Route 66 Bluegrass Festival 2017 Band Lineup!
June 15th – 18th, 2017, at San Bernardino County Fairgrounds in Victorville, CA
with 3 days of Live Bluegrass Music. Come Pick on Route 66!
Route 66 Bluegrass Festival 2017 Band Lineup!
2017 Band Lineup
The 2o17 Route 66 Bluegrass Festival will feature a very talented lineup of both national and west coast bluegrass bands. For 3 days of live bluegrass music on the festival main stage. We hope you plan to attend this year and we thank you for your support.
For info on the festival schedule click here
Eric Uglum & Bud Bierhaus, two award winning guitarists and vocalists join forces to form the band, The Vintage Martins. Eric Uglum and Bud Bierhaus have played music together for over 25 years including time in the acclaimed California bluegrass band, Copperline. The duo has a new GRAMMY CONSIDERATION CD, Traveled and will be performing at several concerts and music festivals throughout the U.S. and headlining the 2017 band lineup for Route 66 Bluegrass Festival in Victorville CA!
Uglum is an American folk and bluegrass musician, vocalist, producer, and audio engineer. He has had a productive career in bluegrass and folk music. As a solo artist, and a member of many bands. Uglum has been featured in Flatpicking Guitar Magazine, Bluegrass Today, Bluegrass Unlimited and Bluegrass Now magazine. He is owner-operator of New Wine Sound Studio and Mastering Lab in the High Desert of Southern California. He has worked with many artists including: Ralph Stanley, Alison Krauss, Sean Watkins, Sara Watkins, Stuart Duncan, Ron Block, Rob Ickes, Neal Casal, Sierra Hull, The Black Market Trust and Gonzalo Bergara. In addition to working independently through his New Wine Sound Studio and Mastering Lab, Uglum is also a staff engineer at Blue Night Records.
Uglum was born in Fort Campbell, Kentucky and raised in Huntington Beach, California. Where he received his first guitar (a Guild D25M) at age 13. In 1982 he won the title of West Coast Flatpicking Guitar Champion.
Eric Uglum, Ron Block and Mike Bub formed the Weary Hearts band in 1986. With Butch Baldassari and Chris Jones joining the band later. Uglum Toured with Weary Hearts for two years, and then formed another band , “New Wine” in 1988. The lineup consisted of Eric Uglum, Ron Block, Sandra Block and Rob Ickes. After Ron Block left Weary Hearts to pursue his career with Alison Krauss and Union Station. Eric Uglum teamed up with Janet Beazley, Marshall Andrews, and Bud Bierhaus to form Copperline in 1991 . They released an album and performed at the International Bluegrass Music Association conference in 1996.
Uglum joined the traditional Southern California Bluegrass band, Lost Highway in 1997. The band featured Ken Orrick, Dick Brown, Marshall Andrews and Paul Shelasky. Lost Huighway toured extensively around the U.S., United Kingdom, Canada, Europe and the Middle East. In 2000 Lost Highway released “Lifetime of Sorrow” an album featuring Ralph Stanley on guest tenor vocal.
Releasing his first solo album, “Shenandoah Wind”, in January 2004, the album features guests such as Alison Krauss (singing harmony), Ron Block, Rob Ickes and Stuart Duncan.
Performing in a trio with his stepsons Austin & Christian Ward in 2007. Uglum also joined Chris Stuart, Janet Beazley, Austin and Christian Ward in the band, Chris Stuart & Backcountry.
Eric began engineering and producing out of his New Wine Sound Studio and Mastering Lab in Southern California in 1997. Clients have included The Black Market Trust, Sierra Hull, Sean Watkins and many more. Uglum continues to run New Wine Sound Studio and is currently touring with Bud Bierhaus & The Vintage Martins. Their début album entitled “Traveled” released in 2016. Traveled includes guest artists Rob Ickes, Ron Block, Christian and Austin Ward. 2017 band lineup
Throughout his life – and certainly throughout his extraordinary career – multi-instrumentalist. Ron Block has been a musical Huck Finn. A tireless adventurer exploring various styles yet rooted firmly in the bluegrass-country tradition. Now the longtime member of the Grammy-winning band Alison Krauss and Union Station.
