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The Venue at Stonewood Bluff



Welcome to the Venue at Stonewood Bluff


Also known as Stonewood Amphitheater. An historic outdoor entertainment venue, exquisite wedding venue, and concert facility. Featuring 2 amphitheaters, one with a capacity of 300+ on graduated stepped tiers with a 40ft wide by 20ft deep wooden stage. We also offer a natural outdoor amphitheater with a capacity of 2,000+, all surrounded by forest and fantastic views. Major artists have performed here throughout the years. Offering a breathtaking mountain panorama from Stonewood Bluff on Harrison Ferry Mountain, just 15 miles south of McMinnville, TN.

Thank You to All the Great Talent That Performed
Memorial Day Weekend 2019

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Faust n' Family

Faust n' Family

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Saturday ~ 3:00pm

Faust n' Family The First Family of Rock N' Roll, Rejuvenating Genuine Rock Music Faust and company is a regional party favorite. We asked them to do an Allmans set, but there’s no telling what this rock powerhouse will bring to the stage at Big Brush Creek farm! Recognizing their strong family bond (Faust and son Buffalo), they had also become partners in a new venture. A blessing and a deal as they took the name ‘Bargain’ to reflect the talent within that was blossoming with integrity, purpose and professionalism. Band members: Clyde Faust, Buffalo Faust, Sarah Karns, Kenny Reynolds, Luke Warmwater and Scott Peterson.
The Family Bargain typically get audiences up and dancing with their library of standards from Three Dog Night, The Rolling Stones and Guns N Roses. Faust ‘N The Family Bargain is a rock solid, go to classic rock act that will knock your socks off!

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East of Nowhere

East of Nowhere

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Saturday ~ 4:30pm

East of Nowhere Original indie alternative acoustic guitar-driven music, Celtic, mountain music, bluegrass along with rock, blues, and whatever else suits our fancy on any given day

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Josh Wanamaker

Josh Wanamaker

Saturday ~ 6:00pm

East of Nowhere

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Dottie

Dottie

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Saturday 8:00pm

DOTTIE Dottie is a rock/reggae/alternative band from Western North Carolina. Their shows are lively and sure to make you dance. Named after a tame deer that hangs out at their studio, their followers have come to be known as "Deer Friends". Dottie plays a variety of songs ranging from 60s covers to modern hits played in their own reggae/ska style as well as original songs composed by the band. They have been known to wear costumes and use impressive stage lighting in their shows! You can follow Dottie on Facebook at @dottietheband for all their current content. For booking info call 828-361-5905

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PlainView Vibes

PlainView Vibes

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Saturday ~ 10:00pm

PLAINVIEW VIBES Local Reggae band Members: Jeremy- Vocal/Guitar, Mark- Lead Guitar Cotey- Bass/Vocals Nels- Sax/Melodica, Jarrod- Drums. Jeremy and Cotey keep busy as owners of Smoke & Bricks Restaurant in Walling, TN just north of McMinnville and their food truck which will be at the festival. They are also promoters of Reggae at Smooth Rapids held annually in McMinnville.

