2013 MOUNTAIN STATE FAIR MUSIC LINEUP

By D. Lanier Shook                          September 6, 2013

Make sure to click here and visit the Mountain State Fair’s Website for ticket and parking information, along with directions to the stages.

LEON JACOBS, JR ON THE PEPSI MUSIC STAGE

Friday, Saturday, Sunday 3 pm, 5pm, 7pm, 9:15pm

Monday – Thursday 5pm, 7pm, 9:15pm

The first thing you need to know about Mr. Jacobs is that by clicking here you can visit his website. Its full of photos, demos, a schedule of where he’s playing next, and a page where you can buy his CDs. More importantly, you also need to know this is the thirteenth year Mr. Jacobs has been at the NC Mountain State Fair. He’s shared other stages with some very famous musicians, including the late “Doc” Watson, Reba, and the Statler Brothers. To preview some of the gospel, rock, and Americana music he performs click here to visit his website.

Leon Jacobs, Jr is one of my favorite musicians at the Fair. He is going to be there pretty much the whole time, doing what he loves — playing great music for you. So swing by the Pepsi Music Stage and listen to a song or two. Remember, you can come back cause this guy has some serious endurance.

BOJANGLES MUSIC STAGE

LYRIC                  5-7 pm Friday, September 6 on the Bojangles Music Stage
Lyric is a quartet that were born as street musician and want to stay true to their sound. Their music is upbeat, the lyrics (no pun intended) are inspirational, and best of all they’re local. Click here to visit their Reverbnation page or click here to watch videos of their performances.

THE VINYL BROTHERS BIG BAND 8 – 10 pm Friday, September 6 on the Bojangles Music Stage

The Vinyl Brothers Big Band is a ten piece ensemble that loves the Big Band sounds from the fifties and sixties.  They’re busy performing at private events and at places like the SOCON Tournament back in March where they played the National Anthem. You can find out more about them by clicking here to visit their website, or keep up with these folks by clicking here to visit their Facebook page. When you visit their homepage make sure to click on the LISTEN button to hear a montage of their sounds and you’ll see why they’re so popular. Or you can hear Terri Lynn Queen sing the National Anthem at SOCON by checking out their Facebook along with video of the party later that night at Magnolia’s.

NIKKI TALLEY                       5-7 pm Saturday, September 7 on the Bojangles Music Stage

Nikki Talley is a local musician who’s been very busy this year. She’s had shows from Florida to New York, everywhere in between, and has still managed to spend some time in the area. Nikki’s from Asheville, but that’s only one reason she was featured on WNCW’s Studio B back in April. You need to click here and check out here great website. Nikki has several CDs you can find out about on the website by clicking the SOUNDS tab at the top of her website. If you want to get a taste of her mellow voice and energetic picking click here to visit her Reverbnation site.

CITY LIMITS                                  8 – 10 pm Saturday September 7 on the Bojangles Music Stage

City Limits is a great local band with a great sound that will have you on your feet. Just click here and check out the promo video montage on their Reverbnation page. Once you do that you’ll want to click here and connect to these talented fellas on their Facebook page so you can know where to see them in person.

KONTAINED                            5-7 pm Sunday September 8 on the Bojangles Music Stage

Kontained is a quartet of teenagers from the Asheville Rock Academy. It’s inspiring when you see young people pursuing their dream and working hard to make it happen. But that’s only one reason you should click here to visit their Facebook page. They’ve also got a photo of AC/DC bassist Cliff Williams when he visited the Academy. It’s also where you can get updates on their next gig.

CAROLINA REX                         8 – 10 pm Sunday, September 8 on the Bojangles Music Stage

Carolina Rex is one of the bands that I first reviewed for the Mountain State Fair and since then I was privileged to hear them perform their tune “Amy” on the radio. They feature a high energy sound that’s not easy to listen to and makes you want to hear more.  This great local group that plays a wide variety of great music, including R&B, rock, funk, and metal.
If you recognize Jacqui,their vocalist, you’re not imagining things. She moonlights as a voice over artist. Brian, another member, gave his first performance of The Gambler to his class at age 7. There’s alot of talent in this group so you’ll want to click here and visit their website or click here to visit their Reverbnation site, where you’ve got to listen to their “Mosquito Stomp.”

