The Ivory Bridge Bluegrass Band features Bill Liners on guitar and vocals, Jim Tordoff on banjo and vocals, John Bodle on mandolin and vocals and Kathe Liners on bass and vocals. Ivory Bridge plays original music with Traditional Bluegrass instrumentation. They are know for their masterful musicianship and soulful vocals. Kathe Liners writes the songs and the rest of the band makes them into layers of musical delight. They are based out of Minnetonka, Minnesota.
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.