Event Dates, Hours: Friday, August 22 6:00 pm – 11:00pm
Saturday, August 23 9:00am – 10:00p
Sunday, August 24 9:00 am – 4:00p
Web site: www.southwestpickers-
Contact: Gordon West, President (505) 975-0414 or
Tony Mora, Talent Coordinator/
Southwest Traditional & Bluegrass Music Association
The Southwest Traditional and Bluegrass Music Association (aka Southwest Pickers) announces the 40th Annual Santa Fe Bluegrass and Old-Time Music Festival, to be held the weekend of August 22 - 24 at the Santa Fe County Fairgrounds, 3229 Rodeo Road in Santa Fe, NM. This celebration of traditional acoustic music will include a mix of national, regional, and local performers, as well as instrument and vocal contests, jam sessions, workshops, free camping, and activities for the entire family.
This year’s festival will feature bluegrass great and Compass Records recording artists, The Chapmans. Originally from Colorado and now based in Springﬁeld, MO, The Chapmans, albeit a young band, have been touring for more than two decades. Previous recipients of SPGMA’s International Bluegrass Band Championship title and Guitar Player of the Year (John), they have also been nominated for SPGMA awards in the categories of Album of the Year and Vocal Group of the Year. They have also previously garnered an IBMA nomination for Emerging Artist of the Year. Having played thousands of shows, The Chapmans have evolved into a band with a great artistic formula which reaches any size and aged audience, crossing several genres of music.
The Chapmans, brothers Jason, Jeremy, and John, and dad Bill, are a ﬁrst generation bluegrass bloodline. Grown Up, their Compass Records debut, is "dominated by ballads, bittersweet tales of lost love and stories of murder, with guitarist John’s reedy tenor providing the plaintive lead vocal amid soaring harmonies," says journalist Don McLeese. "Like so many within the emerging generation of bluegrass artists,
Sharing top billing at this year’s festival are Old-Time Music favorites the Todalo Shakers. Eric & Suzy Thompson have long been known for their bluesy string band music. The other Todalo Shakers include Mendocino's Frannie Leopold, who plays guitar, has toured and recorded with New Mexico's Jeanie McLerie as the Delta Sisters, and with Hank Bradley and Cathie Whitesides as the Balkan Kafe Orchestra. Bruce "W.B." Reid, who makes his home in Seattle, Washington, spent some of his formative years during his early twenties hanging out in San Diego with bluesman Sam Chatmon, of the legendary string band the Mississippi Sheiks. Bruce has toured and recorded with the Tallboys (Seattle's hottest oldtime string band), with oldtime fiddler Lee Stripling, with the Carolina Jug Stompers and with his wife, Bonnie Zahnow. The most recent addition to the band is Seattle bassist Matt Weiner who boasts a long resume including stints with the Asylum Street Spankers and Hot Club of Cowtown.
The Todalo Shakers play vintage jug band party blues and old time rags & stomps which sound like they are lifted right out of 1928 in Memphis, Tennessee or Dallas, Texas. The band features lots of harmony singing, making for a rich palette of vocal blends and a great feeling of camaraderie;
James Reames formed James Reams & The Barnstormers (featuring Blaine Sprouse)in 1993 and celebrated 20 years as a bandleader in 2013 with a Coast-to-Coast Celebration tour. James and the band play traditional bluegrass music with an old-time country edge and a sound that’s very much his own. They feature driving rhythm and hard-edged harmonies that take you back to a time before bluegrass was smoothed out for the uninitiated, the ill-prepared or the faint of heart.
Stephanie P. Ledgin wrote in her book Homegrown Music: Discovering Bluegrass (Praeger Publishers, 2004): “James Reams & The Barnstormers rely on early country material and originals written in authentic style. The results are a virtual history of the music and its roots, played in a clean, heartfelt manner that is somewhere between Monroe’s and the Stanleys’.”
Chirps Smith, Steve Rosen & Fred Campeau (from the Volo Bogtrotters)
A longtime mandolinist and fiddler, Steve has opened shows for Ricky Skaggs and Earl Scruggs at the famous Old Town School of Folk Music, where Steve has taught banjo and fiddle for almost 20 years and counting. You can hear his voice and playing on many recording projects, and his tune, “Nail That Catfish to the Tree” has been
recorded by numerous bands and is a popular tune played at dances around the world. All of this is the tip of the iceberg, representing an enduring career in music that joyously continues with every strum, pick and song.
Accompanied by Lynn Chirps Smith on fiddle and Fred Campeau on Banjo this trio will surely bring the crowd to their feet!
Rounding out the headliner acts are local bluegrass favorites; Higher Ground and Old Time favorites Frank George & Kim Johnson
Also appearing will be a number of regional and local bands including:
• Fancy Minor
• Sons of Rodan
• Chokecherry Jam
• Eastside Ramblers
• The Adobe Brothers
• Cheap Shots
• Little Table Contraband
• Breaking Blue
• Watermelon Mountain Jug Band
Advance Tickets available at: www.southwestpickers-
This project is made possible in part by New Mexico Arts, a division of the Department of Cultural Affairs, the National Endowment for the Arts and the Music Guild of New Mexico, Inc.