Acoustic Music Week
Acoustic Music Week at LMU is truly a dream come true for us both. We’ve wanted to bring some of our award-winning musical friends to our beloved mountain home here in the tri-state area of Tennessee, Kentucky, and Virginia for a long time. It’s our chance to share the musical knowledge we’ve gained over our many years of singing, playing, writing and performing all around the world. The fact that we get to do it in our own back yard with world-class musicians like Kenny Smith, Alan Bibey, Mike Scott, Phil Leadbetter, Marshall Wilborn and Brandon Godman makes it so very special. We can’t wait to show off our lovely area and wonderful people to the rest of the world. It’s going to be a fantastic few days and the fruition of a life-long dream. Thanks to Lincoln Memorial University for helping to make it possible. We can’t wait to be a part of it and invite everyone to come and share this special event with us!
--Dale Ann Bradley and Steve Gulley
Acoustic Music Week is offered by internationally known bluegrass artists Dale Ann Bradley and Steve Gulley in partnership with Lincoln Memorial University as part of the ARTS IN THE GAP summer celebration forging community through the arts. This weeklong workshop provides an opportunity for musicians everywhere to come to the Cumberlands to hone their skills as musicians, singers and songwriters, and make new friends in the very geography where much of America’s music is rooted. Our rich traditions and talented musician have been influencing a host of musical genres for generations, from old time and bluegrass to Americana and rock and roll. As one of last year’s participants said, “It’s good music, good fellowship, good food and a beautiful place to be.”
Kenny Smith - Guitar
Mike Scott - Banjo
Phil Leadbetter - Dobro
Brandon Godman - Fiddle
Alan Bibey - Mandolin
Marshall Wilborn - Bass
Dale Ann Bradley - Vocals/Songwriting
Steve Gulley - Vocals/Songwriting
Richard Ciferský – Intermediate banjo
Registration begins October 1, 2013.
Save money by registering early!
Register online at: http://alumni.lmunet.edu/amw2014
or call Katie Pendley at 423.869.6203
Cost if you register before April 25:
Instruction, housing and meals: $425.00.
Instruction and meals only: $325.00
After April 25:
Instruction, housing and meals: $475.00
Instruction and meals only: $375
For more information, contact:
Darnell Arnoult, LMU Writer-in-Residence
6965 Cumberland Gap Parkway, Box 1643
423.869.7074 or cell: 615.715.3956
Since first hitting the scene in the early 1980’S, Alan Bibey has made a name for himself as one of the most creative and technically gifted mandolin players in bluegrass and acoustic music. A stylist who turned heads as an original member of The New Quicksilver, IIIrd Tyme Out, BlueRidge and now Grasstowne his tasteful innovations and pristine execution earned him inclusion in The Young Mando Monsters project, Mel Bay’s Mandolin book “The Greatest Mandolin Players Of The Twentieth Century” as well as The Bluegrass All-Stars Sugar Hill Records project. Alan has been awarded “Mandolin Performer of the Year” for 2007, 2009 and 2010. His contributions to The Acutab Sessions: Knee Deep In Bluegrass helped the compilation to earn IBMA’s “Instrumental Recording of the Year”. He has instruction books and videos/dvd’s available through AcuTab and Mel Bay. The solo recording “In The Blue Room” was voted top Instrumental recording of the year by County Sales. In 2004 Alan was nominated for a Grammy for the BlueRidge project “Side By Side”. Last but not least, in early 2004 the Gibson Company put into production the Alan Bibey Signature Series line of mandolins, reaffirming his status as one of the most influential mandolin players in bluegrass and acoustic music history
DALE ANN BRADLEY
Dale Ann Bradley commands a list of awards as long as Highway 40, yet a few minutes with her tells you she is something even more than extraordinarily gifted – she's extraordinarily human. A hardscrabble Primitive Baptist preacher's daughter out of William’s Branch, in the hills of Kentucky, where no musical instruments were allowed, Bradley grew up in a self-described "backwoods holler" down a rural road where electricity and running water weren't available until she was in high school – something she has more in common with the first generation of bluegrass than her contemporaries in today's scene. Even as a girl, she knew she wanted more.
An uncle who was part of the Appalachian outmigration came back from Detroit with country music tapes. He shared that music with Dale Ann, and he let her play his guitar. Before long, she was borrowing his guitar to play public events. As a young teenager she embraced her love for music that included but moved beyond the hymns she’d grown up with. Eventually that love for music carried her out of the mountains and onto the stage, where she is now an award-winning mainstay and important influence in the evolution of contemporary bluegrass music.
“Steeped in the past and present of the bluegrass way of life, she is equally at home with a contemporary country song turned high lonesome as she is with a mountain ballad,” says lost.fm. Bradley’s mountain soprano, her gift as a storyteller, and her authentic Appalachian roots make her one of the most important influences on the bluegrass scene. “A mountain murder ballad, a haunting tale of the Underground Railroad, a trip on a moonshine run, a walk in the mists of Ireland, a wild ride with Bobby McGee: whatever Dale Ann Bradley sings, people believe her.”
With Somewhere South of Crazy (available August 30th), Dale Ann Bradley shares what has shaped her life and music, by going deeper—deeper into bluegrass, deeper into her own musical passions, deeper into her own history as a veteran entertainer who spent years singing country music alongside her 'grass at Kentucky's venerable Renfro Valley, and even as she draws from a variety of musical traditions, her incomparably rich voice and east Kentucky sensibilities are always right at the center of her music.
Mike Scott recently celebrated 40 years in music which impressively includes over 450 performances at the Grand Ole Opry. This internationally known banjo sideman and featured from Johnson City, Tennessee has earned a fine reputation as a talented singer, songwriter, producer and TV host. He first took the stage with his banjo at the age of 10 and now leads Mike Scott & The Nashville Band, performs with Ronnie Reno & The Reno Tradition and can be seen regularly on “Reno’s Old Time Music Fest” TV Show airing on RFD TV and Blue Highways TV. At age 18, he joined “The Father of Bluegrass Gospel,” Carl Story and The Rambling Mountaineers. He later joined Jim & Jesse and The Virginia Boys and then Ronnie Reno and The Reno Tradition. Such ventures included performances on BBC TV (British Broadcasting Corporation) in Europe & South Africa touring throughout the US, Europe, Canada, The UK Norway, Holland, Scotland, and three tours of Israel, and Austin City Limits PBS TV “The Legends of Bluegrass” featuring Bill Monroe, Jim & Jesse, Ralph Stanley, and Mac Wiseman. He was also a featured guest artist on David Frizzell’s “Family and Friends” 2012 RFD TV Show. Mike still enjoys occasional road dates and Opry performances with Jesse McReynolds and The Virginia Boys.
As Host for Rural Rhythm’s “Behind the Dream” TV Show, Mike interviews both legendary and new generation bluegrass and country artists. He also hosts and performs on the new CHRISTMAS: THE MOUNTAIN WAY CD/DVD , aired this month on Blue Highways TV. Rural Rhythm has released two albums by Mike Scott including BLUE MOON OF KENTUCKY – INSTRUMENTAL TRIBUTE TO BILL MONROE with guests Brian Sutton, Aubrey Haynie, Adam Steffey, Tim Stafford, Mike Compton, Ben Isaacs, Rob Ickes and more; along with TAKE ME LORD AND USE ME, released on Rural Rhythm Christian. That album includes the amazing talents of: Vince Gill, Ricky Skaggs, Rhonda Vincent, Claire Lynch, Sonya Isaacs, Carl Jackson, Jesse McReynolds, Buck White, and Shelton Feazell. Powergrass Radio has awarded Mike with two number one singles and “Song of the Year.”
In connection with Singing News Magazine and The Solid Gospel Radio Network, Mike was nominated as the 2011 “New Artist of the Year’ by the Front Porch Fellowship Bluegrass Gospel Awards Association.
For more information on Mike Scott and to book MIKE SCOTT & THE NASHVILLE BAND for your event, please visit www.mikescottmusic.com.
Growing up in Falmouth, KY, Brandon began playing the fiddle at the age of 10. He learned from numerous old-time players around the Northern Kentucky area began playing for square dances right away. After playing in numerous local bands and competing in contests throughout the midwest, Brandon began his professional career with Melvin Goins when he was 17. Since then he has traveled with many greats including Dale Ann Bradley, David Peterson, Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, The Band Perry, and most currently Jon Pardi. He also has a western swing band based in Nashville called The Doughboys. Along with performing, Brandon is also a trained luthier. He currently works for the famed The Violin Shop in Nashville, TN.
Steve Gulley had already won esteem for his lofty tenor voice and emotional delivery as an entertainer at Kentucky’s historic Renfro Valley well before he joined Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, which brought him to a wider but no less appreciative audience.
Steve was also a founding member of Mountain Heart where he recorded five highly acclaimed, award-winning projects while serving as the band’s lead vocalist followed by a five-year stint as a founding member and front man of the popular group, Grasstowne.
These days he is considered a stalwart of the very top echelon of lead and tenor singers in the bluegrass business as well as being a gifted songwriter and guitarist. He has been tapped as a harmony and featured vocalist on projects such as the widely praised Keith Whitley album, ”Sad Songs And Waltzes” and many other projects featuring Ronnie Bowman, Dan Tyminski, Tim Stafford, Dwight McCall, Dale Ann Bradley, Jeff Parker and country singer Ken Mellons just to name a few.
As a songwriter, he has been fortunate enough to have his songs recorded by many top groups including Blue Highway, Kenny & Amanda Smith, and Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver. In fact, the song, "Through The Window Of A Train," which Steve co-wrote with Tim Stafford, was voted IBMA Song Of The Year for 2008. Steve has also earned multiple Male Vocalist of the Year nominations at SPBGMA.
His long-time friendship and musical collaboration with Dale Ann Bradley continues with this new partnership and will only grow stronger in the coming years. Steve looks forward to many years of great music with his lifelong friend.
Phil Leadbetter has been playing the resonator guitar since 1974. He was a 11 year member of J.D Crowe And The New South where he recorded 2 CDs. One of the CDs "Flashback" received a Grammy nomination in 1995 for "Best Bluegrass Album". He was also a founding member of the bluegrass groups Wildfire and Grasstowne. He also was a member of The Grandpa Jones Band, as well as The Vern Gosdin Band. In 2005, Phil was voted "Dobro Player Of The Year" by The International Bluegrass Music Association. Only 1 of 3 people ever to win that award. He was also the very first person to win that award at the historic Ryman Auditorium. The same year, he also won "Best Bluegrass Instrumental Album" by the IBMA for his solo CD "Slide Effects". The song "California Cottonfields" featuring Marty Raybon stayed at #1 for 2 consecutive months on the national Bluegrass Unlimited chart. He also has 2 "Dobro Performer Of TheYear" awards from the SPBGMA organization. Phil's recording credits include projects with J.D Crowe And The Newsouth, Wildfire,Grasstowne, Doyle Lawson And Quicksilver, Dolly Parton, Ken Mellons, Jerry Douglas,Richard Bennett, Darrell Webb, and Steve Kaufman to name a few. In early 2001, The Gibson Guitar Company honored Phil with his own signature line of Dobro Guitars. The Gibson "Phil Leadbetter" Signature is the only guitar being built that has the trademark Dobro logo, and has been one of the best selling guitars in the Gibson Bluegrass Acoustic line.
Originally from Nine Mile, Indiana, Kenny is widely considered one of the most important and influential flatpicking-style guitarists of his generation. A two-time IBMA Guitarist of the Year award winner, his professional credits include six years with the popular Lonesome River Band and an exceptional solo CD, Studebaker, released on Sugar Hill Records in 1997. A much anticipated Guitar Solo CD, Return, released on Gat3 Records in 2012. Winners of the International Bluegrass Music Association’s prestigious Emerging Artist of the Year award in 2003, the Kenny and Amanda Smith Band combines gutsy, heartfelt vocals, brilliant instrumental talents and a powerful, contemporary sense of song choice and arrangement into one of the most compelling new sounds in bluegrass today.
Kenny is in great demand at guitar workshops and master classes, teaching at the renowned Roanoke Bluegrass Weekend series, Kaufman Kamp, Acoustic Music Camp, Augusta Bluegrass Camp and at guitar workshops at major events such as IBMA. He has just released a two-DVD instruction set on AcuTab Publications. Critics and fans alike were drawn to the heartfelt performances on Tell Someone, resulting in Grammy, GMA Dove Award and International Bluegrass Music Association award nominations. Also, the song “Shoutin’ Time” was nominated for Song of the Year at the Singing News Awards.
A native of Austin, Texas, Marshall Wilborn has been touring and recording for the past 31 years. He has worked with Jimmy Martin, Johnson Mountain Boys, Michael Cleveland, Hazel Dickens, Longview, and his wife, Lynn Morris. Marshall's own songs have been recorded by Doyle Lawson, Lynn Morris, Alison Krauss, Rhonda Vincent, Johnson Mountain Boys, and Michael Cleveland, among others. He is a four time recipient of IBMA's Bass Player Of The Year award.
Special guest: RICHARD CIFERSKÝ
Richard Ciferský is an internationally recognized banjo master from Pezinok, Slovak Republic. He currently splits his time performing with the award-winning, internationally touring, bluegrass band Fragment, Bill Faster Band and his solo project, The RC Project. Richard is a two-time winner of the Slovak Bluegrass Music Association (SkBMA) “Banjo Player of the Year” award (1999/2000). As part of the group Fragment, he won the2004 “European Bluegrass Band of the Year” award at the European World of Bluegrass (EWOB) festival in Holland. As owner and producer of Velvet Music, his independent record label has produced several albums for other groups as well as three of his own solo projects, Coming Back for More (2013), Rainy Day (2008) and New Gallop (2004). Richard has also toured with several American bluegrass artists, most recently award-winning Valerie Smith & Liberty Pike of Bell Buckle, TN. We are proud to have Richard as our intermediate level banjo instructor.