MountainView Bluegrass Festival 2019 Spring Line-up
March 7th,8th, & 9th
As usual, the Mountain View Fall BluegrassFestival is packed with first rate acts that are sure to keep you entertained.
We will keep you informed if any new information becomes available so checkback often!
Remember…Thursdayis All Gospel Night!
Rhonda Vincent – Saturday only
Famously crowned as “The New Queen of Bluegrass” by the WallStreet Journal, and the most decorated artist in that field. Vincent’s musicincorporates savvy con…temporary touches while drawing deeply from theauthentic traditions of classic bluegrass, with a flawless band that canexecute break-neck instrumentals to heart wrenching ballads. Her latest project“Taken” features special guests ranging from Dolly Parton to Richard Marx. Withover eighty awards to their name, Rhonda Vincent and the Rage are the mostcelebrated band in bluegrass.
MichaelCleveland & The Flamekeepers – Friday only
Michael Cleveland’s blistering prowess and technical fluency havesince marked him as a sought-after musician, leading to performances with VinceGill, Marty Stuart, Tim O’Brien, J.D. Crowe and the New South, Andy Statman,and The Kruger Brothers in recent years. However, it wasn’t until 2006, whenMichael formed his own band Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper, that he foundthe right vehicle for his musical vision, and he hasn’t rested since,constantly looking for new ways to push himself and his music forward. “Heplays fearless and it’s intoxicating to play with him because he makes you playfearless,” says Country Music Hall of Famer Vince Gill. “He takes no prisonersbut he plays with a restraint and a soul. He plays without abandon.” Clearly,the IBMA agrees as he’s their most awarded Fiddle Player of the Year with 11wins, has won Instrumental Recorded Performance of the Year six times, andfronts their 5-Time Instrumental Group of the Year. Together with Flamekeeper membersJosh Richards (guitar), Nathan Livers (mandolin), Jasiah Shrode (banjo) andTyler Griffith (bass), Cleveland makes his way around the country performingfestivals, clubs, and performing arts centers, delighting audiences, leavingthem with jaws dropped in complete amazement.“It’s wicked to see how much musiche pulls out of a bow,” continues Vince. “He’s untouchable.”
Ralph Stanley II – Thurday only
Ralph Stanley II & The Clinch Mountain Boys are celebratingtheir Billboard Bluegrass Album Chart that was released on Stanley FamilyRecords last year. Even into 2018, the band is still regularly appearing onthat coveted Top 15 chart. This self-titled album was the first release for thegroup since Ralph II took over the Clinch Mountain Boys band name in 2016 perthe wishes of his late father Dr. Ralph Stanley.
The band includes ClinchMountain Boy John Rigsby on fiddle, mandolin and vocals; Alex Leach on banjoand vocals; Randall Hibbitts on the upright bass and vocals; and Ralph StanleyII on the guitar and lead vocals. This band configuration brings a lot oftalent, energy and humor to the stage as they perform old-time favorites,bluegrass hits and new original material. .
SpecialConsensus – Friday & Saturday
…Special Consensus is a superb bluegrass outfit in aclassic vein but with more than enough modern sensibilities to attract everyear in this now pleasantly fractionating genre. The vocals are spotless, theplaying as shiny as a newly minted penny, and music like this is the reasonpeople come to love bluegrass… Special Consensus approaches this hallowedAmerican musical form with boundless energy and an aesthetic reverence thattickles the ribs, tugs at the heart, and puts a restless two-step in boots andbare feet…
Hickory Hill – Friday and Saturday
Celebrating their39th anniversary in September, 2018, Hickory Hill has proven to be one ofTexas’ most popular and enduring acoustic groups. Through the years, the bandhas won considerable recognition, winning third place in the “Best New Band”contest at the Bluegrass Festival of the United States in Louisville, KY in1981, and being nominated by SPBGMA as “Entertaining Bluegrass Band of theYear” in 1985 and “Bluegrass Band of the Year, Contemporary” in 1986. In 1993,Hickory Hill was named “Band Of The Year” by the Arts and EntertainmentCommittee of East Texas, and in 1996 was selected for a showcase performance atthe International Bluegrass Music Association’s annual World of Bluegrass inOwensboro, Kentucky. Hickory Hill has been the host band of the OvertonBluegrass Music Festival since the festival’s inception in 1989.
