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2018 Festival Entertainment


Ricky Skaggs and Sharon White

Ricky has been playing mandolin for more than 50 years, and is a 15-time Grammy Award winner who helps lead the roots revival in music.  His wife, Sharon, is a member of country-gospel family band The Whites, and they recorded “Hearts Like Ours,” their first duet album, in 2014. They have been married 36 years.

The Gibson Brothers

Making their second appearance at the festival! The Gibson Brothers won  Entertainers of the Year at the IBMA Awards in 2012 and 2013. And in 2013 they also won the Vocal Group of the Year and Song of the Year, and Eric was named the Songwriter of the Year.

Richard Smith

Born in Be­ckenham, Kent, England in 1971, Richard started playing guitar at age 5 under the instruction of his father. At age 11 he played onstage with Chet Atkins. In 2001, Richard became the National Finger­style Guitar Champion in Winfield, Kansas. He was elected Thumbpicker of the Year in 2008 and inducted into the National Thumbpickers Hall of Fame in Kentucky in 2009.

Jane Kramer Band

The Asheville, N.C.-based songstress has garnered international recognition for the sultry, heartrending originality of her vocals and for the heavy-hitting lyrical eloquence of her songwriting. This is her second visit to the festival.

Rachel Eddy

Rachel was born and raised in rural West Virginia just south of Morgantown, where her musical family inspired her to play and sing as a little girl. She grew up listening to fiddlers, her father among them, going to old-time festivals, and attending square dances. Rachel now performs and teaches full-time on fiddle, banjo, guitar, mandolin and bass.