The Bluegrass Strangers are a bluegrass band from
The Lewis Family is known as the “First Family of Bluegrass Gospel.” When I first heard and saw them, I had a hard time getting beyond their advanced age, their simple Christian message, and the corny clowning of Little Roy Lewis, their star and leader. As time has passed, I have come to appreciate and enjoy the music and clowning of the Lewis Family. The three Lewis sisters are aging and two are ill, but they’re real troupers who come out and give their best each day of a demanding touring schedule. Janis’s son Lewis Phillips is a competent picker, singer, and song writer who quietly stays in the background. The center of the Lewis Family, what keeps folks coming back, is Little Roy Lewis. Little Roy is a sixty-three year old ADHD kid who will do nearly anything for a laugh while playing great banjo and energetic guitar as well as autoharp. A highlight of any festival where the Lewis Family appears is found in Little Roy’s appearing on stage with some other band and pulling some sort of high jinks.
The Grascals have been both IBMA emerging artist and entertainer of the year. They feature high energy traditional bluegrass with a twist. All the members of the band have been high level session musicians in
For us, and for others in the area, the appearance of Grasstowne will be the highlight of the day. This band was formed in January when three well known players left their respective bands to form Grasstowne. Steve Gulley, long lead singer for Mountain Heart, had long felt the music they were making was taking him down a path he was less than enthusiastic about. He discovered that IBMA award winning Dobro player
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