Artists

2019 Performers (click on names by photos for links to their websites/Fb pages):

Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper; Rob Ickes & Trey Hensley; Bobby Hicks; Dave Adkins Band; Blueside of Lonesome (Japan); Byron Berline Band; Bret Graham; Steelwind; Hunt Family Bluegrass; The Bonhams; Mountain Smoke; RussellClan; Neverly Hillbillies; Cowboy Jim Garling; Barry “Bones” Patton; Good Friends Bluegrass Band; Red Dirt Rangers; Jacob Tovar

11 time IBMA Fiddle Player of the Year) Michael Cleveland and the Flamekeepers.

Michael Cleveland and Flamekeeper: Michael Cleveland’s blistering prowess and technical fluency have since marked him as a sought-after musician, leading to performances with Vince Gill, Marty Stuart, Tim O’Brien, J.D. Crowe and the New South, Andy Statman, and The Kruger Brothers in recent years. However, it wasn’t until 2006, when Michael formed his own band Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper, that he found the right vehicle for his musical vision, and he hasn’t rested since, constantly looking for new ways to push himself and his music forward. “He plays fearless and it’s intoxicating to play with him because he makes you play fearless,” says Country Music Hall of Famer Vince Gill. “He takes no prisoners but he plays with a restraint and a soul. He plays without abandon.” Clearly, the IBMA agrees as he’s their most awarded Fiddle Player of the Year with 11 wins, has won Instrumental Recorded Performance of the Year six times, and fronts their 5-Time Instrumental Group of the Year. Together with Flamekeeper members Josh Richards (guitar), Nathan Livers (mandolin), Jasiah Shrode (banjo) and Tyler Griffith (bass), Cleveland makes his way around the country performing festivals, clubs, and performing arts centers, delighting audiences, leaving them with jaws dropped in complete amazement.“It’s wicked to see how much music he pulls out of a bow,” continues Vince. “He’s untouchable.”

Rob Ickes & Trey Hensley

Rob Ickes and Trey Hensley: Based on a mutual love of bluegrass, country, blues, western swing, and other string band music of all kinds, the partnership of dobro player Rob Ickes (who also plays superlative lap steel guitar in the duo on occasion) and acoustic/electric guitarist Trey Hensley continues to delight and astound audiences of traditional American music around the globe.

Dave Adkins

Dave Adkins Band: There is no mistaking the raw and powerful vocals by singer, songwriter and guitarist Dave Adkins.  His significant chart success, coupled with his stellar live performances, have made him one of most talked about male vocalist in acoustic music. Dave Adkins Band performs Adkins’ award-winning originals and chart topping songs along with country and rock classics that have fans jumping to their feet.  Adkin’s powerful and impressive lead vocals along with the top tier energy of the band results in a highly entertaining performance.

Japan’s premiere bluegrass band, Blueside of Lonesome

Blueside of Lonesome (Japan)Formed in 2009. The original members are Masuo Sasabe (Vocals, Guitar), Akihide Teshima (Bass), Yasuhisa katoh (Mandolin), Ryukichi Hayakawa (Banjo) and Hiromu Teshima (Fiddle). In 2011 Country singer Yoshie Sakamoto (Vocals) joined the group. As a collective of Tokyo’s finest Bluegrass artist they play weekly shows all over Japan. They play traditional and classic bluegrass and country music.

Fiddler Bobby Hicks

Bobby HicksAfter more than fifty years on the road, Bobby Hicks, indisputably one of the most influential fiddlers in bluegrass music, has come home to his native North Carolina. In 1954, Bill Monroe and his Bluegrass Boys came through Greensboro on tour, and found themselves in need of a bass player. Twenty-one-year-old Bobby Hicks was recruited to play with the Bluegrass Boys on their local gigs, and after that two-week stint ended, Monroe asked him to come back to Nashville and continue on with the band. When Hicks agreed, according to a 2005 Bluegrass Now article, Monroe told him, “Well, call home and tell your mama to pack you a suitcase.” The suitcase arrived, and Bobby Hicks was whisked off in Monroe’s Cadillac limousine to Nashville and a career in music.

