15th Annual

Acoustic, Americana, Folk, Old-Timey,
Bluegrass & Traditional Music
July 19, 20 & 21, 2019
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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John McEuen and the String Wizards

John McEuen brings with him more than 50 years of worldwide performing with his banjo, fiddle, guitar, and mandolin. Often referred to as ‘the String Wizard’, he weaves stories of his travels and family life (he has raised seven kids), taking us through where his musical path has taken him.

A Nitty Gritty Dirt Band founding member in 1966, John initiated the 1972 classic Will the Circle Be Unbroken album, (inducted in to the Library of Congress as ‘one of America’s most important recordings', as well as the Grammy Hall of Fame). McEuen has made over 40 albums (seven solo) that have earned four platinum and five gold recognition awards, Grammy nominations, CMA and ACM awards, an Emmy nomination, IBMA record of the year award, The Western Heritage Award, and performed on another 25 albums as a guest artist. He's also produced another seven albums, and 14 film scores (two Emmy nominated shows), and thousands of concerts throughout his career - the first in 1965 in Long Beach, Caliornia with Bob Dylan. John won Best Bluegrass Album Grammy in 2010 for his production of The Crow (Steve Martin). In June of 2013, he was honored with the Charlie Poole Lifetime Achievement Award. His current album, Made in Brooklyn, was released September 2016 and recently earned the Independent Music Award’s recognition as Best Americana album.  In 2017, Deering Banjo company introduced the “John McEuen" model, complementing his induction that year in to the American Banjo Museum Hall of Fame.

Honored with the 2010 Best of the West Performer award from the Folk Alliance organization, John’s show is sure to be one enjoyed by all.  With music from the 1800’s to the present, original songs laced with known hits, and a special tribute to the ‘Circle’ album music and its stories, it all comes to life in an evening of acoustic music in overdrive.

John will be joined by longtime friend, performer, and composer, Craig Eastman (multi-instrumentalist), Les Thompson (bass), an original Dirt Band member, and John Cable (guitar, mandolin), a Dirt Band alumnus.

John will also be joined by his son, Jonathan McEuen. Equal parts style and soul, Jonathan has defiantly pursued his innate talents as a guitarist and singer, resulting in a remarkable artistic trajectory that spans 30 years.

John's new book, The Life I’ve Picked, was released in April 2018 and débuted at #1 on Amazon’s country music books chart.

Learn more about John McEuen at www.johnmceuen.com.


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

Americana covers a broad spectrum of music these days, and it’s easy to get lost in trying to define its particular parameters. If one was to determine an overreaching definition as music that reverberates with heart-felt emotion, and songs that speak to the listener with honesty, conviction and integrity, then The Two Tracks, based out of Sheridan, Wyoming, clearly fits the bill. Their recently released album, Postcard Town (self-release, May 2017) 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.”

The band features Julie Szewc on vocals and acoustic guitar, David Huebner on cello and electric guitar, Fred Serna on drums and percussion, and Aaron Ashear on bass. 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 about The Two Tracks at www.thetwotracks.com.

Jalan CrosslandFrom 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. Jalan was recipient of the prestigious 2012 Wyoming Governor's Arts Award. His latest album release, Singalongs For The Apocalypse, was awarded Wyoming Public Radio’s People’s Choice Award for best Wyoming release of 2017! 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 about Jalan Crossland at www.jalancrossland.com.

High Country Cowboys

Remembering the good old days of Western Music and the Silver Screen Cowboys like Roy Rogers, Gene Autry, and the Sons of the Pioneers? The High Country Cowboys present to you their brand of this classic genre! Born and raised in Montana, the three brothers John, Joe, and Marty Kosel were brought up in the heart of ranch country where the roads are all dirt, and the cows still outnumber the people! They grew up watching the old B-western films on VHS which instilled in them their love for the west and, of course, cowboy music. Since their beginning in 2014, they have been recognized by different associations across the country. Their lead singer, Marty, has been awarded as Western Music Associations 'Yodeler of the Year' three times and once with the Pro Cowboy Country Artist Association. The PCCAA Also awarded the group as "Music Group of the Year" in 2017. They received "Best Traditional Album of the Year" with the WMA IN 2017. Their traditional sound and three part western harmony has been compared to the Sons of the Pioneers and Marty Robbins. They have cut eight albums, the most recent, titled Cowboy, hit No. 1 on the Western Music Charts.

Learn more The High Country Cowboys at www.thehighcountrycowboys.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. The band recently recorded their CD "Hometown Hearts" in March at Swingfingers Studio in Fort Collins, Colorado, set for release on June 27, 2018.

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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