Andy Wahlberg

Most of us don’t know what a harp guitar is, but that doesn’t apply to us Southwest Floridians who’ve enjoyed the sophisticated music and wicked wit of Andy Wahlberg for years. Andy’s instrument of choice is an exotic hybrid that looks like a cross between a musical instrument and a turkey drumstick. He’s written some great music to go with it and has a broad repertoire besides.


Banyan Bluegrass


Bugtussle Ramblers

The Bugtussle Ramblers, an area favorite, blend traditional style and songs with inspirations that guide bluegrass music today.  The band includes the strong traditional rhythm guitar and vocals of Doug Yaehrling, banjo virtuosity and vocals of Karen Batten, and Doug Gerdon's creative mandolin and vocals. Zach Miller’s accomplished fiddle breaks and fills add greatly to the group and Mark Iselo rounds out the band playing driving upright bass.  Together, they provide a toe tapping, entertaining bluegrass show.



Captain Joe and The Bottom Feeders

Joe McNichols navigates a fishing boat through south Florida’s coastal waters in search of evening meals for visiting tourists. On land he’s known as one of the area’s best singers and flat-pickers for miles around.. His local music classes attract young, mature and aspiring bluegrass stylists, and the best of them make superior music with the Bottom Feeders, whose name really should be Prize Catch, since they include Sharon Morrison on mandolin, Pat Morrison on bass, and Larry Wicker on banjo.


Ernie Evans and The Florida State Bluegrass Band

Ernie Evans is a celebrated bluegrass radio and internet host and, until recently, a featured soloist with Valerie Smith and Liberty Pike, playing mandolin, banjo or guitar as the music required. Ernie and Debi Evans bring their talented ensemble all the way from Jacksonville, on what they call the “first coast.” Isaac Taylor (banjo) and Lamont Goff (mandolin) round out the ensemble—and they’re both first rate musicians. A packed touring schedule has taken the band all the way through Canada and eastern United States this year, and their bookings extend all the way through 2012.


Hiway 41 South


John Stey Band


Sawgrass Drifters

Close trio vocal harmonies can enhance even the best country, bluegrass or gospel. When Mickie and Roli Scholl add daughter Sharon’s golden voice or Dan O’Connell’s tasteful baritone to a hurtin’ country heart song, you’ll remember what the music’s really all about and come back for more. Resophonic Roli triples on Dobro, mandolin and lead guitar to add instrumental variety.


Southwind Bluegrass


Swinging Bridge