After Bluegrass Boys fiddler Gordon Terry was drafted into the Army, Hicks stepped in on the fiddle, the instrument for which he became famous. He would appear on some of the band’s monumental recordings of fiddle tunes, including “Scotland” and “Big Mon.” Hicks’ post-Bluegrass Boys career has been equally impressive. He has played with Jesse McReynolds and the Virginia Boys, Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder, Earl Scruggs, J. D. Crowe and the New South, and other greats. Among his many recordings are five Grammy-winning releases (one with Bill Monroe and four with Ricky Skaggs), three gold albums, one platinum album (Ricky Skaggs’ Highways and Heartaches), and the legendary Bluegrass Album Band records.

Byron Berline Band

Byron Berline BandByron Berline’s professional career reads like Who’s Who in the music business as he has performed with or recorded with so many notables. He has led or been a member of the following bands : Bill Monroe and the Bluegrass Boys, 1966 – 67; Dillard & Clark, 1969-1970; Dillard Expedition, 1970-71; Country Gazette, 1971-75; Sundance, 1975-85; Berline, Crary & Hickman, 1978-90; L. A. Fiddle Band, 1978-93; California, 1990-96; Byron Berline Band, 1996- Present.

Byron is one of the most sought after session fiddlers and his long list of recording credits are proof; The Band / The Byrds / The Eagles / The Rolling Stones / Manhattan Transfer / Bob Dylan / John Denver / Elton John / Olivia Newton-John / Burt Reynolds / Linda Ronstadt / Rod Stewart / Kay Starr / Hoyt Axton / Alabama / Susie Bogus / Mary Chapin Carpenter / Joe Diffy / Vince Gill / Arlo Guthrie / Mickey Gilley / Emmylou Harris / Kirs Kirstofferson / Johnny Lee / Willie Nelson / Red Stegall / Doug Stone / Tammy Wynette / Jethro Burns / The Dillards / John Hartford / Bill Monroe / Nitty Gritty Dirt Band / Don Reno / Earl Scruggs / Mason Williams and numerous symphony orchestras. Byron’s current band is dynamic, lively, fun and always a treat, with Byron on fiddle & mandolin, Thomas Trapp on guitar, Greg Burgess on fiddle & guitar, Richard Sharp on upright bass, Billy Perry on banjo & resonator guitar and Steve Short on drums.

Bret Graham

Steelwind
Hunt Family Bluegrass 

Jacob Tovar
The Bonhams
Mountain Smoke
RussellClan
Neverly Hillbillies
Cowboy Jim Garling
Barry “Bones” Patton
Red Dirt Rangers

More Photos & info coming soon!

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2018 OIBF presented a FANTASTIC weekend of music with 20 acts!   

Our 2018 International acts were: Tommy Emmanuel (Australia), April Verch Band (Canada), Blueside of Lonesome (Japan) and The Kruger Brothers (formerly from Switzerland, now from North Carolina).

Our American entertainers are: Bluegrass Martins, Starkey & Clark, The Byron Berline Band, Choctaw Line, Barry “Bones” Patton, The Neverly Hillbillies, Steelwind, Cowboy Jim Garling, The Red Dirt Rangers, Bret Graham, Hunt Family Band, Mountain Smoke, RussellClan, The Baker Family, The Foust Family and The Bonhams

And, in the Youth Tent only, 1 More Rd. and several of our other bands will entertain school kids and festival attendees. On Saturday only, we’re happy to welcome Lucas Ross,  one of the popular hosts of KAUT TV’s Rise & Shine and a tireless supporter of the American Banjo Museum in Oklahoma City, as a judge for the Youth Instrument Contest (Banjo). Visit our Youth Tent and Competitions pages for more info. For an early look at the 2018 OIBF Program click here.

Click on their name above, or below their photo to visit the artist’s webpage or facebook page and sample some of their music. Click on their photo for a larger photo.

