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Welcome Friends to Bristol, Tennessee/Virginia and the 2019 edition of the Bristol Rhythm and Roots Reunion Festival! Our festival, now in its 19th year, celebrates the roots of Bristol as the country music epicenter. The award-winning music festival originated as a celebration of the 1927 Bristol Sessions recordings, held in Historic Downtown Bristol TN/VA. With 19 indoor and outdoor stages, you are sure to find the kind of music that you love. Hosted by a community of volunteers and a dedicated staff, we work hard to make sure there’s something for everyone. Whether you’re new to the festival or an old friend, pull up a chair, relax, enjoy a cold beverage and take in the sounds of our top-billed artists or join us at a stage with an up-and-comer. You’ll be glad you did! Plan to visit our local shops, restaurants, and breweries during your visit and make sure you take time to visit the Birthplace of Country Music Museum to learn how it all began. As in the past, there is a menagerie of food vendors, crafters and vendors located in the streets to enhance your festival experience. From all of us, we offer our heartfelt thanks for your continued support of our festival. We thank our sponsors and artists as well and also want to thank the dedicated volunteers of the Festival Committee who work year-round to ensure we have a successful festival.


Terry Napier Chairman, 2019 Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion Committee 2

Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion | Welcome

The Birthplace of Country Music

MEET OUR TEAM BCM BOARD Dan Bieger Bill Hartley Edd Hill Jasen Eige Richard Horner Larry Kirksey Emily Lee Keith Liskey David Matlock Terry Napier Rob Nicar Lea Powers Danielle Starnes Ed Stout Terrie Talbert Julie Thomas Spike Tickle Brent Treash Craig Turner Nita Vollmer

FESTIVAL COMMITTEE Festival Chair Terry Napier Immediate Past Chair Brent Treash Artist Hospitality Terri Davis Artist Hospitality Jassen Campbell Artist Merchandise Eric Honaker Artist Merchandise Brittany Myers Atmosphere Tabby Ellis Atmosphere Tara Russo Children’s Day Tasha Foy City of Bristol TN Rep Lea Powers City of Bristol VA Rep Neal Osborne Concessions Lisa Leonard Concessions Gwen Talley Souvenirs Angela Costagliola Souvenirs Jessica Fleming Green Team Julie LIttle Green Team Tasha Foy Logistics Tyler Goad Logistics Matt Whetsel Music Brent Treash Music Eric Blevins Security Charlie Phelps Security Tony Deal Volunteers Wendy Sauls Volunteers Rebecca Moody

BCM STAFF Scotty Almany Summer Apostol Erika Barker Beth Carter Tracey Childress Brett Davis Kim Davis Toni Doman Baylor Hall Becky Littleton Josh Littleton June Marshall René Rodgers Leah Ross Nathan Sykes Kris Truelsen Cheryl Wedel

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IN MEMORIAM Bob Ellis Gerald Anderson

Jeff Walling Johnny Blackburn

Julia Rainero Sara Romweber | #BristolRhythm



CALENDAR OF EVENTS Visit for more information.

Bluegrass Jam Camp


Join Gilbert Nelson for a pre-festival, Wernick Method Jam Camp! Jam Camp is designed to give knowledge, clues and practical experience playing by ear with others. Pre-registration required at

Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Artmobile at the Museum FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER, 20: 1:00–7:00PM SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 21: 9:00AM–7:00PM SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 22: 10:00AM–5:00PM

This state-of-the-art mobile museum and education studio will be at the Birthplace of Country Music Museum and open to school groups and Bristol Rhythm festivalgoers from September 18 to September 22, 2019.

New! Bristol Rhythm Road Race


Dr. Joseph Crum DC

Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion has added a brand new 10K Run to our 5K Run/Walk in Historic Downtown Bristol! The races begin at the intersection of Anderson Street and Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. with new courses this year. Awards will be given immediately following the event. Race day registration is from 6:15 a.m. - 7:45 a.m.

Free! Children's Day


Children’s Day at Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion is FREE for the community and designed to be an event where the whole family can participate in the fun together. Packed with games, crafts, and performances, we strive to make it an event that brings families closer together! 4

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Yoga Rocks!


Our friends at BristolYOGA set us off on a good note with a little self-love and tranquility prior to the festival’s longest day. Bring your mat and come chill with us! Festival wristband is required to attend the event.

Free! Guided Jam


Did you bring your instrument to our festival but feel shy about taking it out and actually playing with other people? You are not alone, even if it sometimes feels that way! Join us for a Guided Jam. Festival wristband is required to attend the event.

Farm and Fun Time

Presented by Radio Bristol SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 21, 2019 | 7:30PM LOCATION: PARAMOUNT

A throwback to the golden era of radio, the Farm and Fun Time variety show will broadcast a very special program live from Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion! Hosted by Kris Truelsen and his house band Bill & the Belles and featuring Dustbowl Revival, Hogslop String Band, and Green Grass Cloggers. Festival wristband is required to attend the event.

Bristol Sessions Super Raffle


Join us for the first annual Bristol Sessions Super Raffle event. Only 5,000 tickets available, and if tickets are still left during Festival, they can be bought at the BCM tent at 416 State Street. During the event, a winner will be drawn every five (5) minutes and prizes include vacation packages, outdoor recreation vehicle, cars, shopping sprees, RV, jewelry, and cash to name a few items. All proceeds for the Super Raffle benefit the Birthplace of Country Music Museum.

American Ballads: The Photographs of Marty Stuart

SPECIAL EXHIBIT AT THE BIRTHPLACE OF COUNTRY MUSIC MUSEUM Intimate behind-the-scenes depictions of legendary musicians, eccentric characters from the back roads of America, and dignified portraits of members of the impoverished Lakota tribe as seen through the lens of multi-Grammy winner Marty Stuart. Admission to the Special Exhibit is included in Museum admission or is $5.00 to view only the Special exhibit. | #BristolRhythm


Love is one voice that speaks to us all.



TICKETS CHILDREN 12 AND UNDER FREE 2019 WEEKEND PASSES: $125 AT THE GATE Includes Bristol, VA admission tax. INDIVIDUAL DAY PASSES AT THE GATE: FRIDAY $55 | SATURDAY $75 | SUNDAY $50 Includes Bristol, VA admission tax.

GATES OPEN: Friday 3pm | Saturday 9AM | Sunday 10AM


Per Bristol, TN/VA City Ordinances, no alcohol or open containers are allowed outside designated, gated beverage gardens or restaurants where alcohol is served. PLEASE drink responsibly for your safety and the safety of others. Those who display inappropriate or sloppy behavior will be asked to leave the festival. NO PETS ALLOWED.

Service animals are permitted. | #BristolRhythm


T h e P l a c e T o P l ay

Luxurious Guestrooms and Suites Southern Craft Restaurant

Rooftop Bar with Fire Pits Outdoor Music and Special Events Venue Day Spa (276) 285-5040 Downtown Bristol, VA

VISITOR INFO ADA INFO ADA PARKING: ADA parking is available at Regions Bank (corner of Volunteer Parkway and Shelby Street, Bristol, TN, enter from Shelby Street). Once your state-issued auto identification is verified, you will be instructed where to park. ADA parking is limited and filled on a first-come, first-serve basis. The Disabled Veterans of America operate the ADA parking area; donations for parking are appreciated. SERVICE ANIMALS: Service animals are welcome at Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion and are covered under ADA laws. Please note that pets and emotional support animals are not permitted. Emotional support animals are not ADA Service Animals. GETTING IN AND AROUND: Scooters, wheelchairs, power chairs, and other mobility devices are only permitted for use by those with mobility disabilities. All entrance points into the festival are wheelchair accessible. WHEELCHAIR AND COMPANION VIEWING AREAS: Bristol Rhythm provides reserved viewing areas for patrons with mobility challenges (and one companion) during the festival. A fenced off area near or alongside the festival seating area at the eight outdoor stages is reserved for fans in wheelchairs. ACCESSIBLE PORTABLE TOILETS: Accessible portable toilets are located throughout the festival footprint; please refer to the festival map for closest location. ACCESSIBLE ATMS: Several accessible ATMs are located throughout the festival footprint. COMMENTS, QUESTIONS, AND SUGGESTIONS: Meeting the needs of our Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion fans with disabilities is a never-ending commitment. In our quest to continually improve accessibility, we ask that you contact us with your comments, questions, and suggestions at

