September 10, 2013
Officials with Carolina Bible Camp in Mocksville announced their upcoming Bluegrass Festival to be held on Saturday, Sept. 14 from 10:45 a.m. until 5 p.m.
The camp, located at 1988 Jericho Church Road, will be the site of the outdoor festival featuring the 2012 IBMA Vocal Group of the Year, Blue Highway. Also appearing are the Snyder Family Band, The Idle Time Band, and Wilkes Seniors on Stage.
Tickets are only $15 per person and may be purchased in advance online by following the link at www.carolinabiblecamp.org. Tickets may be purchased at the gate for $20 per person. Children under 12 are admitted free.
Organizers advise the festival will be held rain or shine, and concert-goers should bring folding chairs and blankets for seating. Outside food, coolers, picnic baskets, pets, alcohol and tobacco will not be permitted. A $12 plate including pulled pork barbequed ribs, vegetables and homemade blackberry cobbler will be available in the air-conditioned camp cafeteria. Hotdogs and other refreshments may also be purchased. All proceeds will benefit the capital development and scholarship funds of Carolina Bible Camp.
At the 17-year mark, Blue Highway is indisputably one of the most esteemed and influential groups in contemporary bluegrass. The band’s nine exceptional albums and compelling live performances give proof to the stellar reviews, Grammy nominations, and numerous awards earned by the band since it first took the stage on December 31, 1994, with the same musicians that comprise Blue Highway today.
With a deep bench of virtuosic songwriters, vocalists and instrumentalists, Blue Highway’s hallmark is an unwavering commitment to the ensemble, the “democracy of the band” that makes Blue Highway a powerhouse.
Individually, Jason Burleson (banjo, guitar, mandolin), Rob Ickes (Dobro), Shawn Lane (mandolin, fiddle, vocals), Tim Stafford (guitar, vocals), and Wayne Taylor (bass, vocals) are masters of their respective roles. Together, in Stafford’s words, they are “a democracy in the best sense of the word” — five gifted artists selflessly merging their talents into a seamlessly brilliant group sound. As a result, the band moves from strength to strength, more mature and impressive with each new album.
Blue Highway has five gifted writers in its ranks. Rob and Jason turn out the heart-pounding instrumentals, while Shawn, Tim and Wayne give Blue Highway a depth of songwriting talent unprecedented in sixty years of bluegrass bands.
With ten highly-acclaimed albums to its credit, Blue Highway has garnered two Grammy nominations, a Dove Award, topped the Bluegrass Unlimited radio charts, and won numerous International Bluegrass Music Association awards. Refusing to coast on past glories, Blue Highway continues to push its music to new levels of accomplishment. Artfully balanced between tradition and innovation, it remains in the forefront of contemporary bluegrass music.
The Snyder Family Band of Lexington, N.C. has appeared on many important bluegrass stages including MerleFest, Music City Roots, Bristol Rhythm and Roots, and the Red, White, and Bluegrass Festival. Television viewers have had two opportunities so far to catch them on the PBS program, “Song of the Mountains.”
Siblings Samantha and Zeb Snyder have won many prestigious competitions on the fiddle and guitar, respectively, and already have individual songwriting credits to their names. Currently, they are also in the running for several International Bluegrass Music Association awards.
The Idle Time Band of Taylorsville is enjoying a growing reputation in bluegrass circles. They have opened for such groups as Rhonda Vincent and The Rage, Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver and IIIrd Tyme Out. Mandolin player Russell Loudermelk is the author of “Baby, Come Home,” recorded by The Lonesome River Band. Idle Time members include Bobby Hefner on guitar, Eric Childers on dobro, John Treadway on banjo and Jimmy Trivette on the upright bass.
Wilkes Seniors on Stage was formed in 1995 as a part of Wilkes Playmakers to encourage senior citizens to sing for other senior citizens. The nonprofit group travels around Wilkes County, North Carolina and elsewhere, singing at retirement communities, senior centers, and nursing homes. The Seniors on Stage perform two public performances, one in the spring and one at Christmas. The membership is open to anyone who enjoys music and would like to share in music making.
The Carolina Bible Camp Bluegrass Festival is sponsored in part by Carolina Hearing Doctors and The Eye Care Center.
For more information about the Carolina Bible Camp Bluegrass Festival, please contact Lisa Brewer at (336) 262-6325.