2018 Showcase

We would like to introduce to you the participants in this year's Annual Convention Showcase.
As always, even if you cannot attend personally the shows below, please take the time to consider these talented artists.



Sideline is a pedigreed six-piece powerhouse whose style has set the pace in Bluegrass for over two decades. Founders Steve Dilling, Skip Cherryholmes and Jason Moore can all claim their own historical significance to the genre as members of highly awarded groups, multiple Grand Ole Opry appearances and years of national and international touring. What started as a side project for the seasoned players soon moved to the front and center as the three were joined by talents of Bailey Coe; rhythm guitar, Nathan Aldridge; fiddle, Troy Boone; mandolin and began to record and release albums in earnest. 

The band moves dynamically from well chosen, hard-hitting neo-traditional covers of classic songs to new material curated by a band with a perfect sense of who they are and what they have to say. Combine all this with their on-stage energy and finesse along with their powerful and affecting harmonies, and you have the embodiment of the North Carolina Bluegrass sound. Sideline has released 3 national projects and currently records for the highly awarded Mountain Home Music Company based near Asheville, NC
CONTACT: Jason Moore



From the hills of Western North Carolina, these two brothers Jonah, age 17, and Grayson, age 12 grew up playing gospel bluegrass in their church services. Together they set out to show the world their brand of bluegrass music. Jonah formed the band Jonah Riddle and Carolina Express with his brother Grayson and his Dad Benji. They’ve played at the Museum of Appalachia, The Earl Scruggs Center, DVX Blue Plate Special, The North Carolina State Fair, Dollywood, The Ryman Auditorium Courtyard, The Carter Fold, and hope to entertain at your Fair.
To sample the new album, visit:
Contact: Bethany Riddle 828.284.2126 or Jonah Riddle 828.284.2042




Farmily Feud


A family interactive game show similar to the television version of The Family Feud with 100% focus upon all about agriculture. Agricultural education becomes fun and entertaining. Teams chosen from audience participation are pitted against each other to test their knowledge of farming, farm animals and what comes from a farm, combined with silly skill games to declare the number #1 farmer.
CONTACT:  Bob Bohm   (262) 994-4707


Hide The Corn Squeezins! Direct from The Sweeney Family Band, here comes The Banjo Man! The most loveable, entertaining, good natured  boy you've ever met! He’ll have you clappin' your hands and stompin' your feet to some good ole bluegrass and folk tunes that everyone loves.

Greg Thompson is The Banjo Man. He has been a professional entertainer since he was a teenager in Chadbourn, NC. He was the original MC at The Columbus County Fair in Whiteville, NC and hasn't slowed down since. 

His background includes Walt Disney World, Universal Studios Florida, American Cruise Lines along with stages and fairs across America. 

You may know him as Slim Sweeney with The Sweeney Family Band as well. He combines wholesome comedy and classic Americana-Folk songs. 

Please welcome Greg Thompson as  THE BANJO MAN.  

Greg Thompson 407-226-9088




FRIDAY LUNCH – JAN.5  – 12:30–2:30 PM


Denver Nixon country and southern singer/songwriter out of Nash County. With music influences of Jason Aldean, Brantley Gilbert, Old Crow Medicine Show, Tim McGraw, Eric Church, Zac Brown Band, Lynard Skynard, Crosby Stills and Nash, Denver has developed his own style of southern country rock that draws listeners. He performs solo or with band members MIchael Evans, Matt Starling, and Ben Hayes.

CONTACT: Don Schaeffer  (252) 290-2290 OR


Professor Bubblemaker OFFERS OUTDOOR and NIGHT OR INDOOR or ALL OUTDOOR shows. His beautiful Bubble Ballet features bubbles of all sizes and bubble sculptures such as caterpillars, carousels, square bubbles, snowmen and even a bubble snowglobe as well as giant bubbles and tiny bubbles and bubble snakes that flow gracefully under colored lights choreographed to music. Professor Bubblemaker's Festival Bubbles is a freeform demonstration of bubble art at its interactive best! You still get bubbles of all sizes and shapes, as well as the bubble sculptures, but as the weather changes it allows different tricks to be done and the audience is encouraged to chase, pop or play with the bubbles.

CONTACT: 304-916-8677  e-mail: |  


Heartfelt, energetic, and down home. Heralded by CMT Edge as "one of the most promising bands on the bluegrass scene," the music of the Nashville based group The Barefoot Movement is as down to earth as their intention for members of their audience: sit back, relax, take your shoes off, and stay a while. All the worries and frustrations of the world melt away as this charming, acoustic band takes listeners back to a simpler place and time. Whether you're seeking emotional ballads or rip-roaring barn-burners, you can expect a collection of music that offers something for everyone.

The Barefoot Movement was started 7 years ago by singer-songwriter and fiddler Noah Wall of Oxford, NC, who later found her instrumental home in old time fiddling at East Tennessee State, and met mandolinist Tommy Norris who studied classical music and recording engineering at Western Carolina University. With the addition of versatile guitarist and singer Alex Conerly of Hattiesburg, MS in 2013, and most recently, Katie Blomarz of Frankfort, IL on the upright bass, the lineup was complete with all the elements that make up the Barefoot sound: lush harmonies, thoughtful instrumentation, and memorable melodies.

