Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Big Lick Bluegrass Festival in Oakboro, NC - April 9 - 11, 2015

The twelth annual Big Lick Bluegrass Festival was take place at the Big Lick Festival Park in Oakboro, NC (640 Oak Ridge Road Hwy 205) from April 9 - 11. Promoted by Jeff & Tammy Branch at the attractive Big Lick Park. This festival has consistently improved its lineup and attendance. There's plenty of space for camping, although hookups are limited. A good variety of vendors provide a range of fair and festival food. There's lots of jamming as well as an busy open mic evening on Thursday. A good sized shade (weather) tent is provided, although much of the seating is outside, rain or shine.

The Lineup
Bethel University Renaissance Band
Bethel University is a small, Christian college located in McKenzie, TN which has a deep commitment to arts shown in its Renaissance Program, which includes a bluegrass band mentored by Nashville veteran performer, coach, producer, and more Stephen Mougin. The band features skilled young pickers filled with enthusiasm. They appear at Big Lick, this year, for the third time. You'll enjoy their work.

Bass Mountain Boys Reunion

The Bass Mountain Boys, based in North Carolina, were a popular touring and recording band back in the nineties before disbanding after the unfortunate death of John Mannes. They have been performing recently as a reunion band with great enthusiasm from both the band and their audiences. Look for a treat when you meet this enjoyable, traditional band.

John Ridge

Mike Wilson

Spinney Brothers

The Spinney Brothers are Canada's bluegrass gift to the U.S, bluegrass festivals with their presentation of traditional bluegrass and classic country leavened with old sounding new songs. Good show with lots of earnestness and enthusiasm.

Rick and Alan Spinney

Junior Sisk & Ramblers Choice

Junior Sisk is probably the best interpreter of Ralph Stanley's mountain style music on tour today. His band had had several changes, which I expect to add some value. Jamie Harper has already brought some strength and Cameron Keller on bass has been attracting attention for several years. Look for a strong performance here.

Darrell Webb Band

The Darrell Webb Band offers diversity and traditionalism in a single package. He has played with some of the best bands in the business. He sings traditional high lonesome songs as well as more inward looking material he has written. Look for hot instrumental work and good singing. 

Joe Mulllins & the Radio Ramblers

Joe Mullins has consistently improved his band through the last three years. The latest addition is Jason Barrie, fresh off several years with Doyle Lawson. The band has become increasingly animated to complement its always good singing.

Joe Mullins

Deeper Shade of Blue

Deeper Shade of Blue is a regional band with no real pretensions of becoming a national band, even though they might succeed at that level. They play with enthusiasm which has earned them a loyal local regional audience.

Jim Fraley

The Details

For Further Information Contact Jeff Branch: or call (704) 985-6987

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Big Lick will be our first North Carolina event this year, and we're looking forward to it. See you there!

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