10th Annual
BIG HORN MOUNTAIN FESTIVAL

Acoustic, Americana, Folk, Old-Timey,
Bluegrass & Traditional Music
July 11, 12, & 13, 2014
Johnson County Fairgrounds
Buffalo, Wyoming
e-mail: info@bighornmountainfestival.com
2014 Featured Musicians
 
We had another fantastic lineup for 2014 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 2014 performers or scroll through them all!
 
Sound Engineering by Old Blue Sound


HOUSTON JONES

Back by popular demand, Houston Jones is a high-octane Americana quintet from the San Francisco Bay Area. 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. Joining them on bass this year will be Joshua Zucker, a Bay Area session bassist and vocalist who co-founded the Zucker Family Band and has worked with The Rowan Brothers, Peter Rowan, Houston Jones, Caren Armstrong, David Gans, Randy Clark, David Phillips, Garrin Benfield, Dore Coller, Tim Weed, Andrew Freeman and countless others. 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.

 

FOGHORN STRINGBAND

Foghorn Stringband is the shining gold standard for American stringband music, with seven albums, thousands of shows, over a decade of touring under their belts, and two entirely new generations of old-time musicians following their lead. Foghorn Stringband plays the old way, the way you’d have heard stringbands play on Southern radio stations back in the 1930s. Through all this, they've never let the music grow cold; instead they’ve been steadily proving that American roots music is a never-ending well of inspiration. From their origins in Portland, Oregon’s underground roots music scene, the core duo of Foghorn Stringband is Caleb Klauder, whose wistful, keening vocals and rapid-fire mandolin picking have always been the heart of the band, and Stephen ‘Sammy’ Lind, perhaps the best old-time fiddler of his generation. They have spread the old-time stringband gospel all over the world, but they’ve also brought in new influences and inspirations from their many travels and fellow band-mates. Vintage country and honky-tonk became a staple of Foghorn Stringband thanks to Klauder’s intense passion for the music, and frequent visits to Louisiana have inspired the group to bring Cajun songs into the repertoire. Canadian singer and bassist Nadine Landry, from Québec via the Yukon, joined the band in 2008, bringing a wealth of experience as an internationally touring bluegrass musician. Singer and guitarist Reeb Willms came down from Bellingham with a suitcase of old, vintage country songs and a powerfully beautiful, pure voice born in the farmlands of Washington State. Playing over 200 days a year, Foghorn is one of the most sought after acts for festival stages and music camps, and are band mates for world renowned master old-time musician Dirk Powell and Cajun legends Joel Savoy and Jesse Lége. They've enjoyed extensive tours of the UK and Ireland and were selected as Official Showcase Artists at the 2011 IBMA Conference.

Learn more about Foghorn Stringband at www.foghornstringband.com.
 
 

THE BLUE CANYON BOYS

We're proud to have The Blue Canyon Boys returning from Colorado, one of our performers at the first Big Horn Mountain Festival in 2005. The Blue Canyon Boys, a premier bluegrass band of the Rocky Mountain West, were winners of the 2008 Telluride Bluegrass festival band contest and have gone on to perform across the country and internationally. This bluegrass powerhouse consists of Gary Dark on mandolin, Jason Hicks on guitar, Drew Garrett on bass, and award-winning (2007 Rocky Grass banjo champion) Chris Elliott on banjo. Blending incredible brother-duet-style vocals and hard-driving instrumental proficiency, this energetic band has created an infectious brew of hard-driving bluegrass. With four well received CDs that have garnered heavy airplay across the country and around the world, the Blue Canyon Boys have quickly become one of the country's most celebrated bluegrass bands.

Learn more about The Blue Canyon Boys at www.bluecanyonboys.com.

 


THE JALAN CROSSLAND BAND

From 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 released in 2012 and Jalan was recipient of the prestigious 2012 Wyoming Governor's Arts Award. Jalan is currently hard at work on his next album and we look forward to hearing some of his new material at this year's festival.

Learn more about The Jalan Crossland Band at www.jalancrossland.com.

 
THE BAREFOOT MOVEMENT

Joining us from the state of Tennessee, Johnson City's The Barefoot Movement have been making waves in the folk world since the release of their 2011 debut album "Footwork." 2013 brought the release of a new album, "Figures of the Year," on the heels of their west coast tour, opening for Anti Records artists The Milk Carton Kids. The record itself is a journey through a year, each song telling its part of the larger story, with both original and traditional numbers, complete with all the elements that make up the Barefoot sound: lush harmonies, thoughtful instrumentation, and memorable melodies. From the foot-tapping instrumental "Sheepherder" to the emotional ballad "Thunder" and everything in between, these roots music newcomers have assembled quite the collection here, both old songs and new, offering something for everyone. The band is comprised of four young and extraordinarily talented artist with Noah Wall on vocals and fiddle, Tommy Norris on mandolin, Hasee Ciaccio on vocals and upright bass, and Alex Conerly on guitar and vocals. The Barefoot Movement was recently honored by being selected as one of the showcase artists by The International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) for the Bluegrass Ramble, an innovative series of showcases that took place at select venues throughout downtown Raleigh, North Carolina during IBMA’s World of Bluegrass 2014 event. The Barefoot Movement will be the host band for the BHMF Bluegrass Camps for Kids leading into the festival starting Tuesday, July 8th.

