11th Annual
BIG HORN MOUNTAIN FESTIVAL

Acoustic, Americana, Folk, Old-Timey,
Bluegrass & Traditional Music
July 10, 11, & 12, 2015
Johnson County Fairgrounds
Buffalo, Wyoming
e-mail: info@bighornmountainfestival.com
2015 Featured Musicians
 
We have another fantastic lineup planned for 2015 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 2015 performers.
 
Sound Engineering by Old Blue Sound

JOHN ANDERSON BAND

John Anderson is an American country music legend with a successful career that has lasted more than 30 years. Starting in 1977 with the release of his first single, "I've Got a Feelin' (Somebody's Been Stealin')," Anderson has charted more than 40 singles on the Billboard country music charts, including five Number Ones: "Wild and Blue," "Swingin,'" "Black Sheep," "Straight Tequila Night," and "Money in the Bank." He has also recorded 22 studio albums on several labels. His newest album, Bigger Hands, was released in June 2009 on the Country Crossing label. "Swingin'" became the biggest selling record in the history of Warner Bros. Records. In the wake of "Swingin'," Anderson received five CMA award nominations in 1983. That year he was the winner of the Horizon Award, and "Swingin'" was named Single of the Year. Three more CMA nominations came in 1993 and two in 1994 when he was the winner of Album of the Year for Common Thread: The songs of the Eagles. John will be appearing with his band Friday night only and will be a performance you won't want to miss.

Learn more about the John Anderson Band at www.johnanderson.com.

Sponsored by: KIM & MARY KAY LOVE, SHERIDAN MEDIA, FRACKELTONS, and SHERIDAN-JOHNSON COMMUNITY FOUNDATION

CRARY, EVANS
& SPURGIN


Dan Crary is a native of Kansas and one of the pre-eminent flatpick guitarists of our time. Dan has had a long and distinguished recording career and an extensive discography, featuring solo projects and group efforts, especially with the award-winning ensemble, California, active through most of the 1990s. He is a versatile performer able to range from Mozart to Anglo-American fiddle tunes to moody, evocative original compositions. His performance style blends traditional material from a variety of American sources and continues to blaze exciting new territory in his recordings and personal appearances today. Dan is a veteran of tours in more than thirty countries as he connects musically and personally with fans throughout the world.  If creativity, quality, and longevity are hallmarks of artistic achievement, then Dan Crary must be recognized as one of the greatest traditional artists of our day. Learn more about Dan Crary at www.dancrary.com.

Bill Evans is an internationally recognized five-string banjo life force. As a performer, teacher, writer and composer, he brings a deep knowledge, intense virtuosity and contagious passion to all things banjo, with thousands of music fans and banjo students from all over the world in a music career that now spans over thirty-five years. Bill's banjo artistry is best experienced in live performance and on his recordings, Fine Times At Fletcher's House with Fletcher Bright (2013), In Good Company (2012), Let's do something with Megan Lynch (2009), Bill Evans Plays Banjo (2001) and Native and Fine (1995).  In the last two years, Bill has toured throughout the United States, Canada, England, and Germany and toured Russia for the U.S. State Department. Recent appearances include A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor and performances with the San Francisco Symphony.
Learn more about Bill Evans at www.billevansbanjo.com.

Steve Spurgin is a native son of the Texas whose song writing, recording, and performing have spanned the globe and earned him wide acclaim and a multitude of fans. As a former Nashville staff writer penning songs for the publishing companies of Gene Watson and Reba McEntire, Steve has several major country music hits to his credit and has received awards from BMI and IBMA, as well as being a “New Folk” winner at the prestigious Kerrville Folk Festival. Steve joined Bryon Berline, along with Dan Crary and John Hickman, in the band that became California. California went on to earn three consecutive IBMA Instrumental Group of the Year awards and travel over much of the world performing its brand of power bluegrass.
Learn more about Steve Spurgin at www.spurginmusic.com.

BASKERY

Stockholm comes to Buffalo! Baskery is composed of three sisters from Sweden, Greta, Stella & Sunniva Bondesson. Their music is not to be confused with country or bluegrass just from looking at the instruments. Baskery is not bound to any genre and they aim to keep it that way. They bring a refreshing twist to roots and Americana music blending their own originals with traditional classics. The band has toured extensively throughout Europe and North America and now have four albums to their credit:  Little Wild Life (2013/2014), New Friends (2011), Fall Among Thieves (2008), and One Horse Down (EP - 2007).

Learn more about Baskery at www.baskery.com.


KENNY AND AMANDA SMITH

Originally from Nine Mile, Indiana, Kenny Smith is widely considered one of the most important and influential flatpicking-style guitarists of his generation. A two-time IBMA Guitarist of the Year award winner and 2007 IBMA nominee, his professional credits include six years with the popular Lonesome River Band and an exceptional solo CD, Studebaker, released in 1997. Kenny is in great demand at guitar workshops and master classes. Coming to us as the newly crowned IBMA Female Vocalist of the Year (2014), Amanda Smith grew up singing in church choirs and participating in talent contests at local fairs. She started playing guitar in high school to accompany herself and soon discovered bluegrass music through female artists such as Claire Lynch, Rhonda Vincent, and Alison Krauss. She met her future husband at a Lonesome River Band concert, and the couple began dating and playing music together almost immediately. Their shared Christian faith, love for bluegrass, and desire to perform together led them to record a debut CD, Slowly But Surely in 2001. Forming the Kenny & Amanda Smith Band, they won the IBMA’s Emerging Artist Award in 2003 and performed at BHMF in 2008. They have since recorded eight albums including their 2012 release, Catch Me If I Try, in 2012.  The bands’ first-ever all-gospel project, Tell Someone, was nominated in the Best Southern, Country, or Bluegrass Gospel Album category for the 50th Annual Grammy awards held in 2008.

Learn more about Kenny and Amanda Smith at
www.kenny-amandasmith.com.



FRONT COUNTRY

Festival fans are already familiar with Melody Walker and Jacob Groopman, but now will get to enjoy their full band. Formed in 2011 as a collective of the Bay Area’s finest young acoustic talent, Adam Roszkiewicz, Jacob Groopman, Jordan Klein, Leif Karlstrom, Melody Walker, and Zach Sharpe joined forces to play a monthly gig with friends in San Francisco’s Mission District. They quickly found a musical rapport that was open to challenging arrangements, unique covers, and original songwriting. Since then they have continued to expand their repertoire and push the boundaries of bluegrass on the national scene. In 2012, they won the Rockygrass band competition in Colorado and followed up in 2013 with a win at Telluride becoming the third band in history to win both contests. Also in 2013, lead singer Melody Walker won the Chris Austin Songwriting competition at Merlefest and mandolinist Adam Roszkiewicz was nominated for a Grammy for his work with the Modern Mandolin Quartet on their album "Americana." Front Country blend everything from high-lonesome mountain music to new-wave power pop, newgrass picking, oldgrass harmonies, and just plain glorious musicality. This is Americana at its best: music with deep roots and wide-ranging vision. Their latest album, "Sake of the Sound" was released September 2014. Front Country members will be instructors for the BHMF Bluegrass Camp for Kids leading into the festival starting Tuesday, July 7th, and Jacob Groopman will serve as camp director.

Learn more about Front Country at 
www.frontcountryband.com.

Sponsored by JOHNSON COUNTY ARTS & HUMANITIES COUNCIL
 
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