“Early on, when I was first learning how to play guitar and banjo. I learned that, I could put a feeling across within a song,” he says. ” I start with an image or a feeling. I wrote my last record (Walking Song) with Rebecca Reynolds. As we wrote the songs she would always call me back to the image, musically. She taught me that my strength is staying centered on a feeling or an image and playing or writing from that.”
Born in Gardena, California, Block’s parents divorced by the time he was 6 years old. His mother remarried a widower with six kids at home, meaning he went from being the youngest, with two older brothers, to being a middle child. The family soon moved to Northern California, to a rural town called Smartville, setting him on his Huck Finn-inspired path, for a while.
“We lived on a rural road with maybe five houses and every house backed up against the creek,” Block recalls. “The backyard was hilly and went down toward the creek. My stepbrother that was the same age, John, on any decent day we’d be out at the creek playing. Or going out fishing at a place where they used to strip-mine. There was a small lake where there were tons of catfish. Most of our spare time was spent outdoors.”
Block’s rural existence, was interrupted when he was 13, but the move to Torrance, California. Where he lived with his dad, Hogan’s House of Music store owner Chuck Block. Proved invaluable when it came to the youngster’s future. The influences at Hogan’s House of Music store, the people he met working there, and the experimental, free-flowing music of the era have all had on Block are incalculable.
“I got my first guitar when I was 11,” he says. “I liked playing it but I liked it just about as much as I liked anything else. I liked to read, I liked to play guitar, I liked to go out and play catch with my brother. It was that kind of thing, really, until I heard bluegrass. When I heard Lester Flatt play on TV, I went nuts for it. For Christmas I got a banjo. My dad says he got me a banjo at 13 and I didn’t come out of my room until I was 21, which is partly true.”
“I heard an awful lot of music when I was in that store,” he says fondly. “The other guys who worked in the store would be listening to Eric Clapton or Leslie West. That was parallel with me going home to listen to the Stanley Brothers, Larry Sparks, Flatt and Scruggs, Jimmy Martin – all this sort of hardcore bluegrass. I would go home and listen to that stuff and practice and play. I got an electric guitar when I was 18 or 19 and started experimenting with that. Eventually, my study of guitar began infecting and informing my playing banjo. When I started playing with Alison it began to develop into a stylistic thing where I did string-bending and my left hand was often more like an electric guitar player. My right hand was often like a traditional bluegrass banjo. That’s the thing about this record being called Hogan’s House of Music: I realized it is kind of the clashing of those two worlds.”
This was the mid 70’s, a time when FM radio could be counted on to expose listeners to a number of musical genres, from experimental jazz to hard rock. Thanks to the countless hours spent at Hogan’s House of Music in Lawndale, Calif. Block, was exposed to music of every stripe, from his fellow employees at the shop, where he began working in 1980. He soon joined his first band, playing banjo and guitar and singing harmony. After forming the group Weary Hearts with Butch Baldassari, Eric Uglum and Mike Bub. Block was soon to meet young singer and fiddle player Alison Krauss and the members of Dusty Miller, Adam Steffey, Barry Bales and Tim Stafford. Who would soon join Krauss in Union Station. After a stint with Uglum, Dobro player Rob Ickes, and his wife, Sandra Block, in New Wine. Block, now living in Nashville, played with Virginia’s Lynn Morris Band.
In October 1991, Ron Block joined Alison Krauss and Union Station, with members Barry Bales, Tim Stafford, and Adam Steffey. The following year, the group recorded the album “Every Time You Say Goodbye”. Now considered a modern bluegrass classic, the album earned a 1993 Grammy for Best Bluegrass Album, the first of an astounding 14 Grammy’s. Block would take home thus far. Other early highlights of Block’s tenure with AKUS include touring with mega-star Garth Brooks. And, of course, the O Brother, Where Art Thou phenomenon. Which would put the banjo player on the big screen and concert stages with the Down from the Mountain Tour. Featuring performers from the O Brother soundtrack.
In 2009, the group performed for the President of the United States at the White House. With more than 20 years of touring as part of Union Station, Block most recently went “on the road again” with the legendary Willie Nelson for a 2014-15 tour that continued to expand the group’s diverse and enthusiastic audience.
