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.

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 plays a range of styles from Folk and Country to Newgrass and Bluegrass.


Grass Attack regularly performs at town festivals, bluegrass festivals, county fairs, outdoor community park concerts and wineries in Northern Illinois and Southern Wisconsin. Randy Tackett, Monroe, WI, plays lead guitar and banjo. Jeff and Liz Wagner are from German Valley, IL. Jeff plays banjo and guitar. Liz plays mandolin and guitar. Liz, Jeff and Randy sing lead and harmony vocals. Bruce Rittschof, is from Belvidere, IL, and plays bass and rhythm guitar.


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


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



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

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.

Turtle Creek Ramblers, Beloit, WI

Phone: 608-289-5246




 The Turtle Creek Ramblers, from southern Wisconsin, was formed in 2006, and, since that time, have been performing at  fairs, festivals, town squares, senior homes, churches, fund-raisers, and private events.

                      David Wilson — Mandolin
                      Michelle Wilson — Bass Fiddle
                      Al Michael — Banjo
                      Doug Hodge — Guitar

The Wood Street Bloodhounