More Entertainment Annoucements Coming Soon!

Stage in Farmer's Market - Main Room

  • 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm: David Via
  • 4:00 pm - 5:10 pm: Johnny and Jeanette Williams
  • 5:30 pm - 6:45 pm: Turkey Scratch
  • 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm: Chatham Rabbits

Stage in Community Room

  • 2:15 pm -3:00 pm: Greg Wampler
  • 3:00 pm- 3:45 pm: Bearded Whiskey
  • 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm: Harwell Grice
  • 5:45 pm - 7:15 pm: Tyler Martin and Penciled In
  • 7:15 pm - 8:30 pm: Can't do Right Band

VIP

  • 3:00 pm - 4:20 pm: Bluegrass Banjo Workshop featuring Sweethearts of the Banjo

 

Performing Live at BLBF:

Chatham Rabbits

It's been about music from the get go. Austin and Sarah crossed paths in 2013 when he spotted her onstage at the Cat's Cradle while opening for Mandolin Orange. He didn't know much about old-time music and she didn't know much about him, but they figured it out. Music is the reason they met. It's their past time and gift they give to others. Together they've played smokey bars, summer festivals, busked on the streets of Nashville ‘til their voices wore out, put a tune to the love at their best friends' wedding, and led churches in old-time hymns way past it was time for Sunday lunch.

This past summer, they decided to leave our corporate careers to take Chatham Rabbits full-time. They knew they would regret it if they never gave their music a shot. They tour full-time in their van with their hound dog Ruby and they're so thankful for the life they’re living. It’s not always easy, but so far it’s been worth it.

  

 

Johnny and Jeanette Williams

Johnny Williams grew up in Fries, Virginia, a small community nestled alongside the New River in Grayson County. Grayson County has long been steeped in bluegrass and old-time music, and Johnny soaked up the musical culture around him at fiddler’s conventions, local performances, and jam sessions. Eventually Johnny moved with his family to Danville, on Virginia’s Southside, a region home to diverse musical styles. Johnny became a powerful singer and songwriter and, after stints with soul and blues bands, returned to his bluegrass roots.

At a local opry production, Johnny met Jeanette Finney of Eden, North Carolina, a sought-after singer who joined Johnny’s band Clearwater. They married two years later. Jeanette has performed with the likes of Ralph Stanley, Alison Krauss, and Larry Sparks. Johnny and Jeanette often perform and write songs independently; each has won the prestigious Chris Austin Songwriting Contest at MerleFest, in Wilkesboro, North Carolina, and collaborated with distinguished songwriters Dixie and Tom T. Hall. But their greatest joy is playing together as the much-beloved Johnny and Jeanette Williams Band.

 

David Via

Via (sounds like sky) is the winner of the 2009 International/American Folk Alliance Songwriters Contest,held at Mountain Stage, and has picked up MerleFest's-"Chris Austin Songwriter" prize three times. They were chosen by BMI, ASCAP, Sony Records, TNN, & the Nashville Entertainment Association as one of the TOP 20 UNSIGNED BANDS IN AMERICA. Via's songs are real: they tell the true stories of love gone wrong, living off the land, of hard times and good times.

 

Turkey Scratch

Turkey Scratch was formed in 2012 from a mutual love of good, honest music, and the love of playing music together. The band was named after the birthplace of the late, great Levon Helm on the night of his passing. It was their small tribute to a musician who has influenced and inspired thousands in Rock and Americana music, least among them the band themselves. They love songs that tell a story or just make you want to laugh or cry. But above all, they believe music should just be fun.

The Harwell Grice Band

The Harwell Grice Band has been entertaining audiences throughout southwest Virginia, nonstop, since late 2003. Their original bluegrass and Americana mixed with a large repertoire of traditionals and even a few popular covers result in a very entertaining show. The Harwell Grice Band was formed when four friends; Josh Grice, Matt Hubbard, Gabe Robey and Spencer Young got together back in college and started trying their hand in bluegrass. After playing a few times they decided to start writing and performing their own material around Radford University (Virginia). Now almost 15 years later, the Harwell Grice Band has grown into a talented and versatile group of musicians, sharing the stage with the likes of Larry Keel, Seldom Scene, Tony Rice, and Blue Highway, to name a few. Songwriter and lead singer, Josh Grice, is a country singing wildman. Lead guitarist, Gabe Robey sings like a bird and makes major contributions to the bands original material in the way of songwriting. Monster pickers Brian "Daddy Mule" Muller (mandolin and baritone vocals) and Andrew "AK47" Kingery (doghouse) hold down the rock-solid rhythm section of the band and also contribute with original material. Stewart Werner, formerly of Second Helping, is a banjo-extraordinaire who joined in 2008. Stewart is a seasoned bluegrass musician adding bass vocals and songwriting ability. The band's musical arrangements and three and four-part harmonies are some of the best in the business. Their lyrics are both meaningful and honest while staying true to the traditions and themes of Appalachian music. With the release of their debut album "No Place to Call My Home," and their sophomore attempt "A Million Miles," the Harwell Grice Band shows that the future of mountain music is in good hands.

 

Bearded Whiskey

Meet Andrew Adkins and Chris Stockard: two multi-instrumentalists who together make up Bearded Whiskey, an Americana folk and roots band based out of Danville, Virginia. Andrew and Chris met at an open mic event in Milton, North Carolina and later performed in a production of “Smoke on the Mountain” at the Kirby Theatre in Roxboro, North Carolina.

Andrew plays the guitar, harmonica, drums, tambourine and the occasional banjo tune. Chris plays the mandolin, banjo and guitar. Andrew credits Hank Williams Sr., Towns Van Zandt, Benjamin Todd and Jimmie Rodgers as some of the band’s (and his personal) influences.

Sweethearts of the Banjo

LYNWOOD LUNSFORD - Lynwood plays banjo, guitar, mandolin and fiddle. Lynwood has been performing in various bluegrass bands for 42 years now. He has been fortunate to tutor under many of the greats, including Jimmy Martin and The Lost & Found. He recently completed a nine year run with Big Country Bluegrass. Lynwood's banjo style could be described as versatile. Depending on the song, you may hear the influences of Scruggs, Reno, Crowe, Emerson or Parker. Since 2005, Lynwood has been a regular on the RFD-TV show, The Cumberland Highlanders, standing alongside the show's host, Campbell Mercer! In his "spare" time, Lynwood is Pro shop attendant at Lynrock Golf Course and Bike Mechanic for the Martinsville-Henry Co YMCA. He also enjoys golfing with his sweet wife Shelly, and hunting and fishing with his twin sons!

SHELLY LUNSFORD - Shelly plays banjo and guitar and sings lead and harmony vocals with the Sweethearts of the Banjo. Shelly's "main" gig is banjoist with the all-girl bluegrass group, The Canned Biskits. In her "spare" time Shelly is the morning cook at the Railroad Café in Eden, NC. Shelly enjoys spending time with her two grandsons and making crafts with her Cricut machine!