Bluegrass Under the Stars

July 01, 2022 – July 02, 2022   |   7:00 PM

Bluegrass Under the Stars

Celebrate Independence Day weekend at Bluegrass Under the Stars. On Friday night, following an opening performance by O’Connor Lee, Rhonda Vincent takes the stage. Vincent is a member of the Grand Ole Opry and seven-time Grammy nominee, including the winner of the Grammy Award for Best Bluegrass Album in 2017. On Saturday, Carley Arrowood opens for three-time Grammy nominated bluegrass powerhouses, The Grascals.

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About O’Connor Lee

Tennessee-based duo O’Connor Lee (Kate Lee and Forrest O’Connor) earned national recognition as co-lead singers and primary songwriters of the O’Connor Band, a group they co-founded along with Forrest’s father, seven-time CMA Award-winning violinist Mark O’Connor. They wrote the majority of the band’s first album, Coming Home, which debuted at #1 on Billboard’s Top Bluegrass Albums Chart and won a GRAMMY Award in 2017.

Both independently and as part of the O’Connor Band, O’Connor and Lee have collaborated with Paul Simon, Zac Brown, Kenny Loggins, Clint Black, Bela Fleck, Jerry Douglas, Dan Tyminski, and many others. They have performed at the Grand Ole Opry, the Ryman Auditorium, and Fenway Park, as well as some of the most prominent festivals and performing arts centers around the country. After performing for three years with the O’Connor Band, they’re excited to release their debut full-length duo album on Compass Records in 2022.

About Rhonda Vincent

  • Wall Street Journal crowned her ‘the new queen of bluegrass.’
  • One of the genre’s best-selling, most awarded and most visible artists whose cross-over appeal stretches well into the mainstream media.
  • Rhonda Vincent & The Rage are the most decorated band in bluegrass – with over 100 awards to their credit. Among those honors are: Song of the Year, Entertainer of the Year, an unrivaled seven consecutive Female Vocalist of the Year awards from the IBMA.
  • Performances on ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX, and PBS among others
  • Reviews in PEOPLE, USA Today, Boston Globe, Washington Post, and New York Times.
  • Featured in Oprah’s “O” Magazine
  • Performances with Dolly Parton on David Letterman and Late Night with Conan O’Brien
  • Key performances include Merle Fest, HullabaLOU and and over 130 times on the Grand Ole Opry.
  • Continuous tour schedule – eleven months of the year – with over 134 headlining performances.

About Carley Arrowood

A musician’s path is often a winding one; moving from one gig to another over the course of a career, diligently putting time in with dozens of bands and hundreds of fellow players. Perhaps waiting many years before stepping forward as an artist and leader in their own right, if they ever do at all. But sometimes a young performer knows early on that they have been called to take the reins of their careers, and they begin to tell their own story. As her last name suggests, Carley Arrowood’s trajectory has been a nearly straight line. From the moment she was first inspired to pick up the fiddle, to bands with friends and youth symphony, to taking her first professional job with a top bluegrass act, to striking out on her own, every step she’s taken has been a step forward.

With the release of her very first singles for Mountain Home Music Company Carley has begun to make her mark as a singer, a songwriter, and of course a cutting-edge fiddler. Her forthright delivery of every song shows an uncommon poise for so young a singer, and tells the audience that this young woman of faith knows what she wants to say.

Carley’s voice on the fiddle is forceful and bright, with her formidable technique and diverse musical vocabulary put to work in service to the piece. Years of study, natural ability, and the crucial component of finely-honed creative taste, make Carley’s approach to her instrument unique and uniquely powerful. Astute listeners will hear in her playing a masterful bluegrass fiddler from North Carolina, of course, but also the ancient tones of Celtic music, and the refinement of a symphonic and chamber musician.

About The Grascals

Great musicians will always find a way to make good music, but for great musicians to make great music, they must form a bond – one that, more often than not, goes beyond the purely musical to the personal. For The Grascals, that bond has been forged at the intersection of personal friendships, shared professional resumes and an appreciation for the innovative mingling of bluegrass and country music that has been a hallmark of the Nashville scene for more than forty years.

Their cutting-edge modern bluegrass is delivered with a deep knowledge of, and admiration for, the work of the music’s founding fathers. Timely yet timeless, The Grascals make music that is entirely relevant to the here and now, yet immersed in traditional values of soul and musicianship. It’s a unique sound that has earned three Grammy® nominations and two Entertainer of the Year awards from the International Bluegrass Music Association, as well as national media attention that seems to perpetually elude acts entrenched in niche genres. Such appearances include The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Fox & Friends, The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, and CBS’ The Talk. All the while, stages that represent the strongest bastions of tradition continually welcome them, as evidenced by the over 200 performances on the Grand Ole Opry. Honors also include performing twice for President George W. Bush and at President Barack Obama’s inaugural ball at the Smithsonian.

As their records prove, The Grascals’ rare musical empathy gives them an unerring ear for just the right touch to illuminate each offering’s deepest spirit – whether they’re digging into one of their original songs or reworking a bluegrass classic or a pop standard. Take for instance, fan favorite, “Last Train to Clarksville.” Non-bluegrass listeners enjoy a new take on a familiar song, while diehard bluegrass audiences who may have never heard the Monkees classic, respond in-kind, not even realizing that the song has been Grascalized.

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