The Hovander Homestead Bluegrass Festival is proud to announce our second annual festival lineup appearing this coming Labor Day Weekend, Sept 2nd and 3rd at the historic Hovander Homestead Park in Ferndale, WA. Our featured bands include…
Edgar Loudermilk Band featuring Jeff Autry
Surrounded by music at an early age, Edgar Loudermilk was only nine when he began playing bass in his family’s band. Loudermilk was also exposed to the great music of some of his famous relatives, The Louvin Brothers. He continued to play in his family’s band until he was 20 years old when he joined a group called Carolina Crossfire. The band had quite a following in the Georgia area and it wasn’t long before he decided to expand his options and try his hand at playing professionally, a decision that has made him a staple for elite artists in bluegrass music. In 2001, Loudermilk auditioned for, and was hired by Rhonda Vincent. About a year later, he was encouraged to audition for one of the greatest voices in country music who he had heard was making a move to bluegrass. In December of that year, Loudermilk became the bass player and tenor singer in the newly formed group Full Circle and would back up Marty Raybon for almost five years.
Edgar has since struck out on his own with a new band called Edgar Loudermilk Band, Featuring Jeff Autry and although the band name may be new, all of the members have played together for quite some time and have quite a chemistry and stage dynamic. Edgar’s former A&L bandmates, Jeff Autry (featured guitar player), Glen Crain (dobro) and Zack Autry (mandolin), complete his current band.
Red Wine is one of the most important European bluegrass bands, active since 1978, with a style that encompasses traditional and contemporary Bluegrass, Country, Gospel, and Swing.
Red Wine has played all over Europe, performing at major international festivals and playing concerts in Italy, France, Switzerland, Germany, Ireland, Wales, Holland, Slovenia, Czech Republic, and Austria, sharing the stage with the most important bands and acts from the USA and Europe, and gaining strong following everywhere. In addition, Red Wine has toured the USA regularly, starting in 1995, and has played successfully at festivals including Bean Blossom Uncle Pen’s Memorial Day Bluegrass Festival (IN), Oklahoma International Bluegrass Festival (OK), Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival (CA), Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival (NY) and the IBMA’s “World of Bluegrass”. Following the huge success of their 30th anniversary celebration concert in Genova, Red Wine started a new yearly adventure, the Red Wine Bluegrass Party, with international guests such as Tim O’Brien, Laurie Lewis & Tom Rozum, Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, Peter Rowan, and The Kruger Brothers.
Kathy Kallick Band
The Kathy Kallick Band is based along the US west coast and is well known for its powerful mixture of original and classic material, mirroring their distinctive combination of traditional and contemporary sensibilities. Kathy Kallick has been leading bands with her traditional brand of West Coast bluegrass for many years, and continues to evolve as one of the music’s extraordinary composers and vocalists. Foxhounds is her 20th album, recordings which include nearly 150 of her original songs.
Foxhounds is also the fifth album for the Kathy Kallick Band. Each of their four previous releases has spent a year in the upper echelon of the national bluegrass charts, and Foxhounds promises to be no exception. The material is compelling and varied, the instrumental playing is dazzling and inventive, the vocals luminous and extraordinary. And they’re truly a band, listening to and sparked by each other, contributing to the songs and the sound as a whole. Just like a KKB show!
The Purple Hulls
Back by popular demand, the Purple Hulls were the breakout band of last year’s inaugural Hovander Homestead Bluegrass Festival! You could easily say these two musicians were born to make music together. Identical twins Katy Lou and Penny Lea Clark of The Purple Hulls were raised on a working family farm in the deep piney woods of East Texas, but that didn’t stop the Texans from finding their way to the hills of Tennessee, specifically, Music City, where they began touring with various country artists and writing songs for Nashville’s largest publishing company, Sony Tree.
The Purple Hulls are no stranger to road life and are now blazing the trail as a dynamic sister duo, showcasing their unique sibling harmonies while ripping the strings off any instrument they can get their hands on. If you’re looking for authentic acoustic driven music delivered at its best, your search is over.
Jim Hurst Trio
Jim Hurst is a guitar veteran, known for his live performances, recorded music and tours with several, well-known Country and Bluegrass bands. Jim received IBMA’s ‘Guitar Player of the Year’ Award twice now, and was nominated in 2015 and again this year, 2016. He is lauded by his peers and fans for his combination style of finger-style and flat-pick on guitar. He tours nationally performing his solo show, teaching and leading the ‘JHT’.
Erik Alvar, a commercial music graduate of Florida State University and current masters in music performance student at the University of Florida, found a home in the acoustic music community beginning at a young age performing with various bluegrass and folk groups. Erik is the JHT bassist of choice and sings harmony.
Nate Lee, is a Nashville based musician with a well-respected dedication to the fiddle and mandolin. His mentors, fellow musicians, and fans have taken notice and he was awarded a 2015 IBMA Momentum Performance Award for fiddle, Instrumentalist. Nate teaches and performs on both mandolin and fiddle and sings harmony with The JHT.
Jeff Scroggins and Colorado
Jeff Scroggins & Colorado is a high-energy five-piece bluegrass band located in the Western Frontier state of Colorado. Their distinctive sound showcases an eclectic range of influences that marry second and third generation bluegrass, delivering a unique experience that captivates audiences and keeps them guessing: It’s a powerful, high mountain “bluegrass explosion” that features world-class banjo and mandolin playing, incredible vocals, a solid and energetic rhythm and an easy stage banter that has delighted listeners all over the world.
Fronted by internationally acclaimed two-time National Banjo Champion Jeff Scroggins, their distinct style is immediately recognizable due to Jeff’s unique and diverse range of influences, which include Alan Munde, Don Reno, Jimmy Page and Eric Clapton. His fiery style and lightning-fast licks have earned him worldwide recognition and have left many a first-time listener in stunned disbelief!
The band also features the award-winning mandolin playing of Jeff’s son Tristan Scroggins. At only 21 years old, Tristan is an award-winning instrumentalist and accomplished songwriter in his own right. In 2016, Tristan was nominated for the Instrumental Momentum Award by the International Bluegrass Music Association . West Virginia native Greg Blake provides powerful bluegrass vocals steeped in country heritage, bringing a truly authentic sound. Greg’s phenomenal guitar playing has earned him nine nominations and five consecutive wins as SPBGMA’s Guitarist of the Year. They are joined by Oregon native, 2016 Rockygrass Fiddle Champion and 2016 Arizona State Fiddle Champion Ellie Hakanson on fiddle and vocals.
Hailing from West Virginia, “Circa Blue” is “about” bluegrass … not completely traditional, not completely contemporary. They write a substantial portion of what they perform and any covers that they do they make their our own via arrangements and their our own interpretations. Good music is good music, regardless of its origin! Circa Blue strives to be unique and entertaining to all audiences, so everyone will discover something they enjoy. Tight vocal harmonies, clean instrumentation, and creative arrangements keep audiences tapping their toes or dancing in their seats … whichever they prefer!
In 2016 Circa Blue released their third project, “Once Upon A Time” which was met with positive reviews and multiple radio chart action. “Once Upon A Time” shows the steady growth of Circa Blue, marking their continuing claim to move into headliner status”-John Lawless Bluegrass Today