Appalachian FireHendersonville, NCBeginning it fifth season of performing, Appalachian Fire continues to bring high energy picking, tight harmony, and great entertainment value for the whole family. They are available for all occasions and are "at home" whether at your wedding, your church, your backyard BBQ, or gracing the stage of large auditoriums. Each show brings a mixture of bluegrass standards, instrumentals, gospel , and originals. They have the versatility of material and sound equipment to suit any occasion and venue. And as always, they continue to build on a reputation of dependability, professionalism, and integrity. VideoWebsitedwayne.durham@yahoo.com828-777-2365
Balsam RangeHaywood County, NCThe members of BALSAM RANGE are Buddy Melton, Tim Surrett, Marc Pruett, Caleb Smith and Darren Nicholson. Each one of these men have extensive music credentials, and each brings a well-rounded, unique contribution to the fresh sound of this new bluegrass band. Bluegrass says a lot of what this band is about, but equally important are the aspects of Gospel and Country Music. All the fellows in the band grew up in the rich musical heritage of the Appalachian South, surrounded by culture and heritage steeped in traditions of The Grand Ole Opry as well as the important influences of the Scotch-Irish settlers of the Southern Mountains, English ballads, Western songs and tunes written by the band members themselves. VideoWebsiteBalsamRange@hotmail.com828.506-9357
Bluegrass MixOld Fort, NCTraditional bluegrass and country including original songs.

"We are just a bunch of country folks. We love to have a good time pickin and singing. We come from all over western north carolina . The bluegrassmix band has been together for about 8 years or longer."

Bobby and Blue Ridge TraditionAsheville, NCBobby and Blue Ridge Tradition is an exciting five-piece bluegrass band that plays a unique mix of traditional and not-so-traditional bluegrass music. The band’s style is clearly not your standard run-of-the-mill bluegrass. The band has a knack for developing some great original songs that are built around the group’s sound. If you’re into the classics, Bobby and Blue Ridge Tradition also performs a heapin’ helping of them, from Bill Monroe to the Stanley Brothers to Flatt & Scruggs, in a style that takes the eternal classic bluegrass sound to the next level. The band is fearless when it comes to crossover material, arranging songs from the likes of Hank Williams, Bob Dylan, Chuck Berry, The Flying Burrito Brothers, The Newgrass Revival and many others into the well-defined framework of the band’s distinct styling, making each song sound like it was written just for them.Websiteinfo@blueridgetradition.com828.606-5108
Bridgetown BandWe are Bridgetown, a new and exciting (hopefully you'll think so) bluegrass band. Honing in on our talents as writers, instrumentalists, and singers to create good, "new original" bluegrass, while still blazing the trail of the often walked down road known as Traditional Bluegrass, all hard driving of course. This band is not for the faint or slow dance, it's out to sing harmony, shred instruments and hopefully give you a show that you'll enjoy, all brought to you by young bluegrass musicians.

Lynn Russell - Dobro
Austyn Howell - Guitar
Jason Hatley - Bass
Matthew Ingram - Mandolin
Stephen Caviness - Banjo

Carolina BlueBrevard, NCCarolina Blue has many qualities that make them unique. The basis of their success lies in old-fashioned hard work. All five band members pull together their creative ideas to form their own variety of bluegrass music. Every member takes a turn singing lead and showcasing their abilities. Their live shows include a lot of dynamic bluegrass that has evolved with the genuine bluegrass dream.Websitecarolinablueband@yahoo.com828.553.4677
Carolina CrossingCarolina Crossing is a bluegrass band from the mountains of North Carolina, which was formed in early 2010.Carolina Crossing is commited to keeping bluegrass music alive with a good selection of standards and original material.Websitegtelectric@skybest.com828.963-3767
Darren Nicholson BandHaywood County, NCHard-driving bluegrass band featuring some not only some of the top talent in the region but in the bluegrass industry. They don't play often but when they do you'll be glad you went.WebsiteMountainShadowsMusic@gmail.com517.281-1374
High WindyBlack Mountain, NCNamed for the sweeping ridgeline that runs from Swannanoa to Black Mountain in Western North Carolina, the High Windy Band is one of the area's fastest-rising groups. First Place Winners of the 2005 North Carolina State Bluegrass Competition.VideoWebsitebooking@highwindyband.com828.215-6253
The Idle Time BandTaylorsville, NCWebsite828-446-1592
Linville CreekBoone, NCWe are a new bluegrass located in western N.C. We play both traditional and progressive bluegrass along with traditional gospel music. We are available for parties, shows, weddings, etc.Websiteinfo@linvillecreekbluegrass.com828-262-3765
Lonesome Road BandMills River, NC"Great acoustic music" is the statement that best describes the music of The Lonesome Road Band. Their repertoire consists of everything from Bill Monroe's "My Sweet Blue Eyed Darlin'" to the Moody Blues' "Nights In White Satin". Satin". The group's haunting, bluegrass inspired harmonies stir the souls of even the most mundane listeners. Their approach to the music they perform is undeniably top shelf. The vocals are up front with lead and supporting harmonies weaving effortlessly. Their vocals blend so well that it is difficult to tell who is singing each part. VideoWebsitetravelinangel51@yahoo.com828.891-1342
The Moore Brothers Hildebran, NCThe Moore Brothers Band had their 1st stage performance in 2007. From the beginning, you could hear the "Old Soul" feeling in their music. Since that 1st performance, they have evolved into crowd pleasing entertainers, became multi-instrumentalist and embraced brother harmony. You will see Isaac(9) bending the strings on his guitar, singing from the soul and engaging the crowd. Jacob(14) will be singing harmony and improvising on his fiddle, mandolin, banjo or guitar.

