Wintergrass 2010 Performers-The Steep Canyon Rangers

The Steep Canyon Rangers having a busy fall season-touring as Steve Martins band with whom they also  performed on The View,David Letterman, on the cover of Bluegrass Unlimited’s November issue and preparing for a tour of Germany. The band was nominated 2 International Bluegrass Music awards in 2008 (including Album of thSteep Canyon Rangers by Eric Frommere Year, ”Lovin’ Pretty Women), the Rangers were named ’Emerging Artist of the Year’ in 2006 at the IBMA awards ceremony in Nashville, TN. Fiddle fans who love the hard driving fiddle style of fiddlers in the Scotty Stoneman style will love Nicky Sanders. Even with the hard driving fiddle and banjo they also can turn around and play some great slow numbers to show off their great harmonies featuring all of the members. They have perfected the art of band dynamics. No longer the “Emerging Artist” we are sure you will agree after seeing them that they have arrived. Take a look at their website for some great video clips about their band. They will be appearing at Wintergrass 2010 on Friday only this year. The Steep Canyon Rangers by Eric Frommer

Woody Platt (guitar and lead vocals), Graham Sharp (banjo, harmony vocals), Mike Guggino (mandolin and harmony vocals), Charles R. Humphrey III (bass and harmony vocals) and Nicky Sanders (fiddle and harmony vocals)



Wintergrass 2010-Some Bands Added

Multi-instrumentalist Joe Craven who is a fixture with the Youth Academy will also be performing a set this year on Saturday. Jo Miller & Her Burly Roughnecks will be playing their western-western swing style roots music on Friday, The Rockin’ Acoustic Circus are scheduled for Thursday and Friday playing some great acoustic music featuring some amazing award winning instrumentalists. Keep an eye on the blog for more info on these bands and the rest of the lineup.

Wintergrass 2010-Free Parking

There are 5 levels of parking below Bellevue Place, which is the complex where the Hyatt is located. There are over 1000 parking spots there. Those lots are connected directly to additional lots below Lincoln Place, right across the street. If you are staying at the hotel, you will have FREE PARKING. If you are attending Wintergrass and you  park at any time during the day and leave after 8pm, parking is also FREE. The gate goes up at 8pm. If you leave BEFORE 8PM, there are parking charges, but there are a bunch of ways to get parking  validation – at any number of restaurants or shops. In addition to all that parking, there is a huge amount of space available across the street at Bellevue Square.  All of that parking is free but alittle bit of a walk but not that far. You can see where all of the parking lots are by taking a look at the complex map.

Mountain Heart and NASCAR Oct 25th 2009

Mountain Heart brings its pure sound to Martinsville Speedway in Martinsville, VA.

Mountain Heart, the band that figured a way to combine bluegrass, rock, blues and jazz, will bring its amazing vocals to Martinsville Speedway to perform the National Anthem before the running of the TUMS Fast Relief 500 on October 25.

Mountain Heart is accustomed to large stages; the group has appeared on the Grand Ole Opry over 100 times and performed with acts ranging from Brad Paisley to Lynyrd Sknyrd to Montgomery Gentry to Alison Kraus.

In the decade since the group assembled, Mountain Heart, or members of the band, have either won or been nominated for multiple Grammys, ACM, CMA and IBMA awards.

The band’s musical ability and high energy produces a unique sound and stage show, which appeals to a wide variety of fans, in the United States and abroad.

Mountain Heart’s appearance at Martinsville Speedway will be a homecoming for the band’s young lead singer, Josh Shilling.

The 24-year-old Shilling grew up almost in the shadow of Martinsville Speedway, attended local schools and still calls the area home, despite living in Nashville.

Shilling graduated from high school a year early at 17 so he could hit the road as a professional musician. He performed with nationally-known groups in wide-ranging types of music from rock to beach to funk before settling in as Mountain Heart’s lead singer in 2007.

After his debut performance on the stage of the Grand Ole Opry with Mountain Heart, he received a standing ovation, a rare accolade at the Opry, especially for a newcomer.

Tickets for the TUMS Fast Relief 500 on Sunday, October 25, the Kroger 200 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race on Saturday, October 24 and the Farm Bureau Insurance Pole Day on Friday, October 23 are on sale and can be purchased by calling 1.877.RACE.TIX or by visiting

Ticket prices range from $25 to $77 for the TUMS Fast Relief 500.mountain


Just a reminder for you to bring your instruments or pick up a new one at Wintergrass 2010. Plenty of dedicated jamming space, picking floors, 24 hours of jamming!! Workshops to perfect your picking. Then when you are ready to see your fave’s on stage Wintergrass will have an instrument check so you don’t have to carry the instruments back to your room.

Wintergrass 2010-RV Parking

If you plan on attending Wintergrass 2010 in Bellevue,WA there is a full service trailer park less then 10 miles to the Bellevue Hyatt Regency. The Trailer Inns RV Park features 100% full hookups with 15/30/50 amp electrical service, large super sites 67 feet long, free cable TV, phone hookups and now FREE Wi-Fi (Wireless Internet) among it’s amenities. Check out their website for more info and reservations.

Wintergrass 2010 Performers-Prairie Flyer

Prairie Flyer is a Pacific NW based band that has been playing in the NW for a few years now featuring some great singers and instrumentalists. Taking their name from the  old-time American train, a diesel-powered machine on a transcontinental route from the past to the present, most often found flying across the prairie under a full moon.  They compare their style of music as ” an eclectic collection of high-powered musicians who like to travel nonstop across the boundaries of bluegrass, folk and Americana – all on the same trip”

The band’s Jim Faddis brings some great singing and has been a finalist twice in the Sisters Folk Festival Songwriting Contest. Andre Vachon adds his instrumental skills with his background of playing  mandolin,fiddle and steel guitar on the road with  Reba McEntire and Gene Watson. Jason Stewart was raised in East Tennessee where he started playing the banjo at eight years old. His bluegrass background was playing with James Monroe and the Midnight Ramblers.  Dave Hackwith’s bass playing has been heard around the Pacific NW for a long time and did some backup for a young Mark O’Connor and was the bass player for Custer’s Grass Band.  The lead guitar is played by Steve Blanchard who  has been playing and teaching bluegrass guitar for nearly 40 years and has performed with  Steve Blanchard and the Open Range and with the Jake Henry and Bill Jolliff Band. prairie flyer