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Bold Rock Hard Cider Stage in Farmer's Market - Main Room
- 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm: Jan Johansson and the Wynne's Falls Bluegrass Band
- 3:45 pm: Certificate of Appreciation - Allen Mills
- 3:45 pm - 5:00 pm: Johnny and Jeannette Williams with Allen Mills
- 5:00 pm - 6:45 pm: Amythyst Kiah
- 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm: South Hill Banks
Spectrum Medical Stage in Community Room
- 2:00 pm -3:00 pm: Dos Guitars
- 3:00 pm- 4:00 pm: Trevor Precario
- 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm: Turkey Scratch
- 5:45 pm - 7:00 pm: Harwell Grice
7:15 pm - 8:30 pm: Glenwood Smith Band
- 2:00 pm - 2:50 pm: Greg Wampler
- 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm: Bearded Whiskey
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.
South Hill Banks
***Floydfest 17 “On The Rise” Competition Winner***
South Hill Banks – Lance Thomas (vocals, guitar), Eric Horrocks (mandolin, vocals), Ryan Horrocks (banjo), Dan Fiasconaro (guitar, vocals), and Matt Eversole (upright bass) – have carved a niche for themselves with their jam infused bluegrass sound. Formed in August 2015 in Richmond, Virginia, South Hill Banks pulls from a wide range of influences such as classic rock, jam, blues, to traditional bluegrass to keep audiences entertained with a blend of sounds old and new.
Since the release of their debut album, Riverside Dr., South Hill Banks has gone on to showcase at the IBMAs in Raleigh, NC, win Floydfest's "On the Rise" Competition, 2018 Rock'n to Lock'n finalist, host a successful monthly residence at The Camel in Richmond, VA, and be feature in the "On the Rise" section in Relix Magazine. SHB has created an ever growing fan base by headlining a multitude venues as well as directly supporting some of the top national touring acts in their genre.
A professed Southern Gothic, alt-country blues singer/songwriter based in Johnson City, TN, Amythyst Kiah’s commanding stage presence is only matched by her raw and powerful vocals—a deeply moving, hypnotic sound that stirs echoes of a distant and restless past. Accoutered interchangeably with banjo, acoustic guitar, or a full band (Her Chest of Glass), Amythyst’s toolbox is augmented by her scholarship of African-American roots music. Her eclectic influences span decades, drawing heavily on old time music (Mississippi Sheiks, Son House, Jimmie Rodgers, Olla Belle Reed, Carter Family), inspired by strong R&B and country music vocalists from the '50s-'70s (Big Mama Thornton, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Mahalia Jackson, Dolly Parton, Patsy Cline, Loretta Lynn) and influenced by contemporary artists with powerful vocal integrity (Adele, Florence and the Machine, Megan Jean and the KFB, Janelle Monae).
Recent tours in Scotland and the U.K. have seen Amythyst performing for audiences at the Americana Music Association UK Showcase, the Southern Fried Festival, Cambridge Folk Festival, the Edinburgh Jazz Festival, and SummerTyne Americana Festival. She is a crowd favorite at Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion in the U.S., has performed at the John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts, and the Smithsonian Folk Life Festival. Provocative and coolly fierce, Amythyst Kiah’s ability to cross the boundaries of blues and old-time through reinterpretation is groundbreaking and simply unforgettable.
Johansson was born in Sweden and has been playing acoustic music since the age of 14. By the time he was 18, Jan had mastered the guitar, fiddle, and mandolin. Jan came to the United States in 1986 to play traditional and bluegrass music. In 1989, he and Theresa Blue, a native of Carthage, NC, were married. Jan and Theresa later adopted four Russian children. In North Carolina, Jan began working as a freelance translator and music instructor. He founded Johansson's Acoustic Music Studio (JAMS) to provide music instruction for people of all age groups interested in bluegrass and other forms of acoustic music. Focused on one-on-one personal instruction, JAMS has taught hundreds of acoustic musicians in and around North Carolina in guitar, fiddle, mandolin, and bass.
Johansson has also worked extensively as a studio musician, contributing to albums such as Lorraine Jordan's Mandolin Rose and the Wells Family's On Destiny's Road. In 2001, Johansson was instrumental in organizing the Amazing Grace Bluegrass Festival in Raleigh. This event, which served as a fundraiser for orphaned children in Russia, brought together IIIrd Tyme Out, Larry Sparks, the Lonesome River Band, and several other leading bands. The festival was complemented by a benefit album entitled The Amazing Grace Project, featuring music by many of the artists who appeared at the festival, as well as contributions from David Grisman, Ricky Skaggs, Bobby Hicks, Laurie Lewis, Butch Robins, and many others.
A linguist by training, Johansson explains, "I believe my background [in linguistics] has played an important role in how I teach and communicate about music. . . . Music and language both share a lot of common features--one of the most fascinating parallels is the fact that both systems are using a finite number of rules in order to generate an infinite number of meaningful phrases."