With the addition of Daniel Perry(18) on the dog house bass and vocals, their high energy drive and harmonies have reached another level. The synergy or unspoken language of music between Jacob, Isaac and Daniel is only totally experienced in a live show. You will hear many musical influences throughout their shows including blues, gospel, bluegrass, jazz & even swing.

Daniel, Jacob and Isaac are all participants of the Kids on Bluegrass Program by the International Bluegrass Music Association. In fact, they all met in Nashville at IBMA's World of Bluegrass Meeting. This summer you can see them live at Dollywood, Red, White and Bluegrass Festival or at the MAAC (Musicians Against Childhood Cancer), for other shows check the tour schedule at

The latest CD project "Pick It Brother", recorded on Music Row in Nashville, is now available for purchase at or CD Baby. Their hope is to be able to share their God given talent with audiences all over the world.VideoWebsitecontactus@moorebrothersband.com828.310-9579

New Broad River BandAsheville, NCThe New Broad River Band (NBRB) is an emerging acoustic band from Asheville, NC. The band blends unique stylings from a broad spectrum of roots and other genre music with insightful original work. The band features two young cutting edge musicians, Julian Pinelli on fiddle and Judo Aaron Allison on banjo along with Miss Monique (Pinelli) on bass and David Pinelli (aka Clyde Canton) on guitar. Clyde is the lead vocalist and primary songwriter. The "River" is strongly thematic for the band. The NBRB can easily play an entire set of songs referencing various rivers named and unnamed. music@ecosa.net828.505-0973
Paul's Creek BandAsheville, NC A popular group formed on the banks of Paul's Creek in Asheville, N.C., they appear at many of the events in the region including MerleFest, Fines Creek, the Lake Eden Arts Festival, Asheville's Mountain Dance and Folk Festival, Stecoah Valley Performing Art Center, Morganton Center for the Performing Arts and many more. The group is rooted in traditional sounds but stretches from bluegrass to old time, mountain music, early country and originals. The focus is singing and harmonies, old songs and original music with danceabilty and high energy fun thrown in. Mountain stories scatter through the show as they connect to the audience with songs, guitar, banjo, fiddle, upright bass, harmonica and feet. Carol Rifkin's voice shines on everything from Carter family songs to her originals. An award winning singer, guitar player and recording artist, she's a veteran touring artist and danced with Tommy Jarrell, Bill Monroe, Doc and Merle Watson (and now Doc and David Holt) and many more. Co-host of WNCW's (88.7fm) "This Old Porch", more than 1,000 of her stories about music and more have been published. She's a skilled songwriter as well and wrote four of the original songs on the group's newest CD. Asheville native Jamie Soesbee grew up watching his dad and uncle play bass; it was natural he'd wind up touring internationally as a bass player. Related to legendary singer Jimmy Rogers (Rogers stayed at Jamie's grandmother's home while in Asheville); Jamie lends fine harmony and lead vocals to the mix. Paul's Creek core sound is Carol and Jamie's vocals but usually includes both banjo and fiddle and can work as a trio too. Recently they have hosted legendary fiddler Arvil Freeman, Tim Gardner, Lyndsay Pruett and Josh Goforth on stage, banjo players Troy Harrison and now George Buckner have spent time at Paul's Creek too,,,, The group can do everything from a large concert w sound, production and engineering provided to to a square dance with Carol calling and teaching clogging or a singing session in front of the fireplace. VideoWebsitepaulscreek@gmail.com828.231-9018
QuarterHouseBrevard, NCQuarterHouse is a quick-paced, hard-driving group of North Carolina natives that offer a mixture of traditional, old-time and progressive bluegrass, interspersed with bits of country, rock, blues and folk music.