Like a true adventurer, Block has learned something from every avenue of exploration. Whether as a member of one of the most successful bands (in any genre) of all time, or as a solo artist expanding his musical horizons. But being able to share his experience with other artists born of that same pioneering spirit has made his musical journey one that is as indelible for music fans as it has been for Block himself. 2017 band lineup
Christian developed his mastery of the fiddle at an early age. Hailing from Southern California, his professional debut at the early age of twelve. Christian has performed all over the world with his family band including brother Austin and dad Eric Uglum, Brothers Barton & Overdrive, Chris Stuart & Backcountry, The Amanda and Scott Anderson Band, Rebecca Frazier and Hit & Run, and occasionally other bands. He spent three years playing fiddle and touring nationally and internationally with Sierra Hull and Highway 111. Christian has also shared the stage with legendary musicians, including Ricky Skaggs, Earl Scruggs, and Bela Fleck. In 2012, Christian was honored with the “Momentum Award” by the International Bluegrass Music Association, which recognizes key up and coming contributors to the music industry. In 2013 he was named the winner of the Florida State Fiddle Contest. 2017 band lineup
Headlining the Route 66 Bluegrass Festival 2017 Band Lineup! Nu-Blu’s full, welcoming sounds. Provide a home for listeners and encourage them to explore new sounds, create personal roots, and imagine music free from labels. 2017 band lineup
Nu-Blu, is from North Carolina, and is comprised of Carolyn, who handles bass and vocals. TJ Honaker on vocals and banjo; Clint White, on mandolin and fiddle. Daniel, who is the bands guitarist, singer, manager, and tour coordinator, among many other roles. This group brings its lively and entertaining version of Americana-bluegrass music to audiences across the nation year-round.Their sound acknowledges the traditional institutions that have shaped it. Yet is innovative and daring enough to bring a fresh sparkle to contemporary acoustic music
Lawrence and Cassidy
of the Hillbenders
Nolan Lawrence & Mark Cassidy will bring to the Route 66 stage a toe-tapping, knee-slapping good time. Expect an energetic, unpredictable, and an unforgettable bluegrass experience from these very talented musicians. And with the addition of Evan Winsor and Avery Merritt to this show, it’s one you’re not going to want to miss!
The HillBenders came together in late March 2008. After the break-up of a former band left three of it’s members Mark Cassidy, Jim & Gary Rea. Picking up the pieces and looking for a fresh start. Only a few short years before, Mark Cassidy moved from Huntington Beach, CA. to attend South Plains College. A prestigious music school located in west Texas. During some of his time there he lived with current Hillbenders mandolin player, Nolan Lawrence while they both studied and played bluegrass and other acoustic styles of music. The three remaining members (Mark Cassidy and Jim & Gary Rea) began looking for someone to bring a new and interesting facet to their music and Nolan seemed to be the perfect fit. Mark contacted Nolan, who was residing in Austin TX at the time, and invited him to join the yet unnamed Hillbenders. After meeting each other and collaborating for a short time the group realized that they had something special. 2017 band lineup
James Reams sounds “as smoky as his heroes: Lester, Carter, and Red.” ~ Banjo Newsletter
James Reams has been a bluegrass bandleader for over 20 years. Coming from a family of traditional singers in southeastern Kentucky, James has played both old-time and bluegrass music since he was just a little sprout. James is known as an “ambassador of Bluegrass” for his dedication to and deep involvement in the thriving bluegrass and Americana music community. To date, he has released nine CDs including a special DVD documentary about the band. His 2016 release, Rhyme & Season, is receiving high acclaim. In 2002, his self-titled album featuring Walter Hensley received an IBMA nomination for Recording Event of the Year and earned James an IBMA nomination as Emerging Artist of the Year. A single (Almost Hear the Blues) from his 2011 CD, One Foot in the Honky Tonk, charted nationally and the CD made 2 Top Ten Lists of 2011. His original songs are important additions to the bluegrass repertoire, keeping this tradition alive with contemporary issues and new sounds. And he’s no slouch on the guitar either! His guitar playing was highlighted in Flatpicking Guitar Magazine’s “Masters of Rhythm Guitar” column.
James Reams & the Barnstormers tread the terrain where bluegrass, old-time, classic country and folk meet in the night to swap stories. They feature driving rhythm and 3-part harmonies that take you back to a time before bluegrass was smoothed out for the uninitiated, the illprepared or the faint of heart. The band includes James on guitar and lead vocals; Billy Parker on mandolin and harmony; Evan Ward on banjo and harmony; and Dan Meyer on upright bass. 2017 band lineup
Chris Cerna & The Bluegrass Republic
Chris Cerna & the Bluegrass Republic is based out of the Inland Empire in Southern California. They are a group of talented and seasoned musicians who have come together to share their passion and love for bluegrass.
A dedicated band that specializes in hard-driving, traditional & contemporary bluegrass. Their ability to provide clean instrumentals and tight harmonies, is guaranteed to satisfy even the most critical of bluegrass music fans. 2017 band lineup
Out of the Desert
This Las Vegas based band offers excellent musicianship and vocals. Out of the Desert has performed for the last 7 years, playing from a set list of over 150 songs. Each show is unique and tailored to the crowd, with three lead vocalists, their smooth and powerful harmonies are a signature of an Out of the Desert show. Featuring 2-time Nevada state fiddle champion Rick Seligman, Mark Sanders on banjo, John Lundmark on guitar and Brian Burns on bass and mandolin. They have become a southwest favorite as a featured act at festivals and many Las Vegas venues. Such as the House of Blues, Container Park, Downtown Events Center, Chelsea Ballroom and more.
Southern California Bluegrass
Grasslands is a Suthern California premier bluegrass band. Made up of 5 multi-talented veterans of music. They are the best of friends, and it shows the minute they step onto the stage. Enjoying not only entertaining the audience, but enjoying playing the music with each other.
Members in the group have toured throughout the United States and overseas. Performing at amusement parks, on folk radio programs, worked as musical accompaniment for theater, television commercials, and bluegrass festivals. Grasslands Bluegrass Band has performed at the Grass Valley, Huck Finn Jubilee, Route 66 Bluegrass and Parkfield festivals and venues like McCabe’s Guitar Shop. The featured band for the Los Angeles and San Diego bluegrass clubs, Southwest Bluegrass Association Showcase band and KSON live Radio.
Grasslands has an eclectic repertoire that covers a wide variety of music. And takes inspiration from traditional Bluegrass, Swing, Country, Western, and Rock-N-Roll classics all performed in a bluegrass fashion. This always brings their performance-level style of entertainment to a diverse and enthusiastic audience!
The Bluegrass Brethern ministry began in the spring of 1977. Since that time they have performed there down-home country music at churches, retreats, concerts and festivals. Their original music has been recorded by other musical groups and their own recordings have received airplay both nationally and internationally. On stage their tasteful humor and spiritual emphasis make for a find, Christ centered event. Bluegrass Brethen current members, each have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. They have committed their talents to the sharing of the gospel through music and to the encouragement of believers everywhere.
“The Colonel’s” String Band Show
featuring Brother Leon
“The Colonel”David Dickey II has been a major part of Southern California Bluegrass music. Since 1964, he has formed and played with several bands. Over the years, he has shared his knowledge, as a pay back to those that helped and encouraged him when he started, helping anyone interested in bluegrass music. As a performer, songwriter and playing just about everything with strings, he has influenced bluegrass music lovers and musicians in the southwestern United States for many years.
Stillhouse Road features the talents of Joe and Paula Ferrario, who have been active in the Southern Utah music scene for 10 years. The band performs a special blend of bluegrass and mountain music, country classics, and fiddle tunes. Joe’s original songs are a driving force behind the band’s popularity, in addition to his unique bass and mandolin solos. Audiences are also drawn to the warmth and power of Paula’s lead vocals, and her genuine heartfelt delivery. Their performances come alive with vibrant harmonies, skilled instrumentation, and a dynamic energy that attracts fans of all ages.
Stillhouse Road’s growing appeal includes performances ranging from St. George, Springdale, Cedar City, Las Vegas, and California. Typical sets include music from first generation artists such as Bill Monroe and Reno & Smiley; contemporary artists such as Del McCoury and Patty Loveless; traditional songs from the Carter Family and other archives; and classics from Hank Williams and Patsy Cline.
SWBA Bluegrass Kids
Since 2006, the “SWBA Bluegrass Kids” students from the Southwest Bluegrass Association’s Bluegrass In The Schools program. Have attended music events and festivals accompanied by Eric Nordbeck., their instructor and SWBA School Program Chairperson. They have appeared before a very responsive and enthusiastic audience at a number of music events and festivals.
Sunday Worship with David Dickey III
Message and Music with David Dickey III at the main stage. 2017 band lineup
2017 Route 66 Bluegrass EMCEE