Johansson's most recent album, entitled Kindred, was released in 2007.
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.
Allen was born in Danville, Virginia, November 4, 1937, the only son of Bernard and Beatrice Mills. Raised just outside of Danville, his parents worked at Dan River Mills and farmed, raising tobacco. In the 1940's, he has vivid memories of resting with his father after lunch and listening to Charlie Monroe's Noon Day Jamboree on WSJS Radio in Winston- Salem, NC or WBIG Radio in Greensboro, NC. He remembers his dad driving a 1932 A Model to see Charlie Monroe at a Martinsville, VA school in 1942.
In about 1953, he bought a Bell Comet mandolin in a local pawn shop. He began learning to play with school buddies. In 1955, he joined the Navy. He became friends with David Antonacci, who lived new Wheeling, WV. He went home with David one weekend and they wen to the WWVA Wheeling Jamboree. There he saw the Obsorne Brothers with Red Allen.
After an honorable discharge from the Navy in 1957, he had six years as a reservist. Returning to Danville, he purchased a new Gibson A50 mandolin for the sum of $90.00, but never learned to play more then rhythm.
In the 1950's, Allen played rhythm mandolin at dances in the Gretna, VA area. One night, the band had no bass player. So, an uncle knew someone that has a bass for sale in Rocky Mount, VA. The uncle took him to get the bass, a 1947 C1 Kay and loaned him the $50.00 to buy it. He began playing local dance gigs, which was a regular weekend event in the 50's and 60's. In 1959, the dance band has a regular live spot on WMNA Radio in Gretna, from 4:30 -5:00 P.M.
In 1960-61, The Easter Brothers from Mount Airy, NC were living in Danville. Allen began hanging around them some. They were doing radio shows on WBTM, which was a larger station in Danville. He asked if he could sit in with them and they kindly consented. He later traveled locally with them and eventually was asked to join them for a recording session in February 1961. They recorded eight sides for King Records at King Studio, in Cincinnati, Ohio..
In 1962, he teamed up with another dance band consisting of Bobby Adkins, Charles Adkins, Wayne Scearce, Ryland Hawker and Doug Emerson. This band recorded one 45-rpm record that Carlton Haney put out on the Reno- Smiley label. The titles were Trading the Blues and Big Wheels Rolling. They worked in Danville area and within about a 50- mile radius doing weekend dances. Eventually, they were asked by Homer Thompson to perform on the WDVA Barn Dance, a Saturday night show at the Danville fairgrounds. They did this from 1964-1967. A highway project closed the fairground area, so the band took a hiatus from 1967-1969. During this time, Homer Thompson bought the old Timber Truss building on highway 58 East of Danville, had it totally renovated with an office, a stage and a dance floor for 1000 people. The Band became the Country T-Birds, playing the latest country hits by adding steel guitar, electric guitars, and drums, reserving the banjo and fiddle for square dances. Gene Parker came to work as the banjo player during this time.
The new building was called T-Bird Country and hosted country acts such as Jerry Lee Lewis, Dolly Parton and Porter Wagoner, Charlie Walker, Ray Pillow. Clyde Moody and Jimmy Martin ( who's banjo player was Alan Munde.) The group played as house band and backed up many of the country acts.
Gene Parker left the T-Birds in 1972 and Allen left in 1973. Allen was by this time living in Martinsville, Virginia area, and in the late summer of 73, at Gene's suggestion, he agreed to jam with friends. This is when he first met Dempsey Young. Allen, Gene, and Dempsey and Marvin McDaniel honed a few tunes. Allen asked the new Martinsville cable TV station if they would be interested in bluegrass music show. Their response was positive, and in mid October, for lack of a better name, The Lost and Found became the band;s name. Marvin was't interested in doing TV, so Roger Handy, a friend of Gene and Dempsey's, became their guitar player.
They recorded their first album in 1975 First Time Around, followed by Second Time Around and Third Time Around in 1975-1978.
In 1980, they recorded their first Rebel Album. They were the first artists that new owner Dave Freeman produced for the label, with whom they are still affiliated.
The 1980's produced Endless Highway, Sun's Gonna Shine, The Deal, Hymn Time and New Day.
1990's produced January Rain, Just Picking, and Ride Through the Country.
In 2002, They recorded It's About Time which produced a Bluegrass Unlimited #1 song, Johnston's Grocery Store.
Allen does all the booking and bus maintenance for the band and has been full time with it since 1977. They still travel extensively from coast to coast and Canada. Allen moved to Patrick County, Virginia in 1981 and still resides there today.
On a more personal note, Allen and Debbie Mills were married on March 16, 1979. They have one Daughter together, born on Allen's Birthday. They have one Grandson, Zacrye, who has become the light of their lives.