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Souls Lullaby

Souls Lullaby

Sunday ~ 11am

Phillip Holland

Phillip Holland

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Sunday ~ 12:00pm

Phillip Holland Phillip Holland was born in McMinnville Tennessee, a small farming town about 70 miles southeast of Nashville. His musical interest began at a very early age, being introduced to Chet Atkins-style picking by his father. With music in his blood and a natural gift of manipulating words, he began writing songs at age 5, winning his first talent contest at age 6.
Phillip was instantly hooked on music. “Whether we were riding to the farm listening to Hank Sr. on the 8-track player in dad’s old Chevy or sitting on the front porch of Bob Mason’s house, music was always an important part of my childhood.”
At age 12, Phillip formed his first band, The Collins River Band. The band played community centers, dance halls, benefits, and bars. “We would play just about anywhere we could, sometimes four nights a week, quite a schedule for a teenager attending middle school. However, I always made good grades; that’s the only way my folks would allow me to continue playing.”
With diversified musical influences ranging from Bach to Lynyrd Skynyrd, Phillip began to develop the knack for writing tunes from a broad array of genres.
Placing 1st and 2nd place in the first annual Dottie West Music Fest songwriting competition at age 20, Phillip decided to actively pursue a career as a songwriter. Over the next five years, Phillip began the process of networking in the industry, working 12- hour swing shifts in a tire factory, then making the 140-mile roundtrip journey from McMinnville to Nashville two or three times a week, working hard to get a cut, and penning tunes with many great writers from Music Row to Austin, Texas. He was persistently honing his craft, learning from veterans of the trade, and playing all the local hotspots in Nashville, such as the Bluebird Cafe, Douglas Corner, and the Broken Spoke. “Working a full-time job and raising a family while pursuing a career in music is one of the hardest things I’ve ever done. Add to that the fierce competition from folks living in Nashville with more time and just as much, if not more, talent, and it became quite a challenge.”
In 1992, with a new baby boy and one on the way, Phillip established Holland Brothers/HBM Music Publishing, named after his sons. “When I formed HBM, my hope was that twenty years later the catalogue would be generating enough income to offer my sons a career option if they wanted to follow in their old man’s footsteps.”
In 1995 everything changed when Phil Jr., the oldest of Phillip Sr.’s two sons, was diagnosed with Autism. Those weekly writing trips to Music Row became visits to Vanderbilt’s Children’s Hospital (and numerous others). The writing appointments became less frequent and less important. “I can remember I, once, had a first-time writing appointment with a great writer (he had a George Straight cut)—we’ll just call him Monty—and lil’ Phil had a dentist appointment on the same day. Well, it was a no-brainer: I was going to the dentist with Phil Jr., and I had to cancel on Monty … sorry Monty!
“Having Phil Jr. changed so many things, including me. Living with Autism is a humbling experience. You learn to realize and recognize how fortunate most all of us really are.”
In 2008 Phillip landed a cut with the legendary Vern Gosdin, a.k.a ‘The Voice,’ with a song titled “Heartbreak Hall of Pain.” He followed the Vern Gosdin cut with several independent cuts and placements in TV and film he landed a song “Swing Sets In Heaven” that climbed to number 13 on the gospel charts.
Over the years, Phillip’s publishing company, Holland Brother's Music, has amassed a catalog comprised of works co-written with a list of Who'sWho of hit songwriters such as Bobby Boyd, Phil O’Donnell, a.k.a. ‘Philbilly,’ and Kendall Marvell, just to name a few.
2019 Phillip is back with an arsenal of new and a renewed inspiration, focusing on more live performances adding another chapter to his musical Journey.
Keep up with Phillip's upcoming dates and to purchase music please visit the link below.

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Natchez Tracers

Natchez Tracers

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Sunday ~ 1:30pm

NATCHEZ TRACERS Natchez Tracers consists of four Nashville natives: Chris Long (drums, vocals), Lewis Stubbs Jr. (guitars, vocals), Josh Womack, Brad Clark (bass, vocals) from Peoria, Illinois and Derek Pell. Cosmic Country Funk echoed from the meandering, verdant hills of Central Tennessee. Universal themes & sounds refracted through the Southern vernacular prism. Their latest CD Zeroes & Ones captures the key elements of the Natchez Tracers sound with an expansive and emotion-filled salvo of genre-bending rock-n-roll.
‘Corinthian Queen’ pulls equally from the Muscle Shoals, New Orleans and Southern Rock sounds, with subtle nods to The Band. ‘Ferguson Blues’ and ‘Zeroes & Ones Galore’ are the AOR-infused, social commentary compositions that explore topical events and emotions. These longer explorations take cues from epic 70’s rock and showcase the band’s more blues-based, psychedelic rock and funk influences. With these six songs culled from the bands ever expanding repertoire, this collection of tunes takes the listener on a journey through both the heart and mind, while providing an infectious foot-tapping experience.

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Matt Rodgers

Matt Rogers

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Sunday ~ 3:00pm

Matt Rogers Music City SongStar Winner with "She was everything", NSAI Top-40 songwriter and Georgia Country Awards Overall Artist of the Year, CMT selected his song "I Was Raised" for a songwriting achievement award. Not only one of Nashville’s best songwriters, Matt Rogers played in over 200 performances a year playing venues across the southeast and sharing the stage with some of country music’s hottest names. Matt has built a devout fan base with his electrifying stage presence.
The Georgia native creates a connection with his listeners through his emotionally gripping lyrics and unmistakable melodies. His talent has caught the attention of thousands of fans as well as country music legends like TG Sheppard, "[Matt’s] the real deal… the total package. He’s a great singer, a great picker and a great songwriter."

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Cody McCarver

Cody McCarver

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Sunday ~ 4:30pm

CODY McCARVER Cody performs his new 12 song Gospel CD titled RISE UP on Sunday morning May 26. The festival is also fortunate to have Cody as the Production Manager on stage. He is a real asset to Big Brush Creek fest.
Raised in the mountains of Spencer, TN, Cody’s first musical influence was in his home church. Even as a young child, Cody loved music and became the church piano player before the age of ten. It’s that musical connection to faith that has helped Cody through dark and troubled times.
Cody spent over a decade with country music super-group, Confederate Railroad, eventually leaving to start his own solo career including three number one videos on CMT Pure Country and earning the title of Independent Artist of the Year from Music Row Magazine.
Throughout his career, Cody has shared the stage with legends such as Charlie Daniels, David Allan Coe, Merle Haggard and more. His solo career saw his music topping the charts and being featured in several motion pictures, which led to McCarver acting in several western films.
Cody is a local too Big Brush Creek farm and is an ambassador for Big Brothers/Big Sisters of America, an organization that is extremely close to his heart.

