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Sam Bush plays John Hartford / The Jerry Douglas Band

Best known for his award-winning mandolin playing, Kentucky-born Sam Bush is a multi-instrumentalist and bandleader who has influenced generations of American acoustic music artists. Growing up with American fiddle tunes and bluegrass music, Bush eventually looked to expand upon these traditions, helping create what became known as newgrass. He has won four International Bluegrass Music…

Vivian Leva & Riley Calcagno / The Foreign Landers

Vivian Leva & Riley Calcagno write and perform old-soul roots music with stunning breadth and originality. Though both just out of college, their talents extend far beyond their years. Both Leva and Calcagno grew up in the Appalachian string band tradition, have noted parents in the old-time scene and spent formative years running wild around…

Bruce Molsky, Tony Trischka & Michael Daves / The Onlies

A powerhouse trio encompassing old-time and bluegrass, Bruce Molsky, Tony Trischka and Michael Daves are exceptional exponents of American roots music. Tony Trischka is one of the most influential banjo players in the world, referred to as “the great banjo liberationist” by NPR and the “father of banjo fusion” by The Wall Street Journal. Georgia-born…

Vivian Leva & Riley Calcagno / The Foreign Landers

Vivian Leva & Riley Calcagno write and perform old-soul roots music with stunning breadth and originality. Though both just out of college, their talents extend far beyond their years. Both Leva and Calcagno grew up in the Appalachian stringband tradition, have noted parents in the old-time scene, and spent formative years running wild around festival…

The Infamous Stringdusters / Sierra Hull

In the 12 years since their last SMF performance, Grammy Award-winning ensemble The Infamous Stringdusters have shown remarkable growth as instrumentalists and songwriters. The band’s synergy has developed over 16 years of playing clubs and festival stages across the country and has helped them solidify an enduring fan base among traditional and progressive bluegrass and…