Bluegrass bonanza: Boxcar Pinion festival starts today

Bluegrass bonanza: Boxcar Pinion festival starts today

May 2nd, 2013 by Staff Report in Chattnow Music

Members of Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out are, from left, Wayne Benson (mandolin), Edgar Loudermilk (bass), Russell Moore (guitar), Justen Hayes (fiddle) and Steve Dilling (banjo).

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IF YOU GO

What: Boxcar Pinion Memorial Bluegrass Festival

When: 1-10 p.m. today, May 2; noon-10 p.m. Friday, May 3; 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday, May 4

Where: Raccoon Mountain Campground (from I-24 Exit 174 at Lookout Valley, go north on Highway 41)

Admission: $15 today, $25 Friday, $30 Saturday; $70 three-day pass

Phone: 423-605-7975, 423-432-6276

Website: www.boxcar foreverbluegrass.com

SCHEDULE

Today, May 2

• 1 p.m. Welcome

• 1:15 p.m. Curtis Hicks & The Old-Time String Band

• 2 p.m. East Dixie Boys

• 3 p.m. Slim Pickins

• 4 p.m. County Line Bluegrass

• 5 p.m. Barefoot Nellie & Company

• 6 p.m. Timbre Fox

• 7 p.m. East Dixie Boys

• 8 p.m. The Dismembered Tennesseans

• 9 p.m. Slim Pickins

Friday, May 3

• Noon. Barbwire Bluegrass

• 1 p.m. Timbre Fox

• 2 p.m. Shannon & Heather Slaughter & County Clare

• 3 p.m. Nothin' Fancy

• 4 p.m. Lonesome River Band

• 5 p.m. Barbwire Bluegrass

• 6 p.m. The Lone Mountain Band

• 7 p.m. Shannon & Heather Slaughter & County Clare

• 8 p.m. Nothin' Fancy

• 9 p.m. Lonesome River Band

Saturday, May 4

• 11 a.m. Folk School of Chattanooga showcase

• Noon. Perry Suits & 3rd Degree

• 1 p.m. Bent Creek

• 2 p.m. Crowe Brothers

• 3 p.m. Junior Sisk & Ramblers Choice

• 4 p.m. Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out

• 5 p.m. Dismembered Tennesseans

• 6 p.m. The Lone Mountain Band

• 7 p.m. Bent Creek

• 8 p.m. Crowe Brothers

• 9 p.m. Junior Sisk & Ramblers Choice

• 10 p.m. Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out

Fans of that high, lonesome sound will find plenty of company this weekend in Lookout Valley. And that's just counting musicians.

The 23rd annual Boxcar Pinion Memorial Bluegrass Festival will feature 17 bands over three days. An unofficial tally of the acts puts the number of musicians at around 75. And that's not including performers in the Folk School of Chattanooga showcase nor the informal jam sessions by shade-tree pickers.

In addition to top regional acts, including host band The Dismembered Tennesseans, the festival will feature four acts that have recently claimed top industry prizes from the Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music of America and the International Bluegrass Music Association.

In 2012, the Lonesome River Band band picked up an IBMA win for Instrumental Recorded Performance of the Year for "Angeline the Baker," and Sammy Shelor claimed his fifth Banjo Player of the Year award.

Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out is fronted by the IBMA's most awarded male vocalist. The reigning Male Vocalist of the Year also won in 1994, 1997, 2010 and 2011.

Junior Sisk & Ramblers Choice won SPBGMA's 2013 Album of the Year award for "The Heart of a Song" and Song of the Year for "A Far Cry From Lester and Earl," while Sisk claimed Contemporary Male Vocalist of the Year honors.

Nothin' Fancy is the SPBGMA's reigning Entertaining Group of the Year and has previously won in 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2012.

Junior Sisk & Ramblers Choice are, from left, Chris Davis (mandolin, vocals), Jason Tomlin (bass, vocals), Jason Davis (banjo, vocals), Junior Sisk (vocals, guitar) and Billy Hawks (fiddle guitar, vocals).

Photo by Contributed Photo/Times Free Press.

The Lonesome River Band features, from left, Mike Hartgrove (fiddle), Randy Jones (vocals, mandolin), Sammy Shelor (banjo), Barry Reed (bass, vocals) and Brandon Rickman (vocals, guitar).

Photo by Contributed Photo/Times Free Press.