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The Trongone Band

The Trongone Band

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Sunday ~ 6:00pm

THE TRONGONE BAND Formed by brothers Andrew and Johnny Trongone with father John Sr on bass, The Trongone Band has grown from a family affair to a full on touring machine with the addition of keyboardist Ben “Wolfe” White and bassist Chip Hale. “the quartet has come together to create an old-school and all-in-the-family sound reminiscent of The Allman Brothers while still keeping it fresh with their cutting edge original compositions that also infuse funk and blues into the mix.”
Keeping with the homegrown vibe, the band nestled into the woods outside of RVA, tapping into Montrose Recording’s Flickinger console, one of only seven remaining in the world. Known as the console that revolutionized the recording industry in the 60s & 70s, the Flickinger provided the warm sounds that turned into “Keys to the House” as “imagery of boxcar drifters, rolling hills and dirt roads that are easy to close your eyes and get lost in”.

This four-piece ensemble may not all be related, but with a chemistry so emphatically discernible, it's fair to call them brothers.

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Memorial Day Program

Memorial Day Program

Monday ~ 10am

Paul J Cicero

Paul J Cicero

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Monday ~ 11:00am

Paul J Cicero PJ Cicero left Rockford, IL in early May with a carload of personal items and wife. Heading south with Nashville area as a target, they followed God's leading into Manchester,TN. Playing FamJam 2013 just 2 weeks after getting into town. Played coffeehouses & songwriters circles in Tullahoma & Nashville, TN. After receiving an invite to play at a small Baptist church in Huntsville, AL, they headed south yet again only to have the car break down and multiple problems found. Now, still in Alabama, they continue to seek God's direction, praying only for His Best. Please join us in that prayer. Thank you. Enjoy the music of PJ Cicero

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Southern Proof

Southern Proof

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Monday ~ 1:00pm

SOUTHERN PROOF Southern Proof is a Middle Tennessee band playing Americana based music. Their songs mix the lyrical insight of a singer/songwriter with the grit and groove stemming from Nashville Honky-Tonks and Beer-Joints. Frontman Patrick Greer's tone and delivery bring it all together giving their music a familiar, yet fresh sound. Other band members: Barrett Coffey, Brian Rotolo, Ky Brazelton and Matt Arseneau.

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Time Sawyer

Time Sawyer

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Monday ~ 2:30pm

TIME SAWYER Time Sawyer combines the folk-soul of the Avett Bros with their country and bluegrass roots for an energetic and engaging live show experience.
Time Sawyer blends a grassroots feel with heartfelt lyrics to put on an entertaining show. From introspective ballads to high-energy crowd-pleasers, Time Sawyer’s songs land in that rootsy sweet spot where folk, alt-country, and rock gather for a good time.
“Lead singer Sam Tayloe’s voice has an appealing open quality that particularly shines in the upper parts of his range, and banjo player Houston Norris’ harmonies add a new dimension to this album.”— Glide Magazine <
“This music is a cross-pollination of indie-folk & country-rock, progressive in nature, but still rooted in tradition and with southern spirit. ”— Sarah Fuller Hall, No Depression “Time Sawyer have back country America dust layered finely in their songs. The folk rock the band delivers has an easy Americana texture, influenced by peers from Poco through The Jayhawks and beyond.”— The Alternate Root

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Unspoken Tradition

Unspoken Tradition

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Monday ~ 4:00pm

UNSPOKEN TRADITION Unspoken Tradition is a North Carolina-based bluegrass band. Its members: Audie McGinnis (guitar and vocals), Lee Shuford (bass and vocals), Tim Gardner (fiddle & vocals), Ty Gilpin (mandolin & vocals) and Zane McGinnis (Banjo) play passionate bluegrass.
Drawing on their influences of the original bluegrass masters and the roots of traditional music, they perform with a hard-driving and sincere sound that features deep Appalachian soul with their vocals and solid technical proficiency with their instruments. Their music and overall artistic vision reflect the ever-changing culture of Western and Central North Carolina-- where they call home.
Their debut recording, Simple Little Town (2013) saw quick success in radio; including XM’s Bluegrass Junction where the band’s music continues to be in solid rotation. Their follow-up release, Miles Between was featured on The World Cafe’s nationally syndicated programming and ranked #14 on WNCW FM’s top 100 releases of 2015.

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