SHUTTLE SCHEDULE FRIDAY: 3:00pm – 1:00am SATURDAY: 10:00am – 1:00am SUNDAY: 10:00am – 8:00pm

SHUTTLE COST: $15 (Covers all weekend) CHILDREN (12 and under) ARE FREE

SHUTTLES WILL PICK UP/DROP LOCATIONS: BRISTOL MALL (Exit 1) 2.7 mi . SHUTTLES COURTYARD MARRIOTT (Exit 7, 3169 Linden Dr.) 4.6 mi. SPONSORED BY: DAYS INN (Exit 7, 1014 Old Airport Rd.) 4.8 mi. ECONO LODGE (Exit 3, 912 Commonwealth Ave.) 1.3 mi. FAIRFIELD INN (Exits 74A or 74B, 3299 W. State St.) 4.7 mi. HAMPTON INN (Exits 74A or 74B, 3299 W. State St.) 4.7 mi. HILTON GARDEN INN (Exit 7, 121 Village Circle) 6.7 mi. HOLIDAY INN (Exit 7, 3005 Linden Dr.) 4.6 mi. MOTEL 6 (Exit 7, 21561 Clear Creek Rd.) 5.6 mi. QUALITY INN (Exit 7, 131 Bristol E. Rd.) 5.2 mi. THUNDER MOUNTAIN CAMPGROUND (2623 Volunteer Pkwy.) 6.7 mi. SUGAR HOLLOW PARK CAMPGROUND (Exit 7, Lee Hwy. Pick up at softball & soccer fields) 6 mi. – Transportation from Sugar Hollow is provided by the City of Bristol, VA and not run by the festival. Cost for Sugar Hollow shuttle is $5 per trip. Festival wristbands are not required. | #BristolRhythm







A & S Portables Atmos Energy Bath Fitter BB&T Bitchin’ Sauce Bristol Army Recruiting Station Cabela’s Citizens Bank

Comfort Systems USA Elliott Lawson & Minor, P.C. Emory & Henry College Envision Eye Care John & Brenda Fincher HVAC King University Keen Promotions Key Wood Specialties

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New Peoples Bank PennStuart Point Broadband Rehab Center and Memory Care Renasant Bank Seaman Corporation Shearer’s Foods Inc.

Sweet Baby Ray’s BBQ Sauce Swisher Sweets Virginia Electric Supply Wells Fargo Wytheville... There’s only one!




RTE 23 SPONSORS Dr. David Sheppard Dr. Tommy Potter Dr. William C. Horne, Jr. DDS Edward Jones/Office of James Lawson

First Bank & Trust Home Changes Iron Order Motorcycle Club Iron Works Cycling Jeremy O’Quinn Law Office

Appalachian Voices Bell Helicopter Bristol Yoga Dr. Joseph M. Crum DC

Highlands Union Bank Jerry Peters Sales Marsh Propane

Joyful Town Properties Lawton Mullins Milton’s Powell Valley Bank Pro Art


Marsh Regional Blood Center Meade Tractor Play Date - Play and Party

Sykes The Inn at Wise University of Virginia’s College at Wise Wise County Tourism

Pratt-Triad Packaging Sullins Academy Town of Pulaski VALIS, Inc. | #BristolRhythm 11

288 miles of Appalachian Trail. 230 miles of major rivers. Less time sitting in traffic.

Plan your trip:

620 State Restaurant


The Angry Italian

Machiavelli's Italian

Bank Street

O'Mainnin's Pub & Grill

Enjoy Downtown Bristol Restaurants

620 E State St, Bristol, TN 37620 16 6th St, Bristol, TN 37620 14 Bank St, Bristol, TN 37620

Blackbird Bakery

56 Piedmont Ave, Bristol, VA 24201

714 W State St, Bristol, TN 37620 8 5th St, Bristol, TN 37620

712 W State St, Bristol, TN 37620

Piedmont Station Market

14 Piedmont Ave, Bristol, VA 24201

Bloom CafĂŠ & Listening Room The Manna Bagel Co. 606 State Street, Bristol, TN 37620

634 State St, Bristol, TN 37620

Borderline Billiards

Quaker Steak & Lube

628 State St, Bristol, TN 37620

Broad Street on State Retro Diner

616 State St, Bristol, TN 37620

Burger Bar

8 Piedmont Ave, Bristol, VA 24201

Cootie Browns

118 Volunteer Pkwy, Bristol, TN 37620

Delta Blues

724 State St, Bristol, TN 37620

Eatz on Moore Street

17 Moore St, Bristol, VA 24201

629 State St, Bristol, VA 24201

Shang Hai

711 State St, Bristol, VA 24201

The Southern Churn

627 State St, Bristol, VA 24201

State Line Bar & Grille

644 State St, Bristol, TN 37620

Studio Brew

221 Moore St, Bristol, VA 24201

That Cookie Dough

618 State St, Bristol, TN 37620


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Willie Watson

Little Nora Brown

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Amythyst Kiah

Bill & The Belles

Brother Boys

Hunter Holmes and Corbin Hayslett • Sparky and Rhonda Rucker

ETSU All-Star Old-Time Band • Martin Walters & the 1920s Jazz All-Star Band Ticketed event at The Down Home featuring Tim O’Brien Band

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All artists and artist schedules are subject to change without notice. Please download the festival app for schedule updates.

49 Winchester


SAT. State Street 12:30-1:30p | SUN. Borderline 5:00-6:00p

Hailing from the mountain town of Castlewood, Virginia, 49 Winchester’s roots are planted in the music of Appalachia; equal parts country and soul with powerful vocals, hard-hitting songs, and heavy country-blues guitars. Singer and guitarist Isaac Gibson’s songs are poetically straight-forward and shine through in their live performance.

A Great Disaster Sponsored by Wythville... there’s only one! AMERICANA | SOUL

FRI. Studio Brew 6:30p | SAT. O’Mainnins 1:00p | SUN. Borderline Billiards 1:00p

A Great Disaster is comprised of alumni of the East Tennessee State University Bluegrass, Old-Time, & Country Music Studies program. The band’s energetic live shows merge musical genres and styles with Appalachian folk and present a unique sound with lyrical storytelling.

Abbey Waterworth FOLK

FRI. Bloom 7:30p | SAT. Theatre Bristol 4:15p

Abbey Waterworth is a songstress from Springfield, Missouri. She is a modern advocate for traditional Ozark music. Her mentors and collaborators include Springfield legends D. Clinton “Donnie” Thompson and Ruell Chappell, John Dillon, and Nick Sibley of the Ozark Mountain Daredevils.

Acoustic Syndicate AMERICANA | ROCK

FRI. State Street 5:30p | SAT. 6th Street 11:00p

Acoustic Syndicate is a rock/folk/bluegrass band from North Carolina formed in 1992. Their sound is characterized by tight three-part vocal harmonies, blazing guitar picking, and complex polyrhythmic banjo playing, backed by a rock-steady rhythm section.

Alli Epperson

Sponsored by Comfort Systems USA


SUN. Theatre Bristol 4:00-5:00p

Bristol native Alli Epperson is a singer and songwriter inspired by local musicians. She has performed at a number of regional venues and events including Blue Plum, Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion, and Fun Fest.

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Amythyst Kiah


SUN. 7th Street 12:00p

Amythyst Kiah is a Southern Gothic Folk Singer/Songwriter based out of Johnson City, Tennessee. Provocative and coolly fierce, her ability to cross the boundaries of blues and old-time through reinterpretation is groundbreaking and simply unforgettable.

Andrew Scotchie & The River Rats ROCK | BLUES

FRI. Studio Brew 8:30p | SAT. Borderline 3:30p | SUN. State Line 4:30p

Asheville’s Andrew Scotchie & the River Rats is revered for high energy live shows, dynamic musicianship and Scotchie’s larger-than-life stage presence. The group is one of the industry’s fastest growing bands with their hard-driving style of rock ‘n’ roll.

Annabelle's Curse

Sponsored by Elliott Lawson & Minor, P.C.

INDIE FOLK SUN. 7th Street 2:00p

Bristol’s own Annabelle’s Curse is a five-piece, folk-rock powerhouse that has toured extensively, developed a devoted fan base and supported acts such as Anderson East, HoneyHoney, and Humming House. The band has been a staple at Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion and has also performed at Floydfest, Rhythm and Blooms, Rooster Walk and Music City Roots.