EMILY BODLEY                 5-7 pm Monday, September 9 on the Bojangles Music Stage

Emily Bodley is an exciting addition to the Fair’s lineup. This is a 17 year old from Hendersonville who will be getting the chance to play on the Bojangles Music Stage. That’s inspiring and heartwarming at the same time. Emily plays acoustic music on the guitar, ukele, and mandolin in a fresh, honest way that you’ll enjoy. To find out more about this extraordinary young woman click here to visit her Facebook page, click here to hear her on Soundcloud, or click here to watch her on YouTube.

FREE FLIGHT                            8 – 10 Monday, September 9 on the Bojangles Music Stage

Free Flight is a four member band that has been at the Mountain State Fair several times before. To experience their up beat, energetic music click here to view a video of them at the Fair several years ago.

GREYWOLF                 5-7 pm Tuesday, September 10 on the Bojangles Music Stage

Unfortunately I couldn’t find anything about this group. If anyone knows them, please post a comment with the info.

JOE LASHER, JR                         8 –  10 pm Tuesday, September 10 on the Bojangles Music Stage

Joe Lasher is a great voice in the local country music scene. He’s got a busy schedule through the rest of the year, so you’ll want to catch him at the Fair on Tuesday. You’ll also want to click here and check out his Reverbnation page or click here to visit his Facebook page.Then come out and enjoy some good solid country.

96.5 House Band                  5-7pm September 11 on the Bojangles Music Stage

Last year the 96.5 House Band was playing somewhere just about each week. That’s an impressive — and grueling — schedule. These guys are really busy so let’s show up at the Fair and thank them for taking the time to be there. The band has been around for about ten years, hanging out with groups like The Temptations and The Beach Boys. These six guys have alot of talent between them and its a privilege to say they call Asheville home. To see photos of them, meet the guys, or find out where else they’re playing click here to visit their website.

LEIGH GLASS                                8 – 10 pm, September 11 on the Bojangles Music Stage
Leigh Glass and the Hazards are some lucky, lucky folks. They get to hang out with all sorts of neat folks like Sheryl Crow, The Blind Boys of Alabama, Warren Haynes, ZZ Top, Charlie Pride, and lots of others. You’ll want to click here to visit her website and keep up with this dynamic artist. You can check out videos of them in concert and she has an interesting link at the bottom of the page that asks “Are You Sad?” (I’m not going to tell you what it does, only that it brings up an… interesting video.)

SHARKADELICS                   5-7 pm Thursday, September 12 on the Bojangles Music Stage

The Sharkadelics are a four man band from here in Asheville that have been rockin’ the town for about twelve years. They play a brutal schedule of three or four nights a week but it looks like they and their audiences enjoy every minute. This group plays straight up serious rock and roll. Click here to visit their website where you can find out more about them, find out where they’ll be next, and see if your photo is in the Shark Tank,

CONTAGIOUS                   8-10 pm Thursday, September 12 on the Bojangles Music Stage

Contagious is a local group who’s opened for a few folks you may have heard of, like Confederate Railroad and the Kentucky Headhunters. They play great rock music and they play it alot. Fortunately you can catch them at the Mountain State Fair or you can click here to visit their really neat website. That’s where you can watch a video of them, see their schedule, and check out photos of them on stage.

Ryan “RnB” Barber                   5-7 pm Friday, September 13 on the Bojangles Music Stage

Unfortunately we’re all limited by time and money and that means I don’t get to meet as many of these wonderful performers as I’d like. Ryan “RnB” Barber is one I’m been blessed to hear on stage. Back in March I was privileged to hear him and TurboProProject at the One Stop on College Street and you can read about the awesome experience by clicking here.

Ryan “RnB” Barber brings a mix of r&b, jazz, and hip hop to the Fair. For more information about his remarkable music career click here to visit his website, watch a video of him, and listen to some of his music.     If you like what you hear click here to hear more of his tunes.

There are two tunes Ryan performs I really like. The first is “You Can Keep the Fame,” which expresses his love of music, and the other is “Carolina Stomp,” which I heard on his SoundCloud page.

KAYLA MCKINNEY                   8-10 pm Friday, September 12 on the Bojangles Music Stage

Kayla McKinney is a local singer/songwriter. She’s performed with the group Twisted Trail at various local venues. These have included Harrah’s Cherokee Casino, Tall Gary’s Cantina, and the Benefit for Captain Jeff Bowen. You can find out more about her by clicking here.    Or click here to learn about Twisted Trail and watch videos of both them and Kayla McKinney in action.

