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
2016 Featured Musicians
We have 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.
Anne & Pete SibleyTHE JONES GANG

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.

Learn more about The Jones Gang at www.thejonesgang.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.
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 Praire Wildfire at 
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