2022 LINEUP (check back soon for 2023!)
Clarence "Bluesman" Davis and Jock Webb
Clarence “Bluesman” Davis was born in the backwoods of Laurel Cut in Green County, Alabama, in 1945. By the age of twelve, he was playing blues and gospel on the guitar, making music after working the Gose Farm cotton fields all day with his family. A founder of the long-running Black Belt Roots Blues Festival, Davis represents the best of the Alabama blues tradition; joined by the dynamic Jock Webb—a native of Rosedale, Alabama, a powerhouse harmonica player, and a passionate ambassador of the blues—Davis performs originals and classics of the genre in distinctive Alabama Black Belt style. Together, Davis and Webb have performed with blues legends Willie King, Sam Lay, Bobby Rush, T-Model Ford, Birmingham George Conner, “Gip” Gipson, and many more.
The Mountain Grass Unit
The Mountain Grass Unit consists of three Birmingham teenage pickers, Drury Anderson (mandolin and vocals), Luke Black (acoustic guitar), and Sam Wilson (upright bass). The band plays bluegrass tunes, occasionally adding a bluegrass touch to country, jazz, funk, rock, and even metal. Aside from their original songs, all three are equally comfortable restyling a Tony Rice number or a classic Grateful Dead tune or covering contemporary acoustic masters like Billy Strings. Along with their lightning-fast picking, the youthful exuberance and energy they bring to the stage is always remarkable.
Sarah Lee Langford
Riding a current of legacy both personal and born from sense of place, the life of Birmingham, Alabama's Sarah Lee Langford is replete with song. An early foundation of bluegrass, gospel, and acoustic music in a family band, classical voice training at the University of Montevallo, and many side projects in between, has poised Langford with an ear for tradition. Much like Langford's own musical roots, her songwriting embodies the best elements of the Old South and the New West via a well-crafted blend of Appalachian austerity, cosmic country, and honky tonk funk that should appeal to fans of Gillian Welch, Joni Mitchell, Loretta Lynn, and the Flying Burrito Brothers. Langford clearly knows Americana archetypes inside and out, but it's her ability to imbue them with contemporary humor, beauty, and acidity that gives her music both a big heart and sharp claws.
Ruth Black and the Harmonettes
Ruth Black and the Harmonettes of Alexander City, Alabama, present powerful, soul-stirring quartet-style gospel. This award-winning ensemble shares their ministry of music in live events across the South and on their new album, He Woke Me, available on all digital platforms.
José Carr's Jazz Jam Session
Alabama Jazz Hall of Famer Daneil “José” Carr has been a mainstay of the Birmingham music scene for years. For more than three decades, he has hosted jam sessions at local venues, giving a stage to some of the city’s finest established musicians, nurturing new generations of players, and keeping the bop tradition alive. His jam sessions have attracted national talent—Wynton Marsalis and Grover Washington, Jr. have both sat in—and many of the youth who got their starts in these sessions have gone on to become successful professional musicians. All the while, Carr has performed with his own band, Pizzazz, founded in 1980 and still active today. Carr’s latest weekly jam session draws huge crowds to True Story Brewing Company each Tuesday night and is featured on a new CD, José Carr and Friends, Live Set / Vol. 1.
FOOTMAD has been on the scene in Birmingham since 1980 and is still going strong. We have at least one dance a month with some additional dances and parties during the year. We also put on a highly acclaimed weekend of dancing in Mentone, Alabama,
Sahi On Ko Djony
Pronounced (sah-hee on co jonee) is a community-based Educational Program that exposes its
participants to the captivating and magical charisma of West African drumming, dance, and
folklore. The name is a term derived from the Fulani culture of Guinea, West Africa, which
means “The Time Is Now!” Our mission is to Learn, Preserve and Present the culture of West
African Dance, Drumming, and Folklore.
Crestwood Community Band
The Crestwood Community Band is a group of adult, amateur musicians dedicated to bringing music to the community in venues where audience participation is possible and encouraged as part of the show. They play all sorts of music; pop, rock, swing, Broadway show tunes, along with holiday, as well as patriotic music. Whatever they are playing, they hope that it will make you want to dance, sing along or simply listen and enjoy.
An old-time group that reminds us that we never needed to learn to dance, we always have been able to. Comprised of Charlie Hunter, Stephanie Cook, Bailey Hill, Andrew Nelson and Joyce and Jim Cauthen, the Whistlebees somehow make a cold or a hot day just warm and right. We are so glad to see this form of music still alive and well moving from one generation to the next in a timeless manner.