12th Annual

Acoustic, Americana, Folk, Old-Timey,
Bluegrass & Traditional Music
July 8, 9 & 10, 2016
Johnson County Fairgrounds
Buffalo, Wyoming
e-mail: info@bighornmountainfestival.com
2015 Featured Musicians
We had another fantastic lineup in 2015 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 2015 performers.
Sound Engineering by Old Blue Sound


Born in the small town of Philadelphia, Mississippi, Marty Stuart caught the music bug early, displaying prodigious talent on every stringed instrument he picked up. At an age when most kids are running bases in little league, 13-year old Stuart was logging cross-country interstate miles as a mandolinist with the legendary Lester Flatt's road band until Lester's retirement in 1978. In his twenties, Stuart toured with Johnny Cash, and also played with other legends such as Bill Monroe, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Carl Perkins. By the late 1980s, Stuart was a solo artist, rising faster than mercury in the heat of a hillbilly fever. For over forty years, the five-time Grammy winning multi-instrumentalist, singer, songwriter, photographer, and historian has been building a rich legacy in traditional country music. On his latest release in September 2014 with his band, The Fabulous Superlatives, the double-disc Saturday Night & Sunday Morning, Stuart captures all the authentic neon and stained-glass hues of country. Stuart is also currently the host of The Marty Stuart Show, which features traditional country music in the vein of The Porter Wagoner Show, Flatt & Scruggs, The Wilburn Brothers Show, and Hee Haw. The Marty Stuart Show began airing on November 1, 2008 on cable's RFD-TV and has recorded over 156 episodes.

Marty's band, The Faboulous Superlatives, are a special group of musicians.

Born in Oklahoma and raised in Denver, Colorado, Kenny Vaughan, is the consummate guitar master
on stage and in the recording studio. His style, both as a soloist and ensemble player, includes Rock'n'Roll, Blues, Country, Soul, Western Swing, Jazz (he took lessons from Bill Frizell), and Tomorrow-Grass. After stretches in Chicago and NYC as a young man fronting his own band, the Jonny Three, he moved to Nashville in 1987, where he has since toured and recorded with a roster of artists that includes Marty Stuart, Lucinda Williams, Patty Loveless, Rodney Crowell, Kim Richey, Tim O'Brien, Greg Garing, R.B. Morris, the RRAF, Mindy Smith, and Hayes Carll.  In 2000, he was named Best Guitarist in the Nashville Scene Music Awards.

Harry Stinson, a Nashville native, best known as a drummer, singer, songwriter, and producer, began his professional career touring with Dottie West in the early 70's. After Dottie, he headed west to the California scene for a ten year tenure, working with Al Stewart, Etta James, and Peter Frampton. He returned to Nashville in 1985 and hooked up with producer Tony Brown and Steve Earle. He became a Duke and performed on the classic “Guitar Town.” Immediately, he became an in demand session drummer and singer. It was at this time that he met Marty, and played on some of his early hits like, “Tempted,” “Little Things,” and “Burn Me Down.” He has also recorded with the likes of Patty Loveless, Joe Ely, Lyle Lovett, Alison Krauss, Conway Twitty, Mark Knopfler, Buck Owens, Earl Scruggs, Dolly Parton, Bob Seger, and a host of others. Harry has also enjoyed No. 1 success as a songwriter, producer, as well as being a familiar face on TNN, GAC, and CMT for years.

Paul Martin, Kentucky born and bred, made a name for himself during his five years of playing guitar and singing lead vocals with the country/pop super group Exile. After a successful run of hits, Exile stopped touring in the mid-90s, lending Martin time to focus on some of his other passions - writing, producing, and engineering in his recording studio. Being a multi-instrumentalist, he enjoyed several tours on the road, playing both steel guitar and keyboards for Kathy Mattea, bass guitar and steel for the legendary Oak Ridge Boys, bass for Steve Wariner, and even sang as one of the Oak Ridge Boys prior to William Lee Golden’s return to the lineup in the mid-90s.

Learn more about Marty Stuart at www.martystuart.net.


