2017 performers.
Sound Engineering by Old Blue Sound

Dale Ann Bradley was born and raised in the coal fields of Kentucky. She fell in love with Bluegrass music as an early teen and was determined to pursue her dreams in spite of religious restrictions and a very rural upbringing. Her first musical outlet was a regional band called Backporch Grass. She then took a three year break from music when marrying and having her son. She returned to music in 1989 when contracted to perform at Renfro Valley Barndance in Renfro Valley, Kentucky. It was during this time she became part of The New Coon Creek Girls and began recording and traveling extensively. In 1997 she began leading the Dale Ann Bradley Band recording two albums for Pinecastle Records, two albums for Doobie Shea Records followed by three albums for Compass Records. She has received five IBMA Female Vocalist Awards, two SPBGMA Female Vocalist Awards and many other awards for collaborations.   She has returned to Pinecastle Records with her new album entitled Pocket Full of Keys which sat her in the producers chair for the first time. Her ability to write songs about her upbringing, mixed with covers of all genres of music, including gospel, creates a show setting that has something for everyone. Pocket Full of Keys was nominated for a Grammy Award in 2016 for Best Bluegrass Album.

Learn more about Dale Ann Bradley at
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.Be on the lookout for a new album in 2017.

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

Jalan Crossland BandFrom 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.


From Cody, Wyoming, Jeff Troxel is an award-winning guitarist, composer, songwriter, and teacher with over 25 years of professional experience. Jeff was selected state flat-picking champion in his native Wyoming in 2001 and in Utah in 2003. In September of 2003, Jeff won the prestigious National Flat-Pick Guitar Championship at the Walnut Valley Music Festival in Winfield, Kansas. His bluegrass-influenced Sarah in the Sunrise won an honorable mention in the John Lennon Songwriters Contest and in 2001 he was awarded a Performing Arts Fellowship for composition from the Wyoming Arts Council. In addition to performing, Troxel has been on the faculty at Central Wyoming College in Riverton, Wyoming and Rocky Mountain College in Billings Montana. In 2014, he became Assistant Professor of Music at Northwest College in Powell, Wyoming.  He also writes columns for Flatpicking Guitar Magazine, and Mel Bay’s online magazine Guitar Sessions. He has written several books for guitar, Brian Wicklundthe most recent titled Flatpicking up the Neck for Mel Bay Publications.

From Marine on Saint Croix, Minnesota, Brian Wicklund is well known in the fiddle community.  He is the best-selling author of American Fiddle Method published by Mel Bay which has sold over 100,000 copies. He is the founder of bluegrass bands Brother Mule and Barley Jacks, has toured across US, Canada, UK, Europe, Japan, and the Middle East, and is a much sought after studio musician on dozens of recording projects. With a BA in Education he has taught thousands of students at nearly all of the major fiddle and bluegrass camps in the US and UK, is the founder of Bluegrass College online, and founder of Fiddle Pal Camps in Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Massachusetts.

Learn more at www.jefftroxel.com; Brian Wicklund on Facebook; and American Fiddle Method.

John Roberts y Pan Blanco is an original sounding ensemble with energetic, high-level musicians, that inspire the audience to dance and enjoy life! Many years of national and international touring, recording, and performing experiences with Funk, Soul, Salsa, Orchestral, West African, and Jazz ensembles have led to this project. With vocals in Spanish, English, and Portuguese, this group is melding high energy Funk, African, and Salsa grooves with blistering instrumental solos, aimed at sharing musical, cultural, diversity with the audience. The family-friendly band is continuously performing and booking for festivals, concerts, club dates, and educational clinics.
The band is currently promoting the new record, “Soul y Pimienta”, a project that brought together musicians from Montana, Los Angeles, Congo, Angola, Puerto Rico, Cuba, Mexico, and Argentina.
John began playing the piano at the age of 5 while living on an isolated ranch in southeastern Montana. At age 11, he began to play trombone in the grade school band. After graduating from Montana State University - Billings with a BA in Music Performance, John moved to Los Angeles to earn his Master of Fine Arts from California Institute of the Arts. Focusing on vocal, trombone, and keyboard skills, John has been touring, recording, and performing in Los Angeles, the U.S., and around the world, including: Mexico, India, Asia, Europe, Canada, the Caribbean, Australia, and Africa. Tours include Ricardo Lemvo and Makina Loca (Congolese/Cuban), Bobby Womack (Soul), Los Pinguos (Argentina), The Temptations, and The New Orleans Jazz Orchestra. Other performances and recordings include multiple Grammy and Emmy events, LA Philharmonic, Fallout Boy, Chris Botti, Feist, Sting, Dr. Dre, Mariah Carey, Lady Gaga, Frank Sinatra Jr., Chaka Khan, Burt Bacharach, The Ojays, Christina Aguilera, NPR, PBS, Disney.

