Tuesday, March 5, 2013
On March 16th Sweet Grass Music Festival will bring 5 of the Nation’s top bands together for what will be the greatest lineup of Bluegrass artists ever to perform in the Lowcountry. Grammy award winner, Rhonda Vincent and the Rage will be featured along with 7 time IBMA male vocal group of the year, Russell Moore and 111rd Tyme Out.
Rhonda Vincent, the reigning “Queen of Bluegrass”, is well known for her pure heartful sound. Her awards and accolades are far too numerous to mention. www.rhondavincent.com
Russell Moore, reigning male vocalist of the year, along with the band that just keeps getting better, will blow away the crowd with vocals that have melted into a soulful blend of tradition and drive. Their newest project has plenty of nods to classic country in vintage numbers like “Mama Tried,” “Farewell Party” and “Golden Ring” (which features a stunning Moore duet with gospel sensation Sonya Isaacs), but there are some surprises, too. “’Modern Day Bonnie & Clyde,’ that one’s kind of different,” Moore notes with a chuckle. “It’s more rock-influenced. But Travis Tritt’s record had some killer dobro on it, and he’s a banjo player, so there were some ties,” he adds. Similarly, he calls Don Williams’ “Tulsa Time” another change of pace.
Balsam Range is a band that everyone will love. Coming from the mountains of western North Carolina, Balsam Range appeals to a large audience with their unique style and blend. With hits like “Trains I Missed”, the 2011 IBMA song of the year, it’s no wonder they are regulars on Zac Browns Southern Grounds Tour. Also performing with Balsam Range will be John Driscoll Hopkins of the Zac Brown Band. www.balsamrange.com
Sierra Hull —age, genre or otherwise—don’t hamper an artist like Sierra. She’s already earned considerable respect in the bluegrass world; the IBMA’s voting members having nominated her for no fewer than five awards over three years. But as a player, a singer and a songwriter, she also has remarkable range, the potential to win over ears unfamiliar with Bill Monroe and give performances of broad cultural importance, as she’s done at Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center and the National Prayer Breakfast. Matt Glaser—head of Berklee’s American Roots Music Program—put it this way: “She has no limitations as a musician.” www.sierrahull.com
Nothin’ Fancy formed as a bluegrass band in September 1994 to compete in the East Coast Bluegrass Championship in Crimora, Virginia. Since their auspicious debut, they have grown in popularity, released 8 full length albums and one CD single, played the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, the Lincoln Center in New York City, the Birchmere in Alexandria VA, have hosted their own festival in Buena Vista, VA since 2001, and won SPBGMA’s “Entertaining Group of the Year” three consecutive years (2008, 2009, 2010) in a row. Nothin’ Fancy is signed to Virginia Dreams Records. www.nothinfancybluegrass.com