MICHELLE LEIGH                  5-7 pm Saturday, September 14 on the Bojangles Music Stage

If you like country music you need to go see Michelle Leigh. She’s from Bakersville, graduated from UNCA and she lives in Nashville where she collaborates with well known names to produce her CDs.  The Charlotte Music Awards nominee is a strong supporter of several charitable causes, including Brother Wolf Animal Shelter and No Excuse For Abuse. You can learn more about her, see photos, see videos,  listen to her music, and find out where she’s playing by clicking here to visit her website, which is where you can find out about her new single “Blood Water,” coming out in January.

JODY MEDFORD                   8-10 pm Saturday, September 14 on the Bojangles Music Stage

Jody Medford is a local boy (from Enka) and has one of the lowest voices around. He’s gotten around, performing in Branson, Dollywood, and — most importantly— at the 2013 Mountain State Fair. You can learn more about him by clicking here to visit his homepage where you can see nifty videos and photos of he and his band. That’s also where you can see the video for his new hit “Moonshine.”

ULTIMANOTA                   5-8 pm Sunday, September 15 on the Bojangles Music Stage

Ultimanota is a five piece band with a great Latin sound. You’ll be on your feet when they bring awesome atmosphere and excitement to the stage. To get a taste of what you can look forward to click here and visit their website where they’ve got music and video samples.

2013 MOUNTAIN MUSIC FESTIVAL ON THE HERITAGE MUSIC STAGE

Bobby and Blue Ridge Tradition    7 pm Friday September 6 on the Heritage Music Stage
Bobby Anderson returns to the Fair after a very exciting year. In March this Fair favorite performed at the Lincoln Theater in Marion, Virginia and were recorded for the Song of the Mountain television show. If you really like them on stage you’ll be pleased to know they’re available for private events. To check out their photos and music click here to visit their website.  To keep up with what this busy guys are doing you’ll want to click here and LIKE them on Facebook.

Green Grass Cloggers      7:50 pm  Friday September 6 on the Heritage Music Stage
This is a group with a great legacy and a great sense of humor. They’ve been spreading mountain values for forty two years and their logo is “Incredible Feets Since 1971.” They’ve performed as far away as England, Japan, and Philadelphia, plus they were feature on several Emmy winning television series. Click here to visit their website where you can see photos of them through the years, watch their videos, keep up with their schedule, and learn more about them.

Appalachian Consorts   8 pm  Friday September 6 on the Heritage Music Stage
Appalachian Consort is a quartet of extremely talented musicians who have spent the past thirteen years playing great mountain music. If you attended the Mountain Dance and Folk Festival or Shindig on the Green you’ve heard these folks. If you didn’t get the chance then click here to visit their website where you can see photos, videos, read more about the quartet, and check out their latest CD.  I’ve got to mention that one of the videos features them performing one of my personal favorites, You’ll Never Leave Harlan Alive. It’s a song you might not appreciate if you’ve never been to Harlan, Kentucky.

J Creek Cloggers   8:50 pm  Friday September 6 on the Heritage Music Stage
The J. Creek Cloggers are a Waynesville based group that have been busy spreading mountain values throughout the nation. You may have seen them at one of their local performances, including ones at Gatlinburg and Folkmoot. You’ll want to click here and visit their Facebook page to keep up with where they’ll be next or check out their photos and videos.

Stoney Creek Cloggers   7 pm  Saturday September 7 on the Heritage Music Stage

You can click here to see a video of what you can expect from this group of talented mountain cloggers.

Mountain Tradition Cloggers     7:15 pm  Saturday September 7 on the Heritage Music Stage
The Mountain Tradition Cloggers have a long tradition — pun intended— of delivering on their name. To get an idea of the quality footwork they bring to the stage you can click here to watch a video of them or click here to watch another inspiring video.

Waymasters    7:30 pm  Saturday September 7 on the Heritage Music Stage
This is another example of the great lineup the Fair brings to Western North Carolina. The Waymasters’ “Little Mountain Church House” was the Number One Christian Country hit for June and July 2013. This top-notch group has been around since the late Seventies and you’ll want to click here to visit their really well desgined website. That’s where you can check out an interactive timeline of their group, look at photos and videos, buy their hits, or find out where they’ll be next.

Southern Mountain Fire    8:30 pm  Saturday September 7 on the Heritage Music Stage
The Southern Mountain Fire are a dynamic clogging group that have a solid record of old fashioned mountain clogging. If you want a taste of what you’ll see when they take the stage then click here to enjoy several videos showcasing their talent.

