BIG HORN MOUNTAIN
Americana, Folk, Old-Timey,
& Traditional Music
July 12, 13, & 14,
Three time national fiddle champion Byron Berline and his
band featuring John Hickman, Jim Fish, Richard Sharp, Greg Burgess, Steve Short,
and Barry “Bones” Patton returns for their second performance at the Big Horn
Mountain Festival. Berline's early
career included playing fiddle with bluegrass legends Bill Monroe and the
Bluegrass Boys, Dillard and Clark, Country Gazette, Sundance, Berline, Crary
& Hickman, and California. After moving to Los Angeles in 1969, he soon became one of
the most popular fiddlers in the music business. His long list of performing
and recording credits includes The Rolling Stones, The Eagles, The Band, The
Byrds, Elton John, Alabama,
Mary Chapin Carpenter, The Flying Burrito Brothers, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Rod
Stewart, John Denver, Earl Scruggs, Emmylou Harris, Linda Ronstadt, Tammy
Wynette, Mason Williams, Bob Dylan, Willie Nelson and Vince Gill. He also has
extensive television and movie sound track credits and has appeared in Star Trek, Blaze, Back to the Future
III, Basic Instinct, and the HBO
series Deadwood. Berline has
recorded seven solo albums including his highly acclaimed Fiddle & A Song with guest performances from Vince Gill, Mason
Williams, Earl Scruggs and Bill Monroe. In 1996, the album was nominated for two
Grammy awards, 'Best Album of the Year' and ' Best Song of the Year'. In 1997, Byron founded the Oklahoma International
Bluegrass Festival and Byron oversaw its 16th annual event in 2012. Byron is a 2012 recipient of the IBMA's prestigious
"Distinguished Achievement Award".
Appearing with Byron will be Barry “Bones” Patton, a featured performer
at our 2007 festival. Probably the
premier bones player in the country, Barry “Bones” Patton has been a regular
performer with the Byron Berline Band since 1995. He has performed with
some of the best, including Bill Monroe, Buck White & the Whites, Ricky
Skaggs, Albert Lee, John Hickman, Vince Gill, Hot Rize, Mason Williams, Willie
Nelson, Sam Bush, and Jerry Douglas.
Learn more about The Byron Berline Band at www.thebyronberlineband.com and www.doublestop.com.
historian, author and musicologist, someone well-versed in
cowboy lore and musical traditions, Don Edwards brings a rare
knowledge and love for his craft and is considered by many as the best
musician of our time. He taught himself
guitar starting at age ten, and chased the rodeo and worked ranches in
Texas and New Mexico during his
teens. Edwards began playing throughout Oklahoma and Texas, and
inception of the Cowboy poetry Gathering in Elko, Nevada
achieved widespread recognition. He has now entertained throughout the
United States, Canada, Great Britain, Ireland, New Zealand, Europe, and
the Far East. Two of Don’s albums, Guitars & Saddle Songs and
of the Cowboy are now included in the Folklore Archives of the Library
Congress. These anthologies have been
re-recorded and expanded as the 32-song double CD/cassette called
Saddle Songs. This project took first
place as the Best Folk / Traditional Album of the year at the annual AFIM
Awards Ceremony held in May of 1998. He
has twice received the National Cowboy Hall of Fame's "Wrangler
Award" for Outstanding Traditional Western Music. The summer of
1997 found Don in Livingston, Montana
portraying the role of "Smokey" in Robert Redford's film The Horse
Whisperer, and is featured on
the MCA soundtrack.
Learn more about Don Edwards at www.donedwardsmusic.com.
Quebe Sisters are Texas' favorite Western Swing, Hot Jazz, Western,
Vintage Country, Texas Fiddle Band!
They are Grace, Sophia, and
Hulda Quebe, all National Old-Time Fiddlers Contest champion title
winners. After attending a fiddle contest near their hometown and
falling in love with
the music, they learned to play from another champion fiddler, Joey
who now joins them onstage playing archtop guitar as well as creating
vocal and fiddle arrangements. Some of Joey's awards
include three-time World Champion Fiddler, World Series of Fiddling
Champion, and five-time Texas State Guitar Champion. Gavin Kelso joins
upright bass. Formed in 2000, the QSB perform a refreshing blend of
swing, hot jazz and swing standards, western, vintage country, and
Texas style fiddle tunes, with intricate triple fiddles and three-part
vocals. Among their many accolades they
have been awarded
the Crescendo Award by the Western Music Association and have won the
Swing Album of the Year from the Academy of Western Artists.