John Anderson is an American country music legend with a successful career that has lasted more than 30 years. Starting in 1977 with the release of his first single, "I've Got a Feelin' (Somebody's Been Stealin')," Anderson has charted more than 40 singles on the Billboard country music charts, including five Number Ones: "Wild and Blue," "Swingin,'" "Black Sheep," "Straight Tequila Night," and "Money in the Bank." He has also recorded 23 studio albums on several labels and more than 60 singles (20 reaching the top ten). "Swingin'" became the biggest selling record in the history of Warner Bros. Records. In the wake of "Swingin'," Anderson received five CMA award nominations in 1983. That year he was the winner of the Horizon Award, and "Swingin'" was named Single of the Year. Three more CMA nominations came in 1993 and two in 1994 when he was the winner of Album of the Year for Common Thread: The songs of the Eagles.

On his latest album, Goldmine, released May 26, 2015 on his own Bayou Boys label, Anderson has completed a long overdue record of original songs. The award-winning songwriter wrote or co-wrote 12 of the album's 13 tracks. That will bring joy to the hearts of some of the most devoted fans in country music. Goldmine is also a record that, given the current state if contemporary country, could, like Cash and Haggard before him, find a home amid lovers of authentic music of any genre. Though he would never compare himself to his heroes, the fact is, John Anderson is now the standard bearer for traditional country music, of the 100 Proof variety. John was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame on October 5, 2014.

John will be appearing with his band Friday night only and will be a performance you won't want to miss.

Learn more about the John Anderson Band at www.johnanderson.com.

Crary, Evans & SpurginCRARY, EVANS

Dan Crary is a native of Kansas and one of the pre-eminent flatpick guitarists of our time. Dan has had a long and distinguished recording career and an extensive discography, featuring solo projects and group efforts, especially with the award-winning ensemble, California, active through most of the 1990s. He is a versatile performer able to range from Mozart to Anglo-American fiddle tunes to moody, evocative original compositions. His performance style blends traditional material from a variety of American sources and continues to blaze exciting new territory in his recordings and personal appearances today. Dan is a veteran of tours in more than thirty countries as he connects musically and personally with fans throughout the world.  If creativity, quality, and longevity are hallmarks of artistic achievement, then Dan Crary must be recognized as one of the greatest traditional artists of our day. Learn more about Dan Crary at www.dancrary.com.

Bill Evans is an internationally recognized five-string banjo life force. As a performer, teacher, writer and composer, he brings a deep knowledge, intense virtuosity and contagious passion to all things banjo, with thousands of music fans and banjo students from all over the world in a music career that now spans over thirty-five years. Bill's banjo artistry is best experienced in live performance and on his recordings, Fine Times At Fletcher's House with Fletcher Bright (2013), In Good Company (2012), Let's do something with Megan Lynch (2009), Bill Evans Plays Banjo (2001) and Native and Fine (1995).  In the last two years, Bill has toured throughout the United States, Canada, England, and Germany and toured Russia for the U.S. State Department. Recent appearances include A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor and performances with the San Francisco Symphony.
Learn more about Bill Evans at www.billevansbanjo.com.

Steve Spurgin is a native son of the Texas whose song writing, recording, and performing have spanned the globe and earned him wide acclaim and a multitude of fans. As a former Nashville staff writer penning songs for the publishing companies of Gene Watson and Reba McEntire, Steve has several major country music hits to his credit and has received awards from BMI and IBMA, as well as being a “New Folk” winner at the prestigious Kerrville Folk Festival. Steve joined Bryon Berline, along with Dan Crary and John Hickman, in the band that became California. California went on to earn three consecutive IBMA Instrumental Group of the Year awards and travel over much of the world performing its brand of power bluegrass.
Learn more about Steve Spurgin at www.spurginmusic.com.

Stockholm comes to Buffalo! Baskery is composed of three sisters from Sweden, Greta, Stella & Sunniva Bondesson. Their music is not to be confused with country or bluegrass just from looking at the instruments. Baskery is not bound to any genre and they aim to keep it that way. They bring a refreshing twist to roots and Americana music blending their own originals with traditional classics. The band has toured extensively throughout Europe and North America and now have four albums to their credit:  Little Wild Life (2013/2014), New Friends (2011), Fall Among Thieves (2008), and One Horse Down (EP - 2007).

