The Crowe Brothers
With Josh Crowe on guitar, and Wayne Crowe on bass, the Crowe Brothers’ music career has spanned more than four decades and a dozen recording projects. Growing up in Clayton, Georgia, Josh and Wayne began playing music as boys with their dad, Junior Crowe, and with various local bands playing bluegrass and gospel. In 1975, they teamed up with Raymond Fairchild and worked the bluegrass festival circuit and traveling the country with him full-time for the next 15 years, and relocated to Maggie Valley, NC. Over the years of their career, the Crowe Brothers have made notable appearances on the Grand Ole Opry and at the Library of Congress, as well as numerous National TV show performances, including the Bluegrass Spectacular, Fire on the Mountain, Nashville Now, I-40 Pickin’ at the Paradise, and American Music Shop.
To their credit, they have received recognition from the SPBGMA association (Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music of America) with awards for Best Bluegrass Rhythm Guitar and Best Instrumental Band, and were nominated by IBMA (International Bluegrass Music Association) for Emerging Artist of the Year. In 2009, their recording of “Cindy Mae” (written by Cody Shuler), went number one on several bluegrass charts. In 2011, “He Could Pick the Hound” (penned by Steve Watts), also reached the number one slot.
Wayne left the road for a while around 1990 and Josh continued to play music with other acts such as Crowe & McLaughlin (David McLaughlin, formerly of the Johnson Mountain Boys) and with his own band, The Josh Crowe Band, resulting in a recording project for both acts. While not on the road, Wayne and Josh have worked at numerous theaters around Maggie Valley, NC and Gatlinburg for the past 40 years, including the Stompin’ Ground and the Maggie Valley Opry.
In 2005, Josh and Wayne began touring once again as the Crowe Brothers, reuniting their brother harmonies. Josh is also an accomplished songwriter and has written many of the songs that they perform, including “The Winds Are Blowing in Maggie Valley,” “I Knew It Wasn’t You (Telephone Song), “Broken Heart Bound,” “Take Me By The Hand,” “Million for a Broken Heart,” and “Grandma’s Little Boardside Cabin.” Their upcoming project will also include a gospel song written by Wayne called “Where Will You Be?” The Crowe Brothers are currently recording with Mountain Fever Records.
Deeper Shades of Blue
This year marks 15 years that Deeper Shade of Blue has been bringing audi-ences their incredible sound of bluegrass and gospel music. DSB continues to make its mark on the ever-changing world of bluegrass music with their current configuration that includes Jim Fraley, Jason Fraley, Troy Pope, Frank Poindexter and Scott Burgess. These five guys truly complement each other with beautifully blended vocals and harmony accompanied by top notch instrumentation.
DSB is proud of the six cd projects they have produced that include original material written by the band members. “Bluegrass to the Bone” has become their band slo-gan after the same-titled cd was deemed their best ever! It was quickly followed up by “No More Blues” and both continue to be in high demand at the record table.
Jim Fraley – Banjo, Harmony Vocals
Jason Fraley – Mandolin & Guitar, Lead & Harmony Vocals
Troy Pope – Guitar, Lead & Harmony Vocals
Frank Poindexter – Dobro, Lead & Harmony Vocals
Scott Burgess – Bass, Lead & Harmony Vocals
DSB is based in Monroe, NC and has been blessed with many opportunities to play local & regional venues that include Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver Festival, Adams Festivals, Reno Fest, Cabin Fever, Big Lick, Twin Oak Park, Red White & Blue and Ocean Lakes to name a few. They also enjoy when they are leading in worship during church services around the area. DSB will travel anywhere that folks want to hear them play. People see them once and come back with requests the next time they see them. Their stage show is always engaging and entertaining.
The Sugarloaf Mountain Boys
The Sugarloaf Mountain Boys was formed in 2006, and was encouraged by the late Bill Wells, owner of Bill's Pickin' Parlor in West Columbia. Bill had the group open for his band at several shows including the Rhythm on the River concert series in 2007 and 2008. The Sugarloaf Mountain Boys have performed in North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia. They were instrumental in having the City of Cayce form The Congaree Bluegasss Festival in the fall of each year. Band members include Danny Creamer: guitar and lead vocals, Ben Wooten: dobro and vocals, John Barkley: fiddle and vocals, Rusty Zornes: bass and vocals, Craig Armstrong: banjo and vocals, and Reese Wooten on guitar. They are accompanied by Benny Osment, their sound technician and merchandise manager. You will enjoy their music and stage appearance.
