Over the past twenty-three years, Blue Highway has released thirteen CD's with almost all the songs on them being originals written from within the band with songs from the prolific composers Tim Shelton, Shaun Lane, and Wayne Taylor. During that time, they have maintained a remarably consistent lineup, having lost only Rob Ickes on Dobro a couple of years ago. Now, after what appears to have been an easy transition, young Gaven Largent has brought his own resonator guitar vibe to the band in an almost seamless transition. Their most recent CD, Original Traditional received a 2017 Grammy nomination.
Balsam Range has such breadth of talent and range of subject matter that it almost boggles the mind. From factory songs to Allman Brothers and Jim Croce covers mixing bluegrass, country and rock with gospel, they get it right with varied singing and first rate picking. Balsam Range is Haywood County North Carolina's gift to bluegrass music, and we're all grateful. Buddy Melton, whoplays fiddle and bass for the band, has a haunting tenor voice that transports with his "Blue Mountain" Darren Nicholson brings humor and surprising agility on the mandolin. Enjoy this too rare visit of a fine band to Florida.
A Deeper Shade of Blue is making its second trip to Florida in a month. This regional North Carolina band is truly extending its range, and its about time promoters and fans recognized its excellence. Troy Pope is a fine lead singer, while Jason Fraley plays excellent mandolin and sings well, too. The band is versatile and enjoyable, playing traditional bluegrass well. Furthermore, since there is plenty of willing writing taking place in the band and they choose new songs well, there's plenty of new stuff.
Blue Cypress Bluegrass plays local gigs around its home in Vero Beach. They play first and second generation bluegrass covers with enthusiasm. They love watching their fans enjoying their music.
South Country Bluegrass is an electric country band singing classic bluegrass with verve and skill. It has a somewhat movable lineup of players, but it's anchored by Ernie Evans on electric guitar, multi-instrumentalist Dave O'Brien on pedal steel, with vocals by Sonya Stratton and others. This band is scheduled to perform on Thursday, but don't be too surprised if you see it at other times, too. The pedal steel sound from Dave O'Brien adds a very special sound to the stage.