October 13, 2009


Music on the Mountain Bluegrass Festival to Feature Popular Bands

The Northeast corner of Alabama is blessed with a rich tradition of music. This tradition will be highlighted at the upcoming 2nd Annual Music on the Mountain Bluegrass Festival which will include, in addition to featured headline performer Marty Raybon, some popular talents on Saturday, October 17 (1–10 pm) at Northeast Alabama Community College in Rainsville.

Valley RoadValley Road (pictured, right) is one such talent. This group features Johnny Goss on guitar. “Fearless finger picking and all cures for what ails you,” he says. Luke Ford is on banjo. At 17, Luke’s lightning-fast picking and rapid-fire runs has earned him a place in the famed Who’s Who of Bluegrass Banjo Pickers in Alexandria, Alabama. Ken “Legg” Ford is on bass. Playing the largest violin ever made, Ken keeps the toes tapping with a steady rhythm. “The” Phillip Tigue, on mandolin, is the newest member of the band.

Eric McKinneyThe Eric McKinney Band from Fort Payne will also perform. Eric McKinney (left) is a bluegrass guitarist and veteran of many festivals and concerts. The band has recently released its debut album “Guitar Shop.” According to Steve Dilling of IIIrd Tyme Out, "Eric has a unique style of guitar playing which I think people are going to enjoy."

Performing also is Backwoods Revival (below right). Backwoods Revival, like many bands, began with a few friends and two brothers, who decided to get together and jam. The group being full with talent and years of friendship fell together quite well. On the upright bass and singing harmony is Stanley Rooks of Geraldine, Tim Smallwood on Resonator Guitar, Jeremiah Johnson on mandolin, Phillip Dooley on guitar, and Judd Rooks on the banjo.Backwoods Revival

Kelli Johnson and Chimney Peak will also perform. Kelli is a native of Calhoun County, Alabama, and has been singing since the age of 4. She has performed in various festivals and venues in the Southeast for over ten years. She has recently completed her first full length solo album. Kelli is currently performing with Chimney Peak. Chimney Peak (below left) consists of Rick Goodwin, lead guitar and vocals; Keith LaBenne, bass and vocals; Lloyd Andrews, dobro; and Kelli Johnson, lead vocals and rhythm guitar. Goodwin is one of the finest musicians in the Southeast. LaBenne is an accomplished bass player and strings teacher. Andrews is also an accomplished musician.Kelli Johnson and Chimney Peak

All of these bands join with the featured headline performer, Marty Raybon, to bring one of the most exciting music festivals to ever be held on the campus of Northeast. Get your tickets today and don’t miss out on one of the most fun-filled events of the year. Food vendors and arts and crafts vendors will be on site.

Tickets are $15 to the general public and $5 for NACC students. See the Music on the Mountain webpage for performer web links, schedule of acts, and ticket information.