Performing Artist

 

Darryl_Worley* DARRYL WORLEY

(2016 FRUITA FALL FESTIVAL CO-HEADLINER) (Saturday Night Street Dance)
~ Intimate Acoustic Set from One of Country Music Biggest Stars! ~

Darryl Worley has had 18 hit singles and 3 songs have topped the country charts, “Awful, Beautiful Life”, “Have You Forgotten” (which spent seven weeks at #1), and “I Miss My Friend”. Darryl recognizes the importance of giving back every opportunity that he can through his annual charities that has funded organizations such as the Darryl Worley Cancer Treatment Center in Savannah, Tenn. Next up on the charitable future for the singer-songwriter is breaking ground on a wellness center geared toward assisting youth battling abuse of drugs and alcohol. “It’s a labor intensive job, but it is a labor of love when you have a chance to really see how it affects human beings,” he says softly. “We’ve saved lives, and that’s what it’s all about.” While he takes pride in making a difference in the lives of those around him, Worley also has spent much of his career giving back to the men and women overseas doing their job to keep his family and our country safe. Following the tragic events of 9/11, Worley penned the heartfelt “Have You Forgotten,” which became the biggest hit of his career. The song remains one of the most anticipated highlights in his live shows, especially when visiting the U.S. troops in Iraq and Afghanistan, which has become a yearly tradition for Worley. With 2015 marking the 14-year anniversary of 9/11, Worley has released a powerful new combo pack DVD/CD titled Music & Memories, documenting his many trips overseas to entertain the men and women in uniform.

 

Georgia Satellites* THE GEORGIA SATELLITES

(2016 FRUITA FALL FESTIVAL C0-HEADLINER) (Friday Night Street Dance)
~ Southern Rock -n- Roll At Its Finest ~

Founded in 1985 the Georgia Satellites quickly launched into stardom at a time when rock & roll didn’t care about its roots, the Satellites came crashing into the charts with a surprise hit single to remind everybody where the music had come from. The hit single, “Keep Your Hands to Yourself,” stood out in an era dominated by slick production and synthesizers. It rocked as hard as an old Chuck Berry song, as well as being almost as clever. The Satellites weren’t a back-to-basics roots rock band, either, their straightforward sound borrowed equally from Berry, the Rolling Stones, the Faces, Little Feat, and AC/DC, with a Southern backwoods bent. “Hands” shot to #2 on the Billboard Charts (only denied the top spot by Bon Jovi’s synth-heavy “Livin’ on a Prayer”).

On the back of rockers like “Hands”, “Battleship Chains”, “Hippy Hippy Shake” and others, critically acclaimed albums, and mind-bending performances the boys have earned a permanent spot in music history and helped return crunchy guitar chords to rock and even unexpectedly influenced a number of today’s country artists.

 

Matt Flinner Trio* THE MATT FLINNER TRIO

(2016 FRUITA FALL FESTIVAL BLUEGRASS STAGE HEADLINERS)  ~ Deeply Rooted New Acoustic Music ~

Multi-instrumentalist Matt Flinner has made a career out of playing acoustic music in new ways. Starting out as a banjo prodigy who was playing bluegrass festivals before he entered his teens, Flinner later took up the mandolin, won the National Banjo Contest at Winfield Kansas in 1990, and took the mandolin award there the following year. Since then, he has become recognized as one of the premiere mandolinists as well as one of the finest new acoustic/roots music composers today. He has toured and recorded with a wide variety of bluegrass, new acoustic, classical and jazz artists, including Tim O’Brien, Frank Vignola, Steve Martin, Darrell Scott, the Modern Mandolin Quartet, Dave Douglas, Leftover Salmon, Alison Brown, The Ying Quartet, Tony Trischka, Darol Anger, and the Nashville Chamber Orchestra. He has also recorded two Compass Records CDs and toured as part of Phillips, Grier and Flinner with bassist Todd Phillips and guitarist David Grier. His two solo CDs (also on Compass), “The View from Here” and “Latitude,” are now widely considered classics in the new acoustic/modern bluegrass style. His current group, the Matt Flinner Trio (with guitarist Ross Martin and bassist Eric Thorin), has forged new pathways in acoustic string band music with their two ground-breaking CDs, “Music du Jour” and “Winter Harvest” .

