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Will Williams and Gravel Road

Chris Williams, mandolin and vocals
Will Williams, banjo and vocals
Hannah Williams, guitar and vocals
Raynae Redman, bass and vocals

Hard-drivin’ traditional bluegrass -- For more information, to listen to our music or check a calendar date, visit us on the web at:

Or contact us directly:
Will Williams
Chris Williams:chrisw@clearwire.net


Formed in 2005,Hotwire features an ear-grabbing mix of old-style bluegrass, newgrass, country, folk and acoustic genres that are hard to pin down, delivered with a hard driving energy that we call "high-voltage bluegrass." Our sound features solid three and four part harmonies and hot instrumental solos.

The band is composed of four veteran performers: Dave Hunt is a two time Utah State flat-picking champion on both guitar and mandolin. He has placed 2nd on fiddle. Dale Fisk toured the western US with a country-rock band in the 1970s and is the band's lead singer and plays guitar and mandolin. Dennis Maggard plays banjo, guitar, mandolin and bass. Helen Smith plays bass and guitar.Everybody sings harmony.

Dave Hunt
phone: 208-347-4138
email: dhunt@davidrayhunt@gmail.com

Chicken Dinner Road

Chicken Dinner Road -- Idaho's progressive bluegrass band plays original music and songs from mainstream bluegrass as well as other genres. We consist of five seasoned veterans:

  • Dennis Stokes, lead vocals and mandolin
  • Rue Frisbee, fiddle
  • Gary Eller, banjo
  • L.B. Robertson, vocals and guitar
  • John Blakely, harmony vocals and bass

Check out our website www.chickendinnerroad.com for lots of good information including audio tracks from our recent self-titled CD. Contact: Dennis Stokes dennisstokes2@mac.com
Phone 208-941-5611


Band Members:

Doug Jenkins, from Nampa, Idaho, is featured on the Fiddle. He doesn’t say much, but after you hear him play you’ll understand why. His charismatic style is like none other. He is considered, by some, to be one of the finest bluegrass fiddlers in the state of Idaho.

Pat Massie, from Nampa, Idaho, is featured on the Dobro. Pat brings a unique sound to the group with his hard driving style. Many have called him the best Dobro player in the Pacific Northwest. He also sings harmony and lead vocals.

Bob Greer, from Nampa, Idaho, is featured on the rhythm Guitar and singing lead vocals. Bob has deep roots in the advancement and promoting of bluegrass music in Southern Idaho.

Contact Bob Greer 208-466-1719;

TRADITION, based in Southern Idaho, (from Nampa to Idaho Falls), consists of six members steeped heavily in solid Bluegrass. They have built the band on a good base of influences that include;

Bill Monroe, Flatt and Scruggs, Jimmy Martin, Jim and Jesse, and The Stanley Brothers. Their music is also influenced by some of the more modern bands of today, such as;

Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder, Alison Krauss and Union Station, J.D. Crowe and The New South, and Seldom Scene. Each member brings their own stylistic variance together into a culmination, which becomes the distinct sound of TRADITION.

JD Webb and the Down State Ramblers

FOUNDED: 2005 in Baker City, Oregon
J.D. Webb - Guitar and Lead and Vocals
Judy Webb - Bass Fiddle and Harmony Vocals
Caleb Dostal - Banjo
David Gerthung - Mandolin

Contact info: www.downstateramblers.homestead.com
E-mail: jdwebbproductions@yahoo.com

High Desert Band

High Desert Band is an acoustic group whose repertoire ranges from the Celtic roots of old-time mountain music to Bluegrass, Folk, Cowboy and Comedy. They include an ever growing list of original songs. They fuse traditional songs and music with their own progressive touch, resulting in an upbeat, creative mix with many well-known songs.

Contact: (208) 467-7280 (208) 362-4087
For more information: Hight Desert Band

Band members: Jerry Firth, Cathy Bourner, Randy Helton and Kayleigh Kack.

Council Mountain Bluegrass Band

Higher Ground

Higher Ground is a traditonal bluegrass band. Our music spans from Gospel to some of the newer songs of today's bluegrass. We are located in Lewiston and the surrounding areas.

Higher Ground consist of Adam Leavitt: Banjo/Guitar/Vocals. Dave Herzog: Mandolin. Kristi Stephens: Bass/Vocals. Morgan Berg:
Fiddle/Vocals. Scott Lombard: Guitar/Vocals.

