The Renaissance Bluegrass Bands have plenty to offer fans of bluegrass music - great picking, soulful vocals, high lonesome harmonies, and great song selection – all melded together with drive, energy and enthusiasm. The musicianship of these young pickers is quite noticeable as the bands show imagination and taste in their selection and interpretation of bluegrass music, from old songs to new and songs of faith, both traditional and contemporary. The group also released their first CD in the spring of 2013.
The Renaissance Bluegrass Bands have taken the stage at the Big Lick Bluegrass Festival in Oakboro, NC, Dixie Carter Performing Arts Center with the Queen of Bluegrass, Rhonda Vincent, Arkansas Governor and Presidential Candidate, Mike Huckabee, Dailey and Vincent Bluegrass Festival in North Carolina, Puckett’s Grocery in Leiper’s Fork with Country Music Artist, David Ball, and Merlefest, one of the largest International Bluegrass Festivals in the World.
Bethel University Bluegrass
Juliet and the Romeos is one of West Tennessee’s best new party-dance bands.
Formed in 2015, the band has seven talented members who have previously played in numerous groups and shows.
The band performs a wide mix of music styles - from pop and rock to country and disco.
Juliet and the Romeos features strong vocal harmonies, with two female, lead vocalists and four male voices.
Members of the band:
Julie Rhodes Daniels of Jackson - vocals and percussion
Rita McCaslin of Jackson - vocals and percussion
Bill Ashley of Jackson - drums
Corey Bridges of Medina - saxophone and vocals
Carl Byars of Huntingdon - bass and vocals
Steve Short of Milan - keyboard and vocals
Joe Wallace of Milan - guitar and vocals
Juliet and the Romeos
Genre: Pop, Rock, Country, Disco
Wendell Verdell is a life long citizen of Gleason, Tn. He has a strong family heritage of Southern Gospel music. He sings primarily patriotic and southern gospel music. His contact information is firstname.lastname@example.org or phone at 731-571-2148
Genre: Southern Gospel
The Bandstand Review is a spinoff of The Paula Bridges Band, est. 1981. Many of the musicians on stage have been playing music together for over thirty years. The late, great, Chuck McGill was the center of this group. Everyone in the band can agree when saying that Chuck McGill largely influenced who they are as musicians today. His legacy lives on through wife, Paula, and daughters, Katie and Emily. Other members of the band include Charley Baker (guitar), Danny Wade (bass guitar), Joseph Montgomery (piano & trumpet), Brandon Powers (percussion), and Jarrett Anderson (sound mixing). The Bandstand Review enjoys playing a wide variety of music from contemporary pop to blues and rock n roll! With a combined musical experience of over 200 years, The Bandstand Review is a group full of talent and passion for music.
Paula Bridge & The Bandstand Review
Genre: Pop, Rock, Blues
Genre: Rock, Country
The Longshot Band
Martha Anne Arnold
Genre: Country, Blues, Soulful
Genre: 50's and 60's
Martha Anne Arnold lives in Gleason, TN with her husband Ron. She is a member of The Gleason First United Methodist Church Choir and works at The Bank of Gleason. Until 2008, Martha Anne and her husband Ron also produced The Great Pretenders Shows for High School Seniors and their parents in the West Tennessee area. She enjoys singing and music of all kinds. Her favorite artist of all time is Patsy Cline.
S.T. Holmes is retired owner of the S.T. Holmes Company, a commercial construction company in Memphis. He is married and has 3 children and 6 grandchildren. S.T. grew up in Henderson, TN. He proudly served in the US Navy on the aircraft carrier USS Bon Homme Richard.
He started singing 20 years ago. Now he sings regularly at over 25 different Assisted Living and Nursing Homes. He enjoys singing our favorite songs from the 50's and 60's.
He enjoys being a volunteer for the Park Theater, Act II committee, and Entertainment Chairman for the annual Southern Fried and Sweet Tea Festival in McKenzie.
Derek Fields is a life long Mckenzie native. He has worked locally for AT&T for 20 years and is a Singer Songwriter. The songs he writes are blues based, soulful, country songs. "Country Soul" he likes to call it. He is in the process of recording his first album which will be titled “Storyboard”.
The songs he will play at the Festival will all be originals written right here in McKenzie, TN!!
Longshot has been playing West Tenn. area clubs and festivals since 1985. The common thread though the band is its founder and leader, Steve Bomar. Hailing from McKenzie, TN Steve has seen it all, while playing lead guitar, keyboards, harmonica, and Just about anything else sets his mind to. For the past few years he has found two kindred spirits in Michelle Nunnery on vocals and Fred Conklin on drums to share his vision. Rounding out the band is the newcomer, Carl Byars on bass guitar and vocals. Together they bring a mix of classic rock and country to the stage in a fun filled, freewheeling style quite unlike anyone else.
Melissa N. Herris is excited to join McKenzie’s Southern Fried Foods and Sweet Tea Festival main stage. Some may remember Melissa from McKenzie’s Nights On Broadway as one of the lead vocalists with The Cumberland Street Band or from her many performances with The Dixie (Handel’s Messiah, Oklahoma, Christmas on Broadway, The Sound of Music). She holds a BA in Musical Theatre Performance from the University of Northern CO and has spent time in the field professionally before meeting her husband, Dr. Keith Herris in New York City two months after 9/11. She has also taught theatre courses and voice at the college level. She now lives in McKenzie with her husband and their three beautiful daughters, Noelle (10), Natalie (7), and Nevaeh (5).
Mike lives in McKenzie and is semi retired. Mike enjoys singing and hosting karaoke. He is involved in the family communications business with his two children that live in Atlanta, Georgia.
A Carroll County native, Ruthanna Hollis graduated from Huntingdon High School in 2007 where she sang in the high school chorus. She attended Bethel University and for three years was an often featured singer with the renowned Renaissance Choir as well as the Rhythm and Blues Emsemble; she also sang with the Bethel University Singers when they performed at Carnegie Hall in New York City. Ruthanna has sung in churches and at numerous weddings, funerals, fundraisers, sporting events, community gatherings, and talent contests in the region. She has lived and worked in McKenzie for the past five years and has recently resumed private voice training with Teresa Smith. In addition to her interest in music, Ruthanna loves animals, has worked as a groomer, and still tends boarded animals on a part time basis. She is currently employed at McKenzie Medical Center.
Tera Townsend is a singer, songwriter, and musician from Huntingdon, Tennessee. Along with her music career she is a model and a dancer. She helps out with organizations such as St. June and the Make A Wish Foundation. She has shared the stage with Linda Davis, Lady Antelbellum, Coco Jones, Carl Mann, Mary Sarah of this years The Voice, and Emily Brooke as seen on last years American Idol.
Genre: Rock, Folk, Contemporary Christian
Jennifer Weems and Tony Burriss have been playing at various events for over 10 years. They play all types of genres from rock to folk to contemporary Christian. They finally made it formal and gave themselves a name, Thirty-wonderful, named after their hometown's unique speed limit.
Genre: Broadway, Country, Gospel, Pop
Wayne Bannister is the Director of Creative Services and Publications at Bethel University. He enjoys singing a variety of music from Broadway tunes, country, gospel and pop. No stranger to the stage, he has appeared as "Bubba" on the Fun on the Farm Jamboree at the Dixie and on the stage in Fiddler on the Roof, The King and I, The Man Who Came to Dinner, and most recently in Oklahoma! at the Dixie.