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Yarn received a Grammy nomination, garnered nods from the Americana Music Association, placed top five on both Radio and Records and the AMA album charts, garnered airplay on Sirius FM, I Tunes, Pandora, CNN, CMT and Roughstock.com, and also accorded the “Download of the Day” from Rolling Stone. Shine the Light On found shared song writing credits with John Oates (the Oates of Hall & Oates fame), and when audiences expressed their admiration, it brought the band a populist following of diehard devotees, popularly known as “the Yarmy.”

Alison Brown


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Alison Brown has taken an unlikely path in establishing herself as one of the most critically acclaimed banjoists in the world. A former investment banker (with a bachelor’s degree in history and literature from Harvard and an MBA from UCLA), Alison is a Grammy winner, US Artists Fellow and co-founder of Nashville-based Compass Records. In 2015, the same year she celebrated 20 years of Compass Records, Alison received the Distinguished Achievement Award from the International Bluegrass Music Association for fostering bluegrass music.

Brown combines a wide range of root-influenced music—folk, jazz, Celtic and Latin—and is considered one of the finest progressive banjo players. She and Compass co-founder, husband and bassist Garry West have assembled a stellar cast, including some of Nashville’s most adventurous session players, as well as special guests Indigo Girls, Keb’ Mo’, label mate Colin Hay, ukulele virtuoso Jake Shimabukuro, legendary drummer Steve Gadd, fiddle sensation Stuart Duncan, Dobro whiz Rob Ickes, upright bass maestro Todd Phillips, and Irish guitar/bouzouki phenom John Doyle.

Mountain Heart


Mountain Heart


Mountain Heart is thrilled to announce their new partnership and their recent release Blue Skies! This self-produced project is what the band calls, “the most emotional performance of the best batch of songs of our careers.”

Rolling Stone Country: "Mountain Heart manages to straddle the line between complete reinvention and staying true to their roots — there's a palpable electric current running through "Blue Skies," while still maintaining the relaxed, festival-ready pulse they've become known for over the course of more than a decade”

The Daily Country: “Mountain Heart is set to return with Blue Skies, their first studio album in five years, on May 6th. The album finds the group reinvented with front man Josh Shilling being the only member previously featured on a Mountain Heart release. The rest of the line-up now includes violinist Molly Cherryholmes (of 5-time Grammy-nominees Cherryholmes), Jeff Partin, Aaron Ramsey, and Seth Taylor and while the quintet stays true its bluegrass roots, they add R&B, country, and jazz alongside some heavenly harmonies and brilliant musicianship creating a high-energy, soulful sound.

Songs From the Road


Songs From The Road


Songs From The Road Band is a North Carolina powerhouse group featuring Mark Schimick, Charles Humphrey, Ryan Cavanaugh, Sam Wharton, and James Schlender. Collectively, they have received top accolades in the bluegrass, Americana, and jazz genres.  They will be touring heavily in support of the fourth studio album, Road To Nowhere, is due out in the summer of 2018!

South Hill Banks


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South Hill Banks – Lance Thomas (vocals, guitar), Eric Horrocks (mandolin, vocals), Ryan Horrocks (banjo), Dan Fiasconaro (guitar, vocals), and Matt Eversole (upright bass) – have carved a niche for themselves in the Richmond music scene with their genre-bending psychedelic bluegrass sound. Formed in August 2015 in Richmond, Virginia, South Hill Banks pulls from a wide range of influences such as Phish, Tony Rice, The Grateful Dead, Doc Watson, and Sam Bush to keep audiences entertained with a blend of sounds old and new.
Since the release of their debut album, Riverside Dr., South Hill Banks have taken central Virginia by storm, headlining a multitude of small- and medium-sized venues and working aside national touring groups with a devoted and ever-growing fan base following every step of the way.
South Hill Banks are currently performers-in-residence at The Camel in Richmond, Virginia, appearing on the 2nd Friday of every month with past supporting acts such as Dead 27s, James Justin & Co., Forlorn Strangers, Kendall Street Company, The Floorboards, Lord Nelson, Maradeen, Brock Butler (Perpetual Groove), Will Overman Band. Be sure to stay tuned, as the band has big plans to make a name for themselves throughout the rest of Virginia and beyond in 2017.

Tim Carter Band


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Tim Carter is a banjo/mandolin/harmonica playing singer/songwriter/guitarist who performs around the world. In addition to the Carter Brothers Band and his own Tim Carter Band, he has been touring and recording with Hayseed Dixie since 2016. Tim, a native North Carolinian, has the rich musical heritage of the Carter Family running deep in his veins. His banjo style, described as “Rain running through the trees,” is progressive, but with traditional roots.

Tim was in the Carter Brothers Band with his brother, Danny Carter, for the past 30 years. The band release several records. The latest, “The Road to Roosky,” on Compass Records, gained a lot of attention. Tim and Danny created their own brand of groovingappalacianfolkrockfunkedupbluegrassgypsybluesmusic, playing world wide with much success. Tim continues that style of playing, true blues roots music—occasionally playing bluegrass to show that he is from North Carolina—but the blues is the basis of what he does.

Accompanying Tim in the Tim Carter Band are world class musicians… drummer Dann Sherrill, bassist David Roe, and guitarist Michael McAdam.


Tim Carter Band

Dr. Bacon


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Dr. Bacon is a genre blending "Appalachian Funk-Rock" band from Asheville, NC. Performing an infectiously danceable blend of funk, soul, jazz, rock, blues, folk, hip-hop and more. Featuring as diverse instrumentation as influencing styles including: guitars, resonator, harmonica, bass, tenor saxophone, baritone saxophone drums, trombone, violin, pedal steel, mandolin, kazoo and more. Dr. Bacon is sure to get you moving and grooving.

