2018 Hootin an Hollarin live music schedule

Modern August kicks off the 2018 Hootin an Hollarin live music schedule at 5:35 p.m. Thursday. Modern August’s Wes Whittaker is a singer/songwriter and one-man-band covering a wide variety of music styles from classic rock, pop and country to modern sounds.

The Kattie Laney Project takes the stage at 6:15 p.m. Thursday, just before the Hootin an Hollarin queen pageant. The Kattie Laney Project is a five-member band from the Twin Lakes Area consisting of Kattie Laney on lead vocals, Mike Beam on bass, Bob Harris on drums, Paul Marion on guitar and Dave Fornes on guitar, keyboards and vocals. They play a wide variety of Billboard’s top hits ranging from the 1960s to present day, including Fleetwood Mac, Billy Joel, Aerosmith, Adele and Bruno Mars.

Hootin an Hollarin emcee Morey Sullivan and his band kick off the main stage live music lineup Friday with a 10:30 a.m. performance. Morey and his musicmakers have been pleasing Hootin an Hollarin crowds for decades.

Debra Lane, a singer and guitar player with deep roots in the Mississippi Delta and Memphis areas, will bring her unique sound to the Hootin an Hollarin stage at 11:30 a.m. Friday. Debra said her music will lean toward the bluegrass roots Hootin an Hollarin is known for – with a little Americana, blues and rockabilly thrown in.

Casey Ritchie, a classical violinist and bluegrass fiddler, will take the stage as a solo act at 12:30 p.m. Friday and again at 11:20 a.m. Saturday. She will also appear at 5 p.m. Saturday evening with fellow musicians Gracyn Blackburn and Michia Jenkins. Now a college music major, Casey has been wowing Hootin an Hollarin crowds for several years now.

Gracyn Blackburn, a popular local singer, performs her solo act at 12:50 p.m. Friday and returns to the stage at 5 p.m. Saturday to join Casey Ritchie and Michia Jenkins. Gracyn sings a variety of music styles including contemporary Christian, country and pop.

Singer and songwriter Bethany Caudill spends part of her time as a Wynnonna Judd impersonator in Nashville. At 1 p.m. Friday, she’ll perform classic country, classic rock, blues, bluegrass and gospel music on the Hootin an Hollarin stage.

Ready for some down-home, homemade country music? There's usually a drop-in group going in the shade on the north side of the courthouse lawn (behind the booths) or in the gazebo. A scheduled shadetree pickin’ session, organized by square dance musician Kim Lansford, will be held at 3:30 p.m. Friday. Bring your instrument (and a lawn chair) and join in – or just start playing, and others may stop by to join you.

Local brothers trio Jacob Overturf, Sam Overtuf and Weston Turner entertain the Hootin an Hollarin audience at 4:30 p.m. Friday, performing as The Bad and the Ugly and creating a set of “good, old country music you can dance to.” Make sure you wear your groove shoes for this one!

Trennedy Reese Garner, a 12-year-old country singer from Mountain Home, Arkansas, will perform two 20-minute sets on the main stage at 5:10 p.m. Friday and again at 11 a.m. Saturday. She sings country with a little gospel thrown in and plays the guitar, ukelele and piano by ear.

Roger Matthews and Michael Smartt, who make up the group aptly named Fiddle & Banjo, take the stage at 5:30 p.m. Friday evening. They perform traditional and bluegrass tunes passed down for generations.

The Rabun sisters, a group of five girls from Hartshorn, a small town near Summersville, will make their Hootin an Hollarin debut at 6:30 p.m. Friday. Their music, a blend of traditional bluegrass and gospel, is “what I think Hootin an Hollarin is all about,” says Hootin an Hollarin chairperson Nancy Walker.

The Ozark Highballers, a four-piece string band from Fayetteville, Arkansas, will perform at 7:30 p.m. Friday. This old-fashioned musical group features the rollicking chords and bass runs of Aviva Steigmeyer on guitar, the rhythmically intricate string tickling of Clarke Buehling on finger-style banjo, the dynamic melody duo of Seth Shumate on harmonica and Roy Pilgrim on the fiddle. Their music reflects the spirit and drive of the rural string bands of the 1920s and 30s, particularly those of the Arkansas Ozarks.

Michia Jenkins will take the stage as a solo act at 11:40 a.m. Saturday and again at 5 p.m. Saturday accompanied by Casey Ritchie and Gracyn Blackburn. Michia plans to sing a mixture of contemporary Christian music and secular music. Her set will be highlighted by a Christian version of the “cup song,” an a capella song that is accompanied by the beat of a cup.

The Bennett Creek Band performs at noon Saturday, serving up an appealing mix of rock, country and bluegrass music. The Bennett Creek Band consists of Steve Cole, Cindy Cole, Bill Talley, Alan Moss, Elisha Moss, Jim Dutton, Jeff Martin and Tom Bower with guest appearances occasionally by Coleman Smith.

Jericho, a gospel quartet, will perform its popular line-up of southern country tunes at 12:45 p.m. Saturday, after the Bennett Creek Band, and again at 3:30 p.m., after the Big Parade.

The Pride & Joy Cloggers from Ozark will perform in front of the main stage at 1:30 p.m. Saturday just before the Big Parade.

Backyard Bluegrass takes the stage at 6:15 p.m. Saturday. The band, which hales from Ava, performs all over southern Missouri and northern Arkansas. Band members D.J. Shumate, Dennis Shumate, Eula Lakey, Terry Howerton and Montana Howerton are familar faces at Hootin an Hollarin, having performed at the festival and other events over the past several years.

Local Connection Bluegrass wraps up the live music line-up at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, just before the last 9 p.m. square dancing session.

All music is on the main stage unless otherwise noted. The schedule is subject to change.



5:35 p.m. - Modern August

6:15 p.m. - Kattie Laney Project

9 p.m. - Square dancing with live music**



10:30 a.m. - Morey Sullivan Band

11:30 a.m. - Debra Lane

12:30 p.m. - Casey Ritchie

12:50 p.m. - Gracyn Blackburn 

1 p.m. - Bethany Caudill

3:30 p.m. - Gazebo shadetree pickin’ (north side of the courthouse lawn)

4:30 p.m. - The Bad and the Ugly

5:10 p.m. - Trennedy Reese Garner

5:30 p.m. - Fiddle & Banjo

6:30 p.m. - Rabun Sisters

7:30 p.m. - Ozark Highballers

9 p.m. - Square dancing with live music**



11 a.m. - Trennedy Reese Garner

11:20 p.m. - Casey Ritchie

11:40 a.m. - Michia Jenkins

12 p.m. - Bennett Creek Band

12:45 p.m. - Jericho Gospel Quartet

1:30 p.m. - Pride & Joy  Cloggers

3:30 p.m. - Jericho Gospel Quartet

5 p.m. - Casey Ritchie, Gracyn Blackburn and Michia Jenkins

6:15 p.m. - Backyard Bluegrass

7:30 p.m. - Local Connection Bluegrass

9 p.m. - Square dancing with live music**

**Square dance music by Ashley Hull Forrest, Kim Lansford, David Scrivner and Nathan McAlister

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