Endorsing Artists

The choice of many accomplished bluegrass, folk, jazz and blues musicians.
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Peter Rowan

Grammy-award winner and six-time Grammy nominee, Peter Rowan is a singer songwriter with a career spanning over five decades. From his early years playing under the tutelage of bluegrass veteran Bill Monroe, to his time in Old & In the Way and breakout as a solo musician and bandleader, Rowan has built a devoted international fan base through a solid stream of records, collaborative projects and constant touring. Our thanks to Peter, for over 30 years of playing our guitars! – Courtesy of peter-rowan.com



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Chris Luquette

With his roots in the Seattle music scene, Chris Luquette seamlessly switches from jazz to rock to bluegrass. His acoustic guitar playing really stands out, but this multi-instrumentalist is equally at home playing mandolin, drums, bass, electric guitar, banjo, and Greek bouzouki. Chris performs full time with 2015 Grammy Nominee, Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen. In addition, Chris was a founding member of Seattle based, Northern Departure, and has found himself sitting in with Jerry Douglas, Emmylou Harris, Rob Ickes, The Steep Canyon Rangers, Kenny and Amanda Smith, The Boxcars, Yogi and The Yogini’s and many others. – Courtesy of dirtykitchenband.com


Eric Bibb

A four-decade career, 35 albums, countless radio and television shows and non-stop touring have given Eric Bibb a world view that’s tempered by curiosity and compassion. His breakthrough album, Good Stuff, was followed up with Me to You, which furthered Bibb’s international reputation and was followed by tours of the UK, the United States, Canada, France, Sweden and Germany. Over the course of many album releases over the years, Bibb has been nominated for multiple Blues Music Awards in several categories, including the Grammy-nominated Shakin’ a Tailfeather. – Courtesy of ericbibb.com


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Claire Lynch

A pioneer who continually pushes the boundaries of the bluegrass genre, Claire Lynch was the 2013 Female Vocalist of the Year for the International Bluegrass Music Association. Her career has been decorated with many other accolades including two Grammy nominations and three International Bluegrass Music Association Female Vocalist awards in 2010 and 1997. Recently, at the 2014 IBMA Awards, she received two trophies: “Song of the Year” for Dear Sister, a co-write with Louisa Branscomb and title cut of her latest Compass Records release; and “Recorded Event of the Year” for a guest vocal appearance with Special Consensus on Country Boy; A Bluegrass Tribute to John Denver (Wild Montana Skies).– Courtesy of clairelynch.com


Tim May

Flatpicker Tim May has been working in the Nashville area for over 20 years as a sideman, session player, band member and performer. Higher profile projects have included touring with Patty Loveless and John Cowan, and working as a regular on the Grand Ole Opry with Mike Snider. Tim was the solo guitarist on Charlie Daniels’ recording of I’ll Fly Away, which was nominated for the Best Country Instrumental Performance Grammy in 2005, the same year he was session leader on the critically acclaimed Moody Bluegrass album (he later played on Moody Bluegrass II as well). The Nashville Scene selected Tim in the Best Instrumentalist category in their 2012 Reader’s Choice Poll. – Courtesy of timmaymusic.net


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Jake Workman

Hailing from Draper, Utah, Jake began playing the guitar when he received one for his 13th birthday. He started out playing the tunes of his favorite classic-rock bands such as The Beatles and Van Halen. Later he was introduced to bluegrass after the gift of a banjo. Influenced primarily by traditional bluegrass, Jake’s playing style also showcases his extensive knowledge in the rock and jazz genres. In 2014, Jake was the winner of the Player’s Choice Flatpick Challenge and was featured on the cover of the May/June 2015 issue of Flatpicking Guitar Magazine. In late 2015, Jake joined Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder as lead guitarist. – Courtesy of drivenbluegrass.com


