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2017 Spruce Pine BBQ & Bluegrass Festival Featured Performers

The Dollar Brothers, including brothers Darrell, Barry, and Wade, have been playing bluegrass music together and performing at local dance venues, barbeques, and churches for more than 20 years, and they continue to play their traditional bluegrass style. The group has shared the stage with many bluegrass greats, including Bill Monroe, Jim and Jesse McReynolds, the Seldom Scene, Doyle Lawson, and the Osborne Brothers.
The brothers grew up in the Meat Camp community of Watauga County in a musical family. 
When the boys were in grade school and high school, they started playing bluegrass music and singing. Darrell, the oldest, who plays mandolin and does the majority of lead singing for the band, was in various choir groups in school. Barry, the second oldest, who plays fiddle with the band, started out on banjo, and he is adept at most of the stringed instruments. The youngest brother, Wade, plays guitar, Dobro, and clawhammer banjo. The band's current banjo player, Tim Norris, is a cousin and is also a guitar and piano player. The band's new bass player is J.M. Trivette, from Zionville, NC.
First called Timberline Bluegrass Boys, they started making recordings in the mid-1980s. Since then they have made more than 10 recordings featuring traditional bluegrass and some original songs written by the brothers. After changing bass players a couple of times, the band was officially renamed the Dollar Brothers. They enjoy playing at area churches, barbeques, festivals, family-friendly events, and dances.
Saturday, July 15th at 8:00 pm

Carolina Crossroads - Carolina Crossroads is Logan Woody, Jacob Scott, Jacob Carroll, And Conner Woody, all high school students from Mitchell and Yancey Counties. Although young in age, they have a great talent and mature sound playing traditional and contemporary bluegrass.
Logan plays mandolin and vocals. He is 17 years old and from Burnsville N.C. and is a junior at Mountain Heritage High School. Logan has been playing the mandolin since he was 5 under the instruction of Rhonda Gouge. He can also play the guitar. He has been fortunate to have musical influences such as Mitchell Cannon.
Jacob Scott plays guitar and sings lead vocals. He is 17 years old from Burnsville N.C. and is a junior at Mountain Heritage High School. He is multi talented being able to also play banjo, mandolin, and the bass. He picked up his musical talent for the guitar under the leadership of his uncle Jeff Scott and good friend Tucker McCandless.
The other Jacob, Jacob Carroll, plays banjo. He is 17 years old from Spruce Pine N.C. and is a junior at Mitchell High School. He started playing banjo at the age of 11 under the instruction of Christy Rash. He can also play the guitar and dobro and has been fortunate to have musical influences such as his uncle Terry McKinney and good friends Mike Pressley and Marc Pruett of Blue Highway.
Conner plays bass. He is 16 years old from Burnsville N.C. and is a sophomore at Mountain Heritage High School. Conner started with guitar lessons from Rhonda Gouge and is strongly influenced by friend, Russell Moore.
Friday, July 14th at 5:00 and again at 6:30 pm


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 four and one-half 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 15th at 11:00am and again at 12:30 pm


Typical Mountain Boys have performed together since 2011 and play their own blend of bluegrass and old-time mountain music.Their instrumentation includes banjo, acoustic bass, guitar, mandolin, and fiddle.
Banjo and vocals - Kenny Jobe was born and raised in Yancey County, NC on a Jack’s Creek farm and still resides there. He is kin to Scotty Wiseman of Avery county who penned and recorded “Brown Mountain Lights”, “Remember Me”, and “Have I told You Lately That I Love You” among many others.
Bass and vocals - Keith Cole co-founded the band with Kenny Jobe and resides in Micaville, NC. He was born and raised in Louisiana migrating to the area after Hurricane Katrina destroyed his home in Madisonville, Louisiana. Keith was a member of the Abita Strings, the house band at the Abita Opry, for several years before moving here in 2006.
Mandolin and vocals - Jody Lovelace, Kenny’s first-cousin,was born and raised in Mitchell County where he still resides. He has played bluegrass mandolin and guitar for most of his life.
Guitar and vocals - Shannon Leisure is one of the top guitarists in the area. He is  also a fine banjo player, and hails from Marion, NC. Shannon has played in various bluegrass bands throughout Western North Carolina.
Guitar, fiddle, and mandolin - Alex Ball, born and raised in North Carolina, now resides in Johnson City, Tennessee. He has studied bluegrass and old-time music at East Tennessee State University.
Typical Mountain Boys usually perform at the Mt. Mitchell Craft Fair in Burnsville each August and at the Old-Timey Day Fair each September on the Burnsville Town Square.
You can contact them at typicalmtboys@gmail.com or call Keith Cole (828)675-1292.
Saturday, July 15th at 5:00pm and again at 6:30pm

Rewindis a seasoned band that plays the kind of music you know and love!  Your hometown guys. Frank, Jack, Jimmy, Roger and Sam providing you with a great variety of classic music past and present. Something for everyone to dance to...country, rock and roll, swing, waltzes and clogging. Come out and join the fun! Contact Rewind at back2tracks@yahoo.com   Friday, July 14th from 8:00pm to 9:30pm.








Sherry Lovett is a storyteller, educator and singer. She brings folktales, fairy tales, myths, and legends to life with a strong voice and lots of heart because she loves the stories she tells and connecting with audiences through the timeless art of storytelling. From the ballads of the Old Country that became known here as the “love songs” to the quintessential mountain stories about Jack, audiences will be entertained and delighted by this ancient art form that is as essential as breathing and undoubtedly intertwined in the lives of the Appalachian people. 
Saturday, July 15th at 11:50am and again at 1:20pm








Featured Clogging Teams

The Barn Burner Cloggers


 






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 - 2:50pm & 4:20pm








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 15 at 5:50pm & 7:20pm