Learn more about The Barefoot Movement at www.barefoot-movement.com.
 
Sponsored by the JOHNSON COUNTY ARTS & HUMANITIES COUNCIL

 

THE JEFF TROXEL TRIO

From Cody, Wyoming, Jeff Troxel is an award-winning guitarist, composer, songwriter, and teacher with over twenty-five 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 he 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. Trevor Krieger of Billings, Montana will be joining Jeff on fiddle. Emma Dayhuff of Chicago, Illinois will be appearing on bass.

Learn more at www.jefftroxel.com, www.reverbnation.com/trevorkrieger, and www.emmadayhuff.com.
 
MELODY WALKER
&
JACOB GROOPMAN

By popular demand we are pleased to have Melody Walker and Jacob Groopman returning this year. Hailing 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. October 2013 brought the release of their new duo record produced by Laurie Lewis, "We Made it Home," capturing the essence of their experiences on the road and of returning. 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.

Sponsored by the JOHNSON COUNTY ARTS & HUMANITIES COUNCIL




HORSESHOES & HAND GRENADES

Coming from the river town of Stevens Point, Wisconsin, Horseshoes & Hand Grenades is a progressive and high energy band known for their rollicking and energetic stage show and ability to make crowds smile from ear to ear. With strong roots in old-time and bluegrass, the band has formed its own unique style born from the diverse musical backgrounds and interests of the five friends who make up the band: Davey Lynch on harmonica, accordion, spoons, and vocals; Russell Pedersen on banjo, fiddle, and vocals; Adam Greuel on guitar, dobro, and vocals; Samuel C. Odin on bass and vocals; and Collin Mettelka on fiddle, mandolin, and vocals. "These guys have the energy to move mountains, musicianship to blow you away, and songwriting skills that instantly transport you to their Wisconsin paradise", says Nadine Landry of Foghorn Stringband. All born and raised in the beautiful state of Wisconsin, the boys began playing music and their earliest shows in the spring of 2010. Since then, the band has shared the stage with Merle Haggard, the Infamous Stringdusters, Tim O'Brien and Darrell Scott, Yonder Mountain String Band, Dailey & Vincent, the Travelin' McCourys, Charlie Parr, Pert Near Sandstone, and many more. In 2012, the band took third place at the Telluride Bluegrass Festival's band competition and in May of 2013 released their second studio album, This Old Town. Being mostly inspired by rivers, valleys, good friends, and good drink, this five piece is as sturdy as any Midwest or mountain riverbed and liable to keep your toes tapping from sundown to sunrise.

Learn more about Horseshoes & Hand Grenades at www.hhgmusic.com
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BETSE ELLIS & KASEY RAUSCH

Badass fiddler and Ozark fireball Betse Ellis brings an edgy fire to every note she bows, strums, sings, or shouts. Part old-time celebrant and part contemporary songwriter, Betse is committed to purveying the breadth of possibilities within the folk format. She blends traditional source material with her own original works and presents a diverse sound that refuses to be labeled concretely. Notorious for her powerful stage presence, Betse weaves tales of folklore and personal history throughout her performances, offering audiences an intimate live experience that is strikingly honest, uplifting, intense and humorous all at once. A classically trained violinist, Betse became dedicated to old time fiddle styles, especially Ozark styles, when she realized this music related directly to her regional heritage. Recognizing the deep soul present in the source music inspired Betse to spend the last 20 years of her life learning, performing, and teaching these styles. In 2009, Betse released her debut solo album Don’t You Want to Go? (Free Dirt Records), which earned her an Independent Music Award nomination; her work with The Wilders, the acclaimed “hillbilly riot” band of which Betse is a founding member, won the IMA for Best Alternative Country album (Someone’s Got to Pay) the same year. Prior to embarking on the development of her solo career, Betse toured internationally with The Wilders and contributed her fiddling, singing, and songwriting talents on their numerous studio albums. In addition to her time with The Wilders, she has played in several roots and rock groups in and around her home base of Kansas City, Missouri. Betse’s new, full-length studio album, High Moon Order, was released June 18, 2013 and evolves from the raw, straightforward approach of Betse’s previous solo work to a sound that’s uncommonly complex and captivating. The album consists primarily of original compositions, with a few traditionals and old Ozark tunes imprinted with Betse’s own personal style and delivery. Kasey Rausch is a Kansas City gal who travels around the country either solo or with a variety of bands playing authentic, acoustic, Americana music with a focus on her ancestral roots. She writes and sings songs about the people and places she loves and also enjoys keeping alive good songs written by others. You’ll most often catch her with a guitar in her hands, as well as an occasional upright bass, fiddle, mandolin, banjo, or mountain dulcimer. Kasey has two albums to her credit, Born Near the Waters..., and Live How You Love.

Learn more about Betse Ellis at 
www.fiddlebetse.com and Kasey Rausch at www.kaseyrausch.com.
 
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