Annie Robinette

AMERICANA FRI. Borderline Billiards 5:30p | SAT. Paramount 12:30p Annie Robinette’s lyrics are direct and visual, intelligent and relevant. Her sound is uniquely her own, delivered with power, emotion, and intensity. The music is sophisticated without being complicated and has a firm acoustic texture with just enough electricity. Her voice is powerful yet easy on the ear and polished without losing the raw connection with the performance. It’s the perfect vehicle to deliver stories within which you’re bound to find a piece of yourself.

Bailey George and Jukebox Jess

COUNTRY | BLUEGRASS SAT. Shanghai 1:30p | SUN. Theatre Bristol 2:15p

Boppin Bailey George & Jukebox Jessica Stiles present a fun and eclectic mix of old time country, honky tonk, and bluegrass for the whole family.





All artists and artist schedules are subject to change without notice. Please download the festival app for schedule updates.

Bella Raye

COUNTRY | POP SAT. Bloom 6:00p | SUN. 6th Street 12:30p Bella Raye is a singer-songwriter born and raised in Bristol, Tennessee. Writing and performing since 2014 and now calling Nashville her home base, she has continuously worked to enhance her songwriting and has trained under some of the best in the industry.

Belle Plaine

AMERICANA SAT. Piedmont 1:30p | SUN. Machiavelli’s Outside 12:00p Inventive musician and singer-songwriter Belle Plaine was raised on the Canadian prairies near the hamlet of Fosston, Saskatchewan—population: 45. The ingenuity, lonesome yearning and collaborative work ethic of country life have infiltrated her songwriting and sound. Belle’s brand of roots music combines the vintage blues and swing of the 1940s with classic country, but her greatest strength is an unfailing ability to weave stories, genres and emotions with her formidable voice.

Ben Gilmer

Sponsored by Elliott Lawson & Minor, P.C. AMERICANA | COUNTRY | ROOTS FRI. Theatre Bristol 10:00p | SAT. Shanghai 5:30p Ben Gilmer grew up in the mountains of southwestern Virginia. Ben’s songwriting reflects a strong sense of place deeply rooted in Central Appalachia - honest songs about hard times, family, and love.

Beth Snapp

Sponsored by Atmos Energy

AMERICANA FRI. 7th Street 5:00p | SAT. Near Moore 5:00p Singer-songwriter Beth Snapp’s sound might be considered pop-infused roots, but her appeal has little to do with the box of a genre—it’s about making a connection. She flits between folk, bluegrass, pop, early R&B and jazz to create a unique sound with one purpose: to serve a story.

Bill and the Belles

Sponsored by Wythville...there’s only one!

EARLY COUNTRY MUSIC FRI. NearMoore 9:00p | SAT. Theatre Bristol 2:30p SAT. Radio Bristol’s Farm & Fun Time Paramount 7:30p

Bill and the Belles capture the freewheeling, lighthearted approach to music that has endeared them to listeners of every generation. With a spirited sound that falls somewhere between old-time country and vaudeville, the group puts its own spin on a golden era of music, specifically the 1920s, 1930s, and 1940s. 20 Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion | Artist Lineup


FOLK-ROCK SAT. 7th Street 7:00p

Birdtalker is an alternative rock quintet based out of Nashville, Tennessee whose 2016 debut single “Heavy” amassed more than 23 million streams and counting with no label support. A pulsing blend of Americana, folk, and pop, the band’s honest lyrics and breathtaking harmonies have earned them features on NPR and gotten raves from Rolling Stone, Billboard, American Songwriter, and Folk Ally.

The Black Lillies

AMERICANA | ROCK | BLUES | SOUL SAT. State Street 4:30p | SUN. Cumberland 6:00p Known for their captivating blend of rock & roll and country, The Black Lillies have become one of Americana music’s biggest success stories: an internationallyrenowned band of roots-rockers armed with songs that blur the boundaries between genres.

Bob Livingston

AMERICANA | FOLK SAT.Cameo 4:30p | Sun Piedmont 12:00p As a member of Austin’s legendary Lost Gonzo Band, singer-songwriter Bob Livingston performed and recorded with such musical visionaries as Jerry Jeff Walker, Michael Martin Murphey, and Ray Wylie Hubbard. Livingston played an integral role in creating the music that first earned Austin the international designation of “Live Music Capital of the World” and was inducted into the Texas Music Legends Hall of Fame in 2016 and the West Texas Walk of Fame in 2018.

The Boys

AMERICANA FRI. Near Moore 5:30p | SAT. Shanghai 3:30p The Boys embody the spirit of bluegrass, blues, and folk music. Their own unique blend of these styles with an added touch of jazz, funk, and soul is what they like to refer to as Appalachian Americana. The revolving members of The Boys have been jamming together for well over a decade, but performing under this moniker for about six years. They are a group of locals wholove music and love to have a good old time pickin’. Give them a listen and check out their unique fusion of styles such as mow-grass, funkgrass, and spooky instrumentals. One maynever think of the backup to the front men the same.

Breaking Tradition BLUEGRASS | GOSPEL SAT. Bloom 12:30 p| SAT. Studio Brew 8:00p

Sponsored by Atmos Energy

A four-piece bluegrass band, Breaking Tradition brings high energy, tight harmonies, and capable musicianship to every performance. Playing together for nearly 20 years, the band continues to bring traditional bluegrass gospel music to their fans throughout the Tri-Cities. Band members include Lester Parks, Hal Boyd, Trever Bartley, and Dan Carty.






All artists and artist schedules are subject to change without notice. Please download the festival app for schedule updates.

The Broadcast

BLUES-ROCK FRI Machiavelli’s Outdoor 8:30p | SAT. 6th Street 5:00p Produced by multi-Grammy winner Jim Scott, The Broadcast is a soulful, blues rootsrock band formed in New York City and developed in Asheville, North Carolina. Fronted by the explosive vocals of Caitlin Krisko, the band’s live shows bring back the spirit of high-energy performances originally made famous by 1970s classic rock bands. A mix of soul, blues and classic rock arrangements, The Broadcast has shared stages with Mavis Staples, John Prine, St. Paul & The Broken Bones, and Brandi Carlisle, among others.

Brother Oliver

PSYCHEDELIC FOLK-ROCK FRI. State Line 11:45p | SAT. Machiavelli’s Outdoor 1:30p | SAT. O’Mainnin’s 7:00p Brother Oliver is a South Carolina-based duo formed by brothers Andrew and Stephen Oliver. The band delivers high-energy performances through a genre they’ve officially coined as “psychedelic folk-rock.” Their explorative approach to music strikes a chord with any audience and has gained recognition in the Southeast and abroad—landing them on bills alongside Father John Misty, Old Sea Brigade, Matthew Logan Vasquez, SUSTO, and more.

C2 and the Brothers Reed

ROCK & SOUL SAT. Machiavelli’s Outdoor 5:30p | SUN. 7th Street 4:00p

Hailing from the Bluegrass state with a sound as unique and smooth as the regions’ beloved bourbon, C2 & The Brothers Reed’s authenticity shines in their studio debut “Weigh Station Tour”. Forming in 2013, the brothers hit the road to spread their sound and haven’t looked back.


FOLK SAT. Cumberland 10:00p Started by boyhood friends Evan Westfall and Taylor Meier, CAAMP came to life in Athens, Ohio. Since independently releasing their self-titled first record in 2016, they have climbed Spotify charts, headlined across the U.S., purchased denim jackets and added a bass-playing buddy, Matt Vinson.

Carolina Blue

TRADITIONAL BLUEGRASS SUN. Country Mural 3:30p Based in Brevard, North Carolina, Carolina Blue is a bluegrass band with roots that run deep in the tradition of Bill Monroe. Carolina Blue’s repertoire consists of original songs, many bluegrass favorites, and gospel — all done in traditional bluegrass style.

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All artists and artist schedules are subject to change without notice. Please download the festival app for schedule updates.

