Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Bluegrass AllStar Jam Travels To Oklahoma This Saturday

(STILLWATER, OK) — The idea is simple: bring the best pickers and singers from the bluegrass genre to perform in a jam-style setting. Each artist would play a couple of songs and speak to the audience, perhaps tell a related story.

And thus, the Bluegrass All-Star Jam and Workshop was born. On Saturday, Jan. 23 at 7:30 p.m. the super group will make a return visit to perform at the City of Stillwater Community Center, 315 W. 8th Ave. The workshop will begin at 3 p.m.

Tickets available at the City of Stillwater Community Center:

(405) 533-8433

Program Coordinator Gloria Short said, "The response to this performance last year was so great that we booked them again for this year."

Performance tickets are on sale for $20 for adults, $18 for seniors and $12 for students (applies to anyone with a valid high school, college or university I.D.).

Cost for the workshop of your choice is $30 per person. Purchase tickets for both the workshop and the concert and receive $10 discount for adults and $7 off for students. All workshop will be conducted by members of the Bluegrass All Star Jam for fiddle, guitar, bass, mandolin, and resonator guitar (dobro).

To purchase tickets visit tickets.stillwater.org or call (405) 533-8433. Tickets will be available at the door as long as they last.

This year's lineup includes the following artists:

Sammy Shelor is a member of the Lonesome River Band and in 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998 he won the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) award for Banjo Player of the Year. He was the co-winner in 1996 with Scott Vestal.

Don Rigsby is a two-time Grammy nominee and two-time Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music of America (SPBMA) Traditional Male Vocalist of the Year. He shared two IBMA awards while performing with Longview and sang on a Grammy –winning album by rocker John Fogerty. He emerged onto the national scene as a member of Bluegrass Cardinals and played with JD Crowe and the New South.

Terry Baucom is a banjo player who has performed in such groups as Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver, IIIrd Tyme Out, Lou Reid, Terry Baucom and Carolina among others. Baucom recently received his own model of banjo with the Deering Banjo Company.

Steve Gulley is a vocalist/guitar player with Grasstowne, who with co-writer Tim Stafford received the of the International Bluegrass Music Association’s 2008 Song of the Year for “Thru the Window of a Train.”

Kim Fox is a member of 3 Fox Drive, Fox is an accomplished vocalist and songwriter and past winner of the Chris Austin Song-writing Competition Award at MerleFest in Wilkesboro, N.C.

Rob Ickes is a member of Blue Highway. Ickes is the eleven-time IBMA Dobro Player of The Year and the most awarded individual player in the history of the IBMA.

Alan Bibey is a mandolin player with the group Grasstowne and 2007 Society for Preservation of Bluegrass Music Association’s Mandolin Player of the Year. He has also performed in groups such as Blueridge and IIIrd Tyme Out.

Tim Crouch is a fiddler, mandolin and guitar player from Strawberry, Ark., who has performed on "The Last Show with David Letterman," "The Conan O’Brien Show," "CBS Early Morning Show" and "Hee Haw." He has also performed with Dolly Parton, Jerry Reed, Dierks Bentley, George Jones and Glen Campbell.

Bryon Berline is considered one of the world’s preeminent fiddle players. He has recorded with diverse musician like Rolling Stones, Willie Nelson, Bill Monroe, Vince Gill, Doobie Brothers and more. His music has been featured on television and feature films including Star Trek and "Basic Instinct."

Dale Ann Bradley has her own band and is the 2007, 2008 & 2009 IBMA’s Female Vocalist of the Year.

Michael Cleveland is a Louisville, Ky., native who has been blind from birth and began fiddling at the age of four. He is a seven-time IBMA Fiddle Player of the Year. In 2009, he won IBMA award for Instrumental Performance the Year for “Jerusalem Ridge”. His group Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper won the 2007, 2008 and 2009 IBMA awards for Instrumental Group of the Year.

Marshall Wilborn has been a part of several bands over the course of his career, including The Johnson Mountain Boys and The Lynn Morris Band as well as a stint with Jimmy Martin and the Sunny Mnt. Boys & Longview. He currently is a member of Michael Cleveland and Flamekeeper and received the IBMA's 2009 Bass Player of the Year award.

Phil Ledbetter is a dobro player with the group Grasstowne. He who won the 2005 IBMA awards for Dobro Player of the Year and Instrumental Album of the Year for “Slide Rules."

Kenny and Amanda Smith are a husband-and-wife group who won the IBMA’s Emerging artist of the Year award in 2003. Kenny is a two-time IBMA Guitar Player of the Year.

Tim Stafford is the guitarist with the group Blue Highway. Stafford is also a great songwriter and has songs recorded by many in bluegrass. He, along with Steve Gulley, received the IBMA award for 2008 Song of the Year for their “Thru the Window of a Train.” He has also produced several award winning projects.

Mike Bub is a five-time IBMA Bass Player of the Year who has performed with some of the greats such as Del McCoury Band, Peter Rowan and Tony Rice, Shawn Camp and Vince Gill. Bub is the music director for Pickin’.

Cindy Baucom is the master of ceremonies for the Bluegrass All-Star Jam. She is the host of the nationally syndicated radio show “Knee-Deep in Bluegrass,” which is distributed by the John Boy and Billy Radio Network and goes out to more than 70 radio stations. She was named the 2005 IBMA Broadcaster of the Year.

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