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J2B2- The John Jorgenson Bluegrass Band
John Moore, Rick Faris, Stuart Duncan, and Steve Spurgin
Trapp, Mullenax and Moore
Szabadsag Duet (Cohen-Adad/Louvat)
Good Friends Bluegrass Band
PLUS, Fiddle & Banjo Workshop on Friday afternoon and Guitar & Mandolin Workshop on Saturday afternoon (held in the Youth Tent this year), Random Band Jam on Thursday night, Open Mic times & Songwriters Workshop (Sat.) at the Cottonwood Creek Stage all weekend, camping, jamming, food vendors, OIBF t-shirts and other goodies, youth band & instrument competitions and much more fun for the whole family! Check out the 2022 OIBF PROGRAM from last year
Hunt Brothers Band
The Hunt Brothers Band, HBB, is a product of four talented young musicians pooling their individual efforts and love of music to create a four-piece Bluegrass band with a fresh, tight sound. Each member – Andrew, Jonathan, Sam & newest addition, David – plays a different and vital role both on and off stage to make HBB's music, grounded in tradition (with a tip of the hat to the forefathers of the music) while including a strong dose of west coast Bluegrass sensibility, the influence of contemporary talent in the genre, and of course their own creative energy. For HBB there is no distinction between fan and friend and you are sure to come away from an HBB performance inspired by their solid picking, creative songwriting, harmonious and persuasive singing and interactive spark this is becoming their trademark.
Glen and Virgil have worked with Bill Grant, Delia Bell and the Kiamichi Mountain Boys, Signal Mountain, The Bonham Brothers and The Bonham Revue. They have traveled to Germany, Canada and over the east coast and have recorded multiple records between them. David worked with the legendary Bluegrass Revue, a band that included Vince Gill. Previously, Tina and David worked together in a variety of gospel groups with Tina playing the bass. Tina has one of the purest and strongest vocals in bluegrass music. Mickey Flatt is one of the finest of the traditional banjo players, showing influence from Scruggs and Osborne, two of the greatest. He has worked with many groups over the years. It is a new endeavor for these 5 musicians to work together in the same band and they hope you enjoy it!
Bob Wiles & Cowboy Jones Band
Bob Wiles brings vintage vibe country and original Red Dirt music.
Cowboy Jim Garling
With his guitar strap on his shoulder, pick in hand and a bushy mustache bordering that genuine smile, Jim brings some cowboy-era music, classics from Saturday matinee silver screen heroes, and some favorite tunes from contemporary artists who reflect on the cowboy life. Boots tap, hands clap and grins grow like new spring grass when the native Oklahoman begins to play. Jim loves reaching into the past. Not to imitate Gene Autry, Roy Rogers, The Sons of the Pioneers or Bob Wills & The Texas Playboys, but to combine their sounds for just the right mix of old-style, acoustic western cowboy music and western swing, with some cowboy gospel to uplift you. He mixes in little doses of short histories and interesting anecdotes about the songs he sings. He’s appeared at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, Tom Mix Festival, Chisolm Trail Museum, Cheyenne Cowboy Symposium and Gene Autry Oklahoma Film & Music Festival among many others. Jim has recorded 3 CD’s reflecting each of those styles in addition to a cowboy gospel CD.
Red Dirt Rangers
Sitting right in the middle of the country, with music from the rest of the USA swirling through it from all sides, Oklahoma has understandably been the source of several influential pop-music movements. Invariably, those styles can be traced not just to a city, but to a specific place within that city, as well as to an act that sums up what it’s all about. You can begin in the 1920s with the Oklahoma City Blue Devils, who’d become a huge force in the creation of Kansas City jazz, coming out of the downtown OKC area known as Deep Deuce. Not long afterwards, Bob Wills and his Texas Playboys popularized the music now known as western swing from the Cain’s Ballroom in Tulsa; several decades later that same town’s Leon Russell turned a church into a studio, introducing the Tulsa Sound to the whole doggone rock ‘n’ roll world. Like the others, Red Dirt music grew up in a specific place in a specific town. The town is Stillwater, home of Oklahoma State University. The place was a two-story, five-bedroom, funky old place called the Farm – for two decades the epicenter of what would come to be called the Red Dirt scene. The act that represents Red Dirt? You couldn’t do any better than the Red Dirt Rangers, who’ve been carrying the banner for Red Dirt music since the late 1980s. And years before the band existed, Ben Han, John Cooper, and Brad Piccolo became an integral part of the Farm’s musical brotherhood, trading songs and licks with the likes of Jimmy LaFave, Tom Skinner, and Bob Childers-and, later, with such white-hot acts as Cross Canadian Ragweed, Jason Boland and the Stragglers and Stoney LaRue. “The Rangers have a sound that combines the legacy of Woody Guthrie and Bob Wills with the spirit of everyone from Merle Haggard to the Grateful Dead and all manner of American music in between.” — Greg Johnson, No Depression magazine. “The Red Dirt Rangers draw from a lot of influences, throw them all in the pot, and mix well. What comes out is a sometimes wild, but always an outstanding and enjoyable ride, all over the map of roots music.” — AnnMarie Harrington, Take Country Back. “Writers with dirt under their fingernails, beat up snakeskin boots on their feet, whiskey and jalapenos in their bellies, and Kerouac on their minds.” – Real Groove, Auckland, New Zealand.