Tom and the Leftovers
Tom Coolidge writes, sings and plays songs representing suburbicana music. Lexington,SC, is his home. When he’s not playing with a local band, Tom conducts his acoustic musical mischief all around the state performing his brand of tasty home-style tunes. Some are original and others represent seldom-heard classics of his time.
“Fun” is the prime musical directive for Tom. Some of the songs played have rough edges, but all represent authenticity and enjoyment of his craft. In 2011, he released his first CD, 'Bout Time’, a compilation of original songs and tunes, accompanied by many friends and local talents. He is available for house concerts, special events, parties, barbecues, celebrations and memorials where volume can be subdued and reasonable. Tom is currently playing with his own band, LEFTOVERS, as well as collaborating with numerous local acts.
The Golden Valley Crusaders
The Golden Valley Crusaders are a bluegrass gospel band based out of Casar, NC. The group was established in 1970. They traveled many miles but no matter the distance their purpose was to spread the Gospel. The original "Golden Valley Crusaders" retired May 2013.
Soon after the Crusaders retired, the Ramblers were formed. We traveled under that name until October 2014. After many requests to change the name back to the Golden Valley Crusaders, we decided to do that in October 2014. The mission is still the same, and the group continues to travel the country and spread the gospel. When you combine the rich bluegrass gospel sounds with the message of the gospel, the result is what you witness when you attend a Golden Valley event.
The members of the group are Butch Cook, Gary Heavner, Harold Terry, Dennis Long, Angela Epley and Ron Epley. Christy Heavner handles our sound, takes care of the product table, and handles marketing for the group.
The King James Boys
The King James boys have been singing and playing together for 23 years, since June of ’94. We have travelled all over the South East and in the last four years have branched out into the Mid-West and the North East and are looking forward to taking their music even farther. They have recorded 10 studio projects and currently hold the #10 song in Bluegrass Gospel Music on the Singing News Bluegrass Gospel charts. They write and record many of their original songs and are constantly striving to perfect their harmonies and instrument prowess. They have shared the stage with many of the top acts in bluegrass music and have played many festivals and venues such as Hominy Valley, Dollywood, Ernest Tubbs Troubador Theater and many more. They are signed with Son Sound West Records in Bessemer City, NC and are promoted by Wilson Pickins Promotions. Please visit their website at thekingjamesboys.com, facebook, twitter, and Instagram, you can reach any of their social media from their website.
Tugalo Holler (two-guh-lo hahl-ur) is a hard-hitting gospel/bluegrass group from the upstate of South Carolina. The group focuses on delivering a fun, enthusiastic display of acoustic music that has pleased audiences from Tennessee to Georgia for the last 14 years. Style and song selections are heavily influenced by Alison Krauss and Union Station, The Lonesome River Band, Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out, Ronnie Bowman, and more to produce a sound that has drawn in fans from those outside bluegrass circles and opened them up to experience one of the greatest of all forms of music…bluegrass! ‘The Holler’, as some folks call it, strives to produce clean, intriguing music with solid instrumentation and pure vocals that are always timely and tasteful; from powerful, heart pounding male vocals, to haunting, gossamer female leads and harmonies the band is able to formulate a blend of original and standard music that resonates with the Appalachian mountains that stand watch in the smoky distance.
The band has opened shows for groups like Mountain Heart, New Found Road, The Dillards, and even country legend John Anderson as well as numerous radio and television appearances. Group members are quick to give credit to God for all of their blessings and have made it a point over the years to always be willing to go where the Lord sends them.
Band Members: Bradley Webb – Guitar, Michael Hill – Banjo/vocals, Dennis James – Mandolin, Michael “Porkchop” Branch – Upright Bass, Jessica Hudson – Vocals and looks, Stephen Hudson – Fiddle/vocals.