The organizers of the Carolina Bible Camp Bluegrass Festival held just west of Winston-Salem, North Carolina, each September has announced its 2017 lineup and it is impressive. Among the acts scheduled to perform are IBMA winners Blue Highway, Carolina Chocolate Drops co-founder Don Flemons and Asheville’s Fireside Collective. At $15 for a full day pass (children 12 and younger are free with a paying adult), you’re not going to find a better musical bargain.
If you want to catch a preview of one of these acts, Fireside Collective is playing at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 11, at Foothills Brewing in Winston-Salem. You can find details here.
From the good folks at the Carolina Bible Camp Bluegrass Festival:
MOCKSVILLE, NORTH CAROLINA –Ticket sales for the sixth Annual Carolina Bible Camp Bluegrass Festival opened today as festival organizers announced a full roster of exciting artists.
Performers for the Sept. 9, 2017, festival — sponsored by Brewer Brewer & Sorel Attorneys at Law, Carolina Hearing Doctors and the Eye Care Centers of Salisbury, Statesville and Hickory — performers include Blue Highway, Dom Flemons, Tim White & Troublesome Hollow, Fireside Collective and the Loose Strings Band.
Tickets for Carolina Bible Camp Bluegrass Festival 2017 are on sale now at cbcbluegrass.com.
Voted the “Favorite Bluegrass Artist of All Time” by the readers of Bluegrass Today, Blue Highway has earned 26 collective IBMA Awards, 6 SPBMGA Awards, one Dove Award, and numerous Grammy nominations.
They are currently nominated for a 2017 Grammy Award in the category for Best Bluegrass Album for their chart-busting disc, “Original Traditional.” Blue Highway members include Jason Burleson (banjo, vocals), Shawn Lane (mandolin, fiddle, vocals), Gaven Largent (dobro, vocals), Tim Stafford (guitar, vocals), and Wayne Taylor (bass, vocals). Blue Highway will perform on the CBC Front Porch Stage from 4:45 pm until 6:15 p.m.
They will close the day with other artists on stage performing “Will the Circle Be Unbroken?”
Arizona native Dom Flemons may be best known as a founding member of the Carolina Chocolate Drops, with whom he earned a Grammy Award for Best Traditional Folk Album. Flemons is an author and poet who developed a deep interest in reviving, preserving, and performing old-time music. “I might be playing music that’s 100 years old,” he said, “but that doesn’t mean my ears are only listening to music that’s 100 years old.” Dom Flemons will intrigue, instruct, and delight you with his banjo and more on the CBC Front Porch Stage from 3 p.m. until 4:30 p.m.
Everyone’s favorite bluegrass buddy, Tim White, is returning to the CBC Bluegrass Festival for his third year in a row. The talented host of the PBS syndicated television show Song of the Mountains will perform with brothers Donny and Garry Ollis. Tim is also known for his syndicated radio program, The Tim White Bluegrass Show, which recently aired a documentary he produced on Carolina Bible Camp. Tim White and Troublesome Hollow will tickle your ears and your funny bones on the CBC Front Porch Stage from 11 a.m. until noon.
Formed in 2014, this group of folk music enthusiast blend elements of traditional bluegrass and American roots music with modern acoustic arrangements. Their energetic show transitions smoothly between danceable bluegrass numbers and passionate folk ballads, with a surprise Paul Simon number thrown in for good measure. With Jesse Iaquinto on mandolin, Tommy Maher on dobro, Joe Cicero on acoustic guitar, and Carason White on upright bass, Fireside Collective brings a truly delightful exploration of roots music to the CBC Front Porch Stage from 1:45 p.m. until 2:45 p.m.
The Loose Strings Band isn’t! This all-girl band from Galax, Virginia, has tight arrangements and well-blended harmonies. Featured twice on the PBS program Song of the Mountains, they have completed no fewer than five albums. Known for their original compositions as well as top-notch covers of other artists’ work, the Loose Strings includes Ashley Nale (banjo), Channing Russell Combs (guitar), Grace Wilson Davis (bass), Lindsey Nale (mandolin), and Mary Claire Hooper (fiddle). Catch them on the CBC Front Porch Stage from 12:30 p.m. until 1:30 p.m.
Carolina Bible Camp Bluegrass Festival 2017 is pleased to welcome back the Piedmont Chapter of the Model A Ford Restorers’ Club. The classic car exhibit is included in the price of admission.
The festival includes the best in outdoor play equipment, free arts and crafts activities and old-fashioned sidewalk games for kids of all ages. A wide range of vendors includes unique jewelry, artisans, a silent auction featuring specialty items, and more. Musicians will want to bring their instruments to take advantage of the Pickers’ Place jam tent.
The Mocksville festival gates open at 10 a.m. and close at 6 p.m. Parking is free. Handicapped parking and assistance is available for guests with special needs. Children under 12 are admitted free. Lunch is served on the grounds for an additional charge. No alcohol, no coolers, no pets, please. Bring your own chair.
Carolina Bible Camp is located at 1988 Jericho Church Road. For more information, please contact CBC Bluegrass Festival Executive Director Lisa Brewer at (336) 262-6325.
For more information about Carolina Bible Camp Bluegrass Festival, please visit http://www.cbcbluegrass.com.