Tim O’Brien & Darrell Scott - These two stellar musicians - and longtime friends - have covered an incredible amount of ground and become mainstays of the country, American and bluegrass scene. Tim O’Brien is an incredibly talented multi-instrumentalist, singer and songwriter. The Wheeling, WV, native came to prominence with the Colorado-based bluegrass band Hot Rize, and its country-Western alter ego, Red Knuckles and the Trailblazers.
Since 1992, O'Brien has recorded solo, with his group the O’Boys, and with his sister Mollie, as well as guesting on scores of recordings by other artists. When his 2005 release, “Fiddler’s Green,” earned him a Grammy for “Best Traditional Folk Recording,” he quickly became a sought-after session player. O’Brien has toured with Mark Knopfler and recorded with comedian Steve Martin.
Obrien will be inducted into the WV Music Hall of Fame on November 16, 2013. Multi-instrumentalist and singer/songwriter Darrell Scott has collaborated with the likes of Steve Earle, Sam Bush, Guy Clark, Mary Gauthier and others. In recent years, he has been a member of Robert Plant’s Band of Joy. The Kentucky native won the Americana Music Association’s 2007 “Song of the Year” award for his song “Hank Williams’ Ghost.” His latest solo album is Long Ride Home. Scott and O’Brien met more than 15 years ago in the lobby of a music publishing company in Nashville and soon began writing together. Before long, Garth Brooks had covered one of their compositions. They first performed together at a “pickin’ party” thrown by bluegrass legend Sam Bush. It worked so well that they booked a European tour together.
Sarah Jarosz - From Austin, TX, Sarah Jarosz is a 22- year-old, Grammy-nominated singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. A recent graduate of the New England Conservatory, her third album, “Build Me Up From Bones,” was released on Sugar Hill Records. Jarosz, whose music mixes contemporary folk, Americana and roots music, has toured throughout the U.S., Canada and the UK, has appeared on “Austin City Limits,” the BBC’s “The Transatlantic Sessions” and NPR’s “Prairie Home Companion.” Her two previous releases, “Song Up In Her Head” and “Follow Me Down,” received high praise from “Rolling Stone,” “The New York Times,” “USA Today,” “Paste,” “Mojo,” “Acoustic Guitar” and “American Songwriter.” Her “band,” - fiddler Alex Hargreaves and cellist Nathaniel Smith - have impressive resumes of their own, having performed and recorded with artists including Jerry Douglas and Natalie MacMaster.
Deadly Gentlemen - What began as an “artsy side project” for five stellar Boston-based musicians has since turned into a full time passion. In addition to touring and recording with Crooked Still and playing banjo for Bruce Springteen’s “Seeger Sessions” tour, co-founder Greg Liszt attended Yale and earned a Ph.D. from M.I.T. in Molecular Biology. Fiddler Mike Barnett toured with bluegrass legend Jesse McReynolds when he was 15, and was a member of the David Grisman Quintet and the Tony Trischka Band. Bassist Sam Grisman has played professionally since his teens, learning bluegrass and other styles from his father, David Grisman. Mandolinist Dominick Leslie has won considerable attention for his live appearances with banjoist Noam Pikelny, the Infamous Stringdusters, and the Grant Gordy Quartet while guitarist Stash Wyslouch grew up on heavy metal before submerging himself in bluegrass and country. “Roll Me, Tumble Me,” the Deadly Gentlemen’s third album and Rounder Records debut showcases the band’s playful, irreverent and rootsy songcraft.
Old Man Luedecke - Based in Chester, Nova Scotia, award-winning roots singer-songwriter Old Man Luedecke has toured the globe and won multiple Juno Awards. His unique mix of folk, bluegrass and pop hooks is driven by what’s been described as a “cunning lyrical flair.” His fifth release, “Tender Is The Night,” was produced by WV native - and Grammy winner - Tim O’Brien. Nashville session aces, bassist Mike Bub and drummer Kenny Malone, provided the rhythm section.
ETSU Old Time Pride Band - Founded 30 years ago in 1982 by Jack Tottle, Bluegrass, Old-Time, and Country Music Studies at East Tennessee State University is the oldest established program of its kind at any four-year institution. This unique program has thrived on the philosophies of preserving the musical traditions rooted in Appalachian culture while at the same time encouraging creativity and development of prevailing styles. Students from around the globe come to ETSU exclusively to study the music of the mountains in the rich cultural hearth of Northeast Tennessee.Alumni of the ETSU Bluegrass, Old-Time, and Country Music Studies include Kenny Chesney, Tim Stafford, Adam Steffey, Barry Bales and Hunter Berry.