The 2016 Goats Music & More Festival Welcomes Diamond Rio and Judge Talford!
Friday, October 7th – Judge Talford
Once upon a time in rural Tennessee there were five very talented musicians. Shane norman who is a farmer by trade and Buddy Mason, a landscape business owner played together for years in different bands and eventually decided to start a band called Judge Talford. Over the course of the past eight years the other players have come and gone until they finally settled on the current band. First was a lady fiddle player/singer named Michelle who by trade is a music teacher. Then they added a champion banjo player named Joey who when he is not making music is a school bus driver. Rounding out the band is Tom, a really great stand up bass player who is an entrepreneur.
The band was well known in the bluegrass community. They were featured on a TV show called Song of the Mountains and soon they were getting calls to do more and more bluegrass shows. But their hearts were not totally in bluegrass. They loved taking classic rock n roll songs and love songs and adding their own twist to make what the band calls “Talfordized”. They all agreed the music and not their current jobs was where their hearts are and they needed to go even bigger. So they decided to hire an agent. The rest is history and Judge Talford has been on the rise, even selling out their last four shows. Things are looking up for these talented five and they are ready for the exciting things that lay ahead.
Saturday, October 8th – Diamond Rio
Diamond Rio signed to Arista Records and in 1991 with the release of “Meet In The Middle” became the first country music group in history to reach No. 1 with a debut single. The band is also known for their hits “How Your Love Makes Me Feel,” “One More Day,” “Beautiful Mess,” “Unbelievable,” “In A Week or Two,” and more. They released their first-ever autobiography, Beautiful Mess: The Story of Diamond Rio on Thomas Nelson in 2009.
The band recently celebrated their 25th Anniversary, has sold more than 10 million albums, won a Grammy Award, a Dove Award, six Vocal Group of the Year wins (CMA and ACM), released two Greatest Hit albums, a live and Christmas project, earned five multi-week no. 1 singles, 22 Top 10 singles, three certified Platinum and five gold albums, released an autobiography – and with zero band member changes. Known for their charity commitments, including long-time spokespersons for Big Brothers Big Sisters, the band has raised over $1,000,000.00 for non-profits and received the Minnie Pearl Humanitarian Award.
Diamond Rio recently released I Made It, their tenth studio album with the title track co-written by the band’s lead guitarist Jimmy Olander and featuring 11 new songs. Produced by Olander and Mike Clute, I Made It is available on iTunes and www.diamondrio.com.
The music is an all afternoon and evening event at the Goats, Music and More Festival; and as always, admission to the festival and all the great music is FREE!