Lincoln Hensley is a devout enthusiast of the Earl Scruggs and Sonny Osborne style of banjo playing and was honored to visit and study under the mentorship of Sonny on a regular basis for over 6 years. He also is in a partnership with Sonny in their own banjo company, KRAKO banjos. Lincoln has played the Grand Ole Opry and several occasions with Bobby Osborne and his band, The Rocky Top X-press, and has worked with and filled in with numerous touring bands in the past few years, and is now a founding member of The Tennessee Bluegrass Band. Lincoln is endorsed by GHS Strings and Recording King Musical Instruments.
“At 23 years old, Lincoln Hensley is fast making a name for himself as a Sonny Osborne protégé and a snappy dresser. He takes the music seriously without taking himself too seriously and his playing just makes you smile.”
-Banjo Newsletter 2021
Originally from Kenosha, Wisconsin, Beth Lawrence enjoyed growing up playing music
and singing with her father, George, and sisters, Melissa and Sarah. At age 15, she started to
play standup bass, and they began to play festivals as a family band. In college, she studied
choir directing and attended the ETSU Bluegrass program in Johnson City, Tennessee. Since
then, she has enjoyed working with several bands and on promotional tours throughout the
years. The Stevens Sisters, the Mark Newton Band, the Orthophonic Joy Tour, the Alecia Nugent
Band, Ron Block, Michael Cleveland, Bradley Walker, Jerry Salley, Larry Cordle & Friends, Jim
Hurst, Rick Faris, Sister Sadie, and many more. As a founding member of the band Sister Sadie,
she is a Grammy nominee for Bluegrass Album of the Year in 2019. She received three
Recorded Events of the Year awards by the IBMA for recorded collaborations. Beth now resides
in Eagleville, Tennessee
Grammy Award-winning guitarist, songwriter, author and singer, two-time IBMA Songwriter of the Year, former member of Alison Krauss and Union Station, and founding member of celebrated Bluegrass group Blue Highway. Tim is a prolific songwriter, with over 250 songs recorded. He co-wrote IBMA’s 2008 Song of the Year, “Through the Window of a Train,” and was named IBMA’s Songwriter of the Year in 2014 and 2017. In addition, he is a sought-after studio musician, having recorded with over 75 artists in addition to Blue Highway, including Willie Nelson, Kenny Chesney, Jorma Kaukonen, Jesse McReynolds, Benny Sims, Marty Raybon, Joe Isaacs, Ronnie Bowman, Charles Sawtelle, Tony Trischka, Larry Sparks, Jim Mills and many others. Tim was named SPBGMA Guitar Performer of the Year in 2001 and 2015. He has produced many award-winning records for various artists, including Kenny Chesney, The Infamous Stringdusters (IBMA 2007 co-album of the Year) , and Knee Deep in Bluegrass, the Acutab Sessions (IBMA 2001 Instrumental Recorded Performance of the Year).
Nancy Bounds began her yoga journey years ago, dabbling with college courses in beginning yoga. Life happened; 3 children, 2 divorces and a long, very stressful career at AT&T. She came away from my AT&T experience diagnosed with fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue and realized she had to do something to get her health back on track. She returned to yoga as a way to heal and be nourished again.
In 2000, her yoga study intensified. This included studying anatomy, yoga philosophy, asana practice, breath-work, yoga therapy, etc. After a very rigorous certification program and multiple classes a week, she became a yoga teacher. To date she has taught over 18,000 hours, while continuing to attend instructor workshops and training classes regularly to deepen her knowledge. Being very intrigued with the human body, Nancy helps students come into their optimal energetic blueprint.
Nancy has studied with many of the top yoga instructors and educators in the United States including John Friend, Betsey Downing, Desiree Rumbaugh, Doug Keller, Jenny Otto, Max Strom and Leslie Kaminoff. As with music, Nancy has found that each teacher brings their own style and method to the practice-and she strives to incorporate a joy of being alive, a sense of humor, and a deep understanding of the yogic practice to each session and student.
Nancy is a full time Realtor, Yoga Instructor and lover of all kinds of music (particularly Bluegrass) and outdoor activities. For each of her professions she continues with professional development and education, maintaining rigorous standards of practice…for yoga, that includes a designated ERT-500.
“I believe that the practice of yoga is something that is available to everyone regardless of physical ability and age. I hope to be able to continue teaching and practicing yoga and enjoying music for the duration of my life.” – Nancy
Grammy Award-winning musician John Reischman has been a foundational
mandolinist, composer, bandleader, and musical educator in bluegrass and North
American roots and folk music since emerging from the vibrant “new acoustic”
music scene of the Bay Area in the 1980s. A founding member of the
groundbreaking Tony Rice Unit, Reischman’s mastery of bluegrass, old-time,
swing, and multiple Latin American musical styles, coupled with an Old Masters
sense of tone, taste and musicality, has brought him a global reputation as one of
the finest mandolinists of his era.
Over the years, he’s collaborated with a remarkably wide range of artists
including bluegrass singer/songwriter Kathy Kallick, flatpicking guitarist Scott
Nygaard, banjo wiz Tony Furtado, fingerstyle guitarist John Miller, Chinese music
ensemble Red Chamber, Brazilian multi-instrumentalist Celso Machado, singer
songwriter Susan Crowe, and more.
Considered by critics and audiences as one of the true masters of mandolin
today, John Reischman remains committed to his original vision of exploring
multiple mandolin genres in a style based on making each note and phrase
sound uniquely rich and clear. One of those rare instrumental musicians who, like
his mentor Tony Rice, can be recognized immediately within his first few notes,
John’s playing on his legendary 1924 Lloyd Loar-signed Gibson F-5 mandolin
epitomizes tone and taste.
A true musician’s musician who serves the melody over instrumental flash and
hot licks, John Reischman continues to explore the melodic possibilities of
mandolin in fresh ways in the 21st Century, reaching new generations of fans
with his impeccable musical taste and style.