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The John Hartford Memorial Festival has released another line up for the 2014 festival, happening May 29-31 at Bill Monroe’s Music Park & Campground in Bean Blossom, IN. Joining the initial line up of Peter Rowan, Pokey LaFarge, and Pert Near Sandstone will be Jamie Hartford & Friends, Danny Barnes, Larry and Jenny Keel, Mike Compton, The HillBenders, Leroy Troy, Bawn in the Mash, Rumpke Mountain Boys and many more. New to the festival will be Horseshoes and Hand Grenades, Lindsay Lou & the Flatbellys, The Haunted Windchimes, Scenic Roots, Julia Belle Swain Band, Old Salt Union, The Crunchy Western Boys, Sloppy Joe, The Downtown County Band, andMaria Carrelli.
Heading into its fourth year, the John Hartford Memorial Festival is on a mission to preserve and continue the legacy, music, and ideals of John Hartford; one of America’s most beloved songwriters, performers, and musicians. “I’m thrilled to be a part of honoring John’s memory and to bring life back into the songs he crafted,” said Mike Compton.
“I think John’s passion for sound and lyrics has been felt for decades, and has altered the path of string band music,” Compton continued. “He’s sort of the granddaddy of this Jamgrass scene. There’s an awful lot of his repertoire in the bedrock of the scene, from before the Aereo-Plain album to the present. John would be thrilled to know this festival is going on. Shoot, I reckon he does,” he said.
Grammy and IBMA award-winning recording artist Mike Compton has achieved a worldwide reputation as one of the modern masters of bluegrass mandolin. He has recorded with Bill Monroe’s Bluegrass Boys, and made music with John Hartford, recording a half-dozen records and touring extensively with him until John’s death in 2001. “Working for John for a half dozen years wasn’t always easy, but it was a growing experience for me that has shaped a lot of what I do now,” Compton concluded.
The John Hartford Memorial Festival is a 3-day, family-friendly music festival that takes place in scenic southern Indiana. The park offers cabin rentals, shaded camping, electric hook ups for RVs, hot showers, a fishing pond, playground, golf cart rentals and more, and is conveniently located near Brown County State Park. Campground and campfire acoustic pickin’ is encouraged and a usual sighting around the festival.
New to next year’s festival will be John Hartford Storytelling. John’s friends will share their memories and stories with the audience. While this informally happens every year, it will be an organized event held under the Boogie Tent at specific times. There will also be a Chompdown pitch-in breakfast with live music on Friday, May 30 from 10 am – Noon for all to participate in, and a Children’s Tent with planned activities. Pickers and players are encouraged to participate in the Old-Time Fiddling Contest and the John Hartford Songwriting Contest with cash prizes and more.
Three-day tickets for the 4th Annual John Hartford Memorial Festival are on sale now at a discounted price of $75. Camping and cabin rentals are additional and paid separately. For a limited time, they are offering an exclusive, groundbreaking ticket special where you pay $25 (non-refundable down payment) upfront, and pay the remaining balance by May 1, 2014. That’s an unprecedented deal that won’t be sticking around long. Festival ticket prices go up to $100 on January 1.
