BIG HORN MOUNTAIN
Americana, Folk, Old-Timey,
& Traditional Music
July 20, 21 & 22,
|DALE ANN BRADLEY
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
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
returned to music in 1989 when contracted to perform at Renfro Valley
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
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
for the first time. Her ability to write songs about her
upbringing, mixed with covers of all genres of music, including gospel,
a show setting that has something for everyone. Pocket Full of Keys was
nominated for a
Grammy Award in 2016 for Best Bluegrass Album.
On guitar for the band, Timothy Dishman grew up playing
drums and occasionally electric bass in his family’s gospel band. He turned to bluegrass at thirteen when he
received his first guitar and his first Tony Rice album. He started his bluegrass career playing guitar
with The Porter County Bluegrass Band. He later played electric bass with The Kenny
Stone Unit. When Tim met Special
Consensus leader Greg Cahill he finally got an opportunity to show off his
talents as an acoustic bass player and tenor singer. Tim became a member of Special Consensus in
1999 and traveled with the band through 2004, playing on both the 25th Year
Anniversary project as well as the award-winning Route 10 album. Tim also was guitar player and vocalist of the
Tina Adair Band as well as bassist for Mark Newton & Steve Thomas.
Tim’s most recent stint has been with
the country super star, Alan Jackson. Tim
played bass on the latest Alan Jackson “The Bluegrass Album” and plays a select
number of dates with AJ when he does his bluegrass shows. Tim is also a two-time nominee for Bass
Player of the Year at the International Bluegrass Music Association Awards.
Mike Sumner has been playing banjo since he was
six. Much of his banjo influence came
from his father, Joe Sumner. He
also appreciates other influences like Mike Snider, Bela Fleck, Scott
Vestal, Allison Brown, and Sammy Shelor. In 2001, he won Merlefest, Rockygrass and the Winfield National Banjo
Championship at the Walnut Valley Festival. He repeated the National Banjo Championship
win once again in Winfield in 2007. Mike plays a Stealth banjo and
a Sumner Goldenbell model banjo. He started touring nationally in 2007 and has
played with Randy Kohrs, Jim Lauderdale, Detour, Rebecca Frazier and Hit and
Run as well as Dale Ann Bradley. He
strives to play clean, creative yet tasty banjo that enhances the overall
sound. He recently recorded banjo on
Dale Ann Bradley's "Pocket Full of Keys" project.
mandolin, Scott Powers’ love for music started at an
early age as his family would always gather and sing and play. He first
to play the guitar at 12 and as he grew older he wanted to learn
more. He started playing the mandolin later on as his
love for bluegrass grew stronger with a lot of influences. He has
traveled with several different bands and has had the chance to
play with a lot of musical icons. When not on the road you can find him
church where he loves to play and sing about his Lord.
Matt Leadbetter is well-known for his ardent Dobro style.
Having toured with many bluegrass greats, Matt is gaining notoriety as one of
the best in the industry. Matt was raised in a very musical family,
where he spent his days looking up to his father, Dobro legend, Phil
Leadbetter. Throughout his childhood, Matt would go along with his father to
watch him perform and at the age of eight, Matt decided that he, too, would
become a Dobro great.
been playing for more than 20 years and since starting his career 17 years
ago, Matt has been included on an IBMA nominated album, five other group album
projects and a solo album that stayed on the Roots Charts for nine months. His touring career began in 2000, when Matt
landed his first road gig with Lynwood Lunsford and the Misty Valley Boys. He
spent a year with Lynwood, in which he helped record the album It's A Carolina
Morning. A couple years later, in 2002,
Matt also worked with Blue Moon Rising and performed with them for nearly a
As a young adult, Matt began touring with Valerie Smith and
Liberty Pike. You can hear Matt's Dobro and harmony work on two of Valerie's
CD's, one entitled That's What Love Can Do and her gospel album, Wash Away Your
Troubles. Matt spent almost three years with Liberty Pike before taking a
job with the IBMA award-winning group, The Lonesome River Band. It was then that Matt's playing along with his
harmony vocals started gaining recognition across the country by fans and some
of the best artists in the business. Matt’s
work can be heard on The Lonesome River Band’s, IBMA nominated album The Road
With No End. At the end of 2007 Matt took a job with Grammy Award winner Marty
Raybon. Matt spent three years with
Marty traveling nationwide and playing many of the biggest festivals and venues
around. While with Mr. Raybon, Matt recorded Dobro and
harmony vocals on two of Marty's award nominated albums.
after supporting some of the best in bluegrass music, Matt took the spotlight
and released his first solo project. The album is self-titled and features
instrumental only songs as well as vocal songs. The album includes some
traditional favorites and some new material as well. His song, “Down on River
Road” stayed on the Roots Chart for nine months. For three of those nine
months, it was in the Top 5.
