The Old-Time, Bluegrass and Country Music Program at East Tennessee State University is the first degree granting, full-time program of it's kind in the country. The ETSU Pride Band appears at festivals and other events as a representative of the University as well as to get seasoning as professional performers. This young band brought enthusiasm, a well-thought out and choreographed performance of classic and not-so-classic bluegrass tunes while showcases some of the faces you may be seeing in bluegrass for years to come. Keep your eyes out and ears tuned for these young people.
Feller & Hill first came together at Musicians Against Childhood Cancer (the MACC) a few years ago. Since then they have sharpened their focus, shaped their show, and risen in the ranks of desirable bluegrass bands to hire and to hear. The addition of Stanley Efaw on fiddle adds a flavor and color to the band which fills it up and rounds it out. The name of the band gives more than a little bow to Buck Owens, a pioneer of the Bakersfield sound and a star on HeeHaw, the highest rated country and bluegrass network program ever. They capture much of his feel as well as that of the Aubrey Holt and the Wildwood Valley Boys, a band which both men have connections to. This weekend they were the best I'd ever seen them, but I expect to see more growth in the months and years to come as the band continues to mature and develop its already unique sound.
Dale Ann Bradley has won the IBMA Female Vocalist of the Year five times, surpassed by only one other woman. Her voice is filled with warm emotion, smooth and accurate throughout her wide range. Her song selection includes bluegrass standards, music adapted to bluegrass from other genres, including her signature adaptation of Kris Kristofferson's "Me and Bobby McGee." She shows a winning personality onstage and off. Her current band supports her well and contributes to the effectiveness of her performances.