NIBA Supporting Members & Bands


Bluegrass Escape, Downers Grove, IL




Early bluegrass to hardly bluegrass. Banjo, Dobro, Mandolin, Guitar, Bass, and the occasional Fiddle. We began by escaping the rigors of everyday life by spending evenings playing bluegrass music. We then escaped the bounds of traditional bluegrass adding more progressive tunes, gospel, country, swing, rags and what tickles our fancy, all still with a bluegrass bent.


Russ Ginn, Guitar and lead vocals
Charley Smart Dobro
Max Winkles, Banjo

Joe Jabalonski, Mando

Skip Sittig on Bass

Fox Crossing Stringband 

Have you been missing that truly high lonesome sound? The ladies of Fox Crossing Stringband bring all those high harmonies plus driving rhythm of dobro, fiddle, mandolin, banjo, guitar and bass.  Six instruments across four vocalists will leave you chasing these foxes for their new bluegrass sound.

Freshwater, Racine, WI

Phone: 262-497-3024




Freshwater plays traditional and contemporary bluegrass music.


Featuring Bill Garvey on guitar and vocals, Ryan Hanley on mandolin and vocals, Harvey Riekoff on banjo and vocals, Dennis Waltman on Dobro and vocals and Doug Clum on bass and vocals.

Georgia Rae Family Band is unlike the typical family band. Anchored by 3 sisters from Richmond, IL they are best described as edgy Americana and are inspired by a mix of folk, bluegrass, classic country, old-time and contemporary folk rock and even a little western swing all flavored with 3 to 4 part family vocal harmony. Members are lead singer/uke player Kelly Jo (20), Quin (15) on mandolin and banjo and MN, WI & 2x IL State Grand Champion Fiddler Georgia Rae (17), twin fiddle partner Shawn Drake on upright bass and “punk rock momma” on acoustic guitar. Georgia Rae and Shawn Drake are the 2x reigning Twin Fiddle Champions in both MN and CO. The group has been performing for fairs and festivals since 2011 and have brought their music to as far west as Idaho and as south as TN. Some of recent shows include The Pabst Theater (11/2015), John Hartford Festival (6/2016) and Silver Dollar City in Bramson MO (5/2016.)

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BOOKING CONTACT Ronilyn Mussared: 675-2554

Grass Attack began as the duo Tackett Thompson in 2010, with Ross Thompson on Mandolin and vocals and Randy Tackett on guitar and vocals. They played at various places in the state line area, including The Brick Cafe in Belvidere, The Silver Dollar Saloon in Brodhead,  the Freeport Opry, and the Two Rivers festival. They were joined by Jeff Wagner on banjo and vocals, and Al Watson on bass in 2012. In 2014 Liz Wagner, guitar and vocals, joined. They enjoy playing traditional bluegrass, newgrass, country, and pop and rock songs done bluegrass style. Most of the members have been playing music in some form since their teenage years.

For more information or to hear Grass Attack, visit us @


For bookings, contact - Liz Wagner @ 309-314-3519

Randy Tackett - Guitar and vocals

Jeff Wagner - Banjo and vocals

Liz Wagner - Guitar and vocals


Homestretch Ride

Bluegrass / Americana / Folk

Naperville, Il


Joe Binder – Mandolin 

Bill Brier—Bass 

Phil Collins – Guitar & Lead Vocals 

Phil Loranger – Banjo

Illinois Rail, Roanoke, IL

Contact: Cliff Anglen

Phone: 309-706-2051




Illinois Rail is a high energy bluegrass/gospel band that hales

from Central Illinois. Several of the members have over thirty

years of bluegrass band experience. The members of Illinois Rail have a great friendship and love to have fun playing music. When the group has fun, the audience also has fun!


Please visit our Facebook page - Illinois Rail

KR Bluegrass


has been performing at festivals, churches and local venues since 2008. The band’s bluegrass sound comes from the close harmonies of guitarist, Kathy Dahl, and fiddler, Rose Seeger,  along with the classic Earl Scrugg’s style banjo picking of Mike Greylak and bass player, Marlis Petrovic. Much of their music has been influenced by the sweet harmonies of the Stanley Brothers, Osborne Brothers, the Carter and Cox families and Ricky Skaggs.


The KR Bluegrass mission is to preserve the traditional bluegrass and gospel sounds and bring this sound, enjoyment and memories evoked, to our audience


Please visit our website at to learn of upcoming gigs

Eric Lambert

Eric Lambert, a 2015 Chicago Music Awards winner, is a renowned flatpicker who delivers his original elixir of feel-good Americana infused with bluegrass, blues, roots, rock, & soul. Lambert’s enthusiasm, palpable joy, earthy voice, and precision licks leave audiences energized and inspired.

Eric Lambert is also an educator presenting workshops on guitar and mandolin as well as the History of American Music. Eric is available for private or group instruction.

Mackville Bluegrass, Atwood, IL

Contact: Amy Lee

Phone: 217-578-3868


Facebook: mackvillebluegrass



Mackville music is a mix of bluegrass and gospel music and consists of alternating vocal leads with strong harmonies along with instrumentals.   We love playing bluegrass and gospel music and have a great time!  


Members from left to right in photo:  Jeff Lee, Mike Waddell, Terry Schlabach, Lori Schlabach, Gary Schlabach, Larry Schlabach.

 New Legacy


New Legacy performs Southern Gospel, Country Gospel, and Bluegrass music with beautifully harmonized vocals and virtuoso instrumentalists 

Phone :(708) 642-1011

Roadkill Rangers


The Roadkill Rangers play a variety of “good time string band music” featuring all acoustic instruments.


Their repertoire includes bluegrass, country, folk, swing and some songs that just don’t fit into any box.


They are available for festivals, concerts, parties or any event requiring musical entertainment.


Contact Sammy at 630-277-3978

or email for booking information.

The Templetons

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 Phone: 815-481-6327

This family of ten have been performing traditional & contemporary bluegrass, old-time, and gospel music since 2007 and have pleased their audiences with strong vocal harmonies and instrumentation.  The Templetons have released two CDs titled "That Evening Train" (2011) and "Cherry Mine" (2015) which features seven original compositions.  Crowds have enjoyed the youngest members joining in to add the bodhran, flatfooting, spoons, and cajon.  Family humor also adds to the fun, so be ready to smile and toe tap as you spend time with The Templetons.

Youtube Links:  Martha and Mary  -
 I'll Never Shed Another Tear -
 Sad Wind Sighs -
  My Angeline -

Truman’s Ridge

Sycamore, IL

Bluegrass Music - Chicago Style

815-603-1441 or 815-761-9631




Truman’s Ridge offers an exciting blend of the familiar and the unique in bluegrass music. The rock-solid beat of the guitar and bass compliment the driving rhythm of the banjo and the compelling mandolin lead breaks. Fiddle and harmonica are also featured on some songs as well as vocal harmonies.

Monroe Crossing, Ramsey, MN

Phone 763-213-1349 or 612-325-4911




Celebrating their 20th year together in 2020, Monroe Crossing dazzles audiences with an electrifying blend of classic bluegrass, bluegrass gospel and heartfelt originals.


Their airtight harmonies, razor sharp arrangements and on-stage rapport make them audience favorites across the US and Canada.

New Blood Gospel Bluegrass Band, Pekin, IL




New Blood Gospel Bluegrass Band enjoys all the fun they spreading the gospel. “When the oldtimers pass away, we’re afraid that such a beautiful style of music will too. We need  to envourage our younger generation to really listen and try to understand what BLUEGRASS is all about. Bluegrass is the soul of country music.

“Bluegrass is one of the greatest traditions in the world.”



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