14th Annual

Acoustic, Americana, Folk, Old-Timey,
Bluegrass & Traditional Music
July 20, 21 & 22, 2018
Johnson County Fairgrounds
Buffalo, Wyoming
e-mail: info@bighornmountainfestival.com
2018 Featured Musicians
We have a fantastic lineup coming for 2018 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 2018 performers.
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Frank Solivan and Dirty Kitchen

With chops so hot, Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen were named IBMA’s 2016 Instrumental Group of the Year for the second time, with a third nomination in 2017. Their critically acclaimed album Cold Spell earned a 2015 GRAMMY nomination for Best Bluegrass Album of the Year, yet the accolades don’t end there.

Solivan, with banjoist Mike Munford, 2013 IBMA Banjo Player of the Year, award-winning guitarist Chris Luquette, and bassist Jeremy Middleton, simmer a progressive bluegrass stew of infinite instrumental, vocal, and songwriting skills soon to be featured once again on a new album coming 2018.
Since leaving the cold climes of Alaska for the bluegrass hotbed of Washington, D.C., Frank Solivan has built a reputation as a monster mandolinist - and become a major festival attraction with his band, Dirty Kitchen. Their respect and deep understanding of the tradition collides, live on stage, with jazz virtuosity creating an unforgettable, compelling performance.

Learn more about Frank Solivan and Dirty Kitchen at www.dirtykitchenband.com.

Bryan BowersFor over five decades, Bryan Bowers has been to the autoharp what Earl Scruggs was to the five-string banjo. He presents instrumental virtuosity combined with warmth, eloquence, expression, and professionalism.

Born in Yorktown, Virginia, Bryan Bowers was raised in New Bohemia near Petersburg of the Civil War’s Battle of the Crater fame. As a child, Bowers would tag along with the field workers and gandy dancers and learned to sing old call-and-answer songs. Bowers recalls, “the music I heard while working in the fields was mesmerizing. And, I’d see the gandy dancers coming down the tracks, setting the rails and getting their ties straight.  You’ve heard that song `Whup Boys, Can’t you line ’em?, Chack a lack.’ Whup Boys, can’t you line ’em?’ was the call the leader would sing. Chack a lack was the bounce-back of the hammer after falling on the pin. I just thought that music was something that everyone did. It was years later that I realized what I’d been raised around.”

From his rather unglamorous beginning as a street singer, Bryan Bowers has become a major artist on the traditional music circuit. He has redefined the autoharp and is also well known as a singer-songwriter. Bryan has a dynamic outgoing personality and an uncanny ability to enchant a crowd in practically any situation. His towering six foot four inch frame can be wild and zany on stage while playing a song like `Dixie’ and five minutes later he can have the same audience singing `Will The Circle Be Unbroken’ in quiet reverence and delight.

Bower’s creativity and talent have won him induction into Frets Magazine’s First Gallery of the Greats, after five years of winning the stringed instrument open category of the magazine’s readers’ poll. This distinction put Bowers alongside other luminaries, such as Chet Atkins, David Grisman, Stephan Grappelli, Itzhak Perlman, Tony Rice, Rob Wasserman, and Mark O’Connor, recognized for their personal accomplishments. In 1993, Bryan was the first living member inducted into the Autoharp Hall of Fame to stand only with Maybelle Carter, Kilby Snow, and Sara Carter.

Among his many other notable album projects, Bryan’s most recent release is Live at Winterfolk 2015. This is Bryan’s first live album and features 12 selections that he loves. This CD was recorded at Portland’s premier folk event and 28th annual fundraiser for Sister of the Road. These recordings give the listener a wonderful musical experience from the man who re-defined the autoharp.

Learn more about Bryan Bowers at www.somagency.com/bryan-bowers.

Two Tracks

We’re pleased to have The Two Tracks returning for 2018. Formed in 2014, The Two Tracks are based out of Sheridan, Wyoming, at the foot of the Bighorn Mountains. From rock’n roll to country, from bluegrass to folk, the music is expertly crafted, addictive Americana. Their harmony rich songs are often cello-infused with a high energy groove. Throw in life on the high plains and a penchant for lost love story telling.

The group's first album (self-titled) was voted #1 Album in Wyoming by Wyoming Public Radio. It features original tracks by Julie Szewc on guitar/vocals. Joining her are David Huebner on cello, electric guitar, and vocals; Fred Serna on drums/percussion; and Russell Smith on upright bass. Guests on the album include legendary Nashville pedal steel guitarist Bruce Bouton (Garth Brooks). They have spent many a day on the road since the debut album release in Spring 2016, and were recently back in the studio to record their second album with producer Will Kimbrough at The Butcher Shoppe studio in Nashville. Look for the new album Spring 2017!  

Learn more at www.thetwotracks.com.

Prairie Wildfire

Prairie Wildfire, formed in 2015, is an all-girl, country and 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 as well as several other original songs written by the band including Wildfire, Not Your Ordinary Girls, and their most recent, Hometown Hearts. The band was recently one of five chosen to perform for the Wyoming Arts Council 59th Anniversary Summit held in Lander, Wyoming on November 3, 2017.  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 Band at www.alisapalser.wixsite.com/prairiewildfire.


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, Jeff 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, the most recent titled Flatpicking up the Neck for Mel Bay Publications.

Brian WicklundFrom 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. Brian is the founder of bluegrass bands Brother Mule and Barley Jacks, has toured across the U.S., Canada, UK, Europe, Japan, and 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 U.S. and UK, is the founder of Bluegrass College online, and founder of Fiddle Pal Camps in Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Massachusetts.

Learn more at www.facebook.com/brian.wicklund.3, and www.americanfiddlemethod.com.
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