Order your tickets today to get the discounted price! Visit the website for further details and tickets. www.johnhartfordmemfest.com
2014 John Hartford Memorial Festival Line-up:
Pert Near Sandstone
Jamie Hartford and Friends
Larry and Jenny Keel
Rumpke Mountain Boys
Bawn in the Mash
Horseshoes and Hand Grenades
Lindsay Lou & the Flatbellys
The Haunted Windchimes
Wil Maring and Robert Bowlin
The Henhouse Prowlers
The Downtown County Band
Eric Lambert & Friends
Julia Belle Swain Band
Ryan Spearman and Kelly Wells
Flatland Harmony Experiment
Deep Fried Pickle Project
Crunchy Western Boys
New Old Calvary
The Whipstitch Sallies
Alex Riffle & the Stiff Riffs
Whiskey Bent Valley Boys
Old Salt Union
The Worley Boys
Ray Lawrence Jr
White Lightning Boys
Myron Dillman, 79, of Peru, IN, the father of Dwight Dillman, owner and operator of the Bean Blossom Bluegrass festivals, passed away on Sunday, November 3, 2013. Mr. D’s arrangements: Viewing is Thursday, November 7 from 1-7pm. Funeral is Friday, November 8 at 10am at Flowers Leedy Funeral home in Peru, IN. “Mr. D”, as Ralph Stanley called him, was a fiddle player and long-time bluegrass fan. The Bean Blossom festivals will never be the same again without Mr. D. watering the dusty roads, delivering ice to the fans, and making appearances on stage to play fiddle with Ralph and the Clinch Mountain Boys. May he rest in peace. Our sincerest sympathy to his family and his many friends.
The 39th Annual Bluegrass Hall of Fame & Uncle Pen Days Festival will be held September 18-21, 2013 at the Bill Monroe Memorial Bluegrass Music Park & Campground in Brown County, Indiana. The 4-day event includes a stellar line-up of over 30 bluegrass bands, instrument and vocal workshops, jam sessions, camping, food, vendors, and fellowship. Tickets can be purchased by phone (800) 414-4677 or at www.beanblossom.US.
On Saturday, September 21, George Shuffler will be inducted into the Bluegrass Hall of Fame. George grew up in Burke County, NC where he taught himself to play on a mail-order guitar. He made his Grand Ole Opry debut at the age of 17 performing with The Bailey Brothers. George toured 20 years with the Stanley Brothers where he developed his unique cross picking guitar style that has been a big influence to many musicians. He was inducted into the International Bluegrass Music Association’s Hall of Fame in 2011 and was a recipient of the North Carolina Heritage Award in 2007. For more information on George Shuffler, please visit blueridgeheritage.com.
Another highlight of the festival will be a CD Release Party held by the James King Band on Saturday, 21 who will be providing free biscuits and gravy for the fans.
The complete line-up for the 39th Annual Bluegrass Hall of Fame & Uncle Pen Days Festival includes the talents of:
Wednesday, September 18, 2013
Ronnie Reno & The Reno Tradition
Larry Cordle & Lonesome Standard Time
Kody Norris & Watauga Mountain Boys
Joe Mullins & The Radio Ramblers
Darrell Webb Band
Melvin Goins & Windy Mountain
Thursday, September 19, 2013
Marty Raybon & Full Circle
Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out
Melvin Goins & Windy Mountain
Feller & Hill and the Bluegrass Buckaroos
Tommy Brown & County Line Grass
Friday, September 20, 2013
Wildwood Valley Boys
Jesse McReynolds & The Virginia Boys
Larry Stephenson Band
Tim Graves & Cherokee
Karl Shiflett & The Big Country Show
Tommy Brown & County Line Grass
Ralph Stanley II
Saturday, September 21, 2013
Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver
Dr. Ralph Stanley & The Clinch Mountain Boys
Paul Williams & The Victory Trio
Bobby Osborne & The Rocky Top X-Press
Audie Blaylock & Redline
Kenny & Amanda Smith
James King Band
Emcees for The 39th Annual Bluegrass Hall of Fame & Uncle Pen Days Festival are the Legendary Tommy Lamb and George Riddle. Sound will be provided by Tom Feller Sound.
Each festival ticket includes: admission to the Bluegrass Hall of Fame, Country Star Museum and Uncle Pen’s cabin tour, plus all music and instrument workshops. There will be plenty of food concessions and merchants. Bring your lawn chairs and enjoy the fun. Shows take place rain or shine.
For more information including tickets, directions and complete schedule, please visit BeanBlossom.US. The 39th Annual Bill Monroe Hall of Fame & Uncle Days is sponsored by Martin Guitar, Dillman Furniture, and Hope River Entertainment.