2019 Spruce Pine BBQ & Bluegrass Festival Featured Performers

Harlan County Grass is a Traditional Bluegrass Band from East Tn. The founder of the band Dennis Crawford hails from Harlan County, Ky henceforth the name of the band. The Band is comprised of:

Dennis Crawford provides smooth vocals and dobro with a style comparable to Josh Graves or Bashful Brother Oswald. Dennis has over 56 years’ experience. Mike Draughn provides a hard driving, impeccable straight forward style of banjo picking comparable to none. Mike has over 40 years’ experience. Joanne Draughn provides one of the smoothest, rich, full bodied playing of the upright bass in the bluegrass circle. Joanne is also Mike’s wife and brings over 40 years’ experience.

Maynard Shelton lends a smooth, well-tuned vocals and hard driving, straight forward , one of a kind renderings of a mandolin player to ever play. Maynard has over 55 years’ experience.

Regina Crawford is an award-winning vocalist whom also provides a hard driving, smooth on point rhythm guitar to the group. She is also the daughter to Dennis Crawford with 35 years’ experience. 

When Harlan County Grass graces the stage, you will tap your toes, clap your hands and sing along to songs you actually know. You will remember times gone by, loved ones gone on and leave with cherished emotions and memories brought alive. Each member of the band is as humble as a person can be and do what they do out of love for the music and their desire to share it with you.

Friday, July 19th at 8:00 pm

Tru Blu - Bernie Burleson is the group's emcee and bass player. Debbie Young is the original lead singer, songwriter, and plays rhythm guitar, mandolin and some harmonica. She also sings harmony. They were both former members of the "Avery County Ramblers" and have played music for over 34 years.

Allen English, our banjo player, was taught by Raymond Fairchild. Allen sings baritone, some tenor and some lead. He has also played and fronted with huge named musicians. Charlie Burleson is our regular mandolin player and one of the finest in western North Carolina. He can be heard singing on harmony vocals, also. 

Diana Coffey Wilcox sings lead, harmony, writes songs, plays rhythm guitar and mandolin. The combination of Diana and Debbie's harmonizing vocals are sure to win you over. This band plays traditional bluegrass, classic country, original tunes, golden oldies to their own beat, and beautiful gospel music you're sure to enjoy.

Saturday, July 20th at 5:00 pm and again at 6:30 pm

Ten year old Kevin Beddingfield resides in Flag Pond, TN with his Dad, Mom, and twin sisters. Kevin picked up his first banjo at the early age of 3. He taught himself to play the banjo (Frailing Style) by watching Grandpa Jones and Stringbean on youtube. 

When Kevin was 8, he started taking lessons from Ms. Joy Patton, to learn Clawhammer style. Kevin plays old time music with the goal of doing his part to keep it alive. Kevin is the 192 member of Tomorrows Bluegrass Stars. Kevin has competed and placed in several fiddle conventions, fairs, and talent contest. 

Kevin also plays the Mandolin, Guitar, and Dobro under the instruction of Mr. Audey Ratliff. He is currently the 3 place National Champion for Youth Banjo and Mandolin and 2nd place in National Champion for Youth Dobro. Kevin has recently taken up Scruggs Style on the Banjo. He has been taking lessons for 6 months from Mr. James McDowell. He has also performed on WoodSongs Old Time Radio Hour and WDVX Blue Plate Special Radio Show. Kevin is currently Endorsed with Deering Banjo Company and LC King Manufacturing (Pointer Brand). Kevin has a personal goal of being on the Grand Ole’ Opry!   

Saturday, July 20th at 11:00 am

Jonah Riddle & Carolina Express - Carolina Express was formed by brothers Jonah and Grayson Riddle. Growing up in the mountains of western North Carolina, Jonah has been playing the banjo for four and one-half years. From the first time he picked up the instrument, he fell in love. He started out playing at church and because he enjoys bluegrass and gospel music so much, he decided to start his own band. 

Jonah’s brother, Grayson, plays guitar and does vocals. From the time he was only 5 years old, he would pick the guitar at church services. 

Their dad, Benjie Riddle, plays the upright bass. Jonah and Grayson have had the privilege of picking on stage with many great artists: Doyle Lawson, Darin & Brooke Aldridge, Balsam Range, Ralph Stanley II, Nu Blue, Ricky Skaggs, J.D. Crowe, and Kody Norris.