Dixie Darlin’ Cloggers     8:45 pm  Saturday September 7 on the Heritage Music Stage
The Dixie Darlin’s are another one of the treasures that the Fair is bringing to your attention. These folks are a group of very motivated, very talented folks who enjoy what they do. They’ve performed at the White House, at the Olympics, but most importantly they are performing at the Mountain State Fair. To learn more about them or even book them for an event click here to check out their webpage.

Reems Creek Incident     5 pm  Sunday September 8 on the Heritage Music Stage

This is a band from Asheville that includes one member from California and one member who filled in for Raymond Fairchild. Click here to read more about the group.   You can also click here to watch a video of them on the stage.

Smokey Mountain Stompers     5:40 pm  Sunday September 8 on the Heritage Music Stage

This is a local group and a local favorite from Haywood County. You can connect with them on Facebook by clicking here or enjoy a video of their performance by clicking here or another video of them right here.

The Doghouse Band     5:50 pm  Sunday September 8 on the Heritage Music Stage

Unfortunately I couldn’t find anything about this group. If anyone knows them, please post a comment with the info.

Folk Heritage Smooth Dancers      6:50 pm  Sunday September 8 on the Heritage Music Stage
This is a group of dancers that first performed at this year’s Mountain Dance and Folk Festival. They are made up of members of the Folk Heritage Committee, their spouses, and some friends. Click here to watch an impressive video of them on the opening night of the Mountain Dance and Folk Festival.

Front Porch Pickers   7pm  Monday September 9 on the Heritage Music Stage

This is another great group keeping mountain traditions alive. You can click here to watch a video of them in action at an earlier Mountain State Fair.
Mountain Thunder Cloggers                      7:50 pm  Monday September 9 on the Heritage Music Stage

The Mountain Thunder Cloggers are a local group that not only clogs, but will teach you to clog. They’ve performed all over the region and swear they can teach anyone to clog. You can visit their website by clicking here.
Honey Hollar                     8:10 pm  Monday September 9 on the Heritage Music Stage
Honey Hollar is another awesome four member string band from the local area. You can hear some of their music by clicking here to visit their website. You’ll also want to watch videos of them on stage by clicking here. Finally, you’ll definitely want to click here and visit Karen Bell’s homepage. She’s a member of Honey Hollar and that page is where she talks about being a member of another old-time music group featured in the movie The Howling.

Lester Grass                    7 pm  Tuesday September 10 on the Heritage Music Stage

This is a group you may have seen at several local venues including Fletcher Seed and Feed and the local music gathering out in Old Fort. You’ll want to click here and visit their website where you can learn more about them and where they’ll be next. You’ll also find videos of them there.

Southern Mountain Smoke                     7:45 pm  Tuesday September 10 on the Heritage Music Stage

These are another awesome clogging group that’s been entertaining audiences around our area. You can keep up with them on their Facebook page by clicking here. You can enjoy video of their performance by clicking here.

Sons of Ralph                     8 pm  Tuesday September 10 on the Heritage Music Stage
As far as I can tell Sons of Ralph is composed of Ralph Lewis and his sons, cousins or “adopted” sons. Mr. Lewis played with Bill Monroe and on the Grand Old Opry. For more information about the group and to see videos of them click here to visit their website.

Peg Twisters                     7 pm  Wednesday September 11 on the Heritage Music Stage

This is another group that makes me shake my head in awe at the talent the Mountain Music Festival brings together. Dona Cavanagh brings her Irish music heritage from New York state and her fiddle experience from several decades in bands. Jerry Sutton is an award winning guitarist born and bred into the mountain music culture. Bob Gregory may have been born in California, but he’s made the world music scene his home as he studied the music of Greece, the Balkans, and the Mideast. He’s also been a member of Israel’s most popular bluegrass band. You can read more about these folks and find out where else you can see them by clicking here to visit their website.

Southern Connection Cloggers                     7:40 pm  Wednesday September 11 on the Heritage Music Stage

These Irmo, SC based cloggers are one impressive group. They’ve been all over the place, from Augusta, Georgia to New York City. They regularly compete in national festivals, but haven’t forgotten their roots in a dance studio just west of Columbia. You’ll want to visit their website by clicking here.
Paul’s Creek                     8 pm  Wednesday September 11 on the Heritage Music Stage

Any group that has garnered acclaim from Doc Watson and David Holt is impressive. But the members of  Paul’s Creek would be impressive anywhere. Carol Rifkin, Jamie Soesbee, Tom Pittman, Arvil Freeman, and Adam Tanner are joined by other equally talented musicians at festivals and venues around the area and beyond. These are some of the best mountain musicians the area has to offer but to fully grasp how good they are you should click here to view their video on YouTube or click here to check out one on Vimeo or click here to view another on Vimeo. To read their credentials and what has been said about them click here to visit their website.

