Kingman Bluegrass Festival Performers
We have a world class lineup of bands.
The sound for our festival is being engineered and provided by Old Blue widely known to be “the best” in the industry for Bluegrass and acoustic music.
Nothin’ Fancy is from the Shenandoah Valley in Virginia and is one of the most entertaining bands in the Bluegrass genre. As a matter of fact, they’ve won the SPBGMA (Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music in America) award for Entertaining Group of the Year six times! In 2014, 2013, 2012, 2010, 2009 and 2008 Nothin’ Fancy was honored with this prestigious award. The band has also been nominated for SPBGMA’s Vocal Group of the Year and each band member has been nominated for individual awards as well.
Nothin’ Fancy was formed as a Bluegrass band in 1994 to compete in a Bluegrass competition. Ever since then, they have grown in popularity, released 11 full length albums, and they continue to perform at festivals all across the United States, Canada and Norway. They have performed in prestigious venues such as the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, TN, the Lincoln Center in New York City and the Birchmere in Alexandria, Virginia. They have successfully hosted their own “Nothin’ Fancy Bluegrass Festival” in Buena Vista, Virginia every year since 2001.
Their strong vocals, powerful instrumentation and energetic stage presence, along with their friendly down-to-earth charm, keeps people coming back for more. Nothin’ Fancy is not just carrying on the tradition of Bluegrass music, they are contributing to the creation of a new tradition within the acoustic music genre.
Karl Shiflett grew up in Texas with a love for “traditional country music” and learned to play guitar at the age of nine. His musical influences include Roy Acuff, Hank Williams, Bob Wills, Bill Monroe, Flatt & Scruggs . . . . and the list goes on. He began his professional career in Bluegrass music as a side man in the 1980s and organized “The Karl Shiflett & Big Country Show” in 1993.
Highly respected by fans and peers alike, Karl Shiflett is one of the most recognizable and identifiable names in “Bluegrass music”. His passion to keep the spirit of the past alive in his music has gained him wide spread acclaim as a musician, singer and entertainer.
Today, Karl continues to carry the torch for “traditional Bluegrass Music” having found his own unique niche along the way. His unwavering devotions for the classic sounds of yesteryear, along with his heart felt gratitude toward his many loyal fans, makes him the ideal “Ambassador” for Bluegrass Music.
Bluegrass Etc. performs a hard hitting show of instrumental expertise, vocal precision and stage personality that never fails to entertain. The group is well known internationally and tours more than eighteen countries per year, and performs more than 200 shows annually at festivals and in concert.
Bluegrass Etc. was formed in San Diego, California in 1980 and consists of John Moore (mandolin, guitar, vocals), Dennis Caplinger (banjo, fiddle, vocals) and Bill Bryson (bass, vocals). The members of this band have individual credits in radio, television and the movie industry, and have individually performed with industry greats such as Roy Clark, Vince Gill, Earl Scruggs, Merle Haggard, Emmy Lou Harris, the Bluegrass Cardinals, Buck Owens, the Oak Ridge Boys, Mary-Chapin Carpenter, Rita Coolidge – and the list goes on!
Bluegrass Etc. has its roots in Bluegrass Music, and has evolved over the years into a very dynamic and eclectic acoustic band.
Larry Gillis comes from a little town called Soperton located in Southeast Georgia. He was raised on backwoods music and was especially influenced by his father to play the five string banjo. He developed a style reminiscent of Don Reno and Ralph Stanley, although plainly, it is Larry’s own sound. One half of the legendary Gillis Brothers, Larry continues with his music career in Bluegrass. He is a world renowned banjo picker and is one of the few who still plays the old claw hammer style. He definitely has a traditional style of his own. 2015 marks 35 years in the business for Larry and truly justifies the title “Dr. Swampgrass Gillis”.
This powerful ensemble of talented musicians can only be described as a hard-core, hard-driving, straight-up, traditional Bluegrass band. With a sound that comes from the “deep South”, and with the admiration of the legends of Bluegrass music, their style is one of a kind. A style of originality, that can only be tagged as the “Gillis sound” just flows out and leaves the audience with a lasting impression few ever forget.
The Central Valley Boys are dedicated to paying homage to the “greats” of the beautiful and fertile Central Valley of California. No frills or fancy stuff, just down home Bluegrass music at its finest. A Central Valley Boys show typically includes songs performed in the traditional style in respect to the late Vern Williams (December 9, 1930 – June 6, 2006), the greatest Bluegrass musician to live in California and generally accepted as the father of Bluegrass music on the West Coast of the United States. Songs like “Bald Knob Arkansas” and “Oh, Susannah” done in the traditional style can be heard at a Central Valley Boys show. Thank you, Vern, for bringing the true Bluegrass Sound to California.
The Roustabouts is a hard driving Bluegrass band from the Southern San Joaquin Valley of California. Hailing from Bakersfield, California and the surrounding areas, The Roustabouts play in the traditional style and honoring the pioneers of Bluegrass music. They also pay homage to the creators of the Bakersfield Sound and the Roustabouts “grassed up renditions of classics from that era, are crowd favorites. When you hear The Roustabouts perform, tight 3 and 4 part vocal harmony along with “hot” picking is what you can expect to hear.
Lonesome Otis is an established Bluegrass band based in Southern California. LO is a combination of new and experienced talent and with its ability to provide clean instrumentals and harmonies, is guaranteed to satisfy even the most critical of Bluegrass music aficionados. LO is a dedicated band that specializes in hard-driving, classic Bluegrass, but also has an appreciation for a slightly more contemporary feel as well. Their set lists include traditional, gospel and original songs written by the band members themselves.
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