Since forming in 2006, The High 48s have been making music that combines the soulful sound of classic bluegrass with a modern attitude, original songs and a wide range of influences far beyond Bill Monroe, the Stanley Brothers, and Flatt and Scruggs. The High 48s are a band of Midwestern songwriters who perform their own material in addition to the “festival favorites.” The band takes their name from railroad slang for the boxcars originally used to transport troops on the front lines in WWI that could carry 40 soldiers or 8 horses, and were later used in the U.S. on fast-moving “hotshot” freight trains by train-hoppers looking for work during the Great Depression. The group is comprised of Eric Christopher on Fiddle and Vocals, Anthony Ihrig on Banjo and Vocals, Marty Marrone on Guitar and Vocals, Mike Hedding on Mandolin and Vocals and Rich Casey on Bass and Vocals.
The Bucking Mules are an old time stringband that distills the essence of the Bluegrass tradition into driving performances that appeal to contemporary audiences. With roots in Tennessee and Virginia and experience on stages all over the country their old time sound has won over audiences at some of the bigger bluegrass and folk festivals. The band is comprised of some of the most exciting and accomplished players in the genre today including Joseph Decosimo on fiddle, banjo, and vocals, Luke Richardson on banjo, harmonica, and vocals Karen Celia Heil on guitar and vocals and Joe Dejarnette on bass and vocals.