Check out our website and contact us at www.northwesthigherground.com or you can call Scott at 509-780-3730.

Red Desert Ramblers

Contact: Sharon R. Mitchell 801-635-5484E Mail-SharonIAMA@aol.com

The RED DESERT RAMBLERS play Bluegrass, Classic-Country and Swing music. Combining 165 years of experience, they blend harmonies with smoking instrumental breaks. The Salt Lake Tribune says, "When it comes to locally produced bluegrass bands, it's hard to dobetter." They have been honored by the International Bluegrass Music Association by being the first Utah Band(and Sharon is the first hammered dulcimer player) to EVER be hired for an IBMA performance.They are a regional band with national recognition and members hail from Salt Lake, Summit, and Cache counties representing the best of Utah.

Prestigious REGIONAL/NATIONAL PERFORMANCES include: International Bluegrass MusicAssociation FanFest in Nashville; Darington, Washington Bluegrass Festival;Pickin'; in the Pines (Arizona); Memorial Day Bluegrass Festival (Colorado);Southern Nevada Bluegrass Music Association Festival (Logandale); Bannock County Bluegrass Festival (Idaho); Intermountain Acoustic Music Association Local Concert Series; Red Rocks Bluegrass Festival (St. George); Windwalker Ranch Bluegrass Festival (Spring City); Holladay Arts Festival; Mountain Town Stages; KRCL radio; Heber Cowboy Poetry Gathering.

Group members are:

STEVE HEWSON- (lead vocals, guitar, mandolin). Best known as the host of the Rockport Dam Jam, he hails from Huntington Beach, California proving thatcountry twang can come from the land of sand and surf. After going electric with the country band "Desert Skies", Steve has now returned to his first love of acoustic music with the "Red Desert Ramblers."

JOE FARMER- (lead/harmony vocals, guitar, mandolin)- Joe became a convert from Rock 'N Roll to Bluegrass back in '73 when he heard Norman Blake, Doc Watson, and Dan Crary at the Horsepens 40 Bluegrass Festival in Alabama. He's been flatpicking and playing Bluegrass ever since. Joe is a Utah legend, having played with the bands "Done Gone", "Three on a String", "The MikeIverson Band ", "Down Home" and "Around the Bend." Now that the price of gas has come down, he can aford to drive 90 miles to practice.

RICK MARTINEZ (5 string banjo)- Rick's style is 30 years steeped in traditional and progressive bluegrass music. His style ranges from hard driving Scruggs influences to melodic tones of Tony Triska. His precise, dynamic playing reinforces the authentic sound of the band. He has been known to cross styles, and is not opposed to musical risks. Rick first came to fame with the
Rick Martinez band, which was enormously popular in Utah. We are proud to call Rick "one of our own."

SHARON MITCHELL (hammered dulcimer, harmony vocals)- has played music since she was 8, playing Hammered Dulcimer since 1989. In addition to The Red Desert Ramblers she currently plays with the "Public Domain String Band (Appalachian Old-time)", and "The American Irish Duo." Past Bluegrass bands include- "Around the Bend", "Lonesome Ridge (the one in Utah....)" She produces the Intermountain Acoustic Music Association Local Concert Series. Sharon is the "roots and branches" of the band adding both an old time flavor and a unique progressive twist.

DAVE BATES(upright bass)- has been playing bass for just a little less than a million years, and has been a mainstay in the SLC/Summit County music communities. Dave has been a pilot for Delta, and a bus driver. When he is not working for non-profits in summit county, he farms in Wanship. His attention is focused on mentoring teenagers and youth, so they become proficient bluegrass


A dynamic six-piece acoustic band bringing old sounds to original songwriting and new sounds to old: close harmonies backed by mandolin, fiddle,  banjo, guitar, and bass.

Named for an important part of the annual log drive that used to take place each year down the North Fork of the Clearwater River, Wanigan has become known for its wealth of original story songs inspired by local people and places.

The wanigan served as both sleeping quarters and cookshack for the men who worked on the river risking their lives to free the logs every spring.  At the end of a long day on the river, the wanigan was a place for food, music, and the company of good friends.

Dale Vallandigham: BANJO AND VOCALS
Denis Hackwith: BASS AND VOCALS

Contact: Denis Hackwith
208 750-1539 or denis@hackwith.net

For more information on Wanigan, see:
http://wanigan.net (all new site coming soon!)

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