Saturday, October 7
Clinton Collins - 11 AM
Margo and the Bluegills - 1 PM
Poor Taters - 3 PM
JC/BC - 5 PM
Matt Mullins and The Bringdowns - 6 PM
Metallica Tribute Show, BatterY! - 8 PM
Laurence - Drums
Phil M. - Bass
Juan David - Lead Guitar
Rob Vieira - Rhythm Guitar & vocals
John Schultz - Rhythm Guitar & vocals
George Hartwig - Rhythm guitar & vocals
"BATTERY" - The World Famous Metallica tribute band that opened for Metallica on the Garage Inc Tour. "BATTERY" opened the show playing all Metallica originals, while Metallica played all covers from the GARAGE INC. album. Cities & venues included the Aragon Ballroom in Chicago, The Roseland Ballroom in NYC, the Electric Factory in Phili, The State Theater in Detroit, & The Warehouse in Toronto Canada.
"BATTERY" has played all over the US, Canada, Puerto Rico, US Vigin Islands, Alaska & Honduras in Central America. "BATTERY" has opened up for Godsmack, 3 Doors Down, Kid Rock, Rob Zombie, STP, FUEL, Nickelback, Lifehouse, Vince Neil of Motley Crue, Brett Michaels of Poison, Pat Benetar, Loverboy, Tesla & Firehouse.....
"BATTERY" has headlined the House of Blues in Chicago, The HOB in Disney World Orlando FLorida, The FILLMORE in NYC, The Recher Theater in Baltimore, The HOB in Myrtle Beach SC, FULL THROTTLE in Sturgis SD, The Broken Spoke in Sturgis SD, The Hard Rock Cafe' in San Juan Puerto Rico,...and many more of the best music venues in the world.
Laurence the drummer from Sydney, Nova Scotia lives in the Chicago-land area & is the founding member of the band, along with bassist Phil M from Montreal. This rhythm section has been the foundation of "BATTERY" since the start. Juan David from Colombia on lead guitar. Rob Vieira from union New Jersey on lead vocals & guitar.
Their love of the Blues is obvious..... From southern West Virginia, Margo and the Bluegills play a mix of blues, rock and folk with influences of funk and a little Outlaw Country on the side.
The Bluegills have played Bramwell's Oktoberfest for more than ten years and are proud to carry on this tradition. Whether you've seen this band at The Railyard in Bluefield, or local festivals, you can't help but notice that they are usually having too much fun!
Clinton Collins, either as a solo artist or with his band, presents a unique blend of Americana music, along with original, creative songwriting. His musical journey guides us through places and to people that seem familiar and stories that resonate with us all. From the rural back roads to the places of the heart; melodies are filled with humor and observations about relationships, faith and everyday living. Clinton is a sought after artist who performs throughout the year at house concerts, coffeehouses, festivals and special events.
Appalachian born, Clinton was raised listening to the country and bluegrass music of his family's record collection. His dad loved Flatt and Scruggs and their Martha White show on Saturday night television was a must watch in the Collins household. His siblings brought back their favorite music once they had grown and ventured into the world to find work. With their influence he would hear Motown, Led Zeppelin, Beatles, Eric Clapton, JJ Cale, Waylon Jennings, Merle Haggard...Clinton's interest in guitar began growing and even after his brother bought him his first real guitar, a hollow body Silvertone with amp. Later in high school he befriended two songwriters that really help shape his desire to write and become an artist. There he joined the first of many bands for the next few years playing proms to bars. After the bands, Clinton began playing more acoustic material and began writing his own material. It wasn't long until he had gathered enough material to record his first project. Since that time he has released over five projects and now his latest for 2016, Around The Sun, is the album he's been waiting to record for some time. A mixture of many influences with the fingerprint of his own style can be found on each tune. Along with the projects each live performance Clinton welcomes the audience into a comfortable and intimate setting where they become part of the story and leave with a new friend. Catch him this year and visit our store for a our cds and apparel.
Aiming High Rocketboys Songwriting Contest
Newsong Festival Songwriter
The Next Great WV Song Contest
"Clinton Collins has appeared on my nationally syndicated program "Song of the Mountains" seen across America on public television. Our audience loved his music especially his original material. Clinton is always a pleasure to work with and delivers a very pleasing and professional performance". - Tim White, Host and Executive Coordinator Song of the Mountains
"We always love it when Clinton Collins comes to Tamarack, an annual favorite. He plays music that appeals to people of all ages and have a great following of fans that come from around the state to hear him perform. The audience leaves with a smile on their face wanting to know when he'll will be back." - Kelly Elkins, Events Director TAMARACK:The Best of West Virginia
"Clinton is an amazing performer, songwriter and storyteller. I have seen him perform many times and have never failed to be impressed by his talent and by the truth that pours out in his music." - Chris H., House Concert Host
Jerry Cruise - Guitar/Vocals
Bob Campion - Guitar/Vocals
Dylan McInturff - Drums/Vocals
Bill Fraley - Bass/Vocals
Jerry Cruise and Bob Campion started this rock-n-roll duet several years ago and their creation has blown up into a full band playing all over southern West Virginia, Virginia, and South Carolina.
Hometown: Southern WV
Matt Mullins - Guitar/Vocals
Stuart Hill - Guitar/Vocals
Bill Fraley - Bass/Vocals
Dylan McInturff - Drums/Vocals
Band Interview Questions Matt Mullins
How did you come up with your band name?
The "bringdown" name, it's kind of ironic, because I think we are upbeat band. I had invited a lot of friends over to play, and we were on a musical high and having fun. When I watched the playbacks, everyone sighed as they finished and seemed funny - kind of a "bring down" from the crazy high we were on so, it came from that.
What is your history as a band?
Iv'e played in several groups, the Boatmen was probably the most notable, also played with Old School Abby and lived and toured in San Francisco, we opened for a lot of cool bands. I lived in Athens and am a Concord graduate, played with the Poor Taters and became big buddies with Bill Fraley, we really hit it off, we both have such passion for music and beer. Stewart Hill, our guitar player, well, he's a Beckley legend. I used to sneak into bars to see him - he was in "Atomic Joe" - he's also a PA, living and juggling the dad life.
We played the Bramwell Oktoberfest the last five times, but that had really run its course, that torch has been passed to you. Last year's Oktoberfest Pipestem event was one of the most fun events I've ever played in my life. It was crappy weather and such a good turn-out.
The Bramwell Oktoberfest started as a Home Brew Competition with friends - George [the organizer] is a great musician and home brewer - those late night Bramwell music nights, after everyone left, and the Friday night before, he would invite all the musicians and all the brewers over. We'd sit up and play music - drink beer, the fun, the comradery - you just can't recreate.
I've been a home brewer for about 7 years - and currently work as the GM of Creek Bottom Brewing, it was an easy transition for me and I get to help select the beer.
Do you write your own music and lyrics?
Yes, that is kind of my niche. I wouldn't call myself a guitar player, I play, but I am a writer, I moved towards poetry, I grew up loving hip hop, I grew up telling stories, so we tell stories in our songs.
When did you start playing together?
We started playing together as a band in January, in 2015 - almost two - years ago. My first time was when Bob Campion was playing at Douglas Center. At the time, I bet I knew 2 songs, I had some liquid courage, and I asked him if I could play - and he brought me on stage, gave me a chance that was my first time playing in front of people.
How often to you play?
We usually play about every weekend, usually at least one show. Music is therapy for us, if we are not booked for a show, we try and have a rehearsal.
What established bands do you like the best?
Dawes, they are my favorite. Love the Drive-By Truckers, Jason Isbell, Chris Stapleton, those are the main ones, Tyler Childers - they are all kind of Americana, kind of alt country, not new country, not pop country, kind of singer song writer, in your face American music. We do some covers from those bands, and we also do some Al Greene, to put our spin on soul music.
What is your most memorable event as a band?
I would say, probably the Deep Roots Mountain Revival festival last year, we got to play right before all kinds of huge acts, Marty Stuart, Melvin Fields, Greensky Bluegrass, Sam Bush, it was all kinds of crazy, really cool event.
What would you like to say to your (future) fans?
I hope that our music makes you feel as good listing to it as it does for us to make it. I hope you can relate to it!
"About as smooth as Appalachian shine, "The Bringdowns" sound was described best by reclusive local legend Benjie Saunders when saying "it's like Uncle Tupelo and the Afghan Whigs got in a bar fight with Tom Waits over a joint, and there ain't nuthin' wrong with that".
This band knows a thing or two about being engulfed the West Virginia music scene as the members have been a part of the bands: Atomic Jo, What's Left, Poor Taters, The Boatmen, From The Future, Old School Abbey, Blistered Nifkin, and JC/BC . The group formed in late 2015 to track what was to be Matt Mullins' solo record, but the four quickly took notice that this was something different that they wanted to continue doing. Since then the band has been writing new material and booking a solid tour while awaiting their first release on August 12th, 2016. With an eclectic mix of genres that have influenced the group this is an alt-country sound has found a niche all its own.
Fueled by a driving rhythm section made up of drummer Dylan McInturff and bassist Bill Fraley, Stuart Hill creates sonic tapestries with his guitar that will leave you in awe. Add to that the lyrical prowess of raspy voiced singer/guitarist Matt Mullins and you have what the group feels to be the most honest music they have ever collectively created."
Progressive Appalachian acoustic music with hints of oldtime, bluegrass, folk, and rock.
"Twice-Baked Tater", Bob Campion - vocals, guitar, bass, mandolin
"Tater Chip", John Nelson - vocals, mandolin, guitar, banjo, harmonica, bass
"Smashed Tater", Mike "Goose" Sizemore - drums, washboard, and other implements of percussion
"Scalloped Tater" Stan Bumgardner - fiddle
"Hot Tater", Libby Eddy - fiddle and vocals
"Darth Tater", Rob Gross - drums
"Spec Tater", Randy Gilkey, vocals and keyboard
"Dick Tater", Matt Mullins - vocals and guitar
"Orange Tater", Nick Durm - vocals, guitar, and bass
"Ore-Ida", Jonathan Sneed - guitar
"Boiled Tater", Washboard Dave Thomas - washboard
"Hot Fry", Dakota Hobbie - fiddle
"Dr. Tater", Ryan Runyon - hooterboard and percussion
"Geo-Tater", Dylan McInturff - Guitar
"Neuro-Tater", Jeffrey Greenburg - Piano
"French-Fried Tater", Bill Fraley - vocals, bass, guitar, washboard
"Hashbrown Tater", Kevin Dalton - banjo
"Sweet Tater", Beth Nelson - vocals