SMBA 2014 was May 1st - 4th at the Elliot Family Farms festival site just a few miles from Earl Scruggs' birthplace near Shelby, North Carolina. SMBA is proud to merged with a new banjo festival, Five-String Fest. This venue is a great outdoor facility with two stages, log cabin structures for many of the food and craft vendors, a jam building, huge vendor area, and many modern amenities. Five-String Fest boasts a huge array of banjo performers, and many taught classes for SMBA. The new Earl Scruggs Center museum, a beautiful building which was the former courthouse - is in nearby Shelby N.C.Festival performers included:
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, Jack Hatfield and Friends, Dan Levensen, James McKinney and the Night Travelers, The Moore Brothers, Mountain Heart (Barry Abernathy), Ross Nickerson (SMBA only), Willow Osborne with Col. Isaac Moore, the Traveling McCoureys (Rob McCourey), The Moore Brothers, Reno and Harrell (Don Wayne Reno), Shannon Slaughter and County Claire, Phillip Steinmetz and his Sunny Tennesseans, the Tony Trischka Band!
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.
Click here to register for SMBA classes now online by credit card (includes 5% transaction fee)
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