Learn more about Baskery at www.baskery.com.
Kenny & Amanda Smith

Originally from Nine Mile, Indiana, Kenny Smith is widely considered one of the most important and influential flatpicking-style guitarists of his generation. A two-time IBMA Guitarist of the Year award winner and 2007 IBMA nominee, his professional credits include six years with the popular Lonesome River Band and an exceptional solo CD, Studebaker, released in 1997. Kenny is in great demand at guitar workshops and master classes. Coming to us as the newly crowned IBMA Female Vocalist of the Year (2014), Amanda Smith grew up singing in church choirs and participating in talent contests at local fairs. She started playing guitar in high school to accompany herself and soon discovered bluegrass music through female artists such as Claire Lynch, Rhonda Vincent, and Alison Krauss. She met her future husband at a Lonesome River Band concert, and the couple began dating and playing music together almost immediately. Their shared Christian faith, love for bluegrass, and desire to perform together led them to record a debut CD, Slowly But Surely in 2001. Forming the Kenny & Amanda Smith Band, they won the IBMA’s Emerging Artist Award in 2003 and performed at BHMF in 2008. They have since recorded eight albums including their 2012 release, Catch Me If I Try, in 2012.  The bands’ first-ever all-gospel project, Tell Someone, was nominated in the Best Southern, Country, or Bluegrass Gospel Album category for the 50th Annual Grammy awards held in 2008.

Learn more about Kenny and Amanda Smith at

Front Country

Festival fans are already familiar with Melody Walker and Jacob Groopman, but now will get to enjoy their full band. Formed in 2011 as a collective of the Bay Area’s finest young acoustic talent, Adam Roszkiewicz, Jacob Groopman, Jordan Klein, Leif Karlstrom, Melody Walker, and Zach Sharpe joined forces to play a monthly gig with friends in San Francisco’s Mission District. They quickly found a musical rapport that was open to challenging arrangements, unique covers, and original songwriting. Since then they have continued to expand their repertoire and push the boundaries of bluegrass on the national scene. In 2012, they won the Rockygrass band competition in Colorado and followed up in 2013 with a win at Telluride becoming the third band in history to win both contests. Also in 2013, lead singer Melody Walker won the Chris Austin Songwriting competition at Merlefest and mandolinist Adam Roszkiewicz was nominated for a Grammy for his work with the Modern Mandolin Quartet on their album "Americana." Front Country blend everything from high-lonesome mountain music to new-wave power pop, newgrass picking, oldgrass harmonies, and just plain glorious musicality. This is Americana at its best: music with deep roots and wide-ranging vision. Their latest album, "Sake of the Sound" was released September 2014. Front Country members will be instructors for the BHMF Bluegrass Camp for Kids leading into the festival starting Tuesday, July 7th, and Jacob Groopman will serve as camp director.

Learn more about Front Country at 


The Fireants

The Fireants live along the east face of the Bighorn Mountains in northern Wyoming where they play dance music of the Americas and will bring an international flavor to the festival for 2015. This includes two-steps and waltzes from Louisiana's Cajun and Creole communities; polkas, huapangos, waltzes, and rancheras from the Texas Conjunto tradition; and cumbias from Colombia. They are capable of playing - fandangos and arins from the Basque Intermountain West, sones from Cuba, forro from Brazil, old swing and jazz from wherever that music may come from, square dance tunes from Appalachia, and a little bit of Klezmer. The Fireants consist of David Romtvedt on button accordians, trumpet, and vocals; Margo Brown on percussion, piano, and vocals; Cindy Baker on bass and vocals; Courtney Caplan on guitar, flute, and vocals; and Caitlin Romtvedt on guitar, alto sax, fiddle, and vocals. The Fireants have three CDs to their credit. David is a past poet laureate of Wyoming and teaches in the University of Wyoming MFA program for writers. Along with his wife Margo Brown, he is a founder and board member of Wyoming Worlds of Music. In addition to their other performances, the Fireants will host our popular Old Time Dance on Friday.

Learn more about The Fireants at 

Joining us from Seattle Washington, MaracujŠ plays music of Latin America drawing from its roots to find their own sound. From Brazil and its street sambas and gentle bossa novas to Cuba and its African rhythms of son, guajira, mambo, and bolero ….and all places in between. Music for a mood or music to move to. Caitlin Belem, on vocals, saxophone, and berimbau, grew up in a house full of music in northern Wyoming. After high school, she moved to Brazil and studied Brazilian culture, music, and Capoeira Angola. She returned multiple times to Brazil and also had the good fortune to visit Cuba for prolonged periods to study music and culture through the Portland based organization, CubaAyuda. Terrence Rosnagle, on guitar, was born in Pasadena, California and raised in the Los Angeles area. He went on to study Flamenco guitar with private teachers in Spain such as Jose Ignacio Franco and El Carbonero in Jerez de la Frontera and through the Conservatory de Licieu in Barcelona, Spain. He has studied Classical and South American guitar with the Chilean maestro Eulogio Davalos in Barcelona and Brazilian guitar styles with Steve Erquiaga at the Jazz School in Berkeley, California. Terrence has lived in Buenos Aires, Argentina studying Folkloric guitar styles and in Istanbul, Turkey where he studied ud and Turkish Classical Music.

Learn more about MaracujŠ at www.maracujaband.com.
Jalan Crossland Band

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 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’s 6th album, Portrait of a Fish, was released in 2012 and Jalan was recipient of the prestigious 2012 Wyoming Governor's Arts Award. Jalan released his 7th album, No Cause For Despair in June 2014.  Do not despair, Jalan will return for his 11th festival appearance, performing Saturday evening!

Learn more about The Jalan Crossland Band at www.jalancrossland.com.

Horseshoes & 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, Dailey & Vincent, the Travelin' McCourys, Charlie Parr, Pert Near Sandstone, and many more. In 2012, the band took third place at the Telluride Bluegrass Festival's band competition and in May of 2013 released their second studio album, This Old Town. Being mostly inspired by rivers, valleys, good friends, and good drink, this five piece is as sturdy as any Midwest or mountain riverbed and liable to keep your toes tapping from sundown to sunrise.

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


The Littlest Birds are David Huebner on cello and Sharon Martinson on banjo, a duo presenting a unique style of Americana music that has been thrilling audiences across the United States, Canada, and Europe. “Think instrumental virtuosity balanced by a breezy, backwoods soul, music that is both intellectually stimulating and emotionally soothing.” (Seven Days Weekly, Burlington, VT). They’ve performed at such renown festivals as the Vancouver Folk Music Festival in B.C., and the Oregon Country Fair, and like many of the great artists in American folk music that have come before them, they are interpreting traditional songs with a fresh approach and contributing something entirely new by the stories they tell with their own original songwriting. One of the duo’s signature songs is “Dragonfly” which borrows a short Gary Snyder poem for the chorus, and expands on it to create a rich scene of life and passage high in the mountains. Another is “Elk River Blues” which is an old fiddle tune written by Ernie Carpenter to which Sharon has added lyrics based on the story of Ernie’s family farm in West Virginia being flooded by the Army Corps of Engineers. They are a duo that sing emotional songs which are deeply important to them, and perform their music with a joy that flows off the stage and into the hearts of anyone that is listening.  Their latest album, Live & Lucky, was released in 2014.
Learn more about The Littlest Birds at www.littlestbirds.net.
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 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 Praire Wildfire band at www.facebook.com/prairiewildfire.

Crary, Evans & SpurginMAXIMA'S OVERDRIVE

Eleven year old Maxie Wuerker and Charlie Francipane (of GunShy) began performing together as former members of the Terry Waugh Wild Night Outlaw Band. They will be accompanied by Jeremy Jarvis on percussion. With Charlie’s colorful guitar shredding, Maxie plays bluegrass fiddle, electric guitar, and will unveil her experimental Strato-fiddle for the first time. The set will include Orange Blossom Special, Sweet Home Alabama, and Maxie’s original song Rattlesnake Den.

Learn more about Maxie on Facebook.

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