Please mark your calendars and join us on Thursday, SEPTEMBER 30, Friday, OCTOBER 1st and Saturday, OCTOBER 2nd, 2021 for OIBF! We’ve missed you and can’t wait to see you!
Our 2021 OIBF Entertainers:
THE DILLARDS! CALIFORNIA REUNION (Berline, Crary, Spurgin & Moore – with guest Jonathan Hunt on banjo, honoring his inspiration and mentor John Hickman by playing in John’s own inimitable style)! Plus solo sets by Dan Crary and Steve Spurgin and John Moore.
BEPPE GAMBETTA (Italy) BYRON BERLINE BAND STEELWIND HUNT FAMILY BLUEGRASS COWBOY JIM GARLING RED DIRT RANGERS THE BONHAMS MOUNTAIN SMOKE TIM McDONALD BARRY “Bones” PATTON SPRING STREET BOB WILES
Details, Links & Artists Schedule will be posted later. Lineup subject to change.
Like so many other events OKLAHOMA’S INTERNATIONAL BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL 2020 was CANCELLED due to the challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic and concern for our entertainers, volunteers, service providers and attendees. We hope you all stayed safe and healthy and we’ll meet again in Guthrie at OIBF 2021!
This was our 2019 lineup. Click HERE to see the 2019 OIBF Program!
Byron Berline Band: See them this year at OIBF 2021! Byron Berline’s professional career reads like Who’s Who in the music business as he has performed with or recorded with so many notables. He has led or been a member of the following bands : Bill Monroe and the Bluegrass Boys, 1966 – 67; Dillard & Clark, 1969-1970; Dillard Expedition, 1970-71; Country Gazette, 1971-75; Sundance, 1975-85; Berline, Crary & Hickman, 1978-90; L. A. Fiddle Band, 1978-93; California, 1990-96; Byron Berline Band, 1996- Present. Byron is one of the most sought after session fiddlers and his long list of recording credits are proof; The Band / The Byrds / The Eagles / The Rolling Stones / Manhattan Transfer / Bob Dylan / John Denver / Elton John / Olivia Newton-John / Burt Reynolds / Linda Ronstadt / Rod Stewart / Kay Starr / Hoyt Axton / Alabama / Susie Bogus / Mary Chapin Carpenter / Joe Diffy / Vince Gill / Arlo Guthrie / Mickey Gilley / Emmylou Harris / Kirs Kirstofferson / Johnny Lee / Willie Nelson / Red Stegall / Doug Stone / Tammy Wynette / Jethro Burns / The Dillards / John Hartford / Bill Monroe / Nitty Gritty Dirt Band / Don Reno / Earl Scruggs / Mason Williams and numerous symphony orchestras. Byron’s current band is dynamic, lively, fun and always a treat, with Byron on fiddle & mandolin, Thomas Trapp on guitar, Greg Burgess on fiddle & guitar, Richard Sharp on upright bass, Billy Perry on banjo & resonator guitar and Steve Short on drums.
Steelwind See them this year at OIBF 2021! This Oklahoma band just keeps getting better and better every time we see them! Steelwind brings high energy and great musicianship … and they’re just plain fun to watch! They started out a kids who came to OIBF with their families, camped, learned to pick and spent many an hour jamming with other pickers young & old. Bluegrass is in their blood and part of their hearts. Steelwind is a hit wherever they apear and OIBF is delighted to welcome them back to our festival. Be sure to check out their new CD “Steelwind Blue”.
Hunt Family Band See them this year at OIBF 2021! Formed in 2004, The Hunt Family Band is a product of one family pooling their individual efforts and love of music to create a four piece Bluegrass band with a fresh, tight sound and building a successful independent career in the music industry. Each member – Terry, Leanne, Andrew, and Jonathan – plays a different and vital role both on and off stage to make The Hunt Family Band a reality. HFB’s music could be described as being grounded in tradition (with a tip of the hat to the forefathers of the music) while including a strong dose of west coast Bluegrass sensibility, the influence of contemporary talent in the genre, and of course their own creative energy. For HFB there is no distinction between fan and friend and you are sure to come away from an HFB performance inspired by their solid picking, harmonious and persuasive singing and interactive spark that have become their trademarks. All of the members of HFB currently make their home in Holden, Missouri.
The Bonhams See them this year at OIBF 2021! Glen and Virgil have worked with Bill Grant, Delia Bell and the Kiamichi Mountain Boys, Signal Mountain, The Bonham Brothers and The Bonham Revue. They have traveled to Germany, Canada and over the east coast and have recorded multiple records between them. David worked with the legendary Bluegrass Revue, a band that included Vince Gill. Previously, Tina and David worked together in a variety of gospel groups with Tina playing the bass. Tina has one of the purest and strongest vocals in bluegrass music. Mickey Flatt is one of the finest of the traditional banjo players, showing influence from Scruggs and Osborne, two of the greatest. He has worked with many groups over the years. It is a new endeavor for these 5 musicians to work together in the same band and they hope you enjoy it!
Tim McDonald See him this year at OIBF 2021! As a child Tim embarked on a musical journey that has granted him countless opportunities to recognize and perfect his talent. Starting formal piano lessons at five, by age NINE he was a member of the distinguished Classical Guild Society and he continued classical training throughout his teen years. While studying music theory at college he taught himself other genres of music including Jazz, Blues, Funk and Alternative. He enlisted in the Army, joined the Army Band and later was assigned to teach piano at the Armed Forces School of Music in Virginia Beach, VA. After 10 years of military service he left the U.S. Army and headed for Nashville, where he continued to further his music career as a session artist, writer and playing with local bands. Tim has performed with major acts as diverse as Larry Gatlin, Blake Shelton, County Basie Band Leader Douglas Miller, the Virginia Symphony, Mark Chestnutt, the 3 Tenors, Olivia Newton-John, Byron Berline and guitar legend Larry Carlton and many others, as well as on Broadway shows. Tim will soon be seen on the ABC series “Nashville” as keyboardist for Luke Wheeler. OIBF loves it when Tim joins the Byron Berline Band onstage and cuts loose on his keyboard!
Mountain Smoke: See them this year at OIBF 2021!Forty-five years of music, spanning four decades, and the sound is as fresh now as when they began. Mountain Smoke is original, unpredictable, and their audiences are as varied as the music they will encounter. Built with elements of country and folk, the power of newgrass, and the sweet flow of mountain ballads, the music is timeless. As songwriters and musicians, they remain on the leading edge of acoustic music. In 2019, Mountain Smoke will be included in Ken Burns new documentary series “Country Music”. The band has been twice selected “Oklahoma’s Favorite Band” by the reader’s poll in the ‘Daily Oklahoman’, and “Oklahoma’s Best Country Band” by the ‘Oklahoma Gazette’ Music Awards. Playing a mixture of their original songs, and music they have adapted to their unique style, Mountain Smoke will take you on a musical journey. With a smile, they will tell you, “We have played at the White House in Washington D.C., in the Round Barn in Arcadia Oklahoma and most everywhere in between.” In addition to performing at The White House and for Presidents Gerald Ford, George Bush, Jimmy Carter, and every Oklahoma Governor since 1973, the band’s list of performance credits reads like a who’s who in bluegrass and country music. Appearing with Alabama, Asleep At The Wheel, Hoyt Axton, Blood Sweat & Tears, Jimmy Buffett, Roy Clark, Vassar Clements, Commander Cody & The Lost Planet Airmen, Charlie Daniels, Larry Gatlin & The Gatlin Brothers, Arlo Guthrie, Merle Haggard, Emmy Lou Harris, John Hartford, Richie Havens, Chris Hillman, Willie Nelson, New Grass Revival, The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Pure Prairie League, Leon Redbone, Ricky Skaggs, Ralph Stanley, George Strait, Shoji Tabuchi, Three Dog Night, Mel Tillis, Jerry Jeff Walker, Hank Williams, Jr., and of course, the history making “KISS” concert.
Cowboy Jim Garling: See him at OIBF 2021! With his guitar strap on his shoulder, pick in hand and a bushy mustache bordering that genuine smile, Jim brings some cowboy-era music, classics from Saturday matinee silver screen heroes, and some favorite tunes from contemporary artists who reflect on the cowboy life. Boots tap, hands clap and grins grow like new spring grass when the native Oklahoman begins to play. Jim loves reaching into the past. Not to imitate Gene Autry, Roy Rogers, The Sons of the Pioneers or Bob Wills & The Texas Playboys, but to combine their sounds for just the right mix of old-style, acoustic western cowboy music and western swing, with some cowboy gospel to uplift you. He mixes in little doses of short histories and interesting anecdotes about the songs he sings. He’s appeared at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, Tom Mix Festival, Chisolm Trail Museum, Cheyenne Cowboy Symposium and Gene Autry Oklahoma Film & Music Festival among many others. Jim has recorded 3 CD’s reflecting each of those styles in addition to a cowboy gospel CD.