Performance highlights include appearances at
the Grand Ole Opry, the Kennedy Center, NYC's Lincoln Center, the Ryman
Auditorium, the Marty Stuart Show, the Eddie Stubbs' Show on WSM, The
Birchmere, the Ernest Tubb Midnite Jamboree (as host band), the
Folklife Festival, and the National Folk Festival. QSB has appeared in
concert with Ricky Skaggs
& Kentucky Thunder, Merle Haggard, Asleep at the Wheel, Larry
the Gatlin Brothers, Riders in the Sky, and Marty Stuart. The Quebe
Sisters Band is touring behind
their latest album, Timeless, recorded
at the historic Cash Cabin Studio in Hendersonville, TN.
Learn more about The Quebe Sisters Band at www.quebesistersband.com or see and hear them on their YouTube channel.
of the San Francisco Bay Area, Houston Jones is a high-octane Americana
quintet. Formed in 2001, the band performs a strong original repertoire
that ranges from bluegrass and folk to blues and gospel. Glenn Houston
was the original guitarist and founding member of The Waybacks and
plays lead acoustic and lead electric guitar for the band. In 2009 he
was voted best guitarist by the Northern California Bluegrass Society.
Travis Jones presents the distinctive lead vocals for the band and
plays rhythm guitar. Henry Salvia will be on keyboard and accordion.
Chris Kee, also of Waybacks fame, is a classically trained cellist who
has performed and recorded with Peter Rowan and Norah Jones and will be
on standup bass and acoustic guitar. Peter Tucker, a Bay Area session
performer and former Wayback will handle drums and percussion. With
their latest release in 2011 of "Queen of Yesterday" the band has
released six albums.
Learn more about Houston Jones at www.houstonjones.com.
|THE HONEY DEWDROPS
Laura Wortman and Kagey
Parrish make their home in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains in
Charlottesville, West Virginia. The roots duet combine a blend of new
Americana and traditional folk music and create inspired songs that are
rooted in the experience and lives of people. Their sound is
transcendent; they write all their own songs and yet no one could ever
peg them as just another singer-songwriter couple, not when they’ve
embedded a sparse Appalachian clarity on every track that is accessible
to listeners everywhere. The songs they write shine with energy and
emotion through intimate performances with a handful of acoustic
instruments and tightly layered harmonies. On stage, the Honey
Dewdrops focus on dynamically blending the sounds of instruments and
voices by singing and playing into a single microphone. There is a
high lonesome quality to the way their voices blend that is familiar,
yet the mixture is unique. Their music covers the ground between hand
crafted folk songs, Appalachian ﬁddle tunes, and a cappella
spirituals. In their own way, the duo fills the stage with sound and
feeling that lingers long after the show is over. Laura and Kagey were
winners of the 2008 Prairie Home Companion Talent contest and were
finalists in the 2009 Mountain Stage NewSong contest. Their album
These Old Roots was the No. 1 album at Folk Radio in October and
November, 2010 and their album Silver Lining was No. 1 on the Folk-DJ
charts in June, 2012.
Learn more about The Honey Dewdrops at www.thehoneydewdrops.com.
Finnders & Youngberg proudly swim in the deep currents of American
music - classic bluegrass, tried-and-true honky tonk, country swing and
skillfully spun folk tales. While their sound evokes timelessness, it
is a decidedly contemporary, well-traveled 21st century sensibility
that informs their songwriting. Musicians with a palpable sense of
place, the members of Finnders & Youngberg have all laid strong
foundations as veterans of the vibrant Colorado Front Range acoustic
music scene. Two-time MerleFest songwriting competition winner in both
the gospel and bluegrass categories, Iowa native Mike Finders possesses
an arresting and emotive stage presence. The principal songwriter and
guitarist for Finnders & Youngberg, his finely-honed storytelling
forms the bulk of the band’s cannon. Erin Youngberg provides a muscley
bass and beautiful, world-wise vocals, while her husband Aaron
Youngberg plays a mean banjo and seductive pedal steel. Both were
founding members of the Hit & Run Bluegrass Band, which won the
RockyGrass band competition in 2002 and Telluride in 2003. Aaron
is proud owner and chief engineer at Swingfingers Recording Studio in
Fort Collins. Erin has distinguished her career performing and
recording with Uncle Earl. The group is rounded out by Rich Zimmerman
on mandolin and Ryan Drickey on fiddle. Zimmerman was a founder of the
innovative acoustic Boulder band Slipstream. While Ryan is the
regular fiddler, he's being called out to Europe for a tour this summer
and Alex Johnstone (formerly of Spring Creek and BHMF performer) will
stand in for Ryan at this year's festival. The group showcased at Folk
Alliance International 2010, and last fall they were one of 13 acts
chosen as official showcasing artists at the IBMA’s World of Bluegrass
conference in Nashville, Tennessee. Finnders & Youngberg will also
be the host band for the BHMF Bluegrass Camp for Kids leading into the festival starting Wednesday, July 11.
