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Billy Keane

From college dropout to world traveler to commercial deep-sea diver, from touring musician to socially-minded entrepreneur, Billy Keane’s path has been a winding one. In 2014, Billy co-founded the ever-popular The Whiskey Treaty Roadshow—do you remember the band’s barn-burning set at FreshGrass 2018?—their 2020 release “Band Together” featuring Steve Gorman of The Black Crowes and … Continued

Miko Marks

With vivid lyrics, a honeyed-wine voice, and timeless arrangements, Miko Marks’ music is a unifying blend of country, blues, gospel, roots, and Americana. “I took the limits off myself,” Marks explains to Rolling Stone, discussing her return to recording following a thirteen-year hiatus and referencing a Nashville industry that had simultaneously molded and marginalized the … Continued

Skip Marley

Skip Marley honors the legacy of his legendary grandfather Bob with an energetic blend of rock, rap, and pop that he’s showcased in collaborations with the likes of H.E.R., Rick Ross, and Ari Lennox. 

Taj Mahal

“The blues is bigger than most people think,” Taj Mahal says. “You could hear Mozart play the blues. It might be more like a lament. It might be more melancholy. But I’m going to tell you: the blues is in there.” Taj is a towering musical figure—a legend who transcended the blues not by leaving … Continued

The Del McCoury Band

For over fifty years, Del McCoury’s music has defined authenticity in the bluegrass idiom. “Del epitomizes the bluegrass musician from a previous era, and also from this one,” says acclaimed resonator guitarist and fellow FreshGrass performer Jerry Douglas. “You can finally make a living playing bluegrass, and a large part of it is because of … Continued

Tanya Tucker

Edgy. Classic. Country. A defining voice of music and a modern-day legend, two-time 2020 GRAMMY® winner Tanya Tucker continues to inspire artists today. Born in Seminole, Texas, Tanya had her first country hit, the classic “Delta Dawn,” at the age of 13 in 1972. Since that auspicious beginning, she has become one of the most … Continued

California Bluegrass Reunion

The California Bluegrass Reunion will see some of the best of the best come together on the FreshGrass stage including Darol Anger, John Reischman, Bill Evans, Jim Nunally, Sharon Gilchrist and Chad Manning. Many of these master string players have been fest staples for a long time running from whirlwind collaborations to workshops to impromptu … Continued

Misty Blues

Berkshires based Misty Blues pays homage to the older blues made popular by the bold and brassy women of its time, while still paying respect to classic male artists of the 20’s, 30’s and 40’s. They have also been known to perform classic rock and folk tunes infused with a healthy dose of the blues. … Continued

Never Come Down (’21 Band Award Winner)

Weaving together modern and traditional styles of bluegrass and Americana, Never Come Down is a Portland, Oregon based 5-piece composed of Joe Suskind (guitar), Crystal Lariza (vocals), Brian Alley (banjo), Kaden Hurst (mandolin), and Ben Ticknor (bass). Their dedication to thoughtful songwriting and dynamic arrangements highlight polished technical skills and a commitment to listening to … Continued

Luca Ciarla

Italian violinist Luca Ciarla draws a new musical route in the Mediterranean with a loop pedal, his voice and a few toy instruments. He performs solo and strictly live, pushing the violin to its limits and using it like a guitar, cello, or even drums. In this imaginative musical landscape Luca sings, whistles, and plays … Continued

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