Carson Peters & Iron Mountain

Sponsored by Holston Medical Group BLUEGRASS SUN. Near Moore 12:45p At 15 years old, Piney Flats, Tennessee native Carson Peters has performed on national TV as a guest on NBC’s The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and Little Big Shots with Steve Harvey. Ricky Skaggs invited Carson to perform with his band at the Grand Ole Opry for the first time in 2014 and has since made numerous appearances there with Iron Mountain, which consists of his father Jamie Peters, Eric Marshall and Ben Marshall of Mount Airy, North Carolina, and Austin Tate of Marion, Virginia.

Cathy Fink, Marcy Marxer & Sam Gleaves

FOLK | OLD TIME SAT. Children’s Day | SAT. Theatre Bristol 6:00p | SUN. Bloom 1:00p

Two-time Grammy award winners, Cathy Fink & Marcy Marxer are an eclectic folk festival on their own terms. Their superb harmonies are backed by instrumental virtuosity on the guitar, five-string banjo, ukulele, mandolin and cello-banjo. The Boston Globe called them “Spellbinding acoustic musicians, with a rare mastery of American roots styles.”

Chatham Rabbits

TRADITIONAL COUNTRY SAT. Birthplace of Country Music Museum 6:00p | SAT. Machiavelli’s Indoor 9:00p Husband and wife folk duo Chatham Rabbits crossed paths in 2013 through music and they since have played together in smoky bars, summer festivals, and busked on the streets of Nashville.

Chris Jamison

AMERICANA FRI. Theatre Bristol 8:15p | SUN. Machiavelli’s Inside 1:00p Travels far and wide have shaped Chris Jamison’s music from his songwriting start as a teenager living in London to early performances in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia. Dubbed the “Paul Simon of Texas” by the Austin Chronicle, the Texas native’s songs have been called “sing-a-long immediate and earworm lasting” (No Depression) and “universal and poetic” (Asheville’s Mountain Xpress).

Chuck Mead & His Grassy Knoll Boys

COUNTRY | AMERICANA |ROCKABILLY | FOLK FRI. Piedmont 10:30p | SAT. Cameo Theatre 2:30p Sponsored by Seaman Corporation

Raised in Lawrence, Kansas, Chuck Mead has been a professional musician since the age of 13 playing in his parents’ country band and then leading several roots rock outfits in the Midwest, most notably the Homestead Grays. 24 Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion | Artist Lineup

Circus No. 9

PROGRESSIVE BLUEGRASS FRI. Near Moore 10:45p | SAT. Country Mural 1:00p | SAT. Paramount 2:00p Circus No. 9 is East Tennessee’s own Progressive Bluegrass outfit, blurring the lines between Bluegrass, Jazz, Jambands, and more. Described as “John Hartford meets John Coltrane,” the group has appeared alongside various artists, including David Grisman, Bryan Sutton, Larry Keel, and more.


COUNTRY-ROCK | JAMBAND SAT. 7th Street 5:00p | SAT. Machiavelli’s Outdoor 9:30p Cordovas follows in the tradition of 1970s Southern and country rock greats like The Allman Brothers, The Grateful Dead, and The Band. NPR raved, “East Nashville Americana rockers Cordovas are taking their place amongst the musical lineage of cosmic country greats like Gram Parsons, Americana poster kids Uncle Tupelo, the New Riders of the Purple Sage, and the early roots-rock of Little Feat.”

The Corklickers

OLD TIME MOUNTAIN MUSIC FRI. O’Mainnin’s Pub 5:00p | SAT. Bloom 9:00p The Corklickers are an authentic old-time string band hailing from the East Tennessee-Western North Carolina region. They have been playing together since the mid-1970s, preserving the traditional style of the popular string bands of the 1920s and 1930s.

Cotton Hill

BLUEGRASS FRI. Shanghai 7:30p | SAT. Machiavelli’s Indoor 3:00p Cotton Hill has its roots in Roanoke and Allegheny Counties in Virginia’s Blue Ridge. The band’s mixture of bluegrass and folk includes several original tunes written by band members, including “Whiskey with Tears,” which was popularized by Town Mountain. You’ll also hear many more originals as well as popular covers.

Curse of Lono

SOUTHERN GOTHIC ALT-ROCK FRI. O’Mainnin’s Pub 7:00p Curse of Lono is a London five-piece, founded in early 2015 and fronted by Felix Bechtolsheimer. Bechtolsheimer is formerly the singer-guitarist in British roots pioneers, Hey Negrita.

Available at the corner of Moore & State



All artists and artist schedules are subject to change without notice. Please download the festival app for schedule updates.

Daniel Norgren

GOTHIC FOLK-ROCK SAT. Birthplace of Country Music Museum 1:00p | SAT. Cumberland 6:00p Swedish singer-songwriter Daniel Norgren was a successful independent touring artist overseas for about a decade prior to coming to America for the first time to perform at Pickathon in 2016. “This is Americana soul as envisioned by a rural Swede. Or the inverse—a grand, universal sound arrived at through a very specific place and state of mind. Norgren’s music reflects the beautiful natural landscape of his home, as well as the comfort he finds in solitude and intimacy and the small moments that fill up a life. It’s simple, gorgeous stuff, immediate in its impact and leaving a lingering, luscious calm.” ~ CityArts Magazine.

Danni Nicholls

AMERICANA | COUNTRY-SOUL FRI. Machiavelli’s Inside 9:30p Danni Nicholls is a classic songwriter, her feet firmly rooted in Americana. Her signature blend of smoky soul, folk-pop and heart-wrenching alt-country combined with the authenticity and passion with which they are delivered make her one of the UK’s leading artists in this expansive genre.

Darin & Brooke Aldridge


Husband and wife duo Darin & Brooke Aldridge are both highly acclaimed vocalists—Brooke is the reigning IBMA Female Vocalist of the Year and nominated again this year— and the couple combines rich harmonies with impeccable musicianship to create the unmistakable sound that has made them one of the hottest young acts in acoustic music today.

Darrell Scott Bluegrass Band

BLUEGRASS SAT. Country Mural 8:15p

Preeminent multi-instrumentalist and singer-songwriter Darrell Scott joins forces with fiddler Shad Cobb, bassist Bryn Davis, and mandolinist Matt Flinner for an improvisational act with bluegrass instrumentation, drawing inspiration from bands like Newgrass Revival, John Hartford, and Peter Rowan.

Dillon Carmichael

COUNTRY SAT. Piedmont 3:30p | SUN. 6th Street 2:30p

The New York Times compared Nashville’s Dillon Carmichael to Randy Travis, saying his rich baritone voice “moves with the heft and certainty of a tractortrailer.” NPR praised his “deep holler,” and he has electrified festival crowds from CMA Fest to Dierks Bentley’s Seven Peaks, and earned tour dates with Aaron Lewis, Dwight Yoakam, and Trace Adkins, among others. 26 Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion | Artist Lineup

The Dip

SOUL | POP | ROCK FRI. Cumberland 8:00p Hailing from Seattle, The Dip is an electrifying seven-piece ensemble that melds vintage rhythm and blues and modern pop with ‘60s soul. Hard-hitting but sensitive, The Dip harkens back to the deep soul roots of decades past while sounding undeniably relevant.

The Dirty Grass Players

NEWGRASS SAT. Near Moore 7:00p

The Dirty Grass Players from Baltimore, Maryland have established themselves with one toe-tappin’ foot in traditional bluegrass and blazing musicianship that pushes its boundaries. The band seamlessly transitions from downhome bluegrass to spirited improvisation; throw in some Allman Brothers, Pink Floyd or a dash of southern rock and you’ll quickly understand what they mean by Dirty Grass.

Dustbowl Revival

AMERICANA SOUL SAT. Cumberland 4:00p | SAT. Radio Bristol’s Farm & Fun Time Paramount 7:30p Dustbowl Revival is an Americana Soul band with eight full-time members. The band was founded in 2008 in Venice Beach, California. Over the last five years Dustbowl has become known for its free-flowing and joyous live shows, combining its funk rhythm and brass section with a fast-picking string band section.

Ed Snodderly

COUNTRY - FOLK SAT. Theatre Bristol 8:00p

Ed Snodderly’s voice is the sonic equivalent of an old denim shirt, creased and worn - and reassuring. While “folk” doesn’t quite capture Snodderly’s essence – he is more singer-songwriter steeped in country and bluegrass – he is nevertheless finely tuned to the eccentricities of traditional music.

Elizabeth Cook

COUNTRY SAT. State Street 2:30p

Nashville-based singer-songwriter Elizabeth Cook is a critically-acclaimed live act and recording artist lauded by The New York Times as “a sharp and surprising country singer.” A regular performer on the Grand Ole Opry and a favorite of David Letterman, Cook is also frequent guest star on Adult Swim’s long-running hit cartoon series Squidbillies on Cartoon Network. For the past 10 years, she has hosted her own show, Apron Strings, on SiriusXM Outlaw Country Radio.

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Empty Bottle String Band

OLD-TIME SAT. Machiavelli’s Indoor 5:00p | SUN. Shanghai 12:30p

The Empty Bottle String Band is known for upbeat fiddle tunes and feel-good music and specializes in toe-tapping, danceable Appalachian music. Their sound is inventive while staying close to the old-time string band tradition of the 1930s.

Fanny & the Paper Straws

OLD TIME | BLUES | GOSPEL SAT. Bloom 10:30p | SUN. Machiavelli’s Inside 3:00p

Fanny and the Paper Straws is a new band that hails from California but has since made Bristol their home. Representing local recording studio/record label Bigtone Records, their music is an eclectic blend of old time, blues, depression era jazz, and R&B. They deliver a performance that’s raw and high energy. Fanny and the Paper Straws will be sure to get you up out of your seat!

Farmer and Adele

Sponsored by Citizen’s Bank COUNTRY WESTERN FRI. Birthplace of Country Music Museum 6:00p | SAT. Studio Brew 6:00pm With the sounds of classic songwriting in their music and the future in their sights, The Farmer & Adele are reimagining the modern cowboy/cowgirl while respecting its beginnings. Based out of Nashville, Tennessee, The Farmer & Adele – led by Grace Adele and Keenan Wade – leads the pack of a new wave of musicians revitalizing western swing music.

Folk Soul Revival

AMERICANA | ALT-COUNTRY SUN. State Street 5:00p Formed in Wise, Virginia in 2008, Folk Soul Revival is one of the Southeast’s most beloved and sought after acts. They’re road warriors, logging roughly 100 performances a year. For Folk Soul Revival, though, those tours always lead back to Bristol - the group’s birthplace, home, and muse.

The Fritz

SOUL-DRIVEN DANCE ROCK FRI. 7th Street 7:00p The Fritz is a soul-driven dance rock band hailing from Asheville, North Carolina. The group’s aggressive approach to funk, soul, and rock creates a sound that is uniquely their own. With powerful vocals, climactic solos, and tight grooves, The Fritz has built a devoted following and is captivating audiences everywhere.

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Fritz and Co.

Sponsored by Holston Medical Group

ROCK | BLUES | ALTERNATIVE FRI. Boderline 11:30p | SAT. 10:00p Abingdon, Virginia’s Logan Fritz is one of the region’s most prodigious and talented singer-songwriters. At 20 years old, Fritz is a veteran of Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion and has independently released his first album Our Beating Hearts. With an eclectic blend of traditional structure and modern liberation, Fritz & Co. captures the spirit of American rock and roll.

The Gibson Brothers

BLUEGRASS FRI. Country Mural 9:00p

Bluegrass royalty Leigh and Eric Gibson were named back-to-back Entertainers of the Year by the International Bluegrass Music Association in 2012 and 2013. Their country-soul album Mockingbird was produced by Grammy Award winners Dan Auerbach and Fergie Ferguson. These brothers’ authenticity and characterizations truly set them apart.

Green Grass Cloggers

CLOGGING SAT. Near Moore 12:00p

Formed in 1971, the Green Grass Cloggers are a high-energy percussive dance team based in Asheville and Greenville, North Carolina. The Green Grass Cloggers’ steps reflect those of folk tradition. In 2014, the group was inducted into the Blue Ridge Music Hall of Fame and America’s Clogging Hall of Fame.

The Happy Fits

FOLK-ROCK | POP SAT. 7th Street 1:00p | SAT. Machiavelli’s Outdoor 7:30p The Happy Fits’ sound is a youthful and chaotic frenzy of catchy melodies and raw instrumentals. The band’s first single “While You Fade Away” from their debut EP Awfully Apeelin’ reached No. 5 on Spotify’s Top 50 Viral USA Chart the first week of its release.

Hello October

FOLK-ROCK SAT. Theatre Bristol 12:30p | SAT. Bloom 7:30p Hello October also calls Southwest Virginia home. While the band’s songs are not country, bluegrass, or traditional folk in style, their lyrics similarly tell stories with an authentic sound that is also born of the mountain bloodline. Their acoustic stylings combine with electric undertones to yield a sound all their own. 30 Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion | Artist Lineup

Hello Stranger ft. Dale Jett


Singer and musician Dale Jett is a native of Southwest Virginia. He is a third generation member of the legendary Carter Family. His roots have been heavily steeped within the heart of his family’s musical heritage. Growing up within the Carter Family, Dale has been influenced by many musicians and styles of music.

High Fidelity

BLUEGRASS SAT. Country Mural 4:30p | SUN. Paramount 12:00p High Fidelity consists of five outstanding musicians/vocalists steeped in the traditional sound pioneered by the Stanley Brothers, the Louvin Brothers, Jim & Jesse, and a host of lesser-known artists from the same era. High Fidelity interprets this classic era bluegrass through the fresh, youthful perspective of today’s generation.

Hogslop String Band

PROGRESSIVE OLD TIME SAT. Country Mural 2:45p | SAT. Radio Bristol’s Farm & Fun Time Paramount 7:30p | SAT. Near Moore 11:00p Based in Nashville, the Hogslop String Band is known for their outrageous facial hair and a rollicking repertoire – heavily based on Georgia and Middle Tennessee fiddle tunes. Following in the footsteps of such country music luminaries as Uncle Dave Macon and Gid Tanner, The Hogslop String Band puts on a high-energy show easily appreciated by both young and old alike.

The Honey Badgers

BLUEGRASS FRI. O’Mainnin’s 11:00p | SAT. State Line 11:30p Comprised of a rotating group of notable Tri-Cities-based musicians, this band is crazy about traditional bluegrass - but throw in a little newgrass for good measure. It’s music that encourages audiences to stomp their feet, clap their hands, and cut a rug!

Ian Feathers Band

Sponsored by Comfort Systems USA

AMERICANA SUN. O’Mainnin’s 6:00p

Formed in 2013, the Ian Feathers Band is a unique and authentic blend of Southern Appalachian roots music that traverses a mountainous range of tone and genres. It’s been said that Ian Feathers is “as genuine as the Bristol sign.”

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If Birds Could Fly

COUNTRY | AMERICANA SAT. Borderline 5:30p

Sponsored by Elliott Lawson & Minor, P.C.

From Southwest Virginia, If Birds Could Fly is not a product of the overproduced contemporary country music scene. The band represents the kind of soul-driven, authentic country music that drives a genre. Lead vocalist Brittany Carter is in a class all her own, reminiscent of Loretta Lynn and Martina McBride.


PSYCHADELIC ROCK FRI. O’Mainnins 9:00p | SAT. State Line 7:30p Indighost is a psychedelic rock band from the Appalachian Highlands, known for stunning live visuals, dirty guitar tones, catchy melodies, and vocally driven concert experiences.

Jack Barksdale

Sponsored by Wells Fargo

COUNTRY FRI. Paramount 6:00p

Jack Barksdale is an 11-year-old singer-songwriter from Texas. Jack started performing original music at the age of nine and has already shared the stage with Ray Wylie Hubbard, Walt Wilkins, Wade Bowen, and Hayes Carll. Jack tours nationally and wows audiences with lyrics wise beyond his years.

Jake Quillin Band

BLUES | R&B | SOUL FRI. State Line 5:45p | SAT. State Line 9:30p | SUN. O’Mainnin’s 2:00p With an icon like Jimi Hendricks for inspiration, Jake Quillin exploded onto the scene with his band The Comet Conductors several years ago with a sound that had been largely missing from the Appalachian region: electric blues. Memorable festival appearances and packed out hometown shows have made Jake Quillin one of the most sought-after artists in the Tri-Cities area.

Jamie Lin Wilson

AMERICANA SAT. Cameo 8:30p | SUN Cameo 3:00p

With a voice that slides in and out of notes with easy grace, a sly sense of humor, and lyrics that highlight the details most of us miss, Jamie Lin Wilson lives and works in that sweet spot where folk and country meet – Guy Clark territory. Her anticipated new record Jumping Over Rocks marks her second full-length solo album, but she’s not the new kid. She cut her teeth fronting and co-fronting beloved bands including the Gougers and the Trishas, winning over listeners and peers across the country. 32 Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion | Artist Lineup

Jason Eady

COUNTRY | AMERICANA | BLUES SAT. Piedmont 5:30p | SAT. Cameo 12:30p Jason Eady has earned major acclaim for his ahead-of-the-curve take on classic country, a bold departure from his earlier excursions into blues-infused Americana. Now with his sixth album, the Mississippi-bred singer-guitarist merges his sensibilities into a stripped-down, roots-oriented sound that starkly showcases the gritty elegance of his songwriting.

Jason "Hoss" Hicks

Sponsored by Wells Fargo ROCKABILLY FRI. Machiavelli’s Inside 7:30p | SAT. Borderline 11:30p | SUN. State Line 2:30p If you like your music vintage, old timey, mixed in with some Depression-era skiffle, country blues, and twangy danceable sounds, this is the band for you!

Jim Lauderdale AMERICANA

SAT. Piedmont 7:30p | SUN. State Street 3:00p Jim Lauderdale is a two-time Grammy winning Americana icon, a singer-songwriter whose unmistakable rhinestone-incrusted silhouette has been a symbol for creative integrity and prolificacy for 31 albums over decades of recording. He’s an A-list Nashville songwriter whose songs have ruled the country charts.

Joe Mullins & The Radio Ramblers

BLUEGRASS SAT. Country Mural 6:15p

Joe Mullins & The Radio Ramblers boast an energetic mix of quality bluegrass and gospel music, a professional presentation, inventive instrumental work, a wide variety of vocal arrangements including a capella quartets and tasteful, down-home humor.

Joy Blair

COUNTRY FRI. Shanghai 5:30p | SAT. Machiavelli’s Indoor 1:00p Greeneville, Tennessee native Joy Blair is deeply inspired by early and classic country music, soulful songwriting, American roots music, and the Appalachian Mountain region she calls home. Her honest and uniquely crafted lyrics often weave rural imagery with themes of love, family, loss, and life in emotive and compelling songwriting.



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JP Harris

COUNTRY FRI. Cameo 9:00p | SAT. Machiavelli’s Outdoor 3:30p Born in Montgomery, Alabama in 1983, JP Harris has been writing and performing country music for nearly a decade now, seeing his star rise both among country fans and critics at major outlets like Rolling Stone. JP was also referenced by Eagles frontman Don Henley in a 2015 interview with Hey Reverb as making “thoughtful, authentic music.” With his forthcoming album Sometimes Dogs Bark at Nothing, he’s back after a four-year hiatus to remind folks what a lifetime dedicated to country music really looks and sounds like.

J.P. Parsons & The American Bandwagon

AMERICANA SAT. State Line 5:30p

Sponsored by Citizen’s Bank

Hailed as “Bristol’s own troubadour” and a “songwriter’s songwriter,” J.P. Parsons’ unique blend of folk, bluegrass, and country music, along with his memorable tenor voice, makes his songs immediately familiar. Pleasing crowds from large festivals to the tiniest bars and listening rooms, this bandwagon is definitely worth hopping on.


ROCK | R&B | HIP-HOP FRI. 7th Street 9:00p | SAT. Cumberland 12:00p With seven distinct personalities, Juice distills rock, R&B, and hip-hop into a signature sound with a definite kick of electric violin, rich harmonies, honest lyrics, and festival-worthy choruses.

Justin Fedor

AMERICANA SAT. State Line 3:30p | SUN. Borderline 3:00p North Carolina’s Justin Fedor has been singing songs and traveling the United States, both solo and with Alt-Country Rockers, The New Familiars, for over a decade. With songs that dangle between Appalachian Roots and Outlaw Country, his vocals carry the grit that only growing up in the South can teach.

Kelsey Rae

Sponsored by Marsh Propane TRADITIONAL COUNTRY FRI. Cameo 5:00p | SAT. Bloom 4:00p | SUN. Machiavelli’s Indoor 5:00p Southwest Virginia native and singer-songwriter Kelsey Rae Copeland calls Nashville home these days, and she’s creating a buzz in the Music City with her choices of what she sings, what she wears, and who she sings with. She says it’s her heart talking and what she loves as she’s writing and singing 1950s pop country.

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L.A. Edwards

AMERICANA ROCK FRI. State Line 9:45p | SAT. O’Mainnin’s 9:00p This Americana rock band from Los Angeles is led by singer/songwriter, L.A. Edwards. Their 2018 debut record True Blue was produced by Ron Blair of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers.

Lauren Morrow

COUNTRY | AMERICANA SAT. Paramount 4:30p | SUN. Piedmont 2:00p With a high-octave range and a Georgia drawl, Lauren Morrow has paved her way as one of Nashville’s most promising artists. Morrow’s ingenuity shines through in the studio and on stage. Whether she’s singing a murder ballad or a vintage, classic-country sounding banger, there’s a unique impression she leaves that lingers.

The Lil Smokies

NEWGRASS FRI. State Street 7:30p | SAT. 6th Street 9:00p When people see The Lil Smokies setting up their acoustic instruments, they’re often unprepared for the electric energy they generate. The band captures that same dynamic presence on their most recent album Changing Shades, delivering their exceptional songwriting and bluegrass roots with the punch of a rock band.

Loose Leaves

Sponsored by Marsh Propane FUNK | ROCK FRI. Borderline 9:30p | SAT. Near Moore 3:00p | SUN. Theatre Bristol 12:30p If Funkadelic, John Prine, and The Beatles were in a book club together reading H.P. Lovecraft and eating at Korean taco house, then you may have a vibe close to Loose Leaves’ sound. This Johnson City-based band’s music is funky, danceable folk-rock with an eclectic alternative edge.

Lost Dog Street Band

LOWDOWN COUNTRY STORYTELLING SUN. Cumberland 4:00p Lost Dog Street Band formed in the winter of 2010. Originally conceived as a duet, Benjamin and Ashley quickly dedicated themselves to carrying the tradition of the American troubadour - hopping trains and hitchhiking across country while delivering their unique brand of original songwriting and tragic storytelling.



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Lucy Dacus

INDIE ROCK SAT. Cumberland 8:00p

Lucy Dacus is a singer and songwriter who emerged from the thriving indie rock scene of Richmond, Virginia in the mid-2010s. She sports a buttery voice that commands both her thoughtful rock tunes and more intimate confessionals.

Martha Spencer & Frank Rische

ROOTS Sponsored by Wythville... there’s only one! FRI. Bloom 9:30p | SAT. Birthplace of Country Music Museum 4:30p Martha Spencer and Frank Rische are an American roots duo hailing from the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia and Nashville, Tennessee. Spencer performs and has recorded with various groups, has been involved with several roots music projects, and is a member of six different bands.

Marty Stuart & His Fabulous Superlatives

COUNTRY FRI. Piedmont 8:00p

For more than 40 years, the five-time Grammy-winning multi-instrumentalist, singer, songwriter, photographer, and historian has been building a rich legacy. With his outstanding Fabulous Superlatives backing band, Marty Stuart has become a true country music legend.

Matt Maeson

ALTERNATIVE SAT. 7th Street 9:00p

Soul-baring singer/songwriter Matt Maeson hails from Virginia Beach, Virginia. His music has rock influences like Johnny Cash, Kurt Cobain and Jeff Buckley that radiate through his alternative/indie sound. These inflections come alive on Maeson’s debut single “Cringe,” is on the Top 10 Alternative radio single with more than 74 million streams to date.

Michigan Rattlers

COUNTRY | ROCK N ROLL SAT. 7th Street 3:00p | SUN. Cumberland 12:00p Lifelong friends and deep-north natives, Michigan Rattlers play heavy-hearted folk-rock with an aching dose of Midwestern nice. Over the years, Michigan Rattlers have formed a musical chemistry akin to the likes of AC/DC, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Bob Seger, and more.

