River Bluegrass Festival 

14th Annual Colorado 

CELESTE CERNA (Upright Bass & Vocals)
Celeste is currently the singer & bass player for Chris Cerna Jazz Trio. She is also a cantress and one of the choir leaders for St. Joseph The Worker Parish.  Her music career began in 2008 when she learned to play the upright bass. Since then she has traveled performing jazz with her husband throughout California, Hawaii and New York.  In 2010, she became the bass player for the band formerly known as Lonesome Otis. Her first performance with LO was at the HuckFinn Bluegrass Festival. Since then her passion for bluegrass music has grown and provides an important role as the bassist and vocalist for the band now known as "Chris Cerna and the Bluegrass Republic."

“OLD BLUE” is a bluegrass band. They play bluegrass music the old fashioned way, with much attention paid to the original music of the founders of the style. Folks like Bill Monroe, The Stanley Brothers, and Flatt and Scruggs.

 

​​Old Blue Band  

Lost & Found

STEVE DILLING
Steve Dilling plays like he was born and raised in a crib where only Earl Scruggs and Tony Rice played on the twirling mobile above him. In love with the banjo at 10, playing by 12, starting The Bass Mountain Boys, then on to the Lonesome River Band, Steve's career has had a solid, steady trajectory of success and respect. Of course we have to talk about his 20 plus years with Russell Moore and IIIrd Tyme Out. You know that Steve Dilling's Carolina-awesome banjo playing and hilarious emcee work is one of the main reasons you always go see them when they're in town. IIIrd Tyme Out has certainly brought his talent to the forefront of the bluegrass community. But his work with Sideline allows Steve to show audiences that he's the real deal in any setting. 


NATHAN ALDRIDGE 
17 year old Nathan Aldridge has had a fiddle in his hand since he was two years old. His first real fiddle was given to him by his cousin at the age of four and he hasn't put it down since! For several years he has been playing onstage with his dad, Mike "Precious" Aldridge from Al Batten & Bluegrass Reunion. Nathan has taken a few lessons from the great Dewey Brown, but for the most part he has taught himself how to play. His influences on fiddle go from great classics like Chubby Wise and Benny Martin, to more modern icons like Stuart Duncan and Mike Hartgrove. Although the fiddle is his instrument of choice, he is well rounded in guitar, banjo, and mandolin.


Kody Norris

Salt & Light

Currently residing in Graham, NC, Salt and Light the Moore Family Band is an all-sibling Bluegrass band from a family of ten, ranging in age from 21 to 10 years old. From oldest to youngest: Parker (21), a multi-instrumentalist whose main instrument is the banjo, may also be seen playing the mandolin, guitar, or Dobro; Daniel (19), holds down the fiddle spot; Morgan (16), plays the guitar; Kyndal (14), chops on mandolin; Garrett (12) (Thumper), plays bass; and Norah (10), also plays fiddle. She currently makes guest appearances with the group and is working on a full-time band position. All the members of Salt and Light are vocalists, taking turns in singing both lead and harmony. 


Salt and Light made their debut appearance playing for a cancer benefit in May of 2014. They have since played for audiences in Theaters, Fairgrounds, Civic centers, Festivals,Parks and Churches in multiple states. They won a total of five band competitions in the year 2015 including the Dailey and Vincent “Land Fest’s Best” competition in Denton, NC, the Little John’s (Bass Mountain) Mountain Music Festival Competition in Snow Camp, NC, and the Outer Banks Bluegrass Island Festival Band Competition in Manteo, NC. They were also pleased to record their first album and to have it available for sale in January of 2016. 


Salt and Light have their own, energetic brand of Bluegrass music. Incorporating solid instrumentation and making good use of sibling harmonies that family bands have long been known for, they are highly entertaining and please audiences wherever they go. Influenced by many artists across the music world, they have derived a unique sound of “high-energy Grass”, as they like to call it, that we know you will enjoy.


Salt and Light the Moore Family Band is all about family, faith, and the music they love, and they wish to encourage others with the abilities God has given them. They are very thankful to the Lord for their musical journey and endeavor to be pleasing to Him in their daily lives. Courtesy of Salt & Light Facebook page.