Anita Bishop plays guitar and is an immensely talented vocalist whose voice is clear and expressive, driving at times - sweet at others. On mandolin and acoustic guitar is John Bishop, who also alternates on lead vocals, and adds to the unique vocal structure of the band. Drew Bishop lays down savvy fiddle and mandolin licks, as well as adds to the family vocal harmony. Greg Trollinger completes the lead instrumentalist section of the band with his red-hot, dynamic banjo style. Harold Lynch, on acoustic bass, comprises the harmonic foundation of the band's sound.

The band has been together since the spring of 1992. They performed for three seasons at Carowinds Theme Park, and have played for events such as Bele Chere in Asheville, Charlotte's First Night and Best of Charlotte, as well as a variety of stage settings from town festivals, university functions, corporate and private gatherings, restaurants and music festivals. 828.989-7222
Ric Ledford and Reems Creek Incident Asheville, NCFour guys who love nothing more than playing music for the enjoyment of others. We are available for private parties, wedding receptions, pig pickin's, and any other event that may require 4 ugly men playing bluegrass music! We have instruments and aren't afraid to use them. We do a wide variaty of traditional tunes, newer bluegrass tunes and original tunes written by the band 665-7470
Sons of RalphEnka, NCThe Band's frontman, Ralph Lewis started out playing "mountain music" in the 1940's. In 1974 he got a call to join Bill Monroe's Bluegrass Boys, where he stayed for two years. Seeing his own "boys" wish to play music, he quit Monroe's group to pick with his sons. Marty and Don still perform with their dad to this day.VideoWebsitemartin@sonsofralph.com828.667-0041
Southern AccentElk Park, NCBluegrass gospel from the mountains of western NC and eastern TN
VideoWebsitedpisaacs@skybest.com828-898-6828 and 828-964
Southern CrescentAsheville, NCSouthern Crescent Bluegrass has been together now for over seven years. We primarily play traditional bluegrass and occasionally play a country or rock song with a bluegrass touch. We also play some originals. We have a six piece band, with four of us being native to WNC. Tommy Thompson (rhythm guitar), Davey Ducker (banjo), Aaron Ducker (lead guitar), Gary Reep (bass), John Looney (mandolin), Julian Pinelli (fiddle). We thank our family and friends for supporting our music but most of all we thank God for giving us the talent to play.VideoWebsitethompson_07@live.com828.258-0914
Steep Canyon RangersAsheville, NCIn 2006 the International Bluegrass Music Association voted Steep Canyon Rangers the Emerging Artist of the Year. The past year also saw the title track "One Dime at a Time" rise to #1 on Bluegrass Unlimited's National Bluegrass Survey. In October the Grand Ole Opry welcomed the Rangers for a debut performance at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, TN. On the heels of their recent success comes a third Rebel release "Lovin' Pretty Women" produced by bluegrass heavyweight Ronnie Bowman and engineered by guitarist Wyatt Rice, affirming the band's arrival at the highest circle of acoustic music. 615.327-4646
Town MountainAsheville, NCWhat really defines Town Mountain's sound is their repertoire of original music that seamlessly fuses the two styles of music that have influenced them most. The influence of the bluegrass masters such as Jimmy Martin, The Stanley Brothers, JD Crowe and The New South and early country legends like George Jones and Merle Haggard, are apparent in the band's sound.VideoWebsiteinfo@townmountain.net828.252-3678
Unspoken TradtionUsing both old and new ideas, the band draws from a mix of covers and originals that promise to keep music lovers from all genres begging for more. The band strives to be anything but ordinary. If you open your hearts and ears, Unspoken Tradition promises to provide a unique bluegrass experience. The future of bluegrass is in good 704.692.1007
West End String BandThe West End String Band is an exciting combination of musicians dedicated to playing and performing traditional bluegrass, old country, and roots music with modern appeal.VideoWebsitecharles.mcdaniel@charter.net864.270-5427
Whitewater Bluegrass CompanyAsheville, NCThe Whitewater Bluegrass Co. has been performing around the country for 25 years. With a wide-range of musical talent, they perform well for any group. From their base in Asheville, NC, Whitewater offers first-rate, clean, down home entertainment that is good and good for you.

From the standards of Bluegrass music to country ballads and hillbilly swing, they will give you a taste of the mountains and the beautiful music that has been played there for years. You'll want to hit the dance floor when the fiddle and banjo tune up for excellent renditions such as Sally Goodin', Earl's Breakdown, or the Randy Lynn Rag.