Winners of the top “Entertainer of the Year” award and also the “Collaborative Recording of the Year” award with Del McCoury at 2019’s International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) awards event, Joe Mullins & the Radio Ramblers are no strangers to excellence.
Mullins has been a sought-after and award-winning banjo player, vocalist and radio broadcaster for more than 30 years. The 2016 IBMA Broadcaster of the Year winner owns an Ohio network of radio stations called Real Roots Radio. He can be found on the air most weekdays from 1:00 p.m. until 3:00 p.m. featuring bluegrass and bluegrass gospel music.
The Radio Ramblers includes “Jumpi’” Jason Barie on fiddle; “Marvelous” Mike Terry on mandolin and more; “Rockin’” Randy Barnes on bass, and Adam McIntosh on guitar.
See Joe & the Radio Ramblers perform live from 4:00 pm - 5:15 pm, and then in the finale at 5:30 pm.
Timely yet timeless, The Grascals make music that is entirely relevant to the here and now, yet immersed in traditional values of soul and musicianship. It’s a unique sound that has earned the group three GRAMMY nominations and two Entertainer of the Year awards from the IBMA.
Banjoist Kristin Scott Benson is the 2018 winner of the Steve Martin Award for Excellence in Banjo and Bluegrass and a four-time winner of the IBMA’s Banjo Player of the Year.
The Grascals includes Danny Roberts on mandolin, Terry Smith on bass and vocals, Kristin Scott Benson on banjo, Adam Haynes on fiddle, and John Bryan and Chris Davis on guitar and vocals.
See The Grascals perform live from 2:45 pm until 3:45 pm.
He has the lonesomest voice in all of bluegrass, and he has the awards to prove it.
The 2013 IBMA Male Vocalist of the Year has been playing guitar since age 14, and has written and recorded multiple hits ever since.
In 2013, he released an album of duets with banjoist Joe Mullins, selecting songs rarely recorded songs from first and second generation bluegrass artists.
The Junior Sisk Band consists of Junior Sisk on lead vocals and guitar; Jonathon Dillon on mandolin; Heather Berry Mabe on guitar and vocals; Tony Mabe on banjo, guitar and vocals; Gary Creed on bass and vocals, and Douglas Bartlett on fiddle and vocals.
Come catch Kevin and the band live from 12:15 pm until 1:30 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, and a second set from 1:45 pm until 2:20 pm.