Barry “Bones” Patton
Barry “Bones” Patton is a native of Winfield, KS but has traveled the world with his musical abilities. Barry began playing the bones as a small child having received his first set from long time family friend Cecil Hiatt. Coming from a family steeped in music, Barry found his own place in the Bluegrass scene playing this rhythm instrument that dates back to 1600 bc. Predominately used in Celtic music, Barry has introduced a new generation to bones as a current age rhythm instrument. Barry has mastered the unique style of playing with both hands known as “double fisted” and is one of only a few in the world to take bones playing to this level. In May of 2019, Barry competed in the International Bones Playing Competition in Abbeyfeale, Ireland. He won first place. His talent has brought him to play with many artists such as Mason Williams, Vince Gill, Jana Jae, Beppe Gambetta, Tommy Emmanuel, Ricky Skaggs, Mumford and Sons, Riders in the Sky, Byron Berline, Dan Crary, Larry Gatlin and many other notable stars. He has appeared on the National TV show Nashville Now, the Meagan Mullally Show and in the second season of the HBO series Deadwood.
A little history: Just to give you an idea of what type of entertainment to expect, read below for the lineup from 2021, 2019, 2018, 2017 & 2016, and a chance to flip through the 2019 program. Click on the band names for their websites or facebook pages.
THE KRUGER BROTHERS FRANK SOLIVAN & DIRTY KITCHEN
JOHN MOORE, STEVE SPURGIN & RICK FARIS PRETEND FRIEND
THE WESTERN FLYERS & GUEST REDD VOLKAERT BLUE CANYON BOYS
TRAPP, MULLENAX & MOORE CLIFFTOP COWBOY JIM GARLING
BAKER FAMILY BLUEGRASS MONICA TAYLOR MALLORY EAGLE
THE HUNT BROTHERS BAND WOOD WILLOW BARRY “BONES” PATTON
GOOD FRIENDS BLUEGRASS TIM McDONALD BONHAMS
BOB WILES & COWBOY JONES RED DIRT RANGERS STEELWIND
2021 Artists: THE DILLARDS, BLUE HIGHWAY, BEPPE GAMBETTA (Italy), THE BYRON BERLINE BAND & LEGACY GRASS, STEVE SPURGIN, STEELWIND, JOHN MOORE, STEVE KAUFMAN, HUNT FAMILY BLUEGRASS, COWBOY JIM GARLING, BRET GRAHAM, RED DIRT RANGERS, THE BONHAMS, MOUNTAIN SMOKE, TIM McDONALD, BARRY “Bones” PATTON, SPRING STREET, BOB WILES & COWBOY JONES, GOOD FRIENDS BLUEGRASS BAND, THE TRAPPS, WOOD WILLOW
2019 Artists: Michael Cleveland and Flamekeeper, Rob Ickes and Trey Hensley, Dave Adkins Band, Blueside of Lonesome (Japan) , Kenny & Amanda Smith, The Cherokee Maidens
2018 International acts: Tommy Emmanuel (Australia), April Verch Band (Canada), Blueside of Lonesome (Japan) and The Kruger Brothers (formerly from Switzerland, now from North Carolina).
2018 American entertainers: 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 entertained school kids and festival attendees. On Saturday only, we welcomed 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.
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), Calvin Vollrath (Canada), Steve n Seagulls (Finland)
2016 AMERICAN BANDS: Hot Club of Cowtown, The Cleverlys, The Turnpike Troubadours, Rushad Eggleston, Burgan & Chan (from We 5), Chris Henry & The Hardcore Grass (with Brad Benge), Choctaw Line, The Byron Berline Band, Barry Patton, Cowboy Jim Garling, The Russell Clan, The Bonham Revue with Kyle Dillingham, Hunt Family Bluegrass Band, Bret Graham, Red Dirt Rangers, Mountain Smoke, Hankerin’ 4 Bluegrass