Green Grass Cloggers                     8:40 pm  Wednesday September 11 on the Heritage Music Stage
This is a group with a great legacy and a great sense of humor. They’ve been spreading mountain values for forty two years and their logo is “Incredible Feets Since 1971.” They’ve performed as far away as England, Japan, and Philadelphia, plus they were feature on several Emmy winning television series. Click here to visit their website where you can see photos of them through the years, watch their videos, keep up with their schedule, and learn more about them.

Mrs. Hyatt’s Jam                    7 -9  pm  Thursday September 12 on the Heritage Music Stage

This is the Mrs. Hyatt who had the weekly music jam at 627 Brevard Road in Asheville until the house and world famous garage were recently lost. It would be hard to emphasize the music tradition that will take the stage for these two hours. They gathered at the Ag Center in June at Jamfest IX and now they’re back.  You can watch a YouTube video NBC News did about the jam sessions in the Hyatt’s garage by clicking hereYou can visit her Facebook page by clicking here.  You need to visit Mrs. Hyatt’s Music House new home on the Internet by clicking here to enjoy their blog, calendar, and music.

Grits and Soul                    7  pm  Friday September 13 on the Heritage Music Stage

This group is proof that mountain music only gets more and more exciting. Anna Kline and John Looney come from separate ends of the Appalachians — Mississippi and Kentucky — but they are both experts in the genre. She’s an expert in Celtic music and the music business. He’s literally an expert in playing and building stringed instruments. You’ve got to get to know this group. You can click here to visit their awesome website or you can click here to keep up with them on their Facebook page or you can click here to listen to them on their Reverbnation site or you can follow them on Twitter by clicking here.

Forge Mountain Cloggers                    7:50 pm  Friday September 13 on the Heritage Music Stage

The Forge Mountain Cloggers are an intergenerational clogging group based in Mills River. Click here to visit their really good website full of information about how you too can learn to clog.

The Moore Brothers                    8:10  pm  Friday September 13 on the Heritage Music Stage

The Moore Borthers appear to be just that, three brothers playing music like so many others.  The big difference is that one of these guys are in high school— and they started five years ago. Click here to visit their website, buy CDs, bumper stickers and even a guitar pick for one dollar.

 Julia Ann Band                    7  pm  Saturday September 14 on the Heritage Music Stage

The Julia Ann Band is a Weaverville based group that brings Julia Ann’s Nashville sound to the WNC Mountains.Sample that sound for free on their Reverbnation site by clicking here. Check out even more on their Bandmix site by clicking here. Keep up with Julia Ann by clicking here to follow her on Twitter.

Fines Creek Flatfooters                    7:40  pm  Saturday September 14 on the Heritage Music Stage

The Fines Creek Flatfooters are a youth clogging group based in Fines Creek, near Clyde. Click here to watch videos of them in action. You can click here to find out about booking them for your events.

Southern Appalachian Cloggers   7:50 pm  Saturday September 14 on the Heritage Music Stage

The Southern Appalachian Cloggers are a group of people devoted not only to mountain tradition, but also to helping others. You can find out more about them by clicking here to visit their website. Click here to check out a video of their performance or here to watch another one. Keep up with their next performance by clicking here to connect with the Facebook page.

Cedar Creek Bluegrass  8  pm  Saturday September 14 on the Heritage Music Stage

Unfortunately I couldn’t find anything about this group. If anyone knows them, please post a comment with the info.

Appalachian Mountaineers    8:45  pm  Saturday September 14 on the Heritage Music Stage

Unfortunately I couldn’t find anything about this group (unless they are actually ASU’s football team). If anyone knows them, please post a comment with the info.

Little Creek    5 pm Sunday September 15 on the Heritage Music Stage

Unfortunately I couldn’t find anything about this group. If anyone knows them, please post a comment with the info.

Cole Mountain Cloggers   5:45  pm  Sunday September 15 on the Heritage Music Stage

This is a nationally known group of cloggers who have performed in several regional festivals. They are based in Mars Hill and you can find out more about them by clicking here.   To see videos of their performances on YouTube click here.

George and Brooke Buckner   6  pm  Sunday September 15 on the Heritage Music Stage

George and Brooke are local musicians who have both been playing Bluegrass since childhood. For more information about their heritage and who they’ve played with click here.   Click here to visit their own web page where you can see photos and hear samples of their work.

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