Gary Waldrep is one the few remaining performers who includes claw-hammer banjo, of which he is a master, in his performances, using the rollicking banjo style to rev up excitement in an audience. He'll then follow with a heartfelt gospel song, which also brings his audience to its feet, calling for more. He's an engaging and exciting performer too rarely seen outside the South. Mandolinist Micky Boles also combines manic energy with deep faith, while Mindy Rakestraw's voice is clear, distinctive, and engaging.
Rhonda Vincent continues to be one of the major draws in bluegrass music. She has one of the most ambitious schedules around and while spending more quality time with her fans than any other performer. She generates long lines at her merch table, and stays to sign records and pose with her fans until there's no one left. Her band is composed of top side performers, as well as Josh Williams, who's a top bluegrass guitarist and singer in his own right. Now with seven performers, this band still generates enough business to be able to carry the load.