Brief Bio for Blue Holler:
Blue Holler is one of South Georgia and North Florida’s premier acoustic band. Performing modern, contemporary, jazz influenced, traditional acoustic gospel, and bluegrass music, Blue Holler is an audience favorite at every venue they perform. Since 2004, these multi talented young men have honed their musical skills performing at many venues in Georgia, Florida, and Alabama. Blue Holler’s instrumental perfection combined with impressive family style harmonies are unforgettable.
Heavy influences from traditional artists such as Earl Scruggs, Bill Monroe, Jimmy Martin and Tony Rice provide the foundational roots of Blue Holler’s sound. Influences from other artists including John Hartford, Kenny Smith, Lonesome River Band, Blue Highway, Infamous String Dusters and Etta James also bring other exciting facets to Blue Holler’s sound.
Entertaining audiences with a mixture of original and cover material, the band always holds the audience’s interest by performing a variety of musical styles. Utilizing their impressive song writing skills Brandon Gandy, Skylar Gandy, and Seabie Ewer have composed and performed tunes loved by those having the opportunity to experience them in live performances and on recordings. These instrumental and vocal numbers produce the driving sound of Blue Holler.
Blue Holler has performed at festivals, auditoriums, radio stations, churches, coffee shops, and private venues including Hill Side Bluegrass festival, Rivertown Days, Great Southern Music festival, Henderson Bluegrass- Alabama, Farmers Appreciation Day, SunBelt Agricultural Exposition, Whigham Rattlesnake Round Up, Colquitt County Arts Center, Thomasville Municipal Auditorium, Gulf Coast Bluegrass and Music festival, Thomas County Cultural Center, Pebble Hill Plantation, and many other plantation venues and private engagements.
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You tube channel https://www.youtube. com/channel/ UCcsXufj5ZxVcq647C9AvRrg/video s to view videos of some of our recent festival performances.
LONESOME RIDE BLUEGRASS BAND INFO: from Jack Piccalo
“LONESOME RIDE” IS A GROUP OF 6 MUSICIANS THAT HAVE COME FROM VARIED MUSICAL BACKGROUNDS PLAYING FESTIVALS, CONVENTIONS, PRIVATE PARTIES, AND MUCH MORE. THEY PLAY A VARIETY OF MUSIC FROM PATSY CLINE TO DAN FOGELBERG; FROM MARSHAL TUCKER TO FLATT & SCRUGGS; FROM CHARLIE DANIELS TO BOB WILLS, ALL IN A BLUEGRASS SETTING.
THE BAND CONSISTS OF
FRED FORTENBERRY – GUITAR & VOCALS- TRADITIONAL BLUEGRASS VOCALIST WITH INCREDIBLE REPTOIRE. FRED HAS PLAYED IN SEVERAL BLUEGRASS BANDS THROUGHOUT NORTHEAST FLORIDA FOR OVER 35 YEARS.
GINA FUTCH – GUITAR & VOCALS- WAS A FOUNDING MEMBER OF THE BAND TRUBLU. AN ECLECTIC BLUEGRASS BAND THAT PERFORMED THE BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL CIRCUIT IN THE SOUTH IN THE LATE 80’S AND EARLY 90’S. GINA LED HER CHURCH CHOIR FOR 20 YEARS AS WELL AS PERFORMING WITH OTHER GROUPS; 2ND TIME AROUND- A ROCK BAND; MOSSY LEE-A SISTERS GROUP PERFORMING STANDARDS FROM MANY DIFFERENT MUSICAL GENRES.
JIM SHROKA – MANDOLIN & VOCALS- A MANDOLIN VIRUOSO THAT HAS WON AWARDS FOR HIS INTRICATE MANDOLIN PLAYING. UP UNTIL THE 1980’S, JIM PLAYED LEAD GUITAR IN ROCK BANDS. SINCE THEN HE HAS PLAYED MANDOLIN IN SEVERAL TRADITIONAL AND PROGRESSIVE BLUEGRASS BANDS, AS WELL AS PERFORMNG WITH OLD-TIME AND CELTIC BANDS.
FRANK LORENZ – FIDDLE & VOCALS- A FORMER GUITAR PLAYER WHO PICKED UP THE FIDDLE IN HIS 30’S. FRANK IS ABLE TO ADAPT TO ANY KIND OF MUSIC QUICKLY FROM SWING, BLUES, ROCK AND OF COURSE TRADITIONALLY BASED MUSIC. THE FOUNDING MEMBER OF THE BRIARPICKERS.