They have performed at many concerts and venues across the country, including: The Ryman Auditorium Courtyard, the North Carolina State Fair in Raleigh, Woodsongs, the Lyric Theatre in Kentucky, Houstonfest, the Orchard at Altapass, the North Carolina State Bluegrass Festival, Bluegrass First Class in Asheville, NC, the Earl Scruggs Center, the Pickin’ Porch, the Museum of Appalachia and at the Carter Fold. 

Jonah and Grayson are also members of Tomorrow’s Bluegrass Stars and have performed at IBMA Kids on Bluegrass in Raleigh, North Carolina. They have won several awards during the time they have been performing such as Best of Show and individual awards for playing their instruments.

Jonah is currently endorsed by Deering Banjos, GHS Strings and Peterson tuners.

Saturday, July 20th at 12:30 pm and again at 2:00 pm

Terry McKinney grew up in Mitchell and McDowell counties surrounded by traditional mountain music, and he has been singing and playing music most of his life. 

Terry was born in Spruce Pine. 

He later played with Clyde Moody, one of Bill Monroe’s early guitarists and lead singers and a Grand Ole Opry veteran. 

Terry studied the way Moody presented the music and worked the microphone and crowd.

Saturday, July 20th at 3:30 pm

The Barn Burner Cloggers

Friday, July 19th at 5:50 pm and again at 7:20 pm

Cole Mountain Cloggers - The Mars Hill based Cole Mountain Cloggers are a team of sixteen cloggers between the ages of five and fifteen, from Madison, Buncombe, Henderson, and Avery Counties. 

Led by Jeff Atkins, an alumnus of the Bailey Mountain Cloggers of Mars Hill College, many of the Cole Mountain Cloggers have deep roots in this region's traditional culture. Three current members, for example, are kin to Bascom Lamar Lunsford.

The team's motto is "Keeping a Mountain Tradition Thriving!" and to that end they keep up a busy performance schedule.

The Cole Mountain Cloggers have danced at the Mountain Dance and Folk Festival, the Bascom Lamar Lunsford Festival, Shindig on the Green, the Smokey Mountain Folk Festival, the Bluff Mountain Festival, Fiddlers Grove, the Asheville Christmas parade, and at the Biltmore Estate and Grove Park Hotel. At the 2007 North Carolina Mountain State Fair, the team won first place in the Traditional Freestyle Clogging division. 

A few weeks later they traveled to the State Folk Festival at the North Carolina State Fair in Raleigh, where they were first-place winners in Traditional Clogging in their age division. Several of the dancers received individual awards in their age divisions as well. As a team, the Cole Mountain Cloggers received the special Smokehouse Appalachian Freestyle Team Award, given yearly to "the dance team of four or more couples whose performance, their selection, and execution of dance figures best exemplifies the Southern Appalachian freestyle clogging routine."

Jonah and Grayson are also members of Tomorrow’s Bluegrass Stars and have performed at IBMA Kids on Bluegrass in Raleigh, North Carolina. They have won several awards during the time they have been performing such as Best of Show and individual awards for playing their instruments.

Jonah is currently endorsed by Deering Banjos, GHS Strings and Peterson tuners.

Saturday, July 20th at 5:50 pm and again at 7:20 pm

Amantha Mill - We are a community oriented folk/bluegrass act with one foot rooted firmly in our heritage and the other planted in exploring new acoustic sounds. Becca Eggers-Gryder formed Amantha Mill and derived the name from the small mill community of Amantha, NC from which her family comes.  

The original mill that we are named after washed away many years ago in a flood, but if you're driving through Cove Creek you can still see part of its footing. We hope you enjoy the musical heritage that the old Bingham roller mill gave us to share.

Amantha Mill has honed their sound and performance to include musical types from traditional Bluegrass to Swing, Cowboy, Country, and Americana/Roots. There is something in each of our shows that will satisfy everyone. Each member of Amantha Mill has a long history in their particular musical instrument and vocal talent. When joined, it all comes together to form tight harmonies and an explosive, energetic sound that pays tribute to our Mountain Music Heritage.

Saturday, July 20th at 8:00 pm

Crossfire Band

 Swinging Country Music

Friday, July 19th at 5:00 pm and again at 6:30 pm