- Friday 10 pm - New Belgium Pine Grove Stage
Songs From the Road Band will perform a special tribute set to progressive bluegrass legends New Grass Revival on Friday night at Rooster Walk. New Grass Revival lead singer John Cowan will make a very special guest appearance for a large portion of the set. The band will be joined by banjo monster Ryan Cavanaugh for the duration of the set. Piano player Josh Shilling will sit in for a couple songs, as will Fireside Collective dobro player Tommy Maher.
Songs From The Road Band is a North Carolina based quartet featuring Mark Schimick, Charles Humphrey, Sam Wharton, and James Schlender. Collectively, they have received top accolades in the bluegrass, Americana, and jazz genres. Humphrey is an IBMA award & Grammy recipient. He has also garnered a spot in the NC Music Hall of Fame. Schimick has soared to the top of the progressive and jamgrass scene alongside legends Larry Keel, Vassar Clements, and Tony Rice. James Schlender, 2 time National Fiddle Champion has shared the stage with Chick Corea, Bobby McFerrin, and George Benson. Originally from Alabama, Sam Wharton is an award winning guitar player and vocalist that honed his chops in the bluegrass halls of Telluride, CO! The Road Band delivers a high energy show full of original material from their 4 studio albums, unmatched instrumental prowess, and creative covers!
John Cowan, also known as the Voice of Newgrass, has been singing his heart out for thirty-seven years now, and his soaring vocals have only improved with time. A true innovator, John applies his powerful pipes to genres from country, bluegrass, and gospel to soul, jazz, and rock-and-roll – often within the space of a single concert. His ability to move fluidly through multiple styles, and carry mesmerized audiences on the journey with him, has set him apart as one of the most loved and admired vocal artists of his generation, not just by fans and critics but among fellow musicians as well.