Endorsing Artists

Jack Hicks

419 300x225 Endorsing ArtistsJack was born in Louisa, Kentucky and he now lives in Ashland.  Jack’s talents were discovered and cultivated early, resulting in his performances at the Grand Ole Opry at the early age of 15.  Jack has had a long and varied musical career, having been a part of such legendary groups as Jim and Jesse, Del Reeves, Bill Monroe and the Bluegrass Boys, the Whites, Lester Flatt, Sonny James, and spent a decade performing with Conway Twitty.  Jack’s talents have been heard on many #1 country records.  Known primarily for his outstanding banjo picking, Jack also owns a recording studio; Jack’s Place, where he writes, records, and produces for a variety of musical genres.  Jack’s musical influences include Earl Scruggs, Eddie Adcock, and J.D.

Grace Van’t Hof

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Born and raised in Western Michigan, Grace studied classical violin and piano at a young age until she discovered the banjo in high school when she built a 5-string prototype that won 2nd place in a statewide Science Olympiad.

Before moving to North Carolina, Grace studied under two-time IBMA Banjo Player of the Year, Kristen Scott-Benson, in the Bluegrass music program at East Tennessee State University after receiving scholarships based on banjo performance from ETSU and the Northern Indiana Bluegrass Association. She also has studied Voice and Visual Art at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, MI.

Grace is a part of the all-lady band Della Mae as banjo player and vocalist. Apart from her bluegrass career, Grace works as a graphic designer and illustrator. She now makes her home in Boston, MA.

You can catch Grace and her band, Della Mae, at http://www.heyheydellamae.com/

Marc Pruett

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Marc Pruett grew up in the mountains of Western North Carolina….”where the Smokies meet the Blue Ridge.” This Southern Appalachian Region has long been a hot-bed for traditional arts and folk music. When Marc was first learning to play mountain string-band music, artists like Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs, Bill Monroe, the Stanley Brothers and Jimmy Martin regularly played the area to well attended audiences. These and other great mountain folk artists were the ones to which Marc Pruett listened and tried to emulate.

Marc has found a new solid place in American acoustic music with his friends and Haywood County band mates Tim Surrett, Buddy Melton, Caleb Smith and Darren Nicholson in the BALSAM RANGE band. This exciting group was founded at the beginning of 2007 and has made astounding progress in the ranks of Bluegrass and Southern acoustic music. BALSAM RANGE performs around 140 shows a year…records for Mountain Home Music…and has had substantial chart success with the first two CD’s. Their initial release, “The Train’s Ready” reached the top 3 on the National Bluegrass Survey. Marc and his wife, Anita wrote that song. BALSAM RANGE reached a #1 spot on the national chart in September, 2009 with the James Ellis penned tune…”Last Train To Kitty Hawk.” Marc is very grateful to have the chance to perform with BALSAM RANGE, and he is “laying down” some of the best banjo picking yet.
You can keep up with Balsam Range at http://www.balsamrange.com

Mike Scott

mikescott 300x224 Endorsing ArtistsMike Scott brings a depth of experience to his craft that most roots music entertainers dream about. He’s been there. His many Grand Old Opry apperances, TV, radio, special performances and extensive touring, both in the U.S. and internationally, bear that out. Regardless of whether he’s headlining the show or supporting the incomparable Ronnie Reno or Danny Davis, he hits the stage with a fire burning and a love for the music and audience.

You an keep up with Mike at http://www.mikescottmusic.com

Steve Dilling

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Steve Dilling was born August 5, 1965, at Ramey Air Force Base, Aguadilla, Puerto Rico, while his father was stationed there. About a month later, the family returned home to North Carolina, fertile grounds to bluegrass banjo players. Steve fell in love with the banjo at the age of 10, after hearing a recording of Earl Scruggs playing the Foggy Mountain Breakdown. He finally got his first banjo on his 12th birthday, and he hasn’t been quite the same since. After a few years of playing, he became friends with two other musicians in North Carolina by the name of Greg Luck and Wayne Benson, and the three jammed around together for several years at local festivals and bluegrass shows. In March of 1985, Steve joined regional favorites, The Bass Mountain Boys, and stayed there until a job with The Lonesome River Band opened in 1992. Then, in July of 1993, Steve, also known as ‘Big Man’, brought his banjo playing skills and emcee talents to IIIrd Tyme Out, being regarded as one of the best in the business. His musical influences are varied, and include well known artists Flatt & Scruggs, J. D. Crowe, Terry Baucom and Tony Rice. When off of the road, steve enjoys spending time at home with his family and watching sports. Steve and his wife, Macie, were married on December 14, 1985, and have two children, Stephanie (born Jan. 16, 1991) and Matt (born Sept. 16, 1995).