14th Annual
BIG HORN MOUNTAIN FESTIVAL

Acoustic, Americana, Folk, Old-Timey,
Bluegrass & Traditional Music
July 20, 21 & 22, 2018
Johnson County Fairgrounds
Buffalo, Wyoming
e-mail: info@bighornmountainfestival.com
2017 Featured Musicians
 
We had a fantastic lineup 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.
 
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Dale Ann BradleyDALE ANN BRADLEY

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.

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.

Playing mandolin, Scott Powers’ love for music started at an early age as his family would always gather and sing and play. He first learned 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 in 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.

Matt has 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 year.

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.

In 2015, 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.

 
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.

 
THE JALAN CROSSLAND BAND

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.


 
The Two TracksTHE TWO TRACKS

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.

 
Jon Roberts y Pan BlancoJOHN 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, 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.

 
Low Water String BandLOW WATER STRING BAND

Formed 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
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 on Facebook.

 
Prairie Wildfire
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.

 
John BishopJOHN BISHOP

We’re 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; John BishopChicago 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.

John graduated from the Musicians Institute (GIT), in Hollywood, California in 1986 and is a musician and composer as part of the country-rock group TJohn Bishophe 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).

Both 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.

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