Instructors 2020

Mandolin

  • Mike Compton, Director Mike Compton, DirectorBefriended and mentored by Bill Monroe, the acknowledged Father of Bluegrass Music, Mike Compton is one of today’s foremost interpreters of Monroe’s genre-creating mandolin style. Compton’s mastery of mandolin is at once effortless and exceptional. ... more
  • Alan Bibey Alan Bibey Since first hitting the scene in the early 1980’s, Alan has made a name for himself as one of the most technically gifted mandolinist in bluegrass and acoustic music. He was an original member of ... more
  • Casey Campbell Casey CampbellCasey is a Nashville native bringing a fresh perspective to the traditional mandolin style. In his playing you will hear a mixture of tremolo, cross-picking and triple-stops that are sure to make you tap your ... more
  • Sharon Gilchrist Sharon GilchristSharon Gilchrist has long made her home in the American acoustic music scene. Whether you have seen her playing mandolin, thumpin’ the upright bass, singing a traditional ballad or performing one of her original pieces, ... more
  • John Keith John KeithJohn Keith was born in Parkersburg, WV and raised just up and across the Ohio River in Newport, OH. He and his wife, Tina, now live near Cambridge, OH. where John is a full-time minister ... more
  • Mark Royal Mark RoyalHailing from Ohio County, Kentucky, birthplace of Bill Monroe, Mark stays true to his roots as an avid follower of the Bill Monroe mandolin performance style. A fixture on the western Kentucky regional bluegrass scene, ... more
  • Adam Tanner Adam TannerOld-Time Mandolin Track Adam Tanner grew up in northern California and was exposed to early country music by his older brother who was learning the guitar during the Bluegrass boom of the 1970’s By 13 Adam began ... more

Fiddle

  • Laura Orshaw Laura Orshaw Powerhouse fiddler and vocalist, Laura Orshaw, has toured throughout the United States and Canada with Danny Paisley and the Southern Grass, the Tennessee Mafia Jug Band, Jenni Lyn, mandolinist of Della Mae, 2018 IBMA Emerging ... more

Banjo

  • Alan O’Bryant Alan O'Bryant Alan O’Bryant (aka OBanyon) is best known as a singer, songwriter and banjo player with The Nashville Bluegrass Band. Originally from Reidsville, NC his career in Nashville spans some forty-plus years of recording, producing, ... more
  • Richard Bailey Richard Bailey Grammy nominated banjo player, Richard Bailey has recorded with such diverse artists as Al Green and George Jones. Featured in the book Masters of the 5-String Banjo, Bailey has performed with Bill Monroe, Roland White, ... more

Guitar & Vocal

  • Kathy Kallick Kathy Kallick Kathy Kallick is an experienced teacher, offering instruction in singing, songwriting, guitar, and band coaching as part of many music camps.  Since co-founding the internationally-acclaimed band, Good Ol’ Persons in 1975, Kathy has won a ... more

Upright Bass

  • Cary Black Cary Black Cary Black is a bassist, vocalist, teacher, and producer who lives in Sebastopol, California. As a teacher, Cary is known for his encouraging, intuitive, patient, and coherent teaching style. He enjoys accommodating a variety of learning styles while ... more

Luthiers

  • Paul Duff Paul DuffAfter building his first mandolin in 1982, Paul became fascinated with the array and diversity of skills, many from a bygone era, required to successfully build a mandolin. In the almost three decades since, he ... more
  • Will Kimble Will KimbleAfter studying music and playing guitar for years, Will Kimble rediscovered bluegrass music in his late twenties and began playing a mandolin his father Fred had built. A move to North Carolina where his dad ... more
  • Lynn Dudenbostel Lynn DudenbostelBorn and raised in East Tennessee, Lynn Dudenbostel developed a love of music at an early age. Even though the opportunity to play in the elementary school band was still two years away, he began ... more

Rhythm Hoss & Jam Boss

  • Raymond Huffmaster Raymond HuffmasterA guitar rhythm hoss who played with the Osborne Brothers, Raymond Huffmaster also was friends with Monroe, Baker and the Blue Grass Boys. A man with a heart the size of the sun, Raymond will ... more
  • Mississippi Chris Sharp Mississippi Chris SharpSinger/Songwriter and Silver Wolf Records recording artist, Mississippi Chris Sharp was born under the influence and musical heritage of Jimmie Rodgers in Meridian, Mississippi—their shared home town. He was an original cast member and technical/post-production ... more

Plus Special Guest…

  • Norman & Nancy Blake Norman & Nancy Blake Norman and Nancy Blake will be our featured guests Saturday, for a one-of-a-kind afternoon Special Presentation. Blake was born in Chattanooga, Tennessee, and grew up in Sulphur Springs, Alabama. He listened to old-time and country ... more

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