• Carol Rifkin: Joyously sharing traditional music, writing songs, exploring the history behind mountain music, teaching dance or engaging people to sing along; this award winning multi-instrumentalist’s soaring sweet voice is uniquely recognizable on stage or radio (WNCW). With more than 1,000 stories published in newspapers and magazines (Asheville Citizen Times, Acoustic Guitar, SingOut, more), this early member of the former Green Grass Cloggers Professional Road Team later worked solo with Tommy Jarrell, Doc Watson, and many bands, appeared in the movie “Songcatcher,” the documentary “Down Home, Appalachia to Nashville” with Jarrell and received Asheville’s 2013 Bascom Lamar Lunsford Award for “Significant Contribution to the Art of Appalachian Culture,” and on October 2, 2016 was awarded the Lunsford Award from Mars Hill University’s 49th annual Bascom Lamar Lunsford Festival. www.carolrifkin.com
  • Jeanette Queen:  A member of the legendary Queen Family, Jeanette learned to play and sing in the Queen family band in Jackson County, NC. The daughter of the late 2007 National Heritage Award winner Mary Jane Queen and Claude Queen, Jeanette grew up one of eight children in the mountain wilds, with music ever-present in the home. She carries forward seven generations of traditions learned from her mother and sings the songs of the mountains in her powerful clear voice www.henryqueen.com.
  • Mark Queen: Grandson of Mary Jane and Claude Queen, Mark is an eighth generation mountain musician and plays driving clawhammer banjo and sings with the trio. He is also an accomplished bluegrass guitar player performing with groups around the region.