By D. Lanier Shook August 26, 2014
When the Mountain State Fair opens in just over a week the fun will last for about a week. But what a week that will be! There will be food, rides, shows, contests, and music. You can click here to learn more about the food, rides, shows, and contests. But here’s what you need to know about the music and the talented folks who are playing it.
LEON JACOBS, JR ON THE PEPSI MUSIC STAGE
Friday, Saturday, Sunday 3 pm, 5pm, 7pm, 9:15pm
Monday – Thursday 5pm, 7pm, 9:15pm
Leon Jacobs, Jr is one of the most amazing people you will see at the fair. First of all this is going to be the fourteenth year he’ll have been at the Fair. In the meantime he’s been playing alongside folks like Reba, the Statler Brothers, and the late “Doc” Watson. You can visit his website by clicking here to preview the gospel, rock, and Americana music he plays. It also features photos of his past performances, his schedule, and — if you like what you hear —somewhere to buy his CDs.
2014 MOUNTAIN MUSIC FESTIVAL ON THE HERITAGE MUSIC STAGE
The Mountain Music Festival is a relatively unknown musical event that brings top talent to our region. Although the Fair is full of incredible features, this is one you should look at twice. The quality and quantity of performers it offers is hard to match. Scroll down and explore these links to see what we mean.
The Moore Brothers Friday, September 5 at 7 pm
The first thing you need to know about The Moore Brothers is that they are brothers. The second thing you need to know is they are between 11 and sixteen. If this interests you then click here to watch them on YouTube where you can see their performances at MerleFest. If you like what you see then click here to visit their website where you can learn about them, connect with the on social media, and find out where they’ll be after they leave the Fair.
The Green Valley Cloggers Friday, September 5 at 7:55 pm
If you haven’t seen the Green Valley Cloggers you’ll want to click here to enjoy videos of them at the Shindig on the Green. You may have seen them at one of several regional events.
Appalachian Consort Friday, September 5 at 8:05 pm
Appalachian Consort is a quartet of extremely talented musicians who have spent the past thirteen years playing great mountain music. They not only have been on stage at the Fair, but also at the Shindig on the Green, Mountain Dance and Folk Festival, along with other local appearances and venues. 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, check out their latest CD, and keep track of their very busy schedule. One great song they perform is , You’ll Never Leave Harlan Alive.
The Waymasters Saturday, September 6 at 7 pm
This is another example of the great lineup the Fair brings to Western North Carolina. The group has a whole slew of top hits. They’ve been around since the late Seventies and you’ll want to click here to visit their really well designed website. That’s where you can look at photos and videos, buy their hits, or find out where they’ll be next.
Mountain Tradition Saturday, September 6 at 7:55 pm
Although the website and schedule isn’t perfectly clear, I believe this refers to the talented Mountain Tradition cloggers, who have appeared at the Fair before. You can find out why when you click here to enjoy a very enthusiastic video of their clogging at the Shindig on the Green.
Stoney Creek Cloggers Saturday, September 6 at 8:10 pm
This is another group returning to the Fair. You can click here to see photos of them in action. You can click here to watch a video of them at Shindig on the Green or click here to watch another video of them at Shindig on the Green.
Rhiannon Ramsey Saturday, September 6 at 8:20 pm
Rhiannon Ramsey is a very talented young lady who has played at the Fair several times before. If you like old time music, fiddling, and dancing, you’ll enjoy any of these videos that feature her.
- Rhiannon Ramsey and Friends at Shindig on the Green
- Another Video of Rhiannon Ramsey at Shindig on the Green
- Rhiannon Ramsey Playing at the Grey Eagle
- Rhiannon Ramsey & Bailee Brandon at Shindig on the Green
Southern Mountain Fire Saturday, September 6 at 8:40 pm
The Fair is the place to be if you like mountain dancing and Southern Mountain Fire is proof. This is one reason they’re back. If you can’t waitfor the Fair just click here to enjoy their talent and what to expect at the Fair.
Dixie Darlin’ Cloggers Saturday, September 6 at 8:50 pm
The Dixie Darlin’s are back and I’m not surprised. 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.
Lynn Goldsmith & The Jeter Mountain Band Sunday, September 7 at 5 pm
Lynn Goldsmith and The Jeter Mountain Band sing clear, upbeat, traditional mountain music. If you’re interested in this Brevard based musician you can click here to connect with them on Facebook. You can click here to listen to samples of her CD, Carolina Girl.
J Creek Cloggers Sunday, September 7 at 5:45 pm
The J. Creek Cloggers are a Waynesville based group that have been busy traveling and dancing across 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.
The Doghouse Band Sunday, September 7 at 6 pm
As far as I can tell this is a band from Candler that plays traditional mountain music. They feature guitars, a banjo, and a bass. You can click here to see photos of them in action at the 2011 Buncombe County Chatauqua.
Lake Lure Clogging Team Sunday, September 7 at 6:45 pm
Unfortunately I couldn’t find anything about this group, so if you go to see them please pass along contact information.
Monday, September 8 (7-9 pm)
Julia Ann Band Monday, September 8 at 7 pm
The Julia Ann Band comes to the Fair from Weaverville. Sample their solid mountain 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.
Jonah Riddle with Bluegrass Express Monday, September 8 at 7:50 pm
As far as I can tell Jonah Riddle is a young man who plays a very good banjo. You can judge for yourself by clicking here to watch a video of him at the Galax Fiddler’s Convention. You can also click here to check out a video of him and Steve Huber playing.
The Traveler’s Club Monday, September 8 at 8:05 pm
The Traveler’s Club is a local band that plays folk flavored Americana and “newgrass.” Find out more about them by clicking here.
Mountain Thunder Cloggers Monday, September 8 at 8:35 pm
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.
Tuesday, September 9 (7-9 pm)
Sons of Ralph Tuesday, September 9 at 7 pm
This is the Best Bluegrass Band in Western North Carolina (according to the Mountain Xpress readers.) Sons of Ralph is composed of Ralph Lewis and his sons, cousins or “adopted” sons. They recently released their CD and you can find out more about it by clicking here to visit their website.
The Rathbones Tuesday, September 9 at 7:50pm
Unfortunately I can’t find anything on a group called the Rathbones. Fortunately, when you see them at the Fair you can tell me all about them. If you could ask them for contact information and pass it along to me, that’d be great.
Adams, Queen & Rifkin Tuesday, September 9 at 8:10 pm
Here’s another example of the quality that the Mountain Music Festival brings to its audiences. These three bring a combination of award winning, nationally known, traditional quality music to the stage. Click here to visit the website and see what I’m talking about.
Peg Twisters Wednesday, September 10 at 7 pm
This is another group that shows the incredible talent showcased at the Mountain Music Festival brings together. This group merges Cetlic and Mediterranean musical traditions in one incredible trio. 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 Wednesday, September 10 at 7:45 pm
These cloggers come from the town of Irmo, SC, just outside of Columbia. (I stopped there for gasoline on the way to Charleston — the town, not Southern Connection Cloggers.) They’ve been welcomed across the nation and you get the chance to see them at the Fair. Find out why you should by clicking here to visit their website.
Carolina Blue Wednesday, September 10 at 8:15 pm
This is yet another impressive group coming to the Fair. These folks have been performing their solid mountain style music since they were children. If you’re a fan of fast-pickin’, solidly traditional mountain music you’ll want to check out these folks. To see what I’m talking about check out their videos by clicking here, or here to see them performing at Renofest, or click here to watch them perform an old Gospel favorite. You can also connect with them on Facebook by clicking here to visit their page.
Front Porch Pickers Thursday, September 11 at 7 pm
This is another great group keeping mountain traditions alive. If you like fast pickin’ you’ve got to see them and you’ve got to click here to watch a video of them in action at an earlier Mountain State Fair. The video featured a talented young member of the group named Cory Warren.
Folk Heritage Smooth Dance Team Thursday, September 11 at 7:50 pm
It seems redundant to keep saying that The Mountain Dance and Folk Festival brings incredible talent to our area, but its just incredibly true. This group is a perfect example. Click here to watch an impressive video of them on the opening night of the Mountain Dance and Folk Festival.
Bobby & Blue Ridge Tradition Thursday, September 11 at 8:05 pm
Bobby Anderson and Blue Ridge Tradition are a very busy bunch of folks. Not only do they perform across the Eastern U.S., but they bring their music to many private venues. To see what they’re like just click here to visit their website.To keep up with them you’ll want to click here and LIKE them on Facebook.
, September 12 (7-9 pm)
Ric Ledford & Reems Creek Incident Friday, September 12 at 7 pm
This is talented band from Asheville that includes a member who filled in for Raymond Fairchild once. To see why they’re back click here to watch a video of them on the stage. To see where they’ve been, what they’ve been doing,and where they’re going to be click here to connect with them on Facebook.
Smokey Mountain Stompers Friday, September 12 at 7:45 pm
The Mountain Music Festival is a place you can count on to feature our region’s best musicians and dancers. The Smokey Mountain Stompers are yet another great example. But you don’t have to take my word for it. Just click here to connect with several videos of their footwork or click here to connect with them on Facebook.
Grits & Soul Friday, September 12 at 8 pm
Anna Kline and John Looney may come from opposite 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.
Asheville Clogging Company Friday, September 12 at 8:40 pm
The Asheville Clogging Company is unique because not only do they clog, they will teach you to clog. The director is a champion of clogging, not only in Western North Carolina, but around the nation and around the world. She encourages mothers and daughters to connect through clogging with a special discount just for mothers. You can find out more about this and how clogging is a great exercise by clicking here to visit their website.
Dark Corner Bluegrass Saturday, September 13 at 7 pm
Here’s another great bluegrass group from South Carolina. This quartet has more than its fair share of talent, but you don’t have to take my word for it. Click here to listen to them as you browse a photo gallery of their performances.
Fines Creek Flatfooters Saturday, September 13 at 7:45 pm
The Fines Creek Flatfooters are a youth clogging group based in Fines Creek, near Clyde. Click here to watch videos of them in action or you can click here to find out about booking them for your events. Their site also has a great summary of the history of clogging.
Southern Appalachian Cloggers Saturday, September 13 at 7:55 pm
The Southern Appalachian Cloggers were formed in 1967 and not only preserve mountain traditions, but help others while they’re at it. The Shriner’s Hospital has honored them for this work. You can find out more about them by clicking here to visit their website. Keep up with their next performance by clicking here to connect with the Facebook page.
Gospel Grass Saturday, September 13 at 8:05 pm
I’m guessing this is a group from Bristol that was formed over a garage in 1986. You can click here to visit their Soundclick website. That’s where you can hear samples of their music and read more about their talented members.
Appalachian Mountaineers Saturday, September 13 at 8:45 pm
Unless this is the ASU football team, I can’t find anything about them. So if you see these folks, let me know about them and please pass on contact information. Even though I can’t find them on the web, I’m still certain they’re worth going to hear.
Sunday, September 14 (5-7 pm)
The Mehaffey Brothers Sunday, September 14 at 5 pm
Unfortunately I couldn’t find anything about this group, so when you hear them please send me a review and contact information.
The Mountaineer Cloggers Sunday, September 14 at 5:45 pm
George & Brooke Buckner Sunday, September 14 at 6 pm
George and Brooke are local musicians who have both been playing Bluegrass since childhood. They have a page on the Blue Ridge National Heritage Site you can visit by clicking here. They also have their own very well designed page you can visit by clicking here to see photos and hear samples of their work.
Cole Mountain Cloggers Sunday, September 14 at 6:45 pm
The Cole Mountain Cloggers are a Mars Hill based group with direct ties to Bascom Lunsford. You may have seen them perform in several regional festivals. Find out more about them by clicking here or check out their performances on YouTube by clicking here.