Junior Sisk & Ramblers Choice

Virginia, United States


Junior Sisk & Ramblers Choice is widely recognized as one of today’s premier traditional bluegrass bands. Sisk’s bluegrass pedigree runs deep – hailing from the Virginia Blue Ridge, he first made his mark as a songwriter in the early 1990s. Several years later, as a member of Wyatt Rice & Santa Cruz and Blueridge, he helped define the sound of driving, modern traditional bluegrass. Sisk founded Ramblers Choice in 1998, releasing Sounds of the Mountains on Rounder Records. After a brief hiatus, he reformed the group and began a successful career with Rebel Records.

His 2011 album Heart of a Song helped bring the band into the spotlight and reminded bluegrass fans of the power of tradition. The album’s single “A Far Cry from Lester and Earl” became a rallying cry for a resurgence of traditional sounds in bluegrass and received the 2012 Song of the Year award from the IBMA. The band was further honored when Heart of a Song received IBMA Album of the Year. Sisk was honored with the 2013 Male Vocalist of the Year award from the IBMA, and the group was named 2014 SPBGMA Bluegrass Band of the Year. In 2016, “Longneck Blues,” a collaboration with noted singer-songwriter Ronnie Bowman, was named Recorded Event of the Year by the IBMA. Most recently, Sisk received the 2017 Male Vocalist of the Year award from SPBGMA. He and his band now record for Mountain Fever Records, and are currently touring in support of their second album for the label, The Mountains Are Calling Me Home.

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The Annual Nova Scotia Bluegrass & Oldtime Music Festival, Canada’s oldest continuously operating Bluegrass Festival is now produced at the Nova Scotia Provincial Exhibition Grounds in Bible Hill near Truro, which is at the centre of Nova Scotia. The Downeast Bluegrass & Oldtime Music Society produces this event.

The site location has changed a few times over the years but the festival continues to produce some of the finest entertainment in Eastern Canada.

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