After 16 years of professional experience in Los Angeles, John is now faculty at Montana State University - Billings as a Jazz, music theory, low brass, and world music instructor. He works as a clinician and guest artist, continuing to hone his skills as an educator by sharing the “real world" of music performance and industry with his students.
Learn more at www.johnjroberts.net.

Americana covers a broad spectrum of music these days, and it’s easy to get lost in trying to define its particular parameters. However, if one was to determine an overreaching definition, then it’s best to describe it as music that reverberates with heart-felt emotion, songs that come from the soul and speak to the listener with honesty, conviction and integrity. 
If that’s the case -- and indeed, it should be -- then The Two Tracks, a band based out of Sheridan Wyoming clearly fits the bill. Their forthcoming album, Postcard Town (self-release, May 19) further affirms the promise and determination shown on their eponymous debut, which No Depression described as “creating an instant connection...in truth there’s not a single offering here that doesn’t engage the listener practically from the get go," and by The Alternate Root as “rural warmth...infusing their tunes with a feel for the open spaces of The West.”
Postcard Town continues this trajectory and confirms, both in songwriting and delivery, that this enticing new ensemble has something special to offer.  No Depression writes: "There is just enough twang in the music to make it country, and just enough rock to make it interesting. Lay the voices of Szewc and Huebner on top and it is a musical banana split of consequence...the harmonies neither too strong nor too light but just right."  
Produced by the legendary Will Kimbrough, with eleven new tracks performed by the band -- Julie Szewc (guitar/vocals), David Huebner (cello, electric guitar, and vocals), Fred Serna (drums/percussion), and Russell Smith (upright bass), the combination of these remarkable talents has yielded an album that is brimming with depth and emotion. 
From rock to country, bluegrass to folk, the music helps define the sound of superbly crafted, fully assertive Americana. Their harmony-rich songs often add cello to a solid groove, creating a unique ambiance that’s all their own. Throw in a journeyman’s attitude and a penchant for affecting storytelling, and here again, The Two Tracks create a sound that typifies a style birthed in the heartland, with all the sentiment and sensitivity that does justice to that timeless sound.

Learn more at www.thetwotracks.com.
The Craft Brothers

The Craft Brothers have been playing music separately since they were young kids, and as a band for more than 20 years. They started in a wacky show that incorporated theater and comedy and evolved into a band with a definite sound and harmony. The band is made up of the three Craft brothers, Mitch, Dave and J.T., and recently took on its fourth member, Mitch’s oldest son, Will. Music for the brothers started at a young age. Dave started playing the fiddle when he was about nine years old and J.T. started when he was seven. Mitch started when he was five. A few years later the brothers started competing in fiddle contests. Today, all three brothers play guitar, bass, fiddle, and mandolin. The brothers separately play other instruments including banjo, percussion, and harmonica.  J.T. and Will both play the dobro. All take turns leading the songs. The Craft Brothers really started to get a name thanks to the WYO Theater Wild and Woolly Show that they started participating in every summer, where they’d integrate characters, shenanigans, and comedy into their act.  Adding Will to the group has expanded the group’s audience and added a new energy to The Craft Brothers. When they perform they try to keep it as light and fun as possible.  The Brothers are true entertainers, and appeal to a large audience.

Learn more at The Craft Brothers.
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.
Previous BHMF Performers
 BHMF / MWG  All Rights Reserved.
Website Development by Mountain West Group