Friday, July 25
Dynamic onstage, down to earth off stage, Dan Tyminski has the voice, instrumental chops and charisma to be counted among the most recognizable and popular male vocalists on today’s bluegrass and country music scenes. Since 1994, his ace instrumental skill (mainly on guitar, but also on mandolin) and burnished, soulful tenor singing has been a key component of Alison Krauss and Union Station, arguably the most visible and successful bluegrass band in the modern era. Prior to that, he rose to national prominence as a member of bluegrass favorite, the Lonesome River Band. With Union Station on hiatus for most of 2008, Tyminski has formed a new incarnation of the Dan Tyminski Band, with whom he is currently recording a new album and preparing a national tour of festivals, arts centers and listening rooms. This new edition includes longtime Union Station associate Barry Bales (bass), former Union Station and Mountain Heart member Adam Steffey (mandolin), sideman extraordinaire Ron Stewart (banjo, fiddle), and newcomer Justin Moses (fiddle, Dobro).
Saturday, July 26
The lineup of Punch Brothers — whose name is taken from the Mark Twain short story “Punch, Brothers, Punch!” — is formidable.
Chris Thile released the first of five solo albums when he was just thirteen and by the time he was 20 he was attracting a following among pop, country and alternative-rock audiences as a member of the Grammy Award–winning Nickel Creek. A Washington Post critic recently said Thile “may well be the most virtuosic American ever to play the mandolin.” His equally youthful, prodigiously gifted bandmates are among the most in-demand performers in the worlds of bluegrass, folk and traditional music. Guitarist Chris Eldridge was a founding member of the Infamous Stringdusters and occasionally sits in with his dad Ben’s band, The Seldom Scene; bassist Greg Garrison has played with trumpeter Ron Miles and Leftover Salmon — along with banjo virtuoso Noam Pikelny. Pikelny has performed and recorded as a solo artist and has collaborated with acoustic music heavyweights John Cowan and Tony Trischka. Violinist Gabe Witcher, a life-long friend of Thile’s, is a sought-after session man who has recorded with a range of artists from Willie Nelson to Beck.
Sunday, July 27
A Grammy-award winning musician, Peter Rowan’s career has spanned from Sea Train to Old & In the Way to numerous solo and ensemble projects with Don Edwards, David Grisman, Richard Greene and many others. He is a soulful singer and a poignant songwriter. He began his professional career playing guitar, singing lead vocals and co-writing as a member of the Bluegrass Boys, led by the founding father of bluegrass, Bill Monroe. He embarked on a well-received solo career in the late ’70s, releasing such diverse and critically acclaimed albums as Dustbowl Children and Bluegrass Boy, as well as much-admired collaborations with ace Dobro player Jerry Douglas, Flaco Jimenez, and his brothers Christopher and Lorin Rowan. Iconoclastic and innovative,
Saturday, July 26
Emerging from a lively community of friends and colleagues that’s taken root in Nashville, these six musicians of the Infamous Stringdusters are poised at the point where youthful energy is balanced with maturity, inspiration with discipline, and creativity with experience. The biggest winner at the 2007 IBMA awards — including album of the year (for their debut Fork in the Road) and song of the year — they are schooled in tradition yet able to stretch out in jam band-style improvisation, endowed with razor-sharp vocals, fiery instrumental abilities and a rapidly growing repertoire of well-crafted original songs and tunes.
Saturday, July 26
They are five of the world’s most virtuosic and daring string musicians: mandolinist Mike Marshall, fiddler Darol Anger, guitarist David Grier, banjo player Tony Trischka, and bassist Todd Phillips. Together, they ring with the authority of musicians who have mastered a vast swath of American music styles, yet are still exploring. The band’s deep bluegrass roots form the grounding for a subtle and kaleidoscopic blend which include jazz, rock, classical and other international flavors woven into the sound of each player, expressed as a conversation, sometimes earthy, sometimes highfalutin’, always present in the moment.