The 2017 Cornbread Festival has a tuneful lineup and a rockin’ good time. Over 40 musical acts will perform during the festival weekend, see the full line-up below! Admission for all performances are included in Gate Admission- $7.
2017 HEADLINER – KEITH ANDERSON
KEITH ANDERSON BIO
Singer/Songwriter Keith Anderson’s latest song “I’ll Bring The Music” sums up Anderson to a T. That is one thing that you can always say about this academic athlete from Miami, OK, who has always excelled at anything he has put his mind to, is he WILL bring the Music.
Although he has co-written hits for other artists, most notably “Lost In This Moment”, the No. 1 smash for Big & Rich which garnered him a CMA and ACM Song of the Year nomination, Anderson does not write with other artists in mind. “I think I’ll always write about what I know and feel–and typically with myself in mind. However, I write a lot and I keep the songs that are really speaking to me when I’m recording, and pitch everything else to other artists”, says Anderson. Anderson also co-wrote the Grammy-nominated, “Beer Run (B Double E Double Are You In?)” for Garth Brooks and George Jones, “The Bed” for Gretchen Wilson and “Barn Burner” for Jason Michael Carroll.
His debut CD, “Three Chord Country and American Rock & Roll”, was certified Gold and garnered two Top 10 hits (accompanied by two No. 1 music videos), “Pickin’ Wildflowers,” and “Every Time I Hear Your Name,” along with two Top 30 hits “XXL” and “Podunk”. This success prompted music trades Billboard and Radio & Records to name him country music’s No. 1 New Male Artist of 2005 and the top new solo country artist of the year.
It wasn’t just his music that was getting attention. Anderson was named one of People Magazine’s “50 Hottest Bachelors”, and Men’s Fitness Magazine’s, “Ultimate Country Star”.
Anderson’s sophomore CD garnered the biggest hit of his career, “I Still Miss You”, which peaked at #2 and another Top 25 hit, “Sunday Morning In America”. Taking the lead with other gold and platinum artists, Anderson decided to take hold of the reigns this time by launching his music his own way and letting the fans help drive his music and passion. “I’ll Bring The Music” has had a huge resonance with the fans.” says Anderson. “As I tour all over the country, that is the song that gets them on their feet and is the song they are still singing as they head out the door. It reminds me of how “Pickin’ Wildflowers moved them”. And now Sirius XM Radio is “Dancin’ To The Beat” as it has been added to The Highway channel 59’s program, “On The Horizon”.
2017 FULL LIST OF featured artists
From the first few notes of a Leslie Tom song, you’re instantly taken back to a time when singers like Patsy Cline and Loretta Lynn were winning the hearts of country music lovers everywhere. But keep listening, and you’ll hear a voice and a sound that is remarkably current, even timeless.
This Denver based songstress is defying the odds by steering away from the “Nashville style” country trends. Instead, combining relatable lyrics with her bubbly, sassy personality and an un-mistakable voice (along with the occasional fiddle and pedal steel guitar), Leslie Tom stands poised to hit the mainstream with her own traditional-modern spin on country music.
Hit country singer-songwriter, Keith Harling, also known as “Papa Bear,” is not only a national artist, but a favorite of the Chattanooga area and our hometown.
New traditionalist country singer Keith Harling was born in Greenwood, SC, and raised in Chattanooga, TN. Influenced by Lefty Frizzell, Conway Twitty, and Keith Whitley, he built himself a drum set at the age of ten and taught himself to play by mimicking the musicians he watched on television; throughout high school and college, Harling also played bass, saxophone, and trumpet in a variety of local rock bands. After a period in Florida, he relocated to Nashville but found the music industry impenetrable, and after six months returned to Chattanooga. There Harling spent the next seven years honing his writing and performing skills in area clubs. Finally, in 1996, he signed to MCA’s publishing division as a songwriter, and after playing a showcase, he landed a recording contract just six weeks later. His debut LP, Write It in Stone, followed in 1998; Bring It On appeared a year later. ~ Jason Ankeny, Rovi
BAREFOOT NELLIE & COMPANY
This is the couple who met at the NCF 14 years ago. They have always wanted to play NCF, and now they are. This has been a dream of theirs. Awesome story!!
Barefoot Nellie and Company is a smooth driving bluegrass band based out of Chattanooga, TN. The group was founded in 2007 by husband and wife duo Eric and August Bruce. BFN&Co compiles impressive driving, darker arrangements, blending standard traditional bluegrass with a more innovative approach.
DREW STERCHI & BLUES TRIBE
Chattanooga’s Premier Blues Guitarist and Sonic Canvas Recording Artist, Drew Sterchi, currently touring with Blues Tribe in support of his latest CD, “Left Here With The Blues”, featuring Virginia Sterchi on vocals. Appearing Saturday, April 29, at 4:30 on the Tower Community Bank Stage.
