BIG HORN MOUNTAIN
Americana, Folk, Old-Timey,
& Traditional Music
July 20, 21 & 22,
|FRANK SOLIVAN & DIRTY KITCHEN
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
instrumental, vocal, and songwriting skills soon to be featured once
on a new album coming 2018.
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.
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.
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.”
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
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.
|THE TWO TRACKS
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.
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,
Learn more about the Prairie Wildfire Band at www.alisapalser.wixsite.com/prairiewildfire.
|JEFF TROXEL & BRIAN WICKLUND
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.
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.