Smoky Mountain Banjo Academy 2014 was held May 1st - 4th at the Elliot Family Farms festival site just a few miles from Earl Scruggs' birthplace near Shelby, North Carolina. SMBA the merged with a new banjo festival, Five-String Fest. This venue is a great outdoor facility with a fantastic view, three performance stages and a workshop stage, log cabin structures for classrooms, a jam building, a "sit-down meal" food vendor, three vendor areas, onsite camping, and many modern amenities. Five-String Fest 2014 boasted a huge array of top banjo players, and many taught classes for SMBA. The new Earl Scruggs Center, a museum dedicated to the Father of Bluegrass Banjo, is in nearby Shelby NC. Five-String Fest performers and/or SMBA faculty:
Terry Baucom and the Dukes of Drive, J.D. Crowe, The Boxcars (Ron Stewart), Charlie Cushman & Johnnie Warren, Chris Jones and the Night Drivers (Ned Luberecki), Big Daddy Love, Wayne Erbsen, The Grascals (Kristin Scott-Benson), Ryan Cavanaugh, Songs of the Fall (Cia Cherryholmes), Cathy Fink and Marcy Marxer, The Freight Hoppers (Frank Lee), Tony Furtado, True Blue (Jack Hatfield), Dan Levensen, James McKinney and the Night Travelers, The Moore Brothers, Mountain Heart (Barry Abernathy), Ross Nickerson, The Traveling McCoureys (Rob McCourey), The Moore Brothers, Willow Osborne with Col. Isaac Moore, Reno and Harrell (Don Wayne Reno), Shannon Slaughter and County Claire, The Steel Drivers (Richard Bailey), Phillip Steinmetz and his Sunny Tennesseans, Tony Trischka Territory!
Click on the SMBA website link below for specifics on SMBA faculty.
Click here to go to Five-String Fest website
Click here to go to SMBA website - more festival info, registration form with prices, registration online by credit card.
Five-String Fest presented by
Nechville Musical Products
email Jack Hatfield for information and mail-in registration form
Reports on previous Smoky Mountain Banjo Academys
Video of Larry McNeely at SMBA