Red Dirt Rangers : See them at OIBF 2021! Sitting right in the middle of the country, with music from the rest of the USA swirling through it from all sides, Oklahoma has understandably been the source of several influential pop-music movements. Invariably, those styles can be traced not just to a city, but to a specific place within that city, as well as to an act that sums up what it’s all about. You can begin in the 1920s with the Oklahoma City Blue Devils, who’d become a huge force in the creation of Kansas City jazz, coming out of the downtown OKC area known as Deep Deuce. Not long afterwards, Bob Wills and his Texas Playboys popularized the music now known as western swing from the Cain’s Ballroom in Tulsa; several decades later that same town’s Leon Russell turned a church into a studio, introducing the Tulsa Sound to the whole doggone rock ‘n’ roll world. Like the others, Red Dirt music grew up in a specific place in a specific town. The town is Stillwater, home of Oklahoma State University. The place was a two-story, five-bedroom, funky old place called the Farm – for two decades the epicenter of what would come to be called the Red Dirt scene. The act that represents Red Dirt? You couldn’t do any better than the Red Dirt Rangers, who’ve been carrying the banner for Red Dirt music since the late 1980s. And years before the band existed, Ben Han, John Cooper, and Brad Piccolo became an integral part of the Farm’s musical brotherhood, trading songs and licks with the likes of Jimmy LaFave, Tom Skinner, and Bob Childers-and, later, with such white-hot acts as Cross Canadian Ragweed, Jason Boland and the Stragglers and Stoney LaRue. “The Rangers have a sound that combines the legacy of Woody Guthrie and Bob Wills with the spirit of everyone from Merle Haggard to the Grateful Dead and all manner of American music in between.” — Greg Johnson, No Depression magazine. “The Red Dirt Rangers draw from a lot of influences, throw them all in the pot, and mix well. What comes out is a sometimes wild, but always an outstanding and enjoyable ride, all over the map of roots music.” — AnnMarie Harrington, Take Country Back. “Writers with dirt under their fingernails, beat up snakeskin boots on their feet, whiskey and jalapenos in their bellies, and Kerouac on their minds.” – Real Groove, Auckland, New Zealand.
Barry “Bones” Patton: See him at OIBF 2021! Barry “Bones” Patton is a native of Winfield, KS but has traveled the world with his musical abilities. Barry began playing the bones as a small child having received his first set from long time family friend Cecil Hiatt. Coming from a family steeped in music, Barry found his own place in the Bluegrass scene playing this rhythm instrument that dates back to 1600 bc. Predominately used in Celtic music, Barry has introduced a new generation to bones as a current age rhythm instrument. Barry has mastered the unique style of playing with both hands known as “double fisted” and is one of only a few in the world to take bones playing to this level. In May of 2019, Barry competed in the International Bones Playing Competition in Abbeyfeale, Ireland. He won first place. His talent has brought him to play with many artists such as Mason Williams, Vince Gill, Jana Jae, Beppe Gambetta, Tommy Emmanuel, Ricky Skaggs, Mumford and Sons, Riders in the Sky, Byron Berline, Dan Crary, Larry Gatlin and many other notable stars. He has appeared on the National TV show Nashville Now, the Meagan Mullally Show and in the second season of the HBO series Deadwood.
2018 OIBF presented a FANTASTIC weekend of music with 20 acts! Our 2018 International acts were: Tommy Emmanuel (Australia), April Verch Band (Canada), Blueside of Lonesome (Japan) and The Kruger Brothers (formerly from Switzerland, now from North Carolina). Our American entertainers are: Bluegrass Martins, Starkey & Clark, The Byron Berline Band, Choctaw Line, Barry “Bones” Patton, The Neverly Hillbillies, Steelwind, Cowboy Jim Garling, The Red Dirt Rangers, Bret Graham, Hunt Family Band, Mountain Smoke, RussellClan, The Baker Family, The Foust Family and The Bonhams. And, in the Youth Tent only, 1 More Rd. and several of our other bands entertained school kids and festival attendees. On Saturday only, we welcomed Lucas Ross, one of the popular hosts of KAUT TV’s Rise & Shine and a tireless supporter of the American Banjo Museum in Oklahoma City, as a judge for the Youth Instrument Contest (Banjo). Visit our Youth Tent and Competitions pages for more info.
THE BYRON BERLINE BAND needs no introduction to the OIBF audiences! Prepare yourself for hot picking and lots of fun from this legendary fiddler and his stellar band.
A little history: Just to give you an idea of what type of entertainment to expect, read below for the lineup from 2017 & 2016, and a chance to flip through the 2016 and 2015 programs. Click on the band names for their websites or facebook pages.
2017 AMERICAN BANDS:
THE WESTERN FLYERS
WIL MARING & ROBERT BOWLIN
BYRON BERLINE BAND.
HUNT FAMILY BLUEGRASS
BARRY “BONES” PATTON
COWBOY JIM GARLING
JIM PAUL BLAIR BAND
THE FOUST FAMILY
2016 INTERNATIONAL BANDS:
BlueSide of Lonesome (Japan)
Calvin Vollrath (Canada)
Steve n Seagulls (Finland)
2016 AMERICAN BANDS:
Hot Club of Cowtown
The Turnpike Troubadours
Burgan & Chan (from We 5)
Chris Henry & The Hardcore Grass (with Brad Benge)
The Byron Berline Band
Cowboy Jim Garling