Minnesota Bluegrass & Old-Time Music Festival  

August 9-12, 2018 • El Rancho Mañana, Richmond, MN | ​Nominated IBMA Event of the Year FIVE Times!


The Becky Buller Band

In 2016, Minnesota's own home-grown bluegrass star Becky Buller made music history by becoming the first person ever to win in both instrumental and vocal categories at the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) awards.

As is usually the case, Becky’s is an overnight success story almost 20 years in the making. Her songs, on the lips of the industry’s best, preceded this fiery-haired fiddling St. James, Minn., native to prominence in the acoustic music world. Now audiences are connecting the composer with her compositions…to the tune of five IBMA awards in the last two years, including the 2016 Fiddler and Female Vocalist and 2015 Songwriter Of The Year nods.

Since 2015, the Becky Buller Band has toured extensively throughout the United States and Canada. The group has an exciting year coming up, beginning with the release of Becky’s fourth solo album, Crepe Paper Heart, on the Dark Shadow Recording label. ​ www.beckybuller.com

​Chris Jones and the Night Drivers

Whether it’s in the studio or on stage, Chris Jones & The Night Drivers are making some of the most distinctively elegant yet driving music to be heard anywhere today, and they’re delivering it with a unique blend of dry wit, emotional authenticity and broad humor that’s won the loyalty of a growing number of fans across the country, from Merlefest in North Carolina to California’s Huck Finn Jubilee, and around the world. Steve Martin referred to the Night Drivers as “. . . some of the best players in bluegrass! Chris Jones’ voice is there with the great masters.”

Founded by guitarist Jones in 1995, the Night Drivers feature four distinct personalities who bring a multitude of talents to each performance: Chris Jones who hosts Siriux XM’s Bluegrass Junction, bassist Jon Weisberger, who co-hosts Del McCoury’s SiriusXM show, Mark Stoffel on Mandolin, and Gina Clowes the group’s newest member Gina Clowes on banjo. Chris is a two- time IBMA Broadcaster of the Year. The band is also becoming known as a songwriter’s bluegrass band, with Weisberger and Jones now co-writing many of the band’s current songs, and all four members contributing material. Chris and Jon are both IBMA award-winning songwriters, Jon being the 2012 Songwriter of the Year, and Chris taking home the trophy for the 2007 Song of the Year for “Fork in the Road.” In total, Chris and the band members have won 8 IBMA awards. chrisjonesgrass.com

Edgar Loudermilk Band feat. Jeff Autry

Not only has Edgar Loudermilk played and toured with Rhonda Vincent & the Rage, Marty Raybon & Full Circle, and Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out, but he has also had monumental success with the IBMA Emerging Artist nomination for his duo work with Adkins & Loudermilk. Edgar wrote or co-wrote the majority of the music that topped and still remains on the bluegrass charts from the Adkins & Loudermilk album release. Edgar's music is a mainstay on bluegrass radio and he has been a "Most Played" Sirius Bluegrass Radio Musician since his start.​

The Edgar Loudermilk Band is overjoyed at featuring the acclaimed Jeff Autry on guitar and vocals. Jeff Autry has been in the music industry for over twenty years, playing early on with the Lynn Morris Band, The Bluegrass Cardinals, and the Larry Stephenson Band. Later on, as a freelance guitarist, he performed on stages across the USA and abroad with the likes of Sam Bush, Peter Rowan, Tim O'Brien, Darrell Scott, Bela Fleck, The Travelin' McCoury's, Yonder Mountain String Band, and Keller Williams. In addition, Jeff was the guitarist for the ever acrobatic, multi-genre musical styles of the John Cowan Band for 14 years. Jeff Autry's solo album, "Foothills," saw great success in it's original release and has since been re-released in 2017. www.edgarloudermilk.com

Henhouse Prowlers

In the 13 years since the Henhouse Prowlers' inception, the band has forged its own path through music and across the globe. On stage, the group's enthralling performances give audiences a sense of how much they love what they do; while on record, the band manages to explore their collective life experiences through songwriting and intricate instrumentation. While bluegrass is the undeniable foundation of the Prowlers music, the band manages to bend and squeeze the traditional form into a sound all their own.

​With over 175 shows a year, the quartet has managed to tour more than 25 countries, often going to places traditional American music has never been. Tours in Siberia or the Middle East are not uncommon since the Prowlers started working as cultural ambassadors with the US State Department in 2013. These global experiences have pushed the band in new directions musically, with songs from Africa and Asia on several albums, but they have also moved the group to start an educational outreach program for both school children and festival-goers alike. www.henhouseprowlers.com

The Red Squirrel Chasers

The Red Squirrel Chasers are four good friends whose diverse musical influences and interests all seamlessly merge into a new, but yet familiar sound. They had been playing dances together for nearly ten years when they decided to explore a shared interest in the musical territory that occupies that that hazy borderline between the old-time string band sounds of the 1920s-1930s and the lonesome bluegrass sounds that emerged in the 1940s. The results are spare melody lines, blended vocal and instrumental textures and a streamlined sound.

​Together, the Red Squirrel Chasers combine red hot fiddling, tight harmony singing, great material and a powerful band sound that skips along and soars effortlessly. https://www.facebook.com/redsquirrelchasers/


Dreamcatcher was formed in early summer of 2015 by Troy Boone and Aaron Foster. Upon the release of Troy's debut CD "First Impressions," Troy and Aaron decided to create a project that fulfilled their musical desires. Hence, Dreamcatcher was born. After about two years of touring and playing shows from Florida to Vermont, Troy Boone accepted the position with bluegrass super group "Sideline" which has passed over the reins of Dreamcatcher to Aaron Foster.

Dreamcatcher is currently booking shows and have a desire to play as much as possible. It is no rarity to catch them playing at restaurants and breweries in their hometown of Johnson City, TN, as well as festivals across the eastern United States. https://www.facebook.com/DreamcatcherBluegrass/

Minnesota Bluegrass & Old-Time Music Association
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