Dom Flemons is originally from Phoenix, Arizona and currently lives in the Washington, D.C. area. He is known as “The American Songster” since his repertoire of music covers nearly 100 years of American folklore, ballads, and tunes. Flemons is a music scholar, historian, record collector and a multi-instrumentalist. He is considered an expert player on the Banjo, Fife, Guitar, Harmonica, Percussion, Quills, and Rhythm Bones. He has performed with leading musicians such as Mike Seeger, Joe Thompson, Martin Simpson, Boo Hanks, Taj Mahal, Old Crow Medicine Show, and Guy Davis. He has been a professional touring musician for the past ten years and has traveled around the nation and the world presenting traditional folk and roots music to diverse audiences. Flemons has performed as a soloist at prestigious venues such as Carnegie Hall, Cecil Sharp House, the Grand Ole Opry, the Opening Ceremony for the National Museum of African American History and Culture, National Cowboy Poetry Gathering, and Newport Folk Festival. He represented the United States at the 2017 Rainforest World Music Festival in Kuching, Malaysia.
In 2005, Flemons co-founded the Carolina Chocolate Drops who have won a GRAMMY for Best Traditional Folk in 2010. He left the group to pursue his solo career in 2014. In 2016 the Carolina Chocolate Drops were inducted into the North Carolina Music Hall of Fame and are featured in the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture.
His current project, “Dom Flemons presents Black Cowboys,” is on the Smithsonian Folkways Recordings label and is nominated for a GRAMMY for Best Folk Recording.
Dom and his wife, Vania Kinard, live in Maryland with their daughter, Cheyanne Love.
We believe Dom Flemons is an American treasure, and we know you will feel the same way.
See Dom perform live from 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm, and then in the finale at 5:00 pm.
A native of Monroe, North Carolina, Terry Baucom has enjoyed a career in music that started in 1970 with Charlie Moore and continued over the years as a founding member of ground breaking bands like Boone Creek (with Ricky Skaggs and Jerry Douglas), Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, IIIrd Tyme Out and more. Winner of the 2013 IBMA Recorded Event of the Year for "What'll I Do," Baucom currently tours with his own band, "Terry Baucom's Dukes of Drive." Last year's single, “The Rock,” finished 2015 as Bluegrass radio’s most played song on the Bluegrass Today chart. The band’s current Top 10 single, “Around The Corner,” is receiving heavy national and international airplay. In 2008, Deering Banjos introduced the Terry Baucom Signature model banjo, while the Dunlop company also uses Baucom as an endorser, offering Terry Baucom custom sets of banjo strings. A testament to his influence is evident when you listen to countless younger generation banjo players who use Baucom signature licks and emulate his driving technique.
In addition to playing on numerous recording sessions and producing instructional materials, Baucom teaches banjo face to face, both privately and in camp and workshop settings.
The band consists of Joey Lemons from King, NC, on mandolin and vocals; Will Jones of Cana, VA, on guitar and vocals and Joe Hannabach of Pfafftown, NC on bass. See Terry Baucom and The Dukes of Drive perform from 2:45 pm until 3:45 pm.
Kevin Prater began his musical voyage at the age of four. He was encouraged and mentored by his uncle and biggest fan, Boone Estep, and formed his first band, “Elkhorn Grass” at the tender age of ten. The band enjoyed 11 years touring together. Now, more than thirty years later, Kevin has traveled millions of miles, performing in 49 states and 23 countries. Kevin has moved from being one of the best sidemen in bluegrass to leading his own talented and unique band with the pure Kentucky sound of The Kevin Prater Band.
The band counts among their greatest influences bluegrassers such as the original Seldom Scene, the Country Gentlemen, Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, and more. They pride themselves on their a capella hymns and gospel songs while occasionally including classic country and vintage rock in their live performances.
Kevin’s vocals are the backbone of the group, and he has surrounded himself with bluegrass music veterans. The band includes Danny Stiltner on bass and harmony vocals; Ryan Lester on mandolin, bass, guitar and vocals; Jake Burrows on banjo, dobro, and vocals, and Adam Burrows on fiddle. Come catch Kevin and the band live from 1:30 pm until 2:30 pm.
Made in the Appalachian Mountains, and crafted around the world, The Banjo Earth Band’s music pulls from influences ranging from Bill Monroe to Ravi Shankar. Based around Andy Eversole’s world music project, Banjo Earth, where he travels the planet connecting with other cultures through the power of music, the band’s overall feel has one of a global awakening, yet with that unmistakable banjo twang that can only be found here in the south. Featuring, Andy Eversole - banjo/guitar, Abigail James - vocals, Sanders Davis - bass, Tim Wray - drums. Catch Banjo Earth's set from 12:15 pm until 1:15 pm.
His & Hers
His & Hers is a folk and bluegrass music duo from Mocksville, NC consisting of married couple, Caleb and Sara Davis. High school sweethearts who met at age 14, Caleb and Sara first found their love for music in church and through singing together in the choir in school. Caleb played in several bands in college, but after marriage and two beautiful children, decided that the only person he wanted to play music with anymore was his sweetheart.
His & Hers has been playing as a duo since 2015. With Caleb on guitar and Sara with an occasional and timely mandolin chop, they perform original songs about family, relationships, and community, along with timeless traditionals and surprising covers that keep the crowd singing along.
His & Hers released their first self titled album in 2017. They are passionate about their “real world” jobs, where Caleb is a Nurse Manager at Wake Forest Baptist Health and Sara is a Special Education Teacher at Davie County High School. At their happiest moments, they are husband and wife, mother and father, and His & Hers. Come catch Caleb and Sara's set at the festival from 11:00 am until 12:00 Noon.