About Our Artists
Frank Vignola is one of the most accomplished multi-dimensional players walking the planet!
This Italian-American started playing the guitar at the age of five. He came into his own as he matured in performances with a range of performers from Madonna to Ringo Starr and his own famed Hot Club of France tribute. He has recorded on many labels including Sony and Warner Brothers with the likes of Queen Latifah, Mark O'Connor and Wynston Marsalis. He has written 18 guitar instruction books and recorded several CD-ROM educational products for Truefire. His mater classes include performances at the countries major universities like Boston and Julliard.
Tony Trischka is perhaps the most influential banjo player in the roots music world. His work has inspired a whole generation of bluegrass and acoustic musicians. His work is included in the films Foxfire, and Driving Miss Daisy. In 2007 he received the International Bluegrass Music Association Award for Banjo Player of the Year. His Double Bluegrass Spectacular received IBMA awards for the Recorded Event of the Year, Instrumantal Album of the year and a GRAMMY nomination. His latest acclaimed release Territory roams through the banjo's creative terrain, the vehicle for many upcoming tours. “One of the most impressive banjoists alive” -Billboard Magazine www.tonytrischka.com
Mark O’Connor is a violinist and composer whose concerts are always sold out. The New York Times says that he is “One of the most spectacular journeys in recent American music.” Mark's sophisticated work began with America's rural folk tradition and led him to produce such soundtracks as Liberty! For the PBS series of the same name. The Patriot included his solo talent in this Oscar nominated score. Appalachian Waltz was a collaboration with Yo-Yo Ma and Edgar Meyer. His 4 violin concerto “The American Seasons: Seasons of an American Life’ premiered in 2000 and many premieres of works and tours surrounding works have followed. He has appeared in concert at the White House, The Presidential Inauguration, ceremonies at Atlanta's Olympic Games, major TV network shows and at Kennedy Center Honors on whose advisory committee he serves to name a few.
The Biscuit Burners
The Biscuit Burners are leading the charge of the next generation of acoustic music. Their intimate, elegant, warm and intricate music has found a voice that is haunting and totally their own. Their internationally acclaimed fiery mountain music is getting air play world wide. The band's fresh approach has been embraced by some of America's most respected media sources and venues, including: BBC World TV’s Destination Music, NPR’s Mountain Stage, and Woodsong’s Radio Hour, PBS’ Roadtrip Nation and the History Channel’s Our Generation.
Some of their notable live performances include: The Ryman Auditorium, Merlefest, Rockygrass, and Bonnaroo.
Robin and Linda Williams
Robin and Linda Williams are like your next-door neighbors — assuming your neighbors are the salt-of-the-earth and top-flight performers to boot. One minute you picture borrowing a cup of sugar from these two; the next, you’re completely stunned by their jaw-dropping talent. Robin and Linda William are the house band for Garrison Keillor’s NPR A Prairie Home Companion and had a major role in the feature film O Brother Where Art Thou.