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.
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 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
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.
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