2018 Entertinament is TBA but see list below for who performed in 2017. 

Natty Greene's Stage in Farmer's Market - Main Room

  • 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm: The Tobacco Road –Bright Leaf Brew Fest All-Stars
  • 3:45 pm: Certificate of Appreciation- Jeanette and Johnny Williams 
  • 3:45 pm - 5:00 pm: Jeanette and Johnny Williams 
  • 5:00 pm - 6:15 pm: David Via and Friends
  • 6:15 pm - 7:00 pm: Bluegrass in the Classroom Project- The River Flatts Bluegrass Band
  • 7:00pm - 8:30 pm: Hot Trail Mix w/ Mason Via 

O-I Stage in Community Room

  • 2:00 pm - 2:45 pm: Jay Shelton
  • 2:45 pm - 3:45 pm: Harwell Grice Band
  • 3:45 pm - 4:45 pm: The Molly Rose Band
  • 4:45 pm - 6:15 pm: Turkey Scratch
  • 6:15 pm - 7:00 pm: John Emil
  • 7:00 pm - 8:15 pm: Jason Springs


  • 2:00 pm - 3:15 pm: Greg Wampler - "The Bright Leaf Looper Show"
  • 3:15 pm - 4:20 pm: Hunter Mc Bride
  • 4:20 pm - 6:00 pm: Glenwood Smith and Reggie Rhodes 


Performing Live at BLBF:

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.


Hot Trail Mix

Hot Trail Mix is an innovative new Bluegrass band out of the Asheville/Boone NC area. The band has a rowdy youthful vigor that excites audiences of all ages, shapes and sizes! With repetoir ranging from straight and narrow gospel standards to original ballads about drinking whiskey 'till ya kick the bucket. The band features an all-star cast of convention ribbon winners, including: Mason Via (guitar), Zeb Gambill (mandolin), Grayson "Pinky" Tuttle (banjo), Sam Weiss (fiddle), and Zachary Smith (of Town Mountain) on bass. The band has played at notable festivals such as Floydfest, and our very own Pinky, was deemed "One badass banjo player!" by Andy Thorn of Leftover Salmon.

David and Mason Via

While many songs in folk music are credited as “traditional” or “public domain,” there is simply no song without a song writer. Virginia has had more than its share of prolific songwriters in bluegrass music, including Ralph and Carter Stanley, Jim and Jesse McReynolds, and Randal Hylton.

Songwriter and performer David Via, of Stuart, Virginia, started singing in church at age three and playing guitar at age twelve. During his long career, David has performed with Tony Rice, Curtis Burch, and Ronnie Bowman, among others, but he is best known as a songwriter. He has penned numerous chart-topping songs for artists including Ronnie Bowman, Dede Wyland, and Larry Keel. One of David’s most cherished honors was Jeanette Carter’s request that David’s song, Lord Keep the Light On, be performed at her funeral, sung by Carter Family friend and legendary country artist Marty Stuart.

David’s son Mason is a stunningly gifted young singer and songwriter. Mason has received critical acclaim for his debut recording Up, Up, Up, which is comprised entirely of original compositions. Mason spent his childhood accompanying his dad to fiddlers’ conventions, music festivals, concerts, and jams, where he soaked up not only his father’s music but that of countless others. David and Mason are current participants in the Virginia Folklife Apprenticeship Program, which will afford them the time to work together more formally, with the goal of producing a joint recording project.


Jason Springs

Hailing from southern Virginia, Jason Springs released his debut album, “Blue Collar Bones & Busted Knuckles,” in late 2016. A culmination of trials and stories from the last ten years of his life, the album’s quality songwriting and catchy melodies earned him comparisons to such well noted artists like Steve Earle, Jason Isbell, Chris Stapleton, and John Moreland. With years of performing under his belt, and a core of musicians backing him able to hold their own with the best on stage, he’s quickly gaining momentum as one of the region’s most up-and-coming artists, blending old school southern soul with his own unique style of alternative country, folk, and southern rock. Springs’ music is inspired by real life experiences, producing honest and thought provoking lyrics..

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 Molly Rose Band

The Molly Rose Band sprang from a desire to play some fun music among a group of new and old friends. Starting with just a Sunday afternoon get-together and a chance call to play a monthly gig near Roxboro, NC, the talents of Mark, David, Gary and Lynwood quickly jelled into a unique "sound" all their own! After creating a Facebook page and posting an impromptu video from that first gig, interest in the band quickly escalated. In closing, if you are a fan of the sounds from the "Golden Age" of Bluegrass music, The Molly Rose Band will twang your musical taste buds!

John Emil 

John Emil Montagnino, an accomplished singer/songwriter, guitarist, and a master of slide guitar, has delivered show stopping performances at major music festivals like the Telluride Blues and Brews Fest, the Leek Blues & Americana Festival UK, the Florida Folk Festival, the Decatur Blues and Bluegrass Festival, the Bangor On Dee Blues Festival UK and the Zoetemeer Blues Festival in the Netherlands.

Equally adept with the acoustic Hawaiian lap steel guitar and Dobro, Emil first appeared on the South Florida music scene in 2000. Fans hear haunting, subtle hints of Delta bluesmen Son House and Blind Willie Johnson, but Emil ultimately creates a unique style all his own by integrating country blues, folk and bluegrass sounds into his repertoire.

Routinely taking the lost art of slide guitar in a new direction, Emil has composed a wealth of slide guitar tracks for media production libraries. His instrumental tracks have been published by LA Post Music in Los Angeles, Westar Music in Canada, Songs to Your Eyes Los Angeles and Strange Fruit in South Africa. Emil recently became the first American musician to be published by London’s KPM / EMI, one of the world’s largest production libraries. Among the many television and cable network shows Emil has supplied music for NBC's “Dateline,” "The Voice," Anthony Bourdain’s “No Reservations," UFC's "Ultimate Insider," ”American Pickers," and several international wildlife and nature documentaries.

The Harwell Grice Band

The Harwell Grice Band has been thrilling audiences throughout the Mid Atlantic region since 2003. Their eclectic mix of bluegrass covers, traditionals, and originals have left listeners captivated and wanting more. Their combination of strong vocal harmonies and technical musicianship are some of the best in the business, resulting in a very entertaining show. With unbridled energy and enthusiasm, the HGB brings a celebratory atmosphere to all of their performances, taking the event to another level.

After years of experience honing their chops and building a large songlist, they have developed a versatility to suit the mood for each show. Often granting the requests of their audience, HGB has performed the familiar country sounds of Johnny Cash and Merle Haggard to popular 80’s artists such as The Talking Heads and Bruce Hornsby. From traditional bluegrass pioneers Bill Monroe and Flatt & Scruggs, to jazz crooners Louis Armstrong and Nat King Cole, The Harwell Grice Band is equipped to meet the needs of each performance.

The bluegrass set up combined with the ability to perform any genre has made The Harwell Grice Band a dynamic bluegrass group and high in demand in any environment.