2018 Spruce Pine BBQ & Bluegrass Festival Featured Performers

Toe River Drifters - Toe River Drifters is a bluegrass group founded in 2017 from Mitchell and Avery Counties. The group consists of six members. Cade Jones, vocals and guitar from Green Valley, Grayson Stafford, vocals and guitar from Plumtree, Stetson Stafford, vocals and mandolin from Plumtree, Jacob Carroll, banjo from Spruce Pine, Jamison Burleson, fiddle from Bakersville.                                                               

Friday, July 20th at 5:00 pm and again at 6:30 pm

Jonah Riddle & 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 21st at 11:00 am 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 21st at 5:00 pm and again at 6:30 pm

Rewind is 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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                
Saturday, July 21st at 8:00 pm

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. 

Friday, July 20th at 5:50 pm and again at 7:20 pm
Saturday, July 21st at 11:50 am and again at 1:20 pm

Featured Clogging Teams

The Barn Burner Cloggers


Saturday, July 21st at 2:50 pm and again at 4:20 pm

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 21st at 5:50 pm and again at 7:20 pm

Bear Wallow Band - Friday, July 20th at 8:00 pm