Rhonda Vincent & the Rage (Saturday)
The Boxcars (Friday)
Mountain Heart (Thursday)
Lonesome River Band (Friday)
Blue Highway (Saturday)
The Hillbenders (Sunday)
Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out (Thursday)
Steel Drivers (Saturday)
Seldom Scene (Saturday/Sunday)
The Gettysburg Bluegrass Festival achieves a remarkable balance between familiar old favorite bands and ones that are either new on the scene or new to this venue. While I'm not completely certain this list is correct. Here's an overview of bands coming to Gettysburg for the first time.
Charlie Sizemore spent several years as lead singer with Ralph Stanley & the Clinch Mountain Boys and is an entertainment lawyer practicing in Nashville. The combination yields songs with plaintive, sad lyrics and witty songs displaying a mordant sense of humor. Sisemore is a great choice for Gettysburg.
Donna Ulisse has a great story to go along with her wonderful voice and personality. Drawn to Nashville a generation ago with a recording contract, she found herself relegated to contract writing and performing demo recordings. Several years ago, Keith Sewell convinced her to put some of her songs on a CD, which turned into something of a hit. Since then she's put together a first rate band and begun touring. Donna will be at Gettysburg on Thursday for two not to be missed sets.
The Tuttles with A.J. Lee
The Tuttles with A.J. Lee made a big splash at IBMA last year. A family band with the addition of Ms. Lee, who's a fine singer, they should provide a very pleasant surprise. Molly Tuttle, accompanied by her father Jack won the Chris Austin Song Writing Contest's general division last week with a her song "Walden" written as a high school project several years ago.
Long Road Home has morphed from a hot field picking jam band into a more mature and focused group featuring some of the original members along with newcomers to the band who add maturity. Pete Wernick head this least on banjo. I haven't heard this band, but I'd bet that with Pete in the group, it'll be tight and both innovative and traditional sounding.
Lee and Elaine Roy are a rising brother/sister duo who have become increasingly visible in the past two years. Nurtured in bluegrass with a strong country tinge, they've surrounded themselves with a young, hot-picking band, making a splash in the bluegrass pond.
I've never heard this band, and there's very little information about this band on line.
Be Prepared for All Kinds of Weather
And Always Great Music from Folks You Know, too!
The Lonesome River Band
Dry Branch Fire Squad
IIIrd Tyme Out
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