FESTIVAL: Mountain Music Festival at the Mountain State Fair

By D. Lanier Shook                           September 5, 2013

One part of the Mountain State Fair I’m really excited about is the Mountain Music Festival. This great event takes place every evening on the Heritage Music Stage. Here’s the absolutely incredible lineup you can look forward to.

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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