Thursday, September 16, 2010

Hylo Brown Festival expands to three days Sept. 17-19!

The annual Hylo Brown Bluegrass Festival will be held Sept. 17-19, at Goshen Memorial Park in MECHANICSBURG, Ohio . Presented by Dave Kehl Chevrolet, the festival has expanded to three days instead of the usual Saturday-only schedule.

Along with an expanding schedule, those in attendance can take advantage of on-site camping, as well as "open pickin'" all weekend. This year's lineup includes local bands, as well as national recording artists, decorated with awards from the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA).

Added this year are an open-mic night on Friday and gospel music on Sunday morning.

"After several years, we have finally taken the first step to expand the festival out from its usual one day," said Matthew Smith, festival manager. "It has been a great leap of faith, especially with the addition of such well-known bands to this year's event. The caliber of bands is truly at a high level."

The music

Typically featuring only central Ohio bands, this year's musicians are also traveling from Kentucky and West Virginia. "Several favorites are returning to the festival this year, including Jim Greer & the Mac-O-Chee Valley Folks, as well as Grassahol," added Smith. "Both bands have supported our festival in the past."

Other additions to this year's festival include a live radio broadcast from the Classic Country Radio network ( and a Saturday morning pancake breakfast by the Mechanicsburg Lions Club.

Headlining this year's festival is the award-winning bluegrass band IIIrd Tyme Out.

Led by the International Bluegrass Music Association's (IBMA) two-time "Male Vocalist of the Year" Russell Moore, IIIrd Tyme Out, has walked away with IBMA's "Vocal Group of the Year" award seven consecutive years. The band has garnered more than 50 industry awards since their inception in 1991. They feature a capella renditions of many songs, which stand in harmony with their instrumentation from some of the top musicians in the bluegrass business.

Their heavy touring schedule regularly includes performances on the Grand Ole Opry as well as GAC and RFD channel programs. With over 14 recordings, IIIrd Tyme Out is one of bluegrass music's most recognized and in-demand bands in the genre's history. The band has received six nominations for the upcoming 2010 IBMA Awards, to be held at the end of the month.

Also featured is local band and national recording artist Joe Mullins & the Radio Ramblers. The Radio Ramblers, a collaboration of veteran bluegrass musicians who have worked with one another during former musical endeavors, formed in 2006 for the primary purpose of performing at promotions by Classic Country Radio, a network of three southwest Ohio radio stations owned and operated by Mullins, featuring classic country, bluegrass and gospel music. However, due to the level of their professionalism and talent, the requests for performances by the Radio Ramblers has grown, thus expanding their schedule to include shows at area music venues, benefits, and festivals. The Radio Ramblers have quickly become a welcomed addition to the southwest Ohio bluegrass music scene.

Joe Mullins & the Radio Ramblers have officially completed the recording process of their soon-to-be-released gospel project for Rebel Records.

"Hymns From The Hills" features both new and older songs, as well as special guests Ralph Stanley, Doyle Lawson, Rhonda Vincent and Larry Sparks.

"This project has been a lifetime in the making," said front man Mullins in a release. "In addition to the endless contributions of the Ramblers, I wanted the chance to record with some of the artists I have featured on my radio broadcast daily for many years. Besides the legendary musicianship and singing of each guest, I cherish the rich friendship I share with each one."

Rebel Records expects to release "Hymns From The Hills" later this year.

Hylo Brown

The Hylo Brown Bluegrass Festival is held each autumn in memory of the legendary "bluegrass balladeer" Frank "Hylo" Brown. Originally from Johnson County, Ky., Brown brought his family to Ohio, where he began his career with Bradley Kincaid on local radio stations.

After this beginning, his life would lead him to television performances as featured vocalist with Flatt & Scruggs and with his own band, the Timberliners, appearances at the Grand Ole Opry, the WWVA Jamboree, the Newport Folk Music Festival, and more.

Retiring to Mechanicsburg, Brown passed away in 2003. Brown is a member of the Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music of America's Preservation Hall of Greats, an honoree on the U.S. 23 Country Music Highway, a 2009 recipient of the IBMA Distinguished Achievement Award, has been a candidate for the International Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame, and has been recognized by the IBMA as one of the first generation pioneers of bluegrass music.

Brown memorabilia will be on display in a museum at the festival, set up by Brown's family.

For more on the festival and Hylo Brown, including ticket information and camping registration, please visit, or call (937) 215-9363.

2010 Hylo Brown Bluegrass Festival Schedule

(Schedule is subject to change without notice)

Friday, Sept. 17

8 p.m. - Open mic with Daniel Dye and the Miller Road Band

Saturday, Sept. 18

10 a.m. - Springfield Special

11:30 a.m. - Grassahol

1:00 p.m. - Jim Greer & the Mac-O-Chee Valley Folks

2:30 p.m. - Square Dancing

4:00 p.m. - Blue Storm

6:00 p.m. - Joe Mullins & the Radio Ramblers

7:30 p.m. - Coaltown

9:00 p.m. - Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out

Sunday, Sept. 19

9-11 a.m. - Gospel Music

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