2016 Musical lineup
Saturday - September 3rd
Music begins at noon.
Sunday - September 4th
Music begins at noon.
The Long Players are a group of Nashville-based musicians who have, since 2004, taken classic albums and performed them live in their original sequence. Recruiting guest artists from their exceptional musical community, the band has celebrated well over 50 seminal albums over the last eleven years and gained national notoriety with features by NPR Radio and in The Associated Press.
Their faithful renditions of LP’s like Bob Dylan’s “Blonde On Blonde” (with sidemen from the original album, Al Kooper and Charlie McCoy sitting in) or The Rolling Stones “Sticky Fingers” (when Stones sax man Bobby Keys sat in), have raised the bar of what “playing in a cover band” is all about. These shows are treated by both the fans and the band as a celebration of the music that shaped their lives.
The founding members of The Long Players include Bill Lloyd (from 80’s RCA country hit-makers Foster & Lloyd), Steve Allen (from LA power-pop icons 20/20), Steve Ebe (from Human Radio) and Garry Tallent (Bruce Springsteen’s E. St. Band).
Since Tallent rejoined his “other” band for another round of touring all over the globe, The Long Players have been fortunate enough to enlist musician/record producer, Brad Jones (who has worked with Josh Rouse, Jill Sobule, Hayes Carll and many others) to take over the bass duties.
Legendary singer-songwriter and author RICHIE FURAY is a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee for his work with Buffalo Springfield, a group he formed with Stephen Stills, Neil Young, Bruce Palmer, and Dewey Martin. In addition, he was recently inducted into the Colorado Music Hall of Fame for his work with Poco, alongside bandmates Jim Messina, Rusty Young, George Grantham, and Randy Meisner and Timothy B. Schmit.
Before Buffalo Springfield, Furay performed with Stills in the nine-member group, the Au Go Go Singers (Roy Michaels, Rick Geiger, Jean Gurney, Michael Scott, Kathy King, Nels Gustafson, Bob Harmelink, and Furay & Stills), which was the house band for the famous Cafe Au Go Go in New York City.
John Batdorf is a singer-songwriter solo artist and one half of Las Vegas Rock and Roll Hall Of Famers folk-rock duo Batdorf & Rodney (Atlantic Records). He's also a successful film and TV composer, session vocalist, and inspirational musician in the substance recovery community.
Batdorf & Rodney headlined countless shows in the 1970's, as well as opening for artist such as Linda Ronstadt, Jackson Browne, Poco, Fleetwood Mac, The Doobie Brothers, Hall and Oats, John Prine, and Kris Kristofferson, to name a few. John then spent the 1980's as a staff songwriter, penning songs for America, England Dan, and Kim Carnes and more. He was also a session musician, singing background vocals for Rod Stewart, The Jefferson Starship, and Dwight Yoakum, and many others. In the 1990's John started composing for the CBS-TV prime time series "Promised Land" and "Touched By An Angel." He also lent his voice and compositional skills to beloved shows such as Tom and Jerry Kids, Garfield and Friends, Doctor, Doctor, and Book of Days.
Entering the new millennium, John recorded two CDs with James Lee Stanley for their "All Wood And Stones" project, a highly original acoustic take on early Rolling Stones classics. Onto his next major project, John teamed with legendary Utah-based singer, composer, and filmmaker, Michael McLean, launching a unique substance abuse survival platform, and released the CD Soundtrax2Recovery. Batdorf's latest endeavor is the solo album "Beep Beep" - a joyous and uplifting album that harkens back to his early inspiration of discovering music via The Beatles.
Whether seeing John perform his Batdorf & Rodney hits like "Home Again" or some of his newer solo songs, you'll understand why his music has meant so much to his fans that have now spanned over four decades.
How do you describe this band from Nashville, Tennessee? Joe Guercio, Elvis Presley’s longtime music and orchestra director, calls Savannah Jack “the absolute best band I’ve seen in music today.” Savannah Jack, comprised of Don Gatlin, Jay Darby, and Matt Schumacher, is the preferred opening act for the legendary Kenny Rogers, having performed onstage with him in excess of 60 shows during the past few years, to include a 21 city tour of England, Scotland, and Ireland in the spring of 2009. The band’s live show was recognized as one of the “Top Ten Concerts of 2010” in the Greater Pittsburg area by Beaver County Times writer, Scott Tady. Other top ten selectees included Paul McCartney, Bruce Springsteen and Lady GaGa.
America's album View From The Ground was released in July 1982 and finally succeeded in bringing the band back to commercial success. It was former Argent frontman Russ Ballard who produced and played most of the instruments on a song he wrote especially for the band, called "You Can Do Magic".
America's hit single You Can Do Magic rose quickly through the pop charts, and reached as high as #8 on the Billboard pop singles chart for a number of weeks in October 1982, the band's first major hit in seven years.
America's songs were featured on several soundtracks during the 80's. America contributed several tracks to The Last Unicorn soundtrack in 1982. America also recorded "Love Comes Without Warning" for the 1984 Steve Martin comedy, The Lonely Guy.en.wikipedia.org/wiki/America_(band)
The 32nd Annual Country Showdown is designed to find the most promising country music talent in America and to give these performers a chance to launch their professional music careers.
The Country Showdown begins each Spring with over 450 local talent contests sponsored by country music radio stations throughout the US. Winners advance to their respective State competitions held at leading fairs and expositions. Acts then compete for a $1,000 prize, the State Title and the opportunity to advance to one of five Regional Finals. It's the last step before the prestigious National Final held at the historic Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, TN. The audience cheers on the Regional Winners, as they compete for the Grand Prize of $100,000 and the National Title. A uniform judging system is used at all levels of competition to help ensure fairness.
Multi-Grammy Award winner Delbert McClinton is “One of the Fortunate Few,” who has managed to live his dreams for more than six decades. The stars have aligned for Delbert. Those stars may have leaned toward the blues, but Delbert has managed to keep them on the bright side.
So what keeps the energy in more than 60 years of music? His incredible musical versatility has been a blessing and a curse. He has managed to stay ahead of the curve – rather than just riding the wave of musical popularity. He has paddled out and caught the wave as it is forming as an innovator in American music.
Delbert has taken to that open road, full speed ahead. He is playing in legendary, historic, and top venues from New York to California. He is planning his 22nd Annual Sandy Beaches Caribbean Cruise in January of 2016. He's working on a new album, and plans to have it ready to go in time for the Diamond Jubilee Celebration. He has one of the hottest bands he has ever toured with. And he is writing like never before.
From the days of playing greasy local juke joints to headlining major festivals, JJ Grey remains an unfettered, blissful performer, singing with a blue collared spirit over the bone deep grooves of his compositions. His presence before an audience is something startling and immediate, at times a funk rave up, other times a sort of mass absolution for the mortal weaknesses that make him and his audience human. When you see JJ Grey and his band Mofro live and you truly, absolut ely must the man is fearless. Onstage, Grey delivers his songs with compassion and a relentless honesty, but perhaps not until Ol' Glory has a studio record captured the fierceness and intimacy that defines a Grey live performance. "I wanted that crucial lived in feel," Grey says of Ol' Glory, and here he hits his mark. On the new album, Grey and his current Mofro lineup offer grace and groove in equal measure, with an easygoing quality to the production that makes those beautiful muscular drum breaks sound as though the band has set up in your living room.