Learn more about Dale Ann Bradley at www.daleann.com.
from the river town of Stevens Point, Wisconsin,
Horseshoes & Hand Grenades is a progressive and high energy band
their rollicking and energetic stage show and ability to make crowds
ear to ear. With strong roots in
old-time and bluegrass, the band has formed its' own unique style born
diverse musical backgrounds and interests of the five friends who make
band: Davey Lynch on harmonica,
accordion, spoons, and vocals; Russell Pedersen on banjo, fiddle, and
Adam Greuel on guitar, dobro, and vocals; Samuel C. Odin on bass and
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
transport you to their Wisconsin paradise", says Nadine Landry of
Stringband. All born and raised in the
beautiful state of Wisconsin, the boys began playing music and their
shows in the spring of 2010. Since then, the band has shared the stage
Merle Haggard, the Infamous Stringdusters, Tim O'Brien and Darrell
Yonder Mountain String Band, Trampled By Turtles, The Travelin’
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.
more about Horseshoes & Hand Grenades at www.hhgmusic.com.
|THE JALAN CROSSLAND BAND
Ten Sleep, Wyoming, Jalan Crossland is widely acclaimed by audiences,
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
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.
|THE TWO TRACKS
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.
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."
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
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
Learn more at www.thetwotracks.com.
|JOHN ROBERTS Y PAN BLANCO
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,
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
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
Fallout Boy, Chris Botti, Feist, Sting, Dr. Dre, Mariah Carey, Lady Gaga, Frank
Sinatra Jr., Chaka Khan, Burt Bacharach, The Ojays, Christina Aguilera, NPR,
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.
|LOW WATER STRING BAND
in 2011, Low Water Sting Band hails from Lander Wyoming bringing a fresh
perspective to high mountain traditional music.
The band is comprised of Jared Scott - banjo and vocals; Anne Scott -
bass, guitar, and vocals; Joe Lefevre - mandolin, fiddle, and vocals; and Stuart
Cerovksi - guitar and vocals. They
currently have one album to their credit, released in January 2016.
Learn more about Low Water String Band at www.lowwaterstringband.com.
|THE CRAFT BROTHERS
Craft Brothers have been playing music separately since they were young
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
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,
and comedy into their act. Adding Will
to the group has expanded the group’s audience and added a new energy
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 on Facebook.
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.
very pleased that in coordination with Longmire Days we will have the
actor and musician John Bishop performing live on the main stage on
Friday at 6:15 pm, accompanied by his talented daughters, Ivy and
Fiona. One of John's first acting roles was in The Life and Times of
Grizzly Adams from 1977-1978. Major films he has appeared in include
Seven Psychopaths (2012), Footloose (1984) and Volcano (1997). His
guest credits for television series include Seinfeld; Dr. Quinn,
Medicine Woman; Bakersfield P.D.; The Nanny; Chicago
Hope; Method & Red; Medical Investigation; Close to Home; Grey's
Anatomy; The Mentalist; Cold Case; Criminal Minds; In Plain Sight; Lie
to Me; United States of Tara; and Sons of Anarchy. John is well known
in our part of the world for his work in the television series
Longmire, carried on the Netflix network.
graduated from the Musicians Institute (GIT), in Hollywood, California
in 1986 and is a musician and composer as part of the country-rock
Sheep. He has also written and sung a number of songs for
feature films including Together and Alone (theme song) for the feature
film Together and Alone, Clu Gulager for the TV miniseries The Judge,
Hole in my Soul for the feature film On the Border, Two Steppin' Out
for the feature film The Unbeatable Harold, and Trust for the feature
film Broke Sky (2007).
Ivy and Fiona Bishop are actresses. Fiona is an actress known for Miles
from Tomorrowland, Sofia the First, and Over the Garden Wall. Ivy
is an actress known for Miles from Tomorrowland and Clarence. Both
are lead singers of the Los Angeles based Americana band Peacemaker.
Learn more about Longmire.