JIM PONS - BASS & VOCALS- WE ARE PROUD TO INCLUDE OUR NEWEST MEMBER, WHO IS A RETIRED VIDEOGRAPHER FOR THE NEW YORK JETS. PRIOR TO HIS TIME WITH THE JETS, JIM WAS THE ORIGINAL BASS PLAYER FOR 60’S LEGENDARY ROCK BANDS “THE LEAVES” AND “THE TURTLES”. THEN LATER, A MEMBER OF “FRANK ZAPPA AND THE MOTHERS OF INVENTION”. SINCE CHILDHOOD, JIM HAS HAD A LOVE OF TRADTIONAL MUSIC OF ALL KINDS.
JACK PICCALO – BANJO- HAS PLAYED BANJO MOST OF HIS ADULT LIFE. HE HAS A LOVE OF ALL MUSICS AND HAS TRIED TO ADAPT THE BANJO IN EACH SETTING. FORMER MEMBER OF “THE BACKPORCH BLUEGRASS BAND”, “TRUBLU”, “THE BRIARPICKERS”, “OLUSTEE” AND OTHERS.
"HEADED SOUTH" Bluegrass Band
In 2015, three music buddies from the Washington, D.C./ Maryland area HEADED SOUTH to St. Augustine, Florida. There they met a great home grown Florida bass player and, in January 2016, the HEADED SOUTH Bluegrass Band was born. With decades of bluegrass music experience under their belts, the group is becoming known for their tight harmonies, driving instrumental work and interesting repertoire, which borrows from other genres but “keeps it bluegrass.”
On lead vocals and guitar is Lynn Healey, who grew up singing bluegrass with her family in Washington, D.C. By the late 1970s, she was arranging vocal harmonies and performing professionally with area bands. An award-winning vocalist (Rocky Mount, VA and Galax, VA) and dynamic bluegrass rhythm guitarist, she has led vocal and guitar workshops and was a faculty member at the prestigious Augusta Heritage Center in 2016. She has played with many Washington area bands over the years, including Patent Pending, Orange Line Special, Blue Moon Cowgirls, and the Rockledge Bluegrass Band.
Bob Tice keeps it rolling on the banjo. For more than 40 years, he played with Maryland bands such as Charlie Thompson and Bottom County Bluegrass, Patent Pending, and the Annapolis Bluegrass Coalition, with whom he toured Ireland on five occasions. He has also taught private banjo lessons for many years.
Sue Raines Tice began her fiddling career with the Buffalo Gals of upstate New York, a band that was active on the bluegrass festival circuit in the early 1970s. She also played with Eddie and Martha Adcock and the Second Generation, Don Stover, Leon Morris, and Liz Meyer. After taking off from music to raise four musical children, including guitarist Jordan Tice, she rejoined the local music scene, primarily with the Annapolis Bluegrass Coalition, but also as an in-demand side person and studio musician.
Barb Johnson’s energetic style and rock-solid bass playing are well-known in Florida bluegrass circles. Currently living in McIntosh, Florida, Barb has traveled far and wide playing bluegrass, folk, swing, rock, country, and even a brief foray into punk! Band credits include One Way Ticket, Morning Sky, Dirt Road, Santa Fe, Blue Angel, Sno Rogers, Back Water, Boulware and Stewart, and the Red and Chris Henry All Star Band.
Together, HEADED SOUTH Bluegrass Band has been entertaining and touching the hearts of an ever widening audience. They look forward to bringing their music to you.
“New River Ramblers”Bio
We are a band made up of musicians and singers who love the traditional bluegrass sounds.. !!All four of us have been playing instruments since we were in our teens . Growing up on the sounds of the Osborne brothers Hot Rize and Flatt and Scruggs We put our own Florida rhythm with hard driving banjo breaks solid timing on the bass fiddle and rushing guitar and mandolin and breaks mixed with the old three or Trio style Harmonies we sing old time gospel and Bluegrass music the way we know best.. !!! So come on out and let us bring you back to a time where the old sounds of Flatt and Scruggs and the Osborne brothers were screaming on the radio !!! We bring you into our show with laughter and excitement!!! From churches to festivals and fairs all over the state we have had the privilege of entertaining and satisfying crowds of all sizes..!!!!
Shane Stewart Katie Stewart James Padgett Mike Adams
Jonah Riddle & Carolina Express
Carolina Express was formed by brothers Jonah and Grayson Riddle. Jonah is 17, and Grayson is 12. Growing up in the mountains of western North Carolina, Jonah has been playing the banjo for 4 and ½ years. From the first time he picked up the instrument, he fell in love. He started out playing at church three times a week. Because he enjoys bluegrass and gospel music so much, he decided to start his own band – Jonah Riddle & Carolina Express. Jonah’s brother, Grayson, plays guitar and does vocals. He has been playing guitar for almost 2 years. From the time he was only 5 years old, he would pick the guitar at church services. Jonah and Grayson credit the Lord for their playing and singing talent. 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, Dollywood, 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, North Carolina, the Earl Scruggs Center, the Pickin’ Porch, the Museum of Appalachia, the Carter Fold and the World-Renown WDVX Blue Plate Special in Knoxville, TN. 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 as well.