BRAD HUDSON
Born and raised in eastern N.C., Brad was blessed with the God-given talent of singing and playing music at the early age of three. He began singing and playing guitar in church. Eventually he started experimenting with the banjo and dobro, and started playing with several different bands across the state. Brad eventually went on to work with people like The Larkins, Don Cox, The Gaithers, Jeff & Sheri Easter, and the great Dolly Parton. He was also a huge part of shows like The Crystal Coast Jamboree and Country Tonite. Brad joined touring group Lorraine Jordan and Carolina Road, where he was able to land nominations for several awards including Dobro Player of the Year and Bass Player of the Year, and got to work with some of Country Music's greatest names in the collaboration project "Country Grass". After knowing all of the guys in Sideline for several years, he joined the band in the summer of 2016, and has brought so much to their sound and show. Brad now resides in Seymour, TN with his wife, Crystal, and children, Riley, Jordan, Caden, and Wesley. 


Entertainment

Bluegrass Republic

Things sure weren't easy at first, but with a positive attitude and a boat load of confidence he was soon able to put his band to work. Working many festivals and events across the country, he began to establish his own blend of traditional hard driving high lonesome bluegrass. In 2007, Kody met Dr. Campbell Mercer, founder and executive producer of the Cumberland Highlanders show, a weekly bluegrass broadcast on the RFDTV network. Kody was soon invited to join the cast of the show and it wasn't long till things moved into overdrive for Kody and his band. The band,  now billed as the Kody Norris Show travels approximately 46 weeks per year and appears at music events across the nation. Always maintaining a sharp professional appearance, complete with  colorful rhinestone suits and cowboy hats, The Kody Norris Show gives a bluegrass fan one of the most solid, entertaining and animated performances they will ever experience. The performances of The Kody Norris Show are reminiscent of traditional bluegrass artists, yet Kody brings his own special, distinct flair to the music. The band works regularly on the Cumberland Highlanders Show, a weekly Bluegrass Program on the nationally acclaimed RFD-TV network. From the first note, The Kody Norris Show will fully captivate your attention and make you laugh, cry, and stomp your feet all in one performance.
Kody is backed up by one of the most high energy bands in bluegrass today,The Watauga Mountain Boys . The twin fiddles of Michael Feagan and Mary Rachel Nalley truly compliment the performance. Michael is Grammy Award winning fiddler, with a long resume including, Bill Monroe and Jerry Reed. Evan Lanier, handles the five string banjo duties for the band, and the  upright acoustic bass is played by Ben Silcox.  If your looking for a hard driving, high energy, REAL bluegrass performance, give a listen to The Kody Norris Show and consider them for your venue!! Courtesy of Tomorrows Bluegrass Stars


​“Without a doubt, Jerry is among the most unacknowledged singers in the business”, “flawless and peerless.” The late Ms. Dixie Hall
 

Performs daily with the Smoky Mountain String Band at Dollywood Theme Park Pigeon Forge, TN.

The Lost and Found Band was formed in 1973. The original lineup of the band consisted of bass player Allen Mills, banjo player Gene Parker, mandolin player Dempsey Young and guitarist Roger Handy. 

Chris Cerna and the Bluegrass Republic is based out of the Inland Empire in Southern California. They are a group of talented and seasoned musicians who have come together to share their passion and love for bluegrass. A dedicated band that specializes in hard-driving, traditional & contemporary bluegrass. Their ability to provide clean instrumentals and tight harmonies, is guaranteed to satisfy even the most critical of bluegrass music aficionadose.

The band is dedicated to the preservation of the music from the past and the continued presentation of its character in the present day. “OLD BLUE” are seasoned professionals that have played this style for decades. They are some of the best in the business from the western United States.

Band members are: Dick Brown on banjo and vocals, Bill Cox on guitar and lead vocal, Billy Parker on mandolin and vocals, Bob Denoncourt on Bass, Marty Warburton on guitar and vocals and Alvin Blaine on dobro (and other instruments). These gentlemen present bluegrass music the way it was in the early days.

Fans will experience the music the way it used to be, and still is…played by “OLD BLUE”.