Spring StreetBluegrass Band – Friday & Saturday
SpringStreet got their start in 1990 whenfounding members, Mike Williams and Steve Carroll, went to Eureka Springs, ARto see “The father of bluegrass music”, Bill Monroe, perform. The street nextto the auditorium was named Spring street and so they simply chose that name asit seemed to fit well.
20 years later, the band has developed their own sound with a combination ofbluegrass, gospel, folk, country, and even some classic rock-n-roll from timeto time. This mix is finely served up “bluegrass” style.
SpringStreet has performed at many festivals in Oklahoma and the surroundingstates. They are also veterans of television and radio in the area as well.Along with performing at these events, SpringStreet has also hosted their ownshow in Muskogee, OK called “Bluegrass On The Square”. Since this event hasbeen so successful in bringing new fans to bluegrass, SpringStreet has begun totake this show on the road to other towns and events.
The BakerFamily – Thursday & Friday
Season 12 AMERICA’S GOTTALENT
2016 InternationalCountry Gospel Music Association Bluegrass band of the year
1st place KSMU SIlverDollar City Youth in Bluegrass Band Champions
1st place 2015 &2014 Oklahoma State Band championship
1st place 2013 Pickin inthe Pines Flagstaff,AZ Band Championship
2nd place 2014 SilverDollar City Youth Band Contest winners
Trustin Baker: 17 yrsold Fiddle/Banjo/lead vocals/harmony, 2017 Tennessee State Grand Champion, 2016Arkansas State Champion, 2016 Texas State gone to Texas Champion, 2016Runner-up Grand Master Fiddler Nashville, TN, 2015 Runner-up Grand MasterFiddler Nashville, TN, 2015 Tennessee State Grand Champion fiddler* 2015Arkansas State Champion 2013 Jr, National Grand Master fiddler * 2011-2014Missouri Jr. State Champion * 2012 Texas freshman State Champion *2014 OklahomaJr. State fiddle champion * 2011-2012 Arkansas Jr State fiddle champion
Carina Baker: 15 yrs oldMandolin/lead vocals/harmony/jig dancer 2014 SPBGMA nominee Female vocalist ofyear
Elijah Baker: 13 yrs oldUpright Bass/lead vocals/harmony 2016 Missouri Jr State Fiddle Champion
Carrie Baker (mother)guitar
Hunter Motts Banjo-Spartanburg, South Carolina
Joey Shann Banjo-Claremore, Oklahoma
Twang is an all-girl string band, which is thelatest traditional music inspiration of Mountain View, Arkansas, “Folkmusic …capital of the world”. This young and energetic group is the newestsinging sensation and range in ages from 13 years to 14 years old. They sprangfrom the renowned Music Roots instructional program which is available to thembeginning in elementary school. Their command of their instruments is farbeyond their tender years, and they have a dynamic and natural stage presence,which thrills every audience by their performances. Anna Caldwell, playingmandolin and fiddle; Lillyanne McCool, playing banjo and bass; Rebecca Pool,playing fiddle; Gabi Pervis, playing guitar. The magnificent sounds created bytheir instruments and harmonious singing, are further complimented by thetalents of their adult chaperone and bass player Crystal McCool. For the lastthree years, Twang has captivated audiences at regional shows, bluegrassfestivals, private booking as well as local churches and has amazed audienceswith their harmonic ballads, old-time, bluegrass and gospel tunes. Twang is acontract staff band at the Ozark Folk Center State Park in Mountain View,Arkansas, and they perform frequently during the months of April throughOctober.
They won the 2015Rising Legend Award
–National Traditional Country Music Association
The RedmondKeisler Band – Thursday and Saturday
Redmond, Rick and Randy Keisler broughttheir God-given talents and showmanship to the stage for over 27 years. TheKeisler Brothers appreciate their loyal, enthusiastic fans, friends &promoters that have supported them over the years.
The band’s love forBluegrass music, good Christian roots, and rural upbringing gives their music anatural flow for a family oriented, high energy show with something foreveryone.
The KeislerBrothers Band will always be a Crowd pleaser!