For the five Wisconsinites that make up Horseshoes & Hand Grenades, in all began in 2010when they found themselves holding acoustic instruments at a party in a living room in the college town of Stevens Point, Wis.
While April Verch (pictured at right with band members) is perhaps best known for playing traditional fiddle styles from her native Ottawa Valley, Canada, her performances extend into old-time American and Appalachian styles and beyond, for a well-rounded tour-de-force of North Americana sounds.
The Howlin’ Brothers are a Nashville-based string band composed of Ian Craft, JT Huskey and Jared Green. Anchored in a bed of old-time blues and bluegrass, their upbeat shows are heavy with original and traditional music, featuring the sounds of slide banjo, harmonica and old-time fiddle.
Curtis (aka Cortini) has traveled the world for over 20 years performing his original music and amazing crowds with his phenomenal guitar playing.
The Georgia Crackers, a favorite of Dahlonega audiences, keep alive the string band tradition made famous by 1920s artists such as the Skillet Lickers and Fiddling John Carson.