BRIAN ALDRIDGE 
Born in 1981 and raised in Saxapahaw, NC, Brian grew up in a musical family. He got started on mandolin at age three, and graduated to banjo at thirteen. His father, Mike, now with Al Batten & Bluegrass Reunion, was a long time member of the Bass Mountain Boys. It was with that group that Brian first played on stage. His favorite banjo players include Earl Scruggs and Jim Mills, and his picking reflects their precise, dynamic style. Brian is also a master of the Scruggs style of finger picking guitar. His wife's grandfather, award-winning North Carolina banjoist/vocalist A. L. Wood, was also a major influence. Brian's hard-driving mandolin style and heartfelt vocals are the centerpiece of the Sideline sound. Brian's hobbies include hunting and picking, and he's a natural-born mechanic. When he's not playing music, Brian can be found at Adams Automotive where he works as a service technician.


Chris Cerna and the  

Sideline

CHRIS CERNA (Mandolin & Vocals)
Chris was born in the Philippines. He started playing piano at the age of five and performed his first major concert at the age of seven. He then relocated to Hawaii in 1991 where he went to school and continued his music. Thanks to his beloved mom, he was able to record ten albums and graduated from University of Hawaii with a bachelor's degree in music. Bluegrass came into his life around seventh grade and a few years  later him and his friends put together his first bluegrass band known as HighTide. In 2008  he relocated to California and along with Steve Stout, Chris Ruud and Dennis Jackson established Lonesome Otis. After many changes, the band  became known as Chris Cerna and The Bluegrass Republic.  When not playing  bluegrass, Chris plays every week with his jazz trio at Eddie V's San Diego and shares his gift of music at St. Joseph the Worker music ministry. He looks forward to many more years of wonderful music especially Bluegrass.             

​​​Friday, Feb 10
Rotary Park Bullhead City

Wristbands $20


10:00am     Chris Cerna & the

                   Bluegrass  Republic
11:00am     Old Blue Band
12:00pm     Salt & Light the

                   Moore Family Band 
1:00pm       Chris Cerna & the

                   Bluegrass Republic
2:00pm       Jerry Butler & the Blu-J's
3:00pm       Old Blue Band
4:00pm       Salt & Light the

                   Moore Family Band 


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Saturday, Feb 11
Rotary Park Bullhead City

Wristbands $20


9:00am       Jerry Butler & the Blu-J's
10:00am     Sideline
11:00am     Lost & Found
 

12:00pm     Kody Norris
1:00pm       Salt & Light the

                   Moore Family Band

2:00pm       Jerry Butler & the Blu-J's
3:00pm       Sideline
4:00pm       Kody Norris
5:00pm       Lost & Found




Sunday, Feb 12
Rotary Park Bullhead City

Wristbands $20


9:00am       Jerry Butler & the Blu-J's
10:00am     Salt & Light the

                   Moore Family Band 
11:00am     Lost & Found
12:00pm     Sideline
1:00pm       Kody Norris 
2:00pm       Jerry Butler & the Blu-J's
3:00pm       Sideline
4:00pm       Kody Norris
5:00pm       Lost & Found






 

Kody Norris hails from the extreme northeastern mountains of Tennessee. Growing up in an area abundant with mountain music, it seemed somewhat predestined that Norris would someday pursue a musical occupation. Kody began his musical journey around the age of nine singing in local churches. It was during this time that a love for the bluegrass developed. Once an interest was expressed , family and friends made it a point to help Kody stay on his musical course.
Teenage years were filled with many long hours of dedication and honing his craft, one instrument at a time. At age seventeen , Kody was offered the opportunity of a lifetime. A fill in tenure as lead singer and guitarist with Dr. Ralph Stanley and The Clinch Mountain Boys was this  Tennesssee boys dream.
Upon completing this stint, Kody then decided to form his own band and try his hand as a bandleader . Eighteen years old, green as grass, but fueled by determination Norris plunged head first into the wide world of Bluegrass. 


The band became quite popular playing bluegrass festivals, with Mills' exceptional songwriting contributing much to the group's fame; "Love of the Mountains," recorded by the original lineup, has become a bluegrass standard.  