Learn more about Finnders & Youngberg at www.finndersandyoungberg.com.
Sponsored by the JOHNSON COUNTY ARTS & HUMANITIES COUNCIL
|MELODY WALKER & JACOB GROOPMAN
from the San Francisco Bay Area and the Blue Ridge Mountains of
Virginia, respectively, singer-songwriter Melody Walker and picker
extraordinaire Jacob Groopman have fused their influences into a style
they like to call “Americali.” They define it as Americana with a
California twist, but of course, it’s much more. Drawing from genres
including bluegrass, rock, jazz, classical, Afrobeat, samba and Balkan
folk, yet staying close to their American folk roots, the duo create
literate music that honors tradition, yet sounds completely of the
moment. On Walker’s debut album, GOLD RUSH GODDESS, the couple wrap
their voices in tight harmony over intricate textures of banjo, guitar
and mandolin as they sing of ancient truths and futuristic myths,
conveying a stunning level of songwriting and musical versatility
throughout. They are due to release a duo record produced by Laurie
Lewis in the Fall of 2013 Melody and Jacob are both experienced
educators having taught privately, at schools and at music camps around
California and Alaska. Jacob will also serve as our manager of
Bluegrass Camps for Kids at this year's festival.
Learn more about Melody and Jacob at www.melodywalkermusic.com.
|JALAN CROSSLAND BAND
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 just released in 2012 and Jalan was recipient
of the prestigious 2012 Wyoming Governor's Arts Award. Jalan is only
the second musician to receive the Governor’s Arts Award in the last
decade. Governor Matt Mead presented the award which recognizes
artists, arts organizations, and patrons who have displayed excellence
in the arts, as well as outstanding service and dedication to the arts
Learn more at www.jalancrossland.com.
|TROXEL & KRIEGER
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 is on the faculty at Central Wyoming College in Riverton,
Wyoming and Rocky Mountain College in Billings Montana. 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. Trevor
Krieger of Billings, Montana will be joining Jeff on fiddle.
Collin Ingram of Fort Collins, Colorado will be appearing on bass.
Learn more at www.jefftroxel.com; www.reverbnation.com/trevorkrieger; and www.colliningram.com.
|PICK & HOLLER
& Holler plays old time string band music from the hills and
hollers of Appalachia and other rural regions of the United States.
Buffalo Native, Ty Peterson, plays guitar and vocals, Matt Minjares
plays banjo and vocals, Carolyn Camp is on fiddle and vocals, and
Lindsay Case holds the upright base. This is a band that will kick up
your heels so bring your dancing shoes! Returning for their second
year, they'll be once again performing the Old Time Dance on Stage 2
Saturday night which was such a huge success last year. Steve Braun of
Bozeman, Montana will be joining them as the caller. They'll also be
doing a dance workshop on Saturday so don't be shy and join the fun!
Their debut album, "Shady Tree," was just released in 2012.
Learn more at www.pickandholler.com and check them out on Facebook.
Bitter Creek Band is a local favorite comprised of David Stewart and
Larry Elliott. They perform weekly on Friday nights at the historic
Occidental Hotel in Buffalo, Wyoming showcasing traditional, country
and rockabilly standards as well as their own original tunes. David
Stewart is a singer/songwriter who has written songs cut by many up and
coming artists, along with veterans Tammy Wynette, Tanya Tucker, Eddy
Raven, and Scott Hisey. David has performed on the Grand Ole Opry and
has written about his adventures in his book, Heart and Sole, published
by White-Bouke. Larry is a guitarist extraordinaire who has performed
with many bands throughout his colourful career. Both can also be seen
every week at the Thursday night jam held at the Occidental so if you
arrive early for the festival, come on down to the Occidental Thursday
night where the open jam will begin at 6:30 p.m.
Learn more about the historic Occidental Hotel and Thursday night jam sessions.