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2016 HEADLINER BAND ...
Bluegrass Etc. performs a hard hitting show of instrumental expertise, vocal precision and stage personality that never fails to entertain. The group is well known internationally and tours more than eighteen countries per year, performing more than 200 shows annually at festivals and in concert. Bluegrass Etc. consists of John Moore (mandolin, guitar, vocals), Dennis Caplinger (banjo, fiddle, vocals), and Bill Bryson (bass, vocals). The band has its roots in bluegrass music, but has evolved over the years into a much more dynamic and eclectic acoustic band.
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There is nothing like the sound of guitar, banjo, mandolin, fiddle and doghouse bass when they get into that special Bluegrass groove. Add to that high-powered vocals and soaring harmonies and you have Burning Heart Bluegrass. Drawing it's repertoire from old and new classics, BHB serves up a genuine Bluegrass experience, no gimmicks, upgrades, or additives! BHB has appeared at Bluegrass festivals in California, Arizona, and Nevada, and this August they will be at the Summergrass Bluegrass Festival in San Diego. Later in the month they will share the stage with Claire Lynch at the Ford Anson Amphitheatre in Hollywood CA.
Formed in 1993, James Reams and the Barnstormers provide a contemporary take on traditional bluegrass; blending it with innovation and vitality to create their own branch on the "roots" tree. Music critic Jerry Paul described James Reams: "James is such an inspiration to watch. He truly feels his music, and sings from his very soul. If James is ever within your area, he is a 'must see' bluegrass icon." James Reams puts a layer of desert grit over a solid base of traditional bluegrass music. The band treads the terrain where bluegrass, old-time, classic country and rockabilly meet in the night to swap stories.
Meet the band: James Reams (vocals, guitar); Billy Parker (mandolin); Dick Brown (banjo, vocals); Dan Meyer (bass); Michael Rolland (fiddle, mandolin, guitar); and Blaine Sprouse (fiddle).
OLD BLUE plays bluegrass music the old fashioned way, with much attention paid to the original music of the founders of the style. Folks like Bill Monroe, The Stanley Brothers, Flatt and Scruggs. The band is dedicated to the preservation of the music from the past and the continued presentation of its character in the present day. They leave the future development of this music to a new generation.
OLD BLUE are seasoned professionals that have played for decades. They are some of the best in the business from the Western United States. Band members are: Dick Brown on banjo and vocals, Bill Cox on guitar and lead vocal, Billy Parker on mandolin and vocals, Bob Denoncourt on Bass, Marty Warburton on guitar and vocals and Alvin Blaine on dobro (and other instruments). These gentlemen present bluegrass music the way it was in the early days.
Fans will experience the music the way it used to be, and still is ... played by OLD BLUE.
The Ping Brothers, Frank and Doug, grew up in in the hills of Kentucky on a farm near Somerset Ky. Franks mother taught him his first chords on guitar and later he in turn taught Doug. Together they both learned to play guitar at a very young age. They both sing lead and harmony vocals. They were influenced by bluegrass music in the beginning, but later progressed to jazz, blues, western swing, country and original music. Kentucky was the first state they began to play professionally and spread their joy of music. The Ping Brothers Band was formed, shortly afterwards they began to travel, and have performed all over the country. The love of music also diversified them. Frank plays finger style and rhythm guitar, bass, banjo, and mandolin now. Doug plays lead and rhythm guitar, bass, and harmonica. They both teach as well.
The Ping Brothers Band has opened for such entertainers as Asleep at the Wheel, Delbert McClinton, Waylon Jennings, and Allen Jackson. Prescott, now home to the Ping Brothers, has given them the opportunity to add even more talent to the band:
Creighton Miller on upright bass, banjo, and dobro. A native of Pennsylvania, coming from a bluegrass background residing in Prescott and playing with The Ping Brothers Band enjoys swing, jazz, country and bluegrass and vocals.
Jim Chatlain, born and raised in Denver Colorado is now a Prescott resident, and playing with The Ping Brothers. He has a Bachelor of Music Education degree, a Masters’ Degree of Music Performance, with important influences in classical, Latin, and jazz. Violin or fiddle music, his talent shines playing with The Ping Brothers Band.
Rick Schmidt grew up in Colorado, living in Prescott now, is the son of professional entertainers. He has played all over the country on stage and studio. He adds steel, electric, acoustic, and bass guitar, keys and vocals to the band.
Together, they are The Ping Brothers Band, having fun and sharing their music with all.