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Mike Farris

BLUES | GOSPEL | ROCK & SOUL SAT. Paramount 2:30p | SAT. State Street 6:30p | SUN. Cumberland 2:00p Grammy award-winning artist Mike Farris, now sober for seven years, has the energy and conviction of a man saved, a stack of anecdotes and life experiences that would make most people’s heads spin, and a soulful vocal delivery reminiscent of Sam Cooke or Otis Redding.

Missy Raines

BLUEGRASS | AMERICANA SAT.Near Moore 9:00p | SUN. Country Mural 12:00p From her tenure playing with The Claire Lynch Band to her seven International Bluegrass Music Association Bass Player of the Year awards, Missy Raines has proven herself as an iconic bluegrass instrumentalist.

Momma Molasses

AMERICANA | SOUL FRI. Bloom 5:30p | SAT. Machiavelli’s Indoor 11:00p | SUN. Shanghai 2:30p Currently based in Bristol, Virginia, Momma Molasses’ music is soul-stirringly resonate and smothered in good old-fashioned folk sentiment, blending Americana, Old-Time, Alt-Country, Piedmont Blues, Swing, Appalachian, and Bluegrass music into a uniquely timeless sound.

My New Favorites

Sponsored by Elliott Lawson & Minor, P.C.

AMERICANA FRI. State Line 7:45p | SUN. O’Mainnin’s 4:00p My New Favorites is rootsy enough for Americana purists and progressive enough for folks ready to hear the Allman Brothers or gypsy jazz played on the old time clawhammer banjo. The band is soulful, introspective, wide-open, fun-loving and funny.

My One And Only

AMERICANA FRI. Theatre Bristol 6:30p | Machiavelli’s Indoor 7:00p | SUN. Bloom 2:45p My One And Only gathers its strength from Southern-soul mixed with curious grit. This husband-and-wife duo of Benjamin and Cassie Wilson brings trueto-life lyrics that bid you to wander through hidden scenes in their lives – to find heart and emotion. Blanket the raw sound with hollow-body guitars and homegrown harmonies and the music cuts through.



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The New Respects

POP | SOUL | ROCK N ROLL FRI. 7th Street 11:00p | SAT. Cumberland 2:00p Featured in Rolling Stone as one of “10 New Artists You Need to Know” and newly signed to Credential Recordings, The New Respects are quickly turning heads and gaining unprecedented popularity. The group meshes rock, soul, and pop music with overlays of acoustic tones.

Nicholas Jamerson

ALTERNATIVE COUNTRY | FOLK | ROCK N ROLL SAT. Shanghai 9:30p | SUN. State Line 12:30p With his dreamy acoustic picking and a voice that runs molasses-thick, oldsoul Nicholas Jamerson writes earnest songs that are filled with heart. His songs spin tales of southern gothic drama woven with an intricate emotional framework, underscored with delicate Americana instrumentation and country-folk melodies.

The Old Chevrolette Set

COUNTRY | WESTERN SAT. Boderline 1:30p | SAT. O’Mainnin’s 5:00p

Performing old-school country duets with music you can dance to, wherever this band plays it’s always a good time. The Old Chevrolette Set’s name is a nod to lyrics from George Jones and Tammy Wynette’s 1973 hit “(We’re Not) The Jet Set,” a clear indication of the musicians’ prime inspirations.

Patty Griffin

AMERICANA SAT. State Street 10:30p Patty Griffin is among the most consequential singer-songwriters of her generation, a quintessentially American artist whose wide-ranging canon incisively explores the intimate moments and universal emotions that bind us together. Over the course of two decades, the Grammy Award-winner and seven-time nominee has crafted nine classic studio albums and two live collections, a remarkable body of work that prompted the New York Times to hail her for “[writing] cameo-carved songs that create complete emotional portraits of specific people…(her) songs have independent lives that continue in your head when the music ends.”

Pierce Edens

APPALACHIA ROOTS SAT. Birthplace of Country Music Museum 3:00p | SUN. Bloom 4:15p Over the last 10 years, Pierce Edens has been drawing on his Appalachian songwriting roots and blending them with the grungy rock and roll that took him into his teenage years. The result is a haunting and fiery mixture that is notoriously hard to pin down. With his fifth, independent studio album Stripped Down, Gussied Up, Edens delivers his signature sound as it should be heard; intimate and atmospheric, glittery, gritty, and raw. 38 Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion | Artist Lineup


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Possum Creek Playboys

BLUEGRASS | OLD TIME SAT. Near Moore 12:00p

The Possum Creek Playboys is a reunion of musicians from a number of regional bands, including The Swamp Cats, The Corklickers, Sugar Hill String Band, The Rebel Yellers, The Rough Riders, and many more. Their performances are an old time fun jam and a stompin’ good time is always had by all.

Ragged Sally

Sponsored by VALIS, Inc.

COUNTRY FRI. Machiavelli’s Indoor 5:30p | SAT. Shanghai 7:30p Blending the raw country and honky tonk sounds of Seth Broyles with the folk and blues roots behind Alli Epperson’s soulful voice becomes Ragged Sally. Whether it be a dive bar or large music festival, these two are stealing hearts all over.

Ray Wylie Hubbard

AMERICANA SUN. Piedmont 4:00p

A leading figure of the progressive country movement of the 1970s, singersongwriter Ray Wylie Hubbard remains best known for authoring the perennial anthem, “Up Against the Wall, Redneck Mother.”

The Reeves Brothers

Sponsored by Pratt-Triad Packaging

AMERIPOLITAN: HONKY TONK FRI. 6th Street 8:30p | SAT. Borderline 9:30p | SUN. Cameo 5:00p This group was named the 2018 Ameripolitan “Honky Tonk Group Of The Year.” Rooted in 1970’s honky tonk style, The Reeves Brothers are bringing back authentic country music - when the bars were filled with smoke and the jukeboxes would play a song for a nickle a spin.

The Resonant Rogues

AMERICAN FOLK SUN. O’Mainnin’s 12:00p | SUN. Studio Brew 2:30p

The Resonant Rogues are the songwriting soul child of partners Sparrow and Keith J. Smith. With influences ranging from gypsy swing and early New Orleans jazz, to Appalachian old-time and eastern European folk music, they take their favorite flavors and blend them into a delicious, danceable dish.

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Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out

BLUEGRASS SUN. Country Mural 5:15p

Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out is one of the genre’s most awarded and influential groups in modern-day bluegrass, having set an industry standard for more than 27 years. The band continues to bring fresh music while staying true to the tradition that has made them an industry favorite for a quarter century.

Ruston Kelly

ALTERNATIVE COUNTRY SAT. State Street 8:30p Country singer and guitarist Ruston Kelly writes and performs the kinds of songs that inspire novels and movies with his singular style. The respected musician and songwriter has penned songs for prominent country artists like Tim McGraw and Josh Abbott.

Sam Bush

NEWGRASS FRI. State Street 9:30p The Father of Newgrass and King of Telluride has long since established himself as roots royalty, revered for both his solo and sideman work, which includes time with Emmylou Harris, Lyle Lovett, and Béla Fleck. But instead of kicking back and soaking up honors such as an Americana Music Association Lifetime Achievement Award and a suite of Grammys and International Bluegrass Music Association trophies, Bush still strives relentlessly to create something new.

Sammy Guns

COUNTRY FRI. Birthplace of Country Music Museum 7:30p | SAT. O’Mainnin’s 3:00p | SUN. Shanghai 4:30p Based out of Asheville, North Carolina, the Sammy Guns Band keeps true country honky tonk music alive.


CELTIC-GYPSY-AMERICANA FRI. Machiavelli’s Outdoor 11:30p | SAT. 7th Street11:00p | SUN. State Street 1:00p Named after Ukrainian nomads, Scythian (sith-ee-yin) plays roots music from Celtic, Eastern European and Appalachian traditions with thunderous energy, technical prowess, and storytelling songwriting, beckoning crowds into a barndance, rock concert experience.



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Sister Sadie

BLUEGRASS | AMERICANA FRI. Country Mural 7:15p Sister Sadie is a band configured of musicians, each from different bluegrass bands. They have brought together some of the best women bluegrass music has ever claimed. Lead vocalist DaleAnn Bradley is a five-time IBMA Female Vocalist of the year.

