Bluegrass Brethern

In 1977, three men from Long Beach, Don Anderson, Craig Furlong and Tim Bryant were leading music in their adult church class. It was their custom to invite someone, once a month, to do special music there. After a few months, the three thought “why don’t we work up some music for class and be the special music one time.” All three played guitar, but Don was taking banjo lessons. Tim already played bass from his “rock” days, and Craig, originally a drummer, elected to play guitar. And so the three men worked up the singing and playing of three songs for the “special” music for their class. In April of 1977 the day came for them to “perform” for their one time appearance. Quite to their surprise, their music received an overwhelming response. After the class was over, the folks in the room next to theirs, having heard their music through the walls, approached them and said, “Of course you are going to play for our class next week, aren’t you?” Not wanting to disappoint anyone, the men with a repertoire of three songs said, “Sure, we will be glad to.”

The next week while Don, Craig and Tim were doing a sound check for the other class, the church Minister of Music heard them rehearsing. He quickly approached them, and said, “You guys have just got to play for the whole church.” Shortly after that, the fellows played for a congregation of around 2500 people, again receiving a highly enthusiastic ovation. Before they knew it they were being asked to play for other classes, socials, and finally as their “word of mouth” reputation grew, for other events outside their own church.

They quickly began to expand their repertoire so they could play full concerts. One of the first songs they learned was one they heard on a Bill Monroe and the Bluegrass Boys record. It was called “When The Angels Carry Me Home.” As they looked to expand their repertoire back then, it was hard to find gospel bluegrass that said things the way they would like to hear them said, so they began to write and perform their own songs.

Since the early days, the Bluegrass Brethren have seen quite a number of changes, but have always maintained their passion and enthusiasm for their music and their audiences have been blessed in the process. The band has contributed over 150 original songs to the bluegrass gospel field.

Their original compositions have received national songwriting awards as well. In 2003 Bluegrass Brethren was a main stage “showdown” band representative at Huck Finn’s Jubilee in Victorville, CA. Besides keeping a busy concert schedule, they have appeared at festivals, including, Huck Finn’s Jubilee in Victorville, Julian Bluegrass Festival, Gospelgrass / Colorado, The Temecula Bluegrass Festival and many others. That little trio, that started 30 years ago, with really no expectation of becoming a permanent group, today has expanded to a band of five.

Tim Bryant – guitar, vocals; Les Beckwith – banjo; Brian Beckwith – mandolin, vocals; Jerry Barber – bass; Lori Beckwith – fiddle, vocals


An Orange County, CA band, Shinbone is known for its three part harmonies. Performers at the Route 66 Festival, they make their Summergrass debut in 2018.

Ray Booth – banjo; Rose Booth – mandolin; Joyce Hart – fiddle; Jody Silver – base; Dan Kanady – guitar; Paul Haas – guitar

The Central Valley Boys

The Central Valley Boys are dedicated to paying homage to the greats of the beautiful and fertile Central Valley of California. No frills or fancy stuff, just down home Bluegrass music at it’s finest. Their show typically includes songs performed in the traditional style in respect to Vern Williams who they believe was the greatest bluegrass musician to live in California. Songs like “Bald Knob Arkansas” and “Oh Susannah!” done in the traditional style can also be heard at a Central Valley Boys show. They dedicated to paying homage to the great country and bluegrass musicians: Vern Williams, Del Williams, Ray Park, Rose Maddox and the Maddox Brothers, The Farmer Boys and more.

Victor Skidenenko – banjo, vocals; Yoseff Tucker – guitar, vocals; John Cogdill – mandolin, vocals; Peter Hicks – fiddle, vocals; Dave Gooding – bass

Jeff Scroggins Band

The Scroggins Brothers is a high-energy five-piece bluegrass band located in the Western Frontier state of Colorado. Their distinctive sound showcases an eclectic range of influences that marry second and third generation bluegrass, delivering a unique experience that captivates audiences and keeps them guessing. It’s a powerful, high mountain “bluegrass explosion” that features world-class banjo and mandolin playing, incredible vocals, a solid and energetic rhythm and an easy stage banter that has delighted listeners all over the world.

Fronted by internationally acclaimed two-time National Banjo Champion ​Jeff Scroggins, their distinct style is immediately recognizable due to Jeff’s unique and diverse range of influences, which include Alan Munde, Don Reno, Jimmy Page and Eric Clapton. His fiery style and lightning-fast licks have earned him worldwide recognition and have left many a first-time listener in stunned disbelief!

The band also features the award-winning mandolin playing of Jeff’s son Tristan Scroggins. At only 21 years old, Tristan is an award-winning instrumentalist and accomplished songwriter in his own right while the instrumentals he shares with Jeff play a large role in the band’s unique and energetic style. In 2016, Tristan was nominated for the Instrumental Momentum Award by the International Bluegrass Music Association.

West Virginia native Greg Blake provides powerful bluegrass vocals steeped in country heritage, bringing a truly authentic sound developed from a lifetime of singing bluegrass, gospel, and country. Twice nominated for the Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music in America’s (SPBGMA) “Traditional Male Vocalist of the Year” award, Greg’s phenomenal guitar playing has earned him nine nominations and five consecutive wins as SPBGMA’s Guitarist of the Year.

They are joined by Oregon native, 2016 Rockygrass Fiddle Champion, 2016 Arizona State Fiddle Champion, and 2017 IBMA Momentum Award Nominee Ellie Hakanson on fiddle and vocals. In addition to their individual accomplishments, the band was featured as the California Bluegrass Association’s Emerging Artist of the year, an honor given into the past to bands such as Della Mae, and Chris Henry & the Hardcore Grass.

Jeff Scroggins – banjo; Greg Blake – guitar, vocals; Tristan Scroggins – mandolin; Ellie Hakanson – fiddle, vocals; Mark – bass

Alan Bibey and Grasstown

Alan Bibey & Grasstowne is comprised of some of the most diversely talented and highly respected musicians in bluegrass and acoustic music making them one of the hottest and most energetic bands touring today! DJs and fans of all ages love the unique sound of Alan Bibey & Grasstowne as they combine tradition with hard driving, progressive bluegrass.

The band’s first two projects “The Road Headin’ Home” and “The Other Side of Towne” went to #1 and #2 respectively on the National Bluegrass Charts. The Road Headin’ home remained at #1 for three months and also won the 2008 “Album of the Year” award. Their project “Kickin’ Up Dust” hit in the top 5 on the singles and CD chart.

The band’s latest album on Mountain Fever Records, “Alan Bibey & Grasstowne 4” has already yielded 3 huge chart hits, “This Old Guitar and Me”, “Cold Dark Ground”, and “I’m Country” and has had all 12 songs from the project charting on the Bluegrass Today Airplay charts. Bluegrass Today reviewed the album saying, “Anyone who appreciates contemporary bluegrass played with precision, soul, and authority will want this one in their library

Alan Bibey – mandolin, vocals; Gena Britt – banjo, vocals; Mike Bentley – guitar, vocals; Zak McLamb – bass; Laura Orshaw – fiddle, vocals