TOMMY EMMANUEL (Australia). Named one of only 5 “Certified Guitar Players” by Chet Atkins, Tommy plays hundreds of sold-out shows every year from Nashville to Sydney to London. He’s an acoustic guitarist like no other. Don’t miss his Saturday night show at OIBF!

APRIL VERCH BAND (Canada) A champion fiddler & step dancer as well as a singer, April brings traditional fiddle styles from Ottawa Valley Canada, mixed with old time American and Appalachian styles. Touring worldwide since 2000, April is back again with her band to entertain us at OIBF!

The Kruger Brothers – (originally from Switzerland, now living in North Carolina) are back by popular demand. From bluegrass & American folk music to classical and many styles in between this trio bring their music back to OIBF to an audiences who loves them.

BLUESIDE OF LONESOME (Japan)  Delighting audiences here at OIBF in multiple years, this hot band from Japan plays traditional bluegrass from the heart. We can’t get enough of them and are thrilled to have them entertain us once again in 2018

THE BLUEGRASS MARTINS are a young, entertaining, talented & award winning ensemble of individuals who just happen to be a part of an amazing family. They have been declared SPBGMA Instrumental Group of the Year by their Midwest fans.

THE BYRON BERLINE BAND needs no introduction to the OIBF audiences! Prepare yourself for hot picking and lots of fun from this legendary fiddler and his stellar band.

STARKEY & CLARK both have long histories in bluegrass & they bring their special blend to OIBF for the first time this year.

CHOCTAW LINE – This young band is packed with talent, great vocals and fine musicianship.

THE NEVERLY HILLBILLIES

A little history: Just to give you an idea of what type of entertainment to expect, read below for the lineup from 2017 & 2016, and a chance to flip through the 2016 and 2015 programs.  Click on the band names for their websites or facebook pages.

2017 INTERNATIONAL BANDS:
BLUESIDE OF LONESOME (Japan)  
NICK CHARLES (Australia)
THE ANDREW COLLINS TRIO
LOUVAT BROTHERS TRIO (Belgium)

2017 AMERICAN BANDS:
SIERRA HULL         
THE ELDERS 
THE WESTERN FLYERS 
WIL MARING & ROBERT BOWLIN
BYRON BERLINE BAND. 
HUNT FAMILY BLUEGRASS 
BRET GRAHAM 
STEELWIND 
BARRY “BONES” PATTON 
COWBOY JIM GARLING 
MOUNTAIN SMOKE
THE BONHAMS
RussellClan
JIM PAUL BLAIR BAND 
THE FOUST FAMILY

2016  INTERNATIONAL BANDS:
BlueSide of Lonesome (Japan)
 (Fri/Sat)

Calvin Vollrath (Canada) (Fri/Sat)
Steve n Seagulls (Finland) (Fri ONLY)
2016 AMERICAN BANDS:
Hot Club of Cowtown
(Fri/Sat) 
The Cleverlys (Fri/Sat)
The Turnpike Troubadours (Fri Late Night Show ONLY)
Rushad Eggleston
 
(Fri/Sat)
Burgan & Chan (from We 5) (Fri/Sat)
Chris Henry & The Hardcore Grass (with Brad Benge)(Fri/Sat)
Choctaw Line (Thurs)
The Byron Berline Band (Thurs/Fri/Sat)
Barry Patton (Thurs/Fri/Sat)
Cowboy Jim Garling (Thurs + emcee)

OIBF 2016 Poster - artist Jette Summers

OIBF 2016 Poster – artist Jette Summers

The Russell Clan (Thurs, Land Run Stage / Fri, Kid’s Tent)
The Bonham Revue with Kyle Dillingham (Thurs)
Hunt Family Bluegrass Band (Thurs & Sat)
Bret Graham (Thurs/Fri)
Red Dirt Rangers (Thurs)
Mountain Smoke (Thurs)
Hankerin’ 4 Bluegrass (Thurs)

Want to know more about what to expect at OIBF? Here’s the 2016 OIBF Program!

Want more fond memories? Click here to flip through the 2015 OIBF Progra