Chattanooga Now Bluegrass Pharaohs, Slim Pickins headline Market's Mountain View Bluegrass

Chattanooga Now Bluegrass Pharaohs, Slim Pickins headline Market's Mountain View Bluegrass

August 26th, 2011 by Clint Cooper in Chattnow Music


What: Mountain View Bluegrass at Chattanooga Market.

When: 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday.

Where: First Tennessee Pavilion, 1826 Reggie White Blvd.

Admission: Free.

Phone: 266-4041.


Locally grown bluegrass will be served up in two varieties and in heaping helpings Sunday at Chattanooga Market.

The sixth annual Mountain View Bluegrass Day - sponsored by Mountain View Ford - will showcase The Bluegrass Pharaohs at 12:30 p.m. and Slim Pickins at 2 p.m. on the EPB Stage.

"Bluegrass is so strong in this area," said the market's general manager, Paul Smith. "It's been the cause of some of the best-attended markets we've ever had. People really come out for this show."

The Bluegrass Pharaohs, according to their Facebook site, play traditional and contemporary bluegrass and acoustic music.

The band members are Cassie Hooper, Brian Massman, David Summers, Ben Pedigo, Doug Barron, Mike Summers, Jonathon Massengale and Louie Wamp.

With male and female lead vocalists, the members offer harmony and deft picking in traditions from Bill Monroe and Ralph Stanley to Alison Krauss and Claire Lynch and from Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs and Jimmy Martin to U2 and Fleetwood Mac.

Slim Pickins, with diverse influences, offers a fast-paced and lively show that won it Best Bluegrass Band and Best Live Band honors in the 2009 FYI Music Awards presented by the Chattanooga Times Free Press.

The band, which was featured in a previous Mountain View Bluegrass show, includes Justin Hupp, Deron Stevens, Brad Clark, Randy Steele and John Boulware, the 2006 Tennessee State Fiddle Champion.

The band's song selection has been compared to that of New Grass Revival, Doc Watson or David Grisman and its high energy level likened to that of punk rock's Ramones.

Among the market vendors' produce, apples are just beginning to come in, Smith said, but this week will likely mark the last of the peach crop.

"It's been tremendously popular," he said. "It's been one of the strongest crops we've had."