Alexa Rose


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Alexa Rose has the rare ability to find strikingly original melodies that nevertheless sound like they must have existed for a long time, stored away maybe in the ether of creativity, self-evident and awaiting discovery. Moving deftly between complex dexterity and heart-tugging familiarity, Rose achieves a sound that pushes gently alongside the bright vocal experimentalism of Joni Mitchell and Joanna Newsom while maintaining the brassy attitude and simple refrains that run straight through American roots music from mountain ballads to rock n roll.


Turpentine Shine


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Turpentine Shine was brought into existence by the insatiable hunger to play acoustic, roots music...the way it was done way back when. As founding members of the band Downtown Senate, Benji Morris (Acoustic Guitar/Vocals) and Johnny Slate (Banjo) played music together for the better part of 10 years. Long time friend and former band member, Dan Powers (Upright Bass) joined up with the guys in 2014.

And in 2016, shortly after Johnny and family moved to Pennsylvania, Pete Washburn just happened to have his banjo with him and stumbled across the guys at one of their shows. Pete's been playing banjo with the band ever since.

To help fill out the sound and bring a new dynamic, the band added Nathan Shepherd to the lineup on electric and acoustic guitar in 2017.

Turpentine Shine features an outstanding collection of original songs as well as some traditional and well-known cover songs that the average music fan will recognize and appreciate. From blues on the banjo to bluegrassy motown, you can rest assured that you've never experienced acoustic, roots music like this..so come on, check us out.

Lost Ridge


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Handlebar Betty


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Handlebar Betty is a harmony driven folk-grass band singing modern stories with an old-time feel.

Hometown - Boone, NC

Laced with elements of bluegrass, folk, blues, soul and rockabilly, Handlebar Betty creates a unique sound that is dark, driving, and earthy; bringing forth a genuine, soulful and eclectic approach to acoustic/electric music.

Band Members

  • Meris Gantt - Guitar, Vocals, Bass, and Banjo
  • Anna Huffman - Guitar, Vocal, Bass, and Mandolin
  • Chad Berry - Banjo, Guitar, and Vocals
  • Jordan Lamb - Guitar (electric and acoustic), and Vocals
  • Blake Bostain - Mandolin, Trumpet, and Vocals


Melissa Reaves


Melissa Reaves is known to audiences throughout the US and Europe for her avant-garde, fire driven’, deconstructionist approach to rock-n-roll. Reaves has amassed a word-of-mouth following most notably for her experimental guitar work but also for her propensity towards spontaneity and seamless improvisation during live performance. She deconstructs the blues, pushes jazz to the outer limits and burns through rock-n-roll like the love child of Jerry Lee Lewis and the MC5. The real deal! Melissa's, "New Rock Song" was placed on the 55th GRAMMY Awards nomination ballot for Best Rock Performance.



Performing over 200 shows per year, Melissa spends most of her time touring with her eclectic solo show as well as her band. In January 2000, Melissa was chosen to participate in a "Women of the Millennium" showcase at the MIDEM conference in Cannes, France and toured in both England and France which included opening for Robert Plant of Led Zepplin.


In 1999, Melissa won the Lilith Fair Talent Search for the Charlotte area. She took the stage at Tremont Music Hall by storm and blew the crowd away. Melissa is well-known for her electrifying performances which leave her fans screaming for more. Her performance at Lilith Fair was incredible, and Melissa ended up on the main stage at the end of the night and truly brought down the house.


Melissa's third CD, Sentimental Anthem, includes a blend of some incredible grooves and the powerful extremes of Melissa's vocal abilities. Nine tracks are originals and the CD includes a dynamic rendition of "Purple Haze" with the Willy's, as well as a beautiful acoustic version of "I Know You Rider." For Reaves, one of the goals for this CD was to capture the intense energy of her live performances. Sentimental Anthem was released in May 1999, and has received outstanding reception from both fans and radio play.


Another of Reaves'accomplishments was the independent release of her debut album, Fall From Grace. Reaves wrote and arranged the entire album which includes ten listed tracks along with some extra surprises. Melissa has one track on the GO ON GIRL '97 CD compilation. The CD features female fronted bands from across the U.S. & Canada and is the brain child of Susan White at Fret Less Music.


Originally from North Carolina, Melissa Reaves tours nationally as well as internationally including New York,Boston,Atlanta,New Orleans,Seattle and Vancouver,BC. Melissa has shared the stage with Robert Plant, Sarah MacLachlan, Leon Russell,Sheryl Crow, Cyndi Lauper, Sister Sledge, Gloria Gaynor, Kenny Wayne Sheppard, Doc Watson, Little Feat; and has performed for many benefits and rallies including New York Pride, Battered Women's Shelters, and PETA. Melissa has also been a featured artist at the MIDEM, CMJ, & LMNOP conferences and at the NEA Extravaganza.


Melissa Reaves' unique sound and charismatic presence has received excellent reviews for their shows in Seattle, NYC, and in the Boston area. Rob Bloom of NYC's Manhattan Mirror said that, 'Melissa sings the blues all heart and soul...Melissa delivered the goods and shook the place,' while Steve Rylie of Creative Loafing says, 'Reaves will electrify any audience and send chills down your spine.' Melissa has propelled herself forward in the independent music scene with enormous strides. With her dynamic stage presence and burning desire to entertain, Melissa Reaves is someone who will excite and energize any audience!