Jonah is currently endorsed by Deering Banjos, GHS Strings and Peterson tuners. Jonah and Grayson give God all of the credit for the wonderful opportunities that He allows them to have.
Web Site: www.thecarolinaexpress.com
I had to opportunity to see and hear them at Twin Oaks Park in Hoboken Ga. and I was very impressed with their show, these brothers are fine musician and very polished for their age. If you have the chance to attend one of their shows you will not be disappointed..... Wayne.....
BLAST OF GRASS
Still Going Strong
NFBA Spotlights North Florida’s longest running bluegrass band with the freshest sound.
Danny Lanier-mandolin vocal, Justin Lanier-guitar, lead vocal Rick Ray- banjo, vocal, Page Clark-dobro, vocal, Platt Drew-bass
When the name Blast of Grass is mentioned, it's hard to find someone that has not seen them or heard them before. That is probably because they have been together, going strong and holding the longest tenure as a band in north east Florida and possibly the entire state of Florida. Affiliated with NFBA since the 70's, this group has been entertaining audiences at festivals, fairs and private events representing bluegrass like it should be. The NFBA is obviously an organization that promotes bluegrass and this group makes it easy for people to gravitate to our beloved music.
Mandolin and singer Danny Lanier says “We've known each other most of our lives. Me and Page (and sometimes Little Justin ) played for Southland Bluegrass Express, Platt played for Shotgun Bluegarass . We all kind of gave up pickin to raising families, then in the Sping of 1997, Danny Taylor had a pick-in at St. Augustine. Danny, Justin and Platt were reunited. The next month we put together a group with Page and Donnie Wynn at the Wright brothers Pickin, it was then we knew we had something magical!
When asked how they have stayed together so long, they simply say “we have no leader, we're all best of friends, more like family, but Danny handles the business, Justin handles the song selection and sound, Rick Ray and Page writes the few songs we have and Platt is the roadie”
The result is hard driving, high energy, wide variety and a smiling audience. We are proud to have them as an affiliated band and look forward to their appearances.
Most memorable moments for the band were playing for John McCain's Presidential Rally at the Veteran's Memorial Coliseum in Jacksonville, FL
In-case you’re wondering, we are asked all that time, what were you most embarrassing moments? Platt Drew and Danny Lanier both say without hesitation, “you can’t embarrass us”.. So there you have it. Now go out and see this group for yourself, you’ll be glad you did.
NFBA would like to thank them for their support for all of the years they have performed, promoted and supported us.
To contact :BLAST OF GRASS
Blast of Grass on Facebook
Danny Lanier Ph: (904) 838-3339
Canada Brothers Bio
Since 1970 The Canada Brothers have earned their place as a traditional bluegrass band. We are located in East Central Fl. Our music is strongly influenced by the classic styles of Bill Monroe, Flatt & Scruggs, the Stanley Brothers, Jim and Jesse and many of the first and second generation bluegrass groups and having had the privilege to perform on the same Billings with these notable groups. Some of the events we have performed at over the years are Twin Oaks Bluegrass Festival, Kissimmee Bluegrass Festival, Central Fl Bluegrass Festival, Palatka Bluegrass Festival, Withlacoochee Bluegrass Festival, Sertoma Bluegrass Festival, Spirit of The Suwannee Festival, Orange County Parks and many more venues over the years. The band's blend of banjo, mandolin, fiddle, dobro, guitar and bass deliver the upbeat excitement of true bluegrass music.
Clarence Canada, Lester Canada and sister Marie Hawley are excited to welcome to the stage our other brothers Colton McCormick, Justin Mason and CJ McClellan for select festivals and events. This addition to the band will bring a special blend of banjo, mandolin, fiddle, dobro, guitar and bass that deliver an upbeat excitement to our shows.
You will hear driving rhythm, skillful picking, soulful singing, energy and experience to each performance. After four decades of performing, the band remains fresh and exciting, bringing our love of traditional bluegrass, country, Gospel, contemporary and original music to an ever-widening audience.
The Canada Brother’s show offers a vital mix of powerful originals and standards which include blues, breakdowns, country and gospel. Even the songs and tunes written by band members themselves remain true to the genre with careful attention paid to the nuances of the bluegrass style.
Currently we are accepting limited concerts each year in Florida and Georgia. If you are interested in having The Canada Brother’s perform at your event, please contact us at: