MOCKSVILLE, NC – The 7th Annual Carolina Bible Camp Bluegrass Festival lineup has been announced and includes the greatest number of performing artists in the one-day event's history, according to organizers.

The September 8 festival is sponsored by Brewer Brewer & Sorel Attorneys at Law, Carolina Hearing Doctors, and Peak Eye Care of Salisbury, Statesville and Hickory. Media partner is the Winston-Salem Journal. This year's headliner is the Grammy-award winning Alison Brown. Other artists include Bobby Hicks and Mark Kuykendall with Asheville Bluegrass, Tim White & Troublesome Hollow, Fireside Collective, the Snyder Family Band, Dwight Hawkins and Brody Hunt, and the Trailblazers with guest Ivy Phillips.

Tickets for the all-volunteer produced Carolina Bible Camp Bluegrass Festival 2018 are on sale now at Ticket prices remain unchanged at $15 in advance and $20 at the gate; children under 12 are admitted free with a paying adult.
Alison Brown is acclaimed as one of today's finest progressive banjo players, but you rarely find her in a conventional bluegrass setting. Instead, she's known for leading an ensemble that successfully marries a broad array of roots-influenced music: folk, jazz, Celtic and Latin. The 2015 IBMA Distinguished Achievement Award and 2001 Grammy award-winning musician, composer, producer, and entrepreneur is a Harvard-educated MBA. She and her husband, Garry West, are co-founders of Compass Records, for 20 years one of the most respected bluegrass, folk, Celtic and Americana labels. Alison Brown will perform on the CBC Front Porch Stage from 5:00 p.m. until 6:30 p.m. They will close the day with other artists on stage performing “Will the Circle Be Unbroken?”
Veteran fiddler Bobby Hicks is well known for his work with Bill Monroe and Ricky Skaggs, among others. With Skaggs' Kentucky Thunder, Hicks was a ten-time Grammy award winner. Guitarist Mark Kuykendall has had an accomplished career with Monroe's Bluegrass Boys and more. Together, the two are reclaiming their spot among the best in bluegrass while moving forward in new circles. Asheville Bluegrass includes Mike Hunter on mandolin, Nick Dauphinais on bass and Seth Rhinehart on banjo. The group will perform on the CBC Front Stage from 2:00 p.m. until 2:45 p.m.
Everyone’s favorite bluegrass buddy, Tim White, is returning to the CBC Bluegrass Festival for his fourth year in a row. The talented host of the PBS syndicated television show Song of the Mountains will perform with brothers Donny and Garry Ollis. Tim is also known for his syndicated radio program, The Tim White Bluegrass Show, which recently aired a documentary he produced on Carolina Bible Camp. Tim White and Troublesome Hollow will tickle your ears and your funny bones on the CBC Front Porch Stage from 12 noon until 12:45 p.m.
Fireside Collective, the winner of the 2016 MerleFest Band Competition, is quickly gaining a reputation as a must-see progressive acoustic ensemble. Formed in 2014, this group of folk music enthusiasts blends elements of traditional bluegrass and American roots music with modern acoustic arrangements. Their energetic show transitions smoothly between danceable bluegrass numbers and passionate folk ballads, with a surprise Paul Simon number thrown in for good measure. With Jesse Iaquinto on mandolin, Tommy Maher on dobro, Joe Cicero on acoustic guitar, and Carason White on upright bass and Alex Genova on banjo, Fireside Collective brings a unique exploration of roots music to the CBC Front Porch Stage from 4:00 p.m. until 4:45 p.m.
The Snyder Family Band of Lexington, NC performs a unique style of music infused with a wide range of styles and genres. Samantha, who began classical violin lessons at the age of three, is an award-winning fiddler as well as a top-notch singer and songwriter. Zeb, a skilled multi-instrumentalist and highly devoted musician, began his musical career with classical guitar training at age seven. Supporting these gifted musicians is their dad, Bud, who holds down a rock solid upright bass rhythm. Owen, the youngest Snyder, makes an occasional visit to the spotlight to wear out a tune on the banjo, a part of the show that is not to be missed. The Snyder Family Band will appear on the CBC Front Porch Stage from 3:00 p.m. until 3:45 p.m.

The Trailblazers have taken an innovative step back to the roots of bluegrass, Americana, folk, and jazz music. The band has a solid foundation in the basis of the music they love, but they're constantly looking for new trails to blaze in progressive acoustic music. The Trailblazers won the prestigious MerleFest band competition in 2017. The Trailblazers are: Daniel Thrailkill on guitar and vocals, Jonah Horton on mandolin, Alex Edwards on banjo, Will Thrailkill on bass, and frequent guest Ivy Phillips on fiddle. Enjoy them on the CBC Front Porch Stage from 11:00 a.m. until 11:45 a.m.

Dwight “Sawman” Hawkins is a Raleigh-based musician specializing in pre-war stringband music. He is also very knowledgeable about hillbilly, hokum, and jug music. The founding member of the popular Asheville band Blind Boy Chocolate and the Milk Sheiks, Hawkins left Raleigh at an early age for the life of “a hobo.” He jumped on his first freight train at 18 and quickly became an expert, figuring out which direction each train traveled and how to get from one city to the next without spending any money. Since then, he has been around the country eight times. It was riding trains that inspired him to leave punk rock behind to embrace the early 20th-century blues he loves today. Today he works in construction (not only using a saw, but playing it, as well) and he plays the music he loves as often as possible. “I used to be the road,” he said recently, “but now I'm the lighthouse.” See Dwight Hawkins on the CBC Front Porch Stage from 1:00 p.m. until 1:45 p.m.

Carolina Bible Camp Bluegrass Festival 2018 is pleased to welcome back the Piedmont Chapter of the Model A Ford Restorers’ Club. The classic car exhibit is included in the price of admission.

The festival includes the very best in innovative outdoor play equipment, free arts and crafts activities, and old-fashioned sidewalk games for kids of all ages. A wide range of vendors includes unique jewelry, artisans, a silent auction featuring specialty items, and more. Musicians will want to bring their instruments to take advantage of the Pickers’ Place jam tent.

The Mocksville, NC festival gates open at 10:00 a.m. and close at 6:30 p.m. Parking is free. Handicapped parking and assistance is available for guests with special needs. Children under 12 are admitted free. Lunch is served on the grounds for an additional charge. No alcohol, no coolers, no pets, please. Bring your own chair. The festival will be held rain or shine. Professional grade tents will keep guests comfortable.

Carolina Bible Camp is located at 1988 Jericho Church Road in Mocksville, NC, 27028. For more information, please contact CBC Bluegrass Festival Executive Director Lisa Brewer at (336) 262-6325.

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