Performers are still being booked. Watch this page for the 2017 lineup.
2016 Spruce Pine BBQ & Bluegrass Festival Featured Performers
is a progressive Bluegrass band based in Charlotte, North Carolina. With deep roots in traditional Bluegrass, the band is also deeply influenced by other genres as diverse as jazz, classic country, rock, Americana, and some Good Ol' Grateful Dead. Each of the four members have been playing professionally for over thirty years with bands and artists including Acoustic Syndicate, the Moonshine Racers, Tater, the Woodies, David Childers, Larry Keel and others.
McKinney Gap is: Scott "Fudd" McKinney, vocals and rhythm guitar; Tommy Rapé, banjo and vocals; Tim Conard, bass and vocals; and Roger Padgett, lead guitar. With McKinney Gap, you can expect high energy tunes with tight three part harmonies and hot picking!
Friday, July 15th, at 7:30 & 9 pm
Clinchfield Mountain Boys -
This band was formed in August 2015. The band consists of Jesse Burleson, Jacob Scott, and Logan Woody. Jesse, a native of Mitchell County, has been playing the banjo since he was 10 years old under the direction of local talent, Rhonda Gouge from Mitchell County. Logan has been playing the mandolin since he was 5 years old and is also a student of Rhonda Gouge. Jacob Scott plays the guitar. He picked up his musical talent under the leadership of his uncle Jeff and a good friend, Tucker McCandless. Both Logan and Jacob are from Yancey County. The boys have also been fortunate to have musical influences of people like Christy Rash and Mitchell Cannon. They chose the name of their group, because the first song they played together was Clinch Mountain Back Step, and because Jesse and Logan often met at the old Clinchfield RR crossing to pick music. The boys enjoy playing a wide variety of classic Bluegrass tunes, Bluegrass Gospel, and modern Bluegrass music. They are often joined by vocalist, Whitney Ledford and legendary bass player, Eddie Lovelace. See more at their Website
page. Friday, July 15th, 6:15 pm
Jonah Riddle and Carolina Express -
Carolina Express was formed by brothers Jonah and Grayson Riddle. Growing up in the mountains of western North Carolina, Jonah has been playing the banjo for 4 and ½ years. From the first time he picked up the instrument, he fell in love. He started out playing at church and because he enjoys bluegrass and gospel music so much, he decided to start his own band. Jonah’s brother, Grayson, plays guitar and does vocals. From the time he was only 5 years old, he would pick the guitar at church services. Their dad, Benjie Riddle, plays the upright bass. Jonah and Grayson have had the privilege of picking on stage with many great artists: Doyle Lawson, Darin & Brooke Aldridge, Balsam Range, Ralph Stanley II, Nu Blue, Ricky Skaggs, J.D. Crowe, and Kody Norris. They have performed at many concerts and venues across the country, including: The Ryman Auditorium Courtyard, the North Carolina State Fair in Raleigh, Woodsongs, the Lyric Theatre in Kentucky, Houstonfest, the Orchard at Altapass, the North Carolina State Bluegrass Festival, Bluegrass First Class in Asheville, NC, the Earl Scruggs Center, the Pickin’ Porch, the Museum of Appalachia and at the Carter Fold. Jonah and Grayson are also members of Tomorrow’s Bluegrass Stars and have performed at IBMA Kids on Bluegrass in Raleigh, North Carolina. They have won several awards during the time they have been performing such as Best of Show and individual awards for playing their instruments.
Jonah is currently endorsed by Deering Banjos, GHS Strings and Peterson tuners.
Saturday, July 16th, 12:30 pm
The Barnburners Clogging Team -
The BarnBurner Cloggers are an exhibition clogging team from three counties led by Anna Trivett. Cloggers hail from Avery, Mitchell, and Yancey counties. They practice once a week in Mitchell county. The team has members that range in age from Elementary School to Adult with skill levels from beginners to advanced cloggers. There are even sisters that clog, and also a mother and daughters. The BarnBurners are high energy crowd pleasers that obviously enjoy every minute of their dancing. According to Anna, "We just clog for fun"!
Friday, July 15th - 5:30pm & 8:30pm
The Mountaineer Cloggers
- a championship group founded and operated by Jeff Atkins and Kristie Autry. They placed first in the Raleigh State Fair competition in 2011 and third in 2012.Saturday, July 16th - 12pm & 3pm
Cole Mountain Cloggers - The Mars Hill based Cole Mountain Cloggers are a team of sixteen cloggers between the ages of five and fifteen, from Madison, Buncombe, Henderson, and Avery Counties. Led by Jeff Atkins, an alumnus of the Bailey Mountain Cloggers of Mars Hill College, many of the Cole Mountain Cloggers have deep roots in this region's traditional culture. Three current members, for example, are kin to Bascom Lamar Lunsford.
The team's motto is "Keeping a Mountain Tradition Thriving!" and to that end they keep up a busy performance schedule. The Cole Mountain Cloggers have danced at the Mountain Dance and Folk Festival, the Bascom Lamar Lunsford Festival, Shindig on the Green, the Smokey Mountain Folk Festival, the Bluff Mountain Festival, Fiddlers Grove, the Asheville Christmas parade, and at the Biltmore Estate and Grove Park Hotel. At the 2007 North Carolina Mountain State Fair, the team won first place in the Traditional Freestyle Clogging division. A few weeks later they traveled to the State Folk Festival at the North Carolina State Fair in Raleigh, where they were first-place winners in Traditional Clogging in their age division. Several of the dancers received individual awards in their age divisions as well. As a team, the Cole Mountain Cloggers received the special Smokehouse Appalachian Freestyle Team Award, given yearly to "the dance team of four or more couples whose performance, their selection, and execution of dance figures best exemplifies the Southern Appalachian freestyle clogging routine."
Saturday, July 16, 5:30 & 8:15