AJ GHENT BAND
AJ Ghent constructs an indie-rock sound howling from the church to the blues. His style can be defined as fresh, nostalgic, electrifying and rootsy, — fusing the sounds blues, funk, and r & b, together into a genre he likes to call, NEO BLUES.
With a combined 150 years of Gospel Music history, the Testimony Quartet has seen countless miles and performed throughout the southeastern United States. The group features three members of the Tri-State Gospel Music Hall of Fame. Bass singer Ken Hicks, the popular US101 Morning Show host and multiple CMA award winner is also known for his popular Sunday morning “The Gospel Road” program of over 30 years. Together the group shares the singular purpose of sharing the Gospel and bringing joy to others through music. Great four-part harmony, a little humor now and then, and a strong desire to see others know the Savior are but a few reasons why you will enjoy an evening with The Testimony Quartet.
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DIRT ROAD DAISIES
Country Duo on the rise! Like combing country greats like Patsy Cline & Loretta Lynn into one unique, powerful sound; their music is unlike anything else in today’s market. The Dirt Road Daisies: Real Women, Real Country Music
TIM HUGHES QUARTET
Trumpet player, Tim Hughes, leads a quartet featuring tunes made popular by jazz trumpet players through the years, such Dizzy Gillespie, Miles Davis, Freddy Hubbard, Chuck Mangione, and Louis Armstrong.
TruSaint, Birth name Sharreiff Horton. Was born and raised in an urban community in Chattanooga, Tennessee. He’s the second oldest of 5, growing up he regularly watched his mother maintain at her very best to supply every need for her children. TruSaint is gifted with many talents, but rapping happens to be his absolute favorite. Around age 16, TruSaint accepted Jesus Christ into his life, since then he’s developed the passion to spread the gospel through Savior Gang Entertainment LLC as CEO. His company is geared towards promoting Christ through music, films, stage plays, art, fashion and more.
MATT DOWNER Old Time Traveler
“One of the last, best examples of the oral tradition in American folk music.” Marc Michael, Pulse Magazine
A veteran performer, he has played at various venues and festivals including – Rock City, Tivoli, Nightfall, Riverbend and the International Stringband Festival, performing with legendary artists such as – Carolina Chocolate Drops, Pokey Lafarge, Jack Rose, Michael Hurley and Norman Blake.
His most recent album was recorded without electricity, directly to wax cylinders, on a 1906 Edison Gramophone at the MTSU Center For Popular Music. A performance by Matt is a trip back in time to the “good old days” of early American music.
Wildcat Ridge, from the home of Davy Crockett in the hills of Tennessee.
Members of Wildcat Ridge are scattered from parts of Tennessee and Alabama, and come together to give you traditional bluegrass, folk, and classic country music.
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Boogertown Gap is Ruth Barber and Keith Watson from Pittman Center in the Great Smoky Mountains are husband and wife, and together perform Old-time Mountain Music as Boogertown Gap. Their musical performance includes stories and history of the music, ballads, fiddle tunes, dance tunes and spirituals performed in traditional style and on traditional instruments: fiddle, guitar, claw-hammer banjo, pennywhistle, spoons, washboard, washtub bass and Native American flute. They have 5 published CD’s. They are joined by fiddler Jesse Wine from Newport, TN who is carrying on the fiddle tradition of Melvin Wine of West Virginia.
The Ultimate Oldies is a musical stage show based out of Manchester, Tn. consisting of live band, singers, actors, and dancers that features all your favorites from the 50’s, 60’s, 70’s and even a little 80’s. We primarily perform doo wop, rock and roll, girl groups, Motown, Beach music, folk, disco and pop. We also have a classic country show and Christmas shows to offer.
Melinda Chaney is a Tennessee native and has been performing throughout the southeast at festivals and churches for the last 4 years. Melinda’s performances are encouraging and inspiring with a splash of fun.
Breakout Collective is a group of professional musicians\sidemen that have formed a band to present vocal, jazz oriented versions of current and past familiar tunes. After many years of experience as sidemen and backups we use our expertise to present pop songs past, present and originals in a different but artistic fashion that respects the original recording…and oh yeah…we groove…
COMPLETE LIST OF FEATURED ARTIST LINKS
Maya and McNabb
South Pittsburg Community Singers
Do you play a fiddle, guitar, banjo, mandolin, or harmonica? Years of practice or just a beginner? Then the jam tent is just the place for you. Bring your own instrument to the festival and visit the jam tent for a boot-stompin’ good time.
We’ll even have a “host band” there just to keep the tunes movin’. All that’s missing is YOU!