Performing Thursday, 7:00-8:00 pm & Friday, 4:00-5:00 pm
Award winning kinfolk, trained in classical music but raised in the bluegrass soaked Ozark Mountains.
We are Southern Raised, a bluegrass band from the Ozark mountains that has created a trademark sound where classical meets bluegrass and city streets meets country roads.
Collectively we have received nominations from Singing News Fan Awards, Diamond Awards, Front Porch Fellowship and a staggering 32 SPBGMA Midwest nominations, Bass Performer of the Year, nominated 4- time Fiddle Performer of the Year, Band of the Year, Vocal Group of the Year, Christian Country Album of the Year, to name a few.
Darin & Brooke Aldridge
Performing Thursday, 5:30-6:30 pm & Friday, 1:00-2:00 pm
Darin and Brooke Aldridge, the highly acclaimed Bluegrass and Americana duo, are back with This Life We’re Livin,’ their ninth recorded project together and first release on Billy Blue Records and celebrates the space the husband-and-wife team now occupies – the top of bluegrass music.
Darin and Brooke continue to ascend to new heights in the industry while maintaining their easy-going, down-to-earth connection with audiences everywhere. Brooke is a four-time consecutive winner and reigning Female Vocalist of the Year for the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA). She was nominated for a fifth time in 2021 while Darin is a former IBMA Mentor of the Year and a truly gifted singer and multi-instrumentalist. Darin and Brooke have also been recognized with the IBMA’s nomination for 2021 Vocal Group of the Year. They have had multiple nominations over the years from the IBMA, the Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music of America (SPBGMA), and the Inspirational Country Music Association. They have enjoyed top spots on the Billboard, SiriusXM, Bluegrass Today, Bluegrass Unlimited, Americana/Roots, and Gospel charts. Their music videos have been featured on Country Music Television (CMT), CMT Edge, Great American Country (GAC), Bluegrass Ridge TV, and The Bluegrass Situation. Their television appearances include PBS’ Mountain Stage, Songs of the Mountain and Music City Roots; RFD-TV’s Larry’s Country Diner, Country’s Family Reunion, and The Woodsongs Old Time Radio Hour; Great American Gospel, The Bluegrass Road, and Blue Highways TV. They have graced the Opry stage more than 50 times.
A career highlight from the new album is “He’s Getting Me Ready,” a gospel rouser featuring Country Music Hall of Fame members The Oak Ridge Boys. It spent an incredible, record setting 5 month atop the Bluegrass/Gospel Chart.
In following the path of their dreams, Brooke once noted, “We want our music to lift people up.” “It was an early goal of ours to put a positive message out there,” adds Darin, “and we decided a long, long time ago that we were going to be us, no matter what.”
Performing Friday, 2:30-3:30 pm & Saturday, 4:00-5:00 pm
While traditional bluegrass is the band’s main inspiration, Backwoods truly stretches the genre of bluegrass by incorporating well known classic country and 90’s country hits and making the songs their own.
Performing Thursday, 1:00-2:00 pm & Saturday, 7:00-8:00 pm
Amos and Margaret Raber
ByGrace Ministry is comprised of Amos and Margaret Raber and their five children ranging in ages, sixteen to eight years old. Their ministry was born out of the pain and healing processes of losing loved ones. In the spring of 2002 Margaret’s boyfriend was killed in a small plane crash. Later that year, Amos lost his first wife in a car accident only nine days after they were married. He also lost a sister to cancer when he was a teen
Performing Friday, 5:30-6:30 pm
We are five brothers that enjoy playing and singing Gospel music together, we live near Bryant Indiana where are we operate a small farm together.
Ironwood Drive Band
Performing Friday, 7:00-8:00 pm & Saturday, 2:30-3:30 pm
From Lancaster PA, Ironwood Drive Band plays a mixture of traditional and gospel bluegrass music.
The band first performed in 2014 at Remington Ryde Festival in Centre Hall, Pa. Since then, new members have been added, and many events have been played. In addition to playing together as a group, the boys enjoy entering individual instrument contests and adding additional instruments to their skill base.
The Family Sowell
Performing Thursday, 4:00-5:00 pm & Saturday, 11:30 am-12:30 pm
The Family Sowell is a faith-based, all-sibling band from Knoxville, Tennessee, featuring driving instrumentation, tight family harmony, and original songs written straight from the heart. Their music melds passion and love together with a good dose of laughter, creating an authentic performance that inspires audiences everywhere. The band consists of six siblings, ages 24-16, with Joshua on guitar, Naomi on bass, Abigail on mandolin, John-Mark on fiddle, and Justus on dobro — Abigail, Joshua, and John-Mark bring the vocal harmonies to complete the ensemble. Their latest album, “Story to Tell”, produced by Grammy-nominated producer, Ben Isaacs, was released on April 2, featuring all original music and showcasing the heartbeat of their music and what they strive to do.
- 2019 SPBGMA International Band Champions
- Music video for the 2020 single, “Love Is the Key”, garnered 1M views on Facebook within a month of release
- Popular performers at Dollywood and Silver Dollar City
What the pro’s have to say about The Family Sowell:
“The Family Sowell is one of the most talented families you will ever meet. It has been my pleasure to learn this family individually and collectively and watch them grow. I love the passion that they all show in their vocals and in their music. I look forward to seeing where this family will go in the next few years. I love this family.” — Ben Isaacs, Producer, Bassist, & Vocalist, The Isaacs
“The Family Sowell has made the rare transition from a budding family band into a professional group that should be taken seriously. If I described the group in one word, it would be ‘Team.’” — Kristin Scott Benson, Banjoist, The Grascals
Performing Saturday, 1:00-2:00 pm
Aaron Stutzman, a singer, songwriter, musician, and yodeler, was born and raised on the outskirts of Shipshewana, IN. He started his music career in 2013, with a Country/Bluegrass style, and some featured yodeling.
Aaron married his wife Jenna 2009, and they have been blessed with 4 children, Wesley (11), Walker (9), Wrenli (5), and Wryla (3). His family also shares the stage with him as they seek to bless and encourage others, by sharing the Gospel and the love of Jesus through song.
The Wagler Sisters
Performing Saturday, 5:30-6:30 pm
Performing Thursday, 2:30-3:30 pm
John Schmid is founder and director of Common Ground Ministries, a unique singing ministry based in Berlin, Ohio, with a focus on prisons in the Ohio Corrections system.
John’s unique style of singing, a blend of country, folk and gospel with a touch of the contemporary, has gained audiences in a wide variety of settings; from prisons to embassies; back porches to concert halls; schools, rest homes, churches, army bases, banquets… His honest, genuine voice is easy to listen to and his message is made acceptable through humor, true life stories, a love for people, and a wide variety of songs.
He has sung in many states as well as thirty different countries across the world. He has been on stage with well-known stars such as Tom T. Hall, Connie Smith, Johnny Paycheck, Jim & Jesse, Dickie Lee, Ralph Stanley, Ricky Skaggs, Paul Overstreet, Randy Travis, George Hamilton IV as well as gospel groups such as The Lewis Family, Jeff & Sherry Easter, The Inspirations, Jason Crabb, Steve & Annie Chapman, Linda Randle… and others.
He is married to Lydia and has three children. The Schmids reside near Berlin, Ohio.