They have appeared in Country Weekly Magazine,, CMT Edge, Music City Roots, and Woodsongs Old-Time Radio Hour. Their original music was featured on the Outdoor Channel's program "Huntin' the World: Southern Style" and their music video for their popular song "Second Time Around" has been seen nationally on the Zuus Country Network. They have been selected as showcase artists at both the International Bluegrass Music Association and the Americana Festival conferences and were first runners up at the 2013 Telluride Bluegrass Festival's New Band Competition. With their strong North Carolina roots, they would like to bring their own barefoot bluegrass sound to your Fair.

Phone number: (919) 691-0316

Agent info - Primary Contact Name: Trish Galfano

Address: PO Box 550 Carrboro, NC 27510
Cell Number 919-967-8655





A strong mix of Classic Rock and New Country best describes this North Carolina based group.

Their music ranges from the sounds of The Eagles to Keith Urban. 
CONTACT:  Cliff Cox, Jr 918-452-5631.




Louis Waymore


Johnston County's Carolina Music Award winning country/honky-tonk wailers – the band Louis Waymore
A stylistically unique Country Band from day one, the members of Louis Waymore have been performing, and playing in sync as if they’d been together their entire musical careers. Throughout the course of the band’s union, they have won over the hearts of music lovers from all walks of life; performing at a variety of venues, playing their favorite songs, and originals, all the while recording new music 
CONTACT:    Phil Wise  919-610-0990

The Retro Band


Formed In 2010,  The Retro Band selected their name to reflect the music they love – strong in R&B and soul. Playing the music Clifton Graves and Randy Hunley grew up listening to in the 60’s with different styles of music that would appeal to a wide variety of musical tastes. The group’s ages span from the 20’s to the 60’s so the younger members keep them up to speed on songs that appeal to the younger listeners. The band includes Clifton Graves on vocals, Jordan Young on guitar, Lonnie Dobson on keyboards, Adreana Harvey and Jenna Bengal on vocals, Todd Runyon on trumpet and vocals, Greg Harvey on drums and vocals, and Randy Hunley on keyboards and vocals.  

CONTACT: Greg Harvey 336-226-4495  Randy Huntley 336-214-980

Shannon Baker and the Classic Stepbacks


Wilson County's young singer Shannon Baker started singing in public at age 5. From singing in church to doing the National Anthem at baseball games and tractor pulls, her love for music has grown since the very first time she stepped on stage.

On the banjo and vocals is John Dudley  who grew up in eastern Mississippi and began to learn bluegrass banjo and guitar in his teens and has worked with several well-known bluegrass bands. Joined by Eastern North Carolina’s Ronnie Parrish who lays down the bass line for Shannon Baker and the Classic Stepbacks. His old time bluegrass and classic country styles blend together to bring a solid foundation to the unique sound this group is known for. They’ve played at many festivals and received 2nd and 3rd place honors at the NC Got To Be NC Bluegrass Competitions in 2016 and 2017

CONTACT:  (252) 230-4968


Massive Grass


Here tonight to bring us alternative and progressive bluegrass from the Wilmington coast is Massive Grass.  Featuring banjo, guitar, mandolin and upright bass Massive Grass brought their own brand of Rock & Roll Mountain music to Wilmington in 2007 and has been delighting fans of all genres ever since. Cousins Ken (upright bass) and Adam Groce (banjo) originally got their start in rock and metal bands, along with guitarist Scottie Lynch. While Massive Grass has focused more on bluegrass throughout the years, with David Abeyta on mandolin and the addition of Abigail Albaugh on fiddle in 2015, their sound continues to carry high-energy edge, ripe for the pickin’. In fact, it’s what inspired their third album title, “Ripe For The Pickin,’” which will be released on June 30.

CONTACT: Ken Groce  910-264-3983



The Country River Band is now composed of Tim Thurmond-Bass/Vocals, Steve Cox-Guitar/Vocals, Tim Hamilton-Steel Guitar/Vocals, and Tom Thurmond on Drums.  
CRB was started in the 1970's by Roger Thurmond and Danny Wilson. They played all over the state and brought great classic country to many listeners. As the years passed, Roger had 2 sons (Tom & Tim) who grew up listening to this music and started developing their skills in the early 80's. As band members would leave and move on to other things, Tom & Tim stepped in and continued the band. CRB has played some big time venues including Fairs & Festivals. They’ve opened for several Nashville artists along the way such as Neal McCoy in 2017 at Ga Mtn Fair, as well as T Graham Brown, Joe Diffie, Roy Clark, Gene Watson, Randy Travis, and Confederate Railroad. A lot has changed over the years and musicians have come and gone but the Traditional Classic style has never changed and never will. If you have heard a show we hoped you enjoyed it and if not, please come see us when you can.

CONTACT: Thomas Thurman 706-429-8189

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