Kim Fox -
Originally from the Adirondack Mountains of upstate New York, Kim Fox has been playing bluegrass music for over 25 years. She, along with brother, Joel and sister, Barb were the core members of 3 Fox Drive (formerly known as The Fox Family), a band that enjoyed playing throughout North America and Europe. Kim captivates listeners with her strong and expressive voice as well as her from-the-heart original songs.
She has previously recorded two albums with The Fox Family on Sierra Records, Follow My Lead and When It Comes To Blues (featuring the #1 self-penned national Bluegrass single, “The Dream”).
3 Fox Drive signed with Koch Records of Nashville in 2006 and released “Listen To the Music”, a project containing 7 of Kim’s original songs. Their collaborative project, "Christmas Grass Volume 3" was released by Koch Records in 2007 and featured 3 Fox Drive along with award winning artists John Cowan, Larry Sparks, Sarah Jarosz, Sony Isaacs and Russell Moore. Kim's song, "Watching Over the Soldiers At Christmas" features a recitation of the Pledge of Alliegience by Charlie Daniels.
Kim's accolades include International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) awards for her part on the Rebel Records recording, Follow Me Back To The Fold (2001 Recorded Event of the Year) and the 2006 Album of the Year, "Celebration of Life: Musicians Against Childhood Cancer". She is also a former winner of the Chris Austin Songwriting Contest hosted by Merlefest.
In 1990, Kim began producing and promoting The Fox Family Bluegrass Festival which would continue for 18 years. This 4-day, multi-stage festival would become one of the premiere music festivals in the state of New York.
Kim moved to Nashville in 1998 and was mentored by songwriting legend, Larry Cordle. In 2002 she was signed as a writer for Little Shop of Morgan Music, owned by Grammy winning songwriter, Dennis Morgan. She has had many songs recorded by fellow bluegrass artists and her song, "Nothing To Lose" has been recorded by two of country music's greatest female artists, Trisha Yearwood ("Greatest Hits"- 2007) and Reba McEntire ("Keep On Loving You"- 2009).
Kim continues to write and perform music all over the United States.
Mike Sumner has been playing banjo since he was six. Much of his banjo influence came from his father, Joe Sumner. He also appreciates other influences like Mike Snider, Bela Fleck, Scott Vestal, Allison Brown, and Sammy Shelor.
In 2001 he won Merlefest, Rockygrass and the Winfield National Banjo Championship. He repeated the National Banjo Championship win again in 2007. Mike plays a Stealth banjo and a Sumner Goldenbell
model banjo. He started touring nationally in 2007 and has played with Randy Kohrs, Jim Lauderdale, Detour, Rebecca Frazier, Dale Ann Bradley, Billy Droze and Rebekah Long.
He strives to play clean, creative yet tasty banjo that enhances the overall sound.
Matt Leadbetter - Resophonic Guitar
Matt Leadbetter is one of the top dobro players on the circuit today. Being raised in a musical family he started playing at the early age of 8 years old. Growing up he would go out of town with his dad, dobro great Phil Leadbetter to watch him perform. Seeing his father play the dobro, Matt knew that was the instrument for him.
Now with nearly 20 years playing and 14 years on the road, Matt has already accomplished many things in his career. He landed his first road gig in 2000 where he traveled with Lynwood Lunsford and the Misty Valley Boys. He spent a year with Lynwood and also recorded on the album "It's A Carolina Morning". In 2002, Matt took the gig with Blue Moon Rising and performed with them for nearly a year. Once Matt got out of school, he started performing with Valerie Smith and Liberty Pike. You can hear Matt's dobro and harmony work on two of Valerie's CD's entitled "That's What Love Can Do " along with the gospel album "Wash Away Your Troubles". Matt spent nearly 2-1/2 years with Liberty Pike before taking the job with the IBMA award winning group the Lonesome River Band.
Matt's playing along with his harmony vocals started getting recognized across the country by fans and some of the best artist in the business. You can hear Matt on the Lonesome River Bands IBMA nominated album "The Road With No End". At the end of 2007, Matt took the gig with Grammy Award winner Marty Raybon (former lead singer for Shenandoah). Matt spent nearly 3 years with Marty traveling across the U.S playing some of the biggest country/bluegrass festivals around. Matt also recorded dobro and harmony vocals on 2 of Marty's albums which were both nominated for awards.
“I am really looking forward to this journey with the Dale Ann Bradley Band. I have always been a big fan of her music over the years. Dale Ann has one of the most gifted voices as well as one of the best bands on the circuit so I am very honored to be a part of it.”
Ethan Burkhardt -
From the birthplace of recorded jazz, Richmond, IN, Ethan Burkhardt's musical foundation is built on a highly musical family.
His grandfather was the orchestra director at Richmond High School for 48 years which has the distinction of being the first high school orchestra program in the nation. Notable students that came through his grandfather’s orchestra program include drummers Harold Jones (Sarah Vaughn, Count Basie, Tony Bennett) and Scott Hamilton (Diana Krall) who both credit Burkhardt as being an early influence in their careers.
Ethan’s training began at 5 years old on the violin which led to joining Earlham College’s orchestra as a Freshman in high school and attending Mark O’Connor’s fiddle camp where he studied with masters Mark O’Connor, Buddy Spicher, Rachel Barton, Darol Anger, and Bobby Hicks. While attending camp, bassist Victor Wooten showed up to jam and forever changed Burkhardt’s musical trajectory. He began studying bass heavily and eventually started taking private lessons with Cincinnati’s Rick Vizachero, an International Society of Bassists solo competition winner and member of the Cincinnati Symphony and Pops. The study paid off with a full ride scholarship to Millikin University, Decatur, IL where Burkhardt graduated in 2005 with a degree in Music Business.
After college, Burkhardt accepted a job with Grammy nominated roots music record label, Pinecastle Records in Columbus, NC (www.pinecastlemusic.com) of which he is now CEO. He has worked with top names in the industry including The Osborne Brothers (Rocky Top), Grammy nominee Dale Ann Bradley, Grand Ole Opry members Jim & Jesse, and many more.
Through Pinecastle, Burkhardt has opened Bonfire Recording Studio in Piedmont, SC and created a new record label, Bonfire Recording Company that focuses on American roots music. He also is the leader of Soulution, the most booked wedding band in South Carolina.