Fletcher Bright has been the leader of The Dismembered Tennesseans for over sixty of his eighty-three years. He gives fiddle workshops throughout the country and around the world. In his spare time, he's the principle of one of the country's largest real estate companies, on the side, while piloting the plane that transports the band to distant gigs. The Dismembered Tennesseans present a pleasant blend of traditional bluegrass with grace, humor, and competence.
The Spinney Brothers come from Nova Scotia, where they have been a bluegrass fixture for about twenty years. In the past four years or so, they have mounted a major effort to become a national band south of the border with great success. This year they have been nominated for IBMA Emerging Band of the Year and stand a good chance to win, although no non-American band has done so in the past. They are a high energy band which presents itself with slick patter and a traditional cast to their music, combining classic bluegrass and country songs with their own traditional sounding fare. The brothers contrast physically, vocally, and in their personalities, always creating a unified and enjoyable sense of the warmth of their relationship.
Widely recognized as the hardest working band in bluegrass, Rhonda Vincent & the Rage draws crowds to bluegrass venues wherever she appears, adding to her dollar value and well as the entertainment value of the places she's on the bill. She combines a fine voice, superb band leadership, strong musicianship, with a generous spirit which makes sure that every member of her band is showcased effectively at every performance. Underneath the tents of the Martha White Boutique, she stays out signing and posing for pictures until the last fan is satisfied. When she's with a fan, she gives that person her whole attention, assuring their loyalty and support. Her sisterly "feud" with Lizzy Long assures amusing and musical interventions in each of their shows whenever they appear together. They have taken their friendly rivalry to FB, where they can be counted on to provide fans with more good fun. Here's an example: