Pops Walker and Kipyn Martin | 12:00-1:00 | Pops has been entertaining a small but ever-growing group of avid fans for some twenty years. He’s performed in various venues around the world gaining fans in Europe, Asia, Hawaii and throughout the USA, and will be joined on stage by Kipyn Martin, an emerging singer-songwriter whose roots sink into the banks of the Shenandoah River. While up-tempo blues is Pop’s favorite style, it’s only part of his repertoire. Listening to any of his recordings, one can hear dashes of folk, jazz, country, and a tidy little genre called Southern Fried Zen Mojo, a phrase coined just for him.
Shotgun Serenade | 1:15-2:15 | Shotgun Serenade brings a mix of classic covers and original tunes flavored in the taste of southern rock, country, blues, bluegrass and good ol’ fashioned Appalachian stomp. Kelcey Wolf, Rick Grayson, and Zak Pitzer may be new to the stage but these Preston County boys are quickly building a devout local following.
Andrew McKnight | 2:30-3:30 | Singer/songwriter and guitarist Andrew McKnight’s five CDs and captivating performances showcase his engaging collection of songs and stories celebrating the lives and landscapes of rural American people with warmth and humor. Since leaving his corporate environmental engineering career in 1996, the award-winning folk and Americana artist has traced half a million miles of blue highways and backwater towns, and earned critical acclaim and enthusiastic fans. Aptly described as “beyond Appalachian, beyond blues, beyond folk”, Andrew McKnight’s music is infused with his literate prose, eye for intriguing detail, and soundscapes that span haunting blues, feisty anthems, rustic folk, and a bit of swing.
From the Hip | 3:45-4:45 | A group that’s been performing over the past fifteen years in various formations, they all call Preston County their home, and the Cheat River their playground. Influenced by the likes of New Grass Revival, Tim O’Brien and David Grisman, FTH brings a fun energy of high-steppin’ tunes of original, traditional, and contemporary ‘folksy new grass’ flavored music.
The Weedrags | 5:00-6:00 | An Appalachian power trio formed in Washington County, PA, in the fall of 2010. Rooted in fields of bluegrass, country, old-time, and swing, their songs resonate with the hard working spirit engrained in the Western PA and WV foothills. Songwriting and musicianship blend to form a unique mountain band sound. Tight vocal harmonies highlight superb musicianship with a blue country feel.
Rev. Willard’s Acoustic Circus| 6:15 -7:15 | Former Hillbilly Gypsy Jason Teel joins forces with Chris Rossi, Wayne Woods (East Run Band), Chalmers Waddell and PA State Fiddle Champion Ray Bruckman (Full Steam Ahead) for some high powered bluegrass and old time music with a touch of swing and blues.
Johnny Staats & the Delivery Boys | 7:30-9:00 | The legendary Johnny Staats, virtuoso mandolin player and multi-instrumentalist, joins his fast-picking bandmates fiddler Ray Gossin, banjoist Butch Osborne, bassist Roger Bissell, and guitarist Davey Vaughn. All preternaturally musically-gifted as youngsters, Staats and his Delivery Boys are serial contest winners. Johnny has performed at the Grand Ole Opry three times, and won both the mandolin and guitar titles and a 3rd place in the fiddle contest at the 1999 Vandalia Gathering. Though WV native Johnny works full time as a UPS driver, it’s safe to say he could quit his day job; he performs regularly with the Delivery Boys and his many fans can never get enough of the distinct bluegrass sensibility and dizzying talent.
Stewed Mulligan | 9:15-10:15 | Back on the Cheat Fest stage again, bringing their flavor of the old backwoods sound with string band tradition to create music that “could have been birthed in a basement by the illegitimate sons of The Band. If Fat Albert’s Junkyard band had an Appalachian bizarro group, they would be called Stewed Mulligan.” This will be a set you don’t want to miss!
Rising Regina | 10:30-11:30 | Get your dancin’ shoes on ‘cause they’re coming back with a new recording to share (and a new name, but we’ll let them explain that). An exceptionally versatile band, Rising Regina’s sound incorporates the best of American roots music including rock, folk, blues, jazz, bluegrass and Celtic. The band has played in many high profile venues and festivals and shared the stage with such diverse artists as Parachute, American Authors, Enter The Haggis, The Guggenheim Grotto, The Clarks, The Spring Standards, Bill Deasy, the Granati Brothers, and Bob Banerjee. With their percussive, roots rock sound, tight harmonies, and upbeat, irresistible arrangements, Rising Regina will move you!