 

JAY KETCHEM* JAY KETCHEM

~ The Grand Valley’s Favorite Cowboy ~

Jay Ketchem is a true down-home country cowboy. In 2001, Jay was named the Champion All-Around Cowboy. This cowboy, and former Marine has found solace in writing about his personal experiences on the rodeo circuit and traveling the world. What began as a past time has evolved into a way of life. His pursuit of a musical career led him to Nashville, where he became involved in the music scene both as a songwriter and as a musician. As a result of his involvement in the music scene, Jay came into contact with producer, Russ Zavitson, who has worked with the likes of The Kinley’s among various other country artists. With his musical ties in Nashville, Jay took a gamble and moved to Las Vegas to perform 6 nights a week for three years in the “Country Fever Show” at the infamous “Golden Nugget.” After building his fan base in Vegas, Jay married and decided it was time for a change in scenery and pace, and moved to Grand Junction, Colorado to focus more on his family and his songwriting. When Jay is not in the studio, he is writing with other songwriters who have had hits with country superstars such as Tracy Byrd, Trace Adkins, The Kinley’s, and many others.

 

Williams Brothers Band* THE WILLIAMS BROTHERS BAND

~ Western Colorado’s favorite band ~

The Williams Brothers starting out as one of the foremost & founding members of the “jamband” scene in northern California, The Williams Brothers Band made the move to Colorado in 2000 and have established themselves as the anchor of the music scene in Western Colorado. TWBB
is the most successful band in the region & not only headlines the region’s top venues, fairs, & festivals, but successfully tours all over the western United States. The Williams Brothers have worked with artists as diverse as; The Wailers, 3 Dog Night, Blind Melon, Montgomery Gentry, Jimmy Smith, Ramblin’ Jack Elliot, Little Feat, The Drifters, Big Head Todd, Johnny Rivers, Bret Michaels, Derek Trucks, Archie Lee Hooker, Los Lonely Boys, Jo Dee Messinna, The Lumineers, Living Colour, Cracker, Taylor Hicks, Jerry Garcia Band, Jack Ingram, & Leftover Salmon and are the most requested local direct support act to play with national acts touring through Colorado. Their hit single, “CIRCLES” was nominated for a 2008 Golden Kayak Award by the International Academy of Independent Artists for best Rock Song, and has the rare honor of being an independent song placed in regular rotation on 100’s of Commercial Radio Stations across the country.

 

Sam Adams3* SAM ADAMS

~ Comedy for the whole family ~

Smooth. Clever. Hilarious. These words are used often to describe Sam Adams, who gained national attention by winning at the 2009 Great American Comedy Festival. Sam’s energetic, comically-insightful act is 100 percent profanity-free and filled with observations about his every-day encounters. Sam has shared stages with national-touring comedians and music recording artists, an eclectic, genre-jumping list of nationally-known performers ranging from comedians Frank Caliendo, Craig Ferguson, Kevin Nealon, David Alan Grier and Keenen Ivory Wayans to music’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame band Heart and seven-time Grammy Award winner Al Jarreau.

 

JENEVE ROSE MITCHELL* JENEVE ROSE MITCHELL

~ 2016 American Idol Finalist ~

Jeneve Rose Mitchell has been singing and playing the fiddle since she was a toddler. She now travels all over the Western United States performing an array of stringed instruments. Her unique incorporation of instruments and styles make for a show that not only provides you with some of the best western music available, but also an entertaining and refreshing look at the style. You can expect to hear old fashioned western music as well as original music written by Jeneve. In 2013 she won the Western Music Association’s award of the year for Best Harmony Duo along with her dad. Jeneve won worldwide acclaim and became Colorado’s musical pride and joy as a top 14 contestant this year on the long running hit TV show American Idol’s final season.

 

STRAYGRASS* STRAY GRASS

~ Western Colorado’s Bluegrass Hybrid Ambassadors ~

Stray Grass specializes in high-energy interpretations of acoustic
music. Although played on traditional instruments, the musical
stylings of Stray Grass are anything but traditional. Inspired by
artists as diverse as Bill Monroe, Tim O’Brien, Peter Rowan, Dave
Matthews, New Grass Revival, Bob Dylan and Crosby Stills and Nash,
their music has been categorized as “Americana with a New Acoustic Flair”.