The Sisterhood Band

COUNTRY-ROCK SAT. Cameo 6:30p | SUN. 6th Street 4:30p

The Sisterhood is an organic blend of the open melodies of classic West Coast folk and the magnetic swagger of timeless rock n’ roll, powered by Alyssa Bonagura and Ruby Stewart’s soaring richly textured harmonies and effortless chemistry. Both ladies have strong musical DNA. Alyssa is the daughter of Kathie Baillie and Michael Bonagura (the core of country band Baillie & The Boys) and Ruby’s father is rock icon Rod Stewart. Their first EP features the theme song “Tenderize My Heart” for the Stewarts & Hamiltons show on E!.

St. Paul & the Broken Bones

R&B | SOUL FRI. Cumberland 10:00p

St. Paul & The Broken Bones has worked hard to prove it is no mere retro-soul band. They have toured the world relentlessly, including being selected to open for The Rolling Stones to TV appearances including The Late Show with David Letterman, Jimmy Kimmel Live, Conan, Austin City Limits and The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. St. Paul & the Broken Bones is set to have a lasting impact in today’s musical landscape.

Steep Canyon Rangers

BLUEGRASS SAT. Country Mural 10:00p

With Out in the Open, Steep Canyon Rangers affirm their place as one of the most versatile bands in contemporary American music. The Grammy award-winning sextet has spent two decades bending & shaping the bluegrass aesthetic, wedding it to elements of pop, country, and folk rock to create something original.

Tameca Jones

SOUL | POP FRI. Cumberland 6:00p | SAT. Cameo 10:30p When local Austin, Texas native Tameca Jones opens her mouth and sings, jaws hit the ground. Her honeyed and powerful vocals have been captivating her hometown for a little over 10 years. She made a name for herself as the “Queen of Austin Soul,” toured with Gary Clark, Jr., and even performed on his latest album. Naked, her highly anticipated EPS, showcases her piercing voice over heavy guitars and drums that waver between soul and blues. There is little doubt that she will soon be the next big name to break out of Texas. 42

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Time Sawyer

AMERICANA | FOLK | ROCK FRI. Near Moore 7:15p | SAT. O’Mainnin’s 11:00p Time Sawyer blends a grassroots feel with heart-felt lyrics to put on an entertaining show. From introspective ballads to high-energy crowd-pleasers, Time Sawyer’s songs land in that rootsy sweet spot where folk, alt-country, and rock gather for a good time.


SAT. 6th Street 7:00p | SUN. Machiavelli’s Outdoor 2:00p Raw, soulful, and with plenty of swagger, Town Mountain has earned raves for their hard-driving sound, their in-house songwriting and the honky-tonk edge that permeates their exhilarating live performances, whether in a packed club or at a sold-out festival. The hearty base of Town Mountain’s music is the first and second generation of bluegrass spiced with country, old school rock ‘n’ roll, and boogie-woogie.

Travers Brothership

SOUL | ROCK FRI. Paramount 8:00p | SAT. 6th Street 3:00p Twin brothers Eric and Kyle Travers have been making music and stunning audiences since they started playing music together at when they were seven years old. There is a reason Travers Brothership stands out among most acts on the scene today: they care to make each concert a unique and unforgettable experience.

US Navy Country Current Bluegrass Band

COUNTRY SUN. Cameo 1:00p | SUN. Near Moore 4:45p

The United States Navy Band Country Current is the Navy’s premier country-bluegrass ensemble. The group is nationally renowned for its versatility and “eye-popping” musicianship, performing a blend of modern country music and cutting-edge bluegrass.

Vaden Landers

Sponsored by Pratt-Triad Packaging COUNTRY BLUES | HONKY TONK SAT. Studio Brew 2:00p | SAT. Theatre Bristol 9:30p Vaden Landers is a multi-instrumentalist from Knoxville, Tennessee. With a voice like a young Hank Williams, and an acute musical attention to detail, he plays with an authenticity that he hopes will spread the knowledge of American culture and music through his own.



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The Vegabonds

ALTERNATIVE SOUTHERN ROCK SAT. Borderline 7:30p | SUN. Machiavelli’s Outside 4:00p The Alabama-born, Tennessee-bred alt-southern rock band The Vegabonds deliver a sensational performance with powerhouse guitar riffs and impactful songwriting. With a sound reminiscent of Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers mixed with the grit and twang of the Allman Brothers Band, The Vegabonds cross boundaries of multiple music genres.

Victor Lawson and Boogie Chillen

BLUES | ROCK & ROLL | FUNK SAT. State Line 1:30p | SUN. Studio Brew 12:30p

Formed in 2010, Victor Lawson and Boogie Chillen have forged an identity as a good-time party band that plays the real deal blues, down in the mud rock ‘n roll, and funk music.

Virginia Ground

AMERICANA FRI. Machiavelli’s Outdoor 6:30p

Virginia Ground categorizes their sound in one word: Appalachiaphonic. It’s the melodic marriage rooted in soul, blues, bluegrass, reggae, country, Dixieland jazz, rock, Americana, swing, funk, and more.

Virginia West

COUNTRY | AMERICANA FRI. Shanghai 9:30p | SAT. Bloom 2:00p Virginia West is a musical duo based in Abingdon, Virginia and is influenced by a variety of musical genres, including country, folk, swing, and Americana.

Volume Five

BLUEGRASS | COUNTRY | FOLK SUN. Country Mural 1:45p | SUN. Paramount 4:00p Volume Five has certainly been blazing a red-hot trail on the bluegrass scene with their live stage performances and chart-topping albums. Their newest release, Milestones, celebrates the band’s 10th anniversary. As with their previous album Drifter, the group demonstrates various styles of bluegrass that has earned critical acclaim from media, radio and their peers. In 2017, Volume Five was honored with two International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) Awards. 44 Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion | Artist Lineup

Wayne Graham

ROCK | ALTERNATIVE FRI. 6th Street 6:30p | FRI. Studio Brew 10:30p Wayne Graham is a band from southeast Kentucky made up of two brothers, Hayden and Kenny Miles. Their sound is eclectic yet familiar; it’s music about family. When you take a listen you become part of the story – because they sing about the joys and trials that every family faces.

Western Centuries

COUNTRY FRI. Piedmont 6:00p | FRI. Cameo 11:00p Western Centuries isn’t bound by any dictum to write songs in a modern country – or even a retro country – style . Instead, the band takes personal influences of its three very different songwriters and fuses the sound beyond the constraints of country – a refreshing sound that draws as easily from modern R&B as it does George Jones.

The Whiskey Sticks

ROCK SAT. Studio Brew 4:00p

Formed in 2009, The Whiskey Sticks have been playing venues all over the Tri-Cities area. Prepare yourself for a wide variety of witty, edgy, high fidelity musical performances that are sure to keep you coming back to see these guys again and again.

The Worthless Son-in-Laws

AMERICANA | SOUTHERN INDIE ROCK FRI. Borderline 7:30p | SAT. O’Mainnin’s 3:00p

The Worthless Son-in-Laws are a Boone, North Carolina-based band formed in 2004. The band draws from among a cauldron of alt-country heroes, early indie-pop bands, and traditional country and old-time songs.

Wynonna & The Big Noise

COUNTRY SAT. Piedmont 9:30p

Five-time Grammy winner and New York Times best-selling author, Wynonna has always revolved her career around telling stories. Whether performing alongside her mother as one half of the legendary duo The Judds, or pushing the boundaries on her own mega-successful solo path, Wynonna’s ability to reach the heart of the human spirit through her bold and unflinching honesty is the entertainer’s true gift. Once dubbed by Rolling Stone as “the greatest female country singer since Patsy Cline,” Wynonna’s rich and commanding voice has sold over 30 million albums worldwide spanning her remarkable 35-year career.



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ALTERNATIVE COUNTRY FRI. Paramount 10:00p | SAT. 6th Street 12:00p Yarn tells stories live and in the studio that are both truth and fiction. They don’t always opt for consistency, there is a difference in every show and you never know what you’re going to get. It is with this energy that has landed Yarn on the Grammy ballot four times.

Zephaniah OHora

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CLASSIC COUNTRY & WESTERN FRI. Cameo 7:00p | FRI. 6th Street 10:30p Zephaniah OHora is a New York City-based singer-songwriter and a pillar of the burgeoning NYC country-western music community. Saving Country Music calls his release This Highway “classic country mastery” and recently wrote, “Zephaniah OHora live is everything you want him to be like with his record - it’s a completely indefinable, indescribable something-ness that all those old greats had.”

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