In addition to contemporary songs, the band also recorded more traditional fare, such as "The Man Who Wrote 'Home Sweet Home, Never Was a Married Man." Most of their albums feature similar material, and the band continues to be a strong positive force in contemporary bluegrass music. The band first recorded for Outlet Records in 1975, then achieved wider fame after it signed with Roanoke's Rebel Records in 1982.  By the mid-'90s, only Allen Mills and  DempseyYoung had stayed, recruiting guitarist Berry Berrier and banjo player Lynwood Lunsford as replacements. Throughout the years, Lost and Found has had many talented members of the band, including Ronnie Bowman, Shane Bartley, Greg Luck, Jody King, Ben Green along with others.  As of today, the band is  made up of Allen Mills on bass, Dan Wells on Guitar, Ronald Smith on banjo and Scott Napier on Mandolin.

 Performed nationally and abroad as the lead singer and guitarist for Pine Mountain Railroad, Lorraine Jordan & Carolina Road, and The Blu-J's. Received multiple nominations and awards including IBMA Emerging Artist Of The Year, Lead vocalist on PMRR's "Beyond The Rain" Singing News Best Bluegrass Gospel Song 2007, and SPBGMA Male Vocalist Of The Year. First solo CD, “Haulin' Grass” voted 26 of WNCW's top 50 bluegrass albums of 2009.
Single release of Tom T. and Ms. Dixie Hall's, "Shorty is Forty” reached 26 on Bluegrass Music Profiles magazine national chart. Numerous appearances on local, regional, and national television shows including several appearances on the PBS series “Song of the Mountains.”
For the past 11 years has been a staple performer on a variety of bluegrass cruises sailing throughout the Caribbean and Mexico.Proudly sponsored by Mike Long Guitars which he uses exclusively for performances and recordings.Proud endorsee of D'Addario Strings and Planet Waves AccessoriesCourtesy of Jerrybutleronline.com


Jerry Butler

SKIP CHERRYHOLMES
Skip Cherryholmes started playing mandolin at age 9, but later switched to guitar when his family formed the "Cherryholmes" family band. Skip played with his family for almost 13 years until they decided to disband in 2011. In their time together, the Cherryholmes family won the 2005 IBMA Entertainer of the Year award, and have been nominated for numerous awards including 5 Grammy awards. He also played with bluegrass legend Lou Reid and his group "Lou Reid and Carolina". Skip is now playing full time with Sideline and working as an engineer and producer at "Old Stage Recording Studio" in Raleigh, NC. Although he now lives in NC, Skip is from Los Angeles, CA and loves to visit his family and friends on the west coast. He enjoys spending his free time with his wife, Stephanie and his 2 Siberian Huskies, Kodi and Neko.


The best bluegrass west of the Mississippi River!

2017 Line-Up

JASON MOORE
Jason is a long time veteran of the Bluegrass and Americana scene. He first started working in bluegrass with the legendary James King in 1993 and was there through 1999. While there he was on the award winning "Bed By The Window" project and several other King projects. Also during this time he was asked to be on two Michael Cleveland projects along with Mountain Heart. Jason was with the group until July of 2014. While in the group, they went from top notch Bluegrass band to Americana band, all the while, recording six band projects and numerous other projects as a session player. Jason was asked to help on such projects as "A Tribute to the King of Bluegrass, Jimmy Martin", Tim Staffords "Endless Line" and several others. As a result of the work he has done in different bands and projects, Jason has been on three Grammy Nominated projects and been nominated for "Bass Player of the Year" at the International Bluegrass Music Awards four times to go with winning "Recorded Event of the Year" twice and "Gospel Event of the Year". Jason's latest ventures include starting the Bluegrass band "Sideline" and working with other nationally touring Bluegrass bands as well as studio session work and production. To date, Jason has been on close to 100 different projects and has produced two others with more in planning. every imaginable kind of bluegrass, and his timing and groove are unequaled, you'll mostly want to tell him how amazing he is. 

 

DAVID DICKEY III (Guitar & Vocals)
The current mandolinist for The BladeRunners and fiddler for Irish rock band The McKintree Boys, David brings his passion for bluegrass music to The Bluegrass Republic on lead and rhythm guitar.  In 1994, David got his start playing bass in his father's band David Dickey & the Slover Mt Boys.  Since then he has amassed a great collection of musical friends and continues to thank Jesus Christ for every opportunity to play and share the music he loves.