 

JACK + JILL Band* JACK + JILL 

~ Western Colorado Alternative Folk Rockers ~

Colorado, Indie/Alternative Band, JACK+JILL have been sweeping the Western US for more than half a decade now, and there’s good reason why. With the release of their third full length album COLORADiO LP, fans from all over the country are caught in the act singing and rocking out to the sounds of J+J. Comprised at the core are husband and wife duo: Aaron and Jessica Seibert who have been in the scene and performing since the late 90’s in traveling acts. Adding top notch performers: bassist Cory Roberts, and drummer Taylor Riley, their music blends big rubber bass lines and chunky drums and guitar, with dark grungy male and rich female vocals, topped off with velvety, semi-sweet electric violin. The performances you will see will take you on a musical, toe-tappin’, head banging, magical booty shaking journey of epic proportions.

 

We Speak Imaginese* WE SPEAK IMAGINESE

~ Fruita’s Very Own ~

Folkgrass grooves that make you wanna dance, or call your mom and tell her you love her. We Speak Imaginese brings and eclectic blend of folk, old-time country, and bluegrass together forming a unique modern day sound that is firmly rooted in strong harmonies and rhythms. After several years of solid performing to enthusiastic crowds and now armed with the debut of their self-titled album, We Speak Imaginese has creating quite the buzz in the Grand Valley and is a band that has quietly become a favorite in the local music scene

 

 

MORGAN CROUSE* MORGAN CROUSE

~ The Grand Valley’s Songbird ~

Eighteen year old Morgan Crouse was raised in rural western Colorado with a strong country background and brothers being active in the rodeo scene, she has performed the National Anthem at many rodeos, including the George Strait Roping 2016, Cheyenne Frontier Days in 2012, the Denver National Western Stock Show in 2013 and 2014, as well as Country Jam 2013 and 2014. At 16 years old, she debuted at the legendary Bluebird Cafe in Nashville Also as well as Tootsies Orchid Lounge (with Sarah Lawton), and she recorded her co-write “Missing Virginia” in the studio at the Ryman Auditorium. In 2014, her second trip to Nashville, she was one of the featured writers on the songwriters night at the Bluebird, and she joined Lawton again on her 17th birthday on the Tootsies stage. Morgan has made guest appearances with Country music stars Lady Antebellum, Andy Griggs, Daryl Singletary, and has opened for John Michael Montgomery, Collin Raye, & Restless Heart.

 

PICKIN' PEGGY MALONE* PICKIN’ PEGGY MALONE

~ 2013 Country Music Association of Colorado Entertainer of the Year ~

Emmy Award winner Peggy Malone first got her start in Denver, Colorado in the early 70s on the KLAK Radio station’s version of the “Grand Ole’ Opry,” called “The Rocky Mountain Jamboree,” where she was nicknamed, “The Little Girl With The Big Voice.” She worked with Little Jimmy Dickens, Tom T. Hall, Claud King, and Sammy Smith. She was nominated for “Best Female Vocalist of 2001″ by the WMA. Her song, “Singin a Cowboy Song”, won the Emmy for Performer/Songwriter in 2001.

 

DANNY AGAJANIAN & FRIENDS* DANNY AGAJANIAN & FRIENDS

~ One of the Grand Valley’s Most Treasured Musical Artists ~

Danny Agajanian toured the world as a warm-up artist for Billy Graham for over 25 years. He and his amazing friends perform a mix of bluegrass, ragtime and Civil War-era songs. He’s performed at the Grand Ole Opry, Hollywood Bowl, Greek Theater, Disneyland and Knott’s Berry Farm

 

* THE MOUNTAIN RAMBLERS
~ The Grand Valley’s Favorite Traditional Bluegrass Band ~
Keeping the truest form of Bluegrass alive and well in Western Colorado. The Mountain Ramblers will remind you of why you love music.

* THE BLUEGRASS OFFENDERS
~ Hard Core Bluegrass ~

The Grand Valley’s next generation of pickers, keeping the heavy tradition of Western Colorado Bluegrass on the forefront of the local music scene.

 

* KELLEY RAYMOND
~ Power Pop Acoustic Punk Rock ~

Kelley Raymond is the lead singer for the extremely popular Western Slope “All-Girl” Punk pop rock group “Riveter”. She has been a steady force on the local music scene for over a decade and has honed her craft to a mesmerizing level. Her song-writing and story-telling have made her a can’t miss performer and her solo-acoustic shows are legendary

 

* CLYDE & THE MILLTAILERS
~ DIY, Folk influenced, Rag Grass ~

Western Colorado folk and roots, multi-instrumental group
influenced by early American music.

 

* STILLWATER COWBOY CHURCH WORSHIP BAND
~ Country & Western Worship Music ~

Start your Sunday morning off right with some spirit-led worship music
guaranteed to move and inspire your soul.

 

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