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In just three short years, the Cashiers Mountain Music Festival has become one of the most respected music festivals in the southeast. The event has been honored to have such world class performing artists as The Isaacs, Sierra Hull, Lizzy Long, Little Roy Lewis, Dehlia Low, Balsam Range, the Steep Canyon Rangers, two memorable surprise appearances by bluegrass legend Earl Scruggs, and last year's headliners, David Holt and Doc Watson.

This year, the fourth annual Cashiers Mountain Music Festival will be held on Saturday, June 30 and Sunday, July 1. This yearís two-day event promises to continue the tradition of bringing top notch regional and national mountain music to Cashiers, N.C.

The 2012 event will feature a special two-night appearance by Grammy award winning bluegrass superstar Tony Rice. The legendary guitar player has earned the International Bluegrass Music Associationís (IBMA) Guitar Player of the Year award six times, the IBMA Instrumental Group of the Year award three times with two different bands, and the IBMA Instrumental Album of the Year award once.

Rice will headline the event on Saturday, June 30 with his phenomenal band The Tony Rice Unit, and return to headline on Sunday, July 1 with nationally known and regionally loved Balsam Range and legendary fiddler Bobby Hicks. Hicks is a 10-time Grammy award winner with over 50 years of bluegrass experience, including playing alongside the father of bluegrass music, Bill Monroe. Balsam Range has produced multiple number one songs in bluegrass and recently earned the 2011 IBMA award for Song of the Year.

Other performers scheduled to appear are bluegrass supergroup Blue Highway, which has earned two Grammy nominations and multiple IBMA awards over 17 years. The festival also welcomes Acoustic Syndicate, Larry Keel and Natural Bridge, the Songs of Jackson County Band, the Darren Nicholson Band, Whitewater Bluegrass Company, the Wild Hog Band, the Him's, Glenville Train, Jacob Jones, Will Howell and the Smoky Mountain Highlanders, Rafe Hollister, and a special tribute to Tuckasegee's Benny Messer by the Boys of Tuckasegee, featuring members of Sweet Tater.

This yearís festival will again utilize the Village Commons area, adjacent to the Village Green grounds where the first two events were held. Music will be featured at both the Village Commons stage, and the original Village Green gazebo stage as well.

The Cashiers Mountain Music Festival isnít just about the music. In addition to the top-notch performances everyone will enjoy, there will be delicious food and beverages available, a children's zone, arts and crafts vendors, and fireworks on Sunday, July 1.

The Cashiers Mountain Music Festival is a family and community oriented event sponsored by the Cashiers Area Chamber of Commerce for the benefit of the Cashiers Preservation Foundation. The foundation is a non-profit charitable organization dedicated to providing assistance to a variety of local needs. Proceeds from the festival will flow directly to the foundation.

For the first year in the event's history, the Cashiers Mountain Music Festival is a proud member of the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA).

So come beat the heat and enjoy this fun filled event with us in 2012.

The Cashiers Mountain Music Festival Team

News Articles and Press

Read the following articles about the 2009, 2010 and 2011 Festivals to find out more about this annual event.

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