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Billy Strings

Billy Strings tears up the stage with super-charged Americana. This kid can pick! It’s acoustic music with a punk edge and a lot of youthful enthusiasm. Billy covers a wide variety of classic songs, from a slow-burning cover of ‘Wild Bill Jones’ to a raw cover of ‘Cocaine Blues’ or picking delights like ‘Red Haired Boy’ and ‘Soldier’s Joy.’ His standout track, ‘Dust in a Baggie,’ is a cleverly written, tour-de-force mountain song, written by Strings himself, and upon listening, it’s the moment you realize just how far this kid’s gonna go.– Courtesy of The Bluegrass Situation


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Trey Hensley

Keeping true to the roots of country music is not only a lovely sentiment of nostalgia but a necessity for the growth of an artist and staying true to the roots just comes naturally for Grammy-nominated singer, songwriter, and guitarist Trey Hensley. After picking up a guitar at the age of 10, he quickly took the bluegrass world by storm —even performing on the Grand Ole Opry when he was only 11. Through the years, Trey has had the opportunity to perform with the likes of Marty Stuart, Earl Scruggs, Johnny and June Carter Cash, Charlie Daniels, Steve Wariner, The Oak Ridge Boys, Ricky Skaggs, Blue Highway, J.D. Crowe and others. – Courtesy of TreyHensley.com


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Laurie Lewis

Songwriter, fiddler, vocalist, teacher and producer Laurie Lewis is widely regarded as being among the preeminent bluegrass and Americana artists of our time. In 1986, Laurie forged a musical partnership with Tom Rozum, when Tom joined Laurie’s acclaimed band, Grant Street. Between them, they have recorded over twenty albums, as a duo and with their many talented musical friends, including their 1995 Grammy-nominated album “The Oak and the Laurel.” – Courtesy of laurielewis.com


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Ben Jarrell

An Alabama native whose musical roots stretch from Florida to Oregon, Ben Jarrell wrote his first song at the age of 14. Since then the Nashville-based singer-songwriter has penned hundreds in the tradition of a country-rock troubadour – raw reflections on life, love, and loss from an uncommon son of the South. His songs are defined by simplicity and sincerity, tempered by tragedy but often clutching a strand of hope. With influences ranging from the Stanley Brothers’ traditional bluegrass to the sharp-eyed Americana of Jason Isbell and his folk-punk hero Erik Peterson, Jarrell fuses a stone-country voice with a road-tested rock spirit to create an eclectic brand of American storytelling. – Courtesy of Chris Parton


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Ray Hughes

Ray lives within earshot of the Singing River near Muscle Shoals, Alabama. He has traveled the world for over 40 years as an author, storyteller, songwriter, and poet. He is passionate about creativity and training creative people. He is also passionate about biscuits, old guitars, and looking gift horses in the mouth (but not necessarily in that order). He doesn’t trust people that good dogs don’t like. – Courtesy of rayhughes.org


sponsored artist Adam Chowning with his Thompson guitar

Adam Chowning

Adam may be quiet about his accomplishments, but they are many. He’s won and placed in guitar contests all over the Southeast, including the Kentucky State Championships, the Athens Fiddlers Convention and the White House Flatpicking Contests. He’s also the 2014 Tennessee State Old Time Banjo Champion. Adam is also known as one of the most versatile and well-rounded teachers in Middle Tennessee. He teaches all styles of acoustic and electric guitar and many of his students are award winning and professional players. Adam’s latest venture, the Nashville Flatpick Camp, is an exclusive, semi-annual event just north of Nashville, which features instructors like Bryan Sutton, Kenny Smith, and Brad Davis. – Courtesy of adamchowning.com


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Steve Blanchard

Known for his lively acoustic flatpicking guitar style, Steve Blanchard is a dynamic singer and songwriter with a career spanning over four decades. His musical style includes bluegrass, cowboy/western, folk, and Americana. Steve has performed western music, bluegrass, folk, and many other genres of music in his career. He currently plays in the Pacific Northwest’s legendary bluegrass band Prairie Flyer and the up and coming duo Slipshod with Matt Snook. Steve’s music and guitar playing has delighted fans all across the Northwest and beyond. Steve is also a much sought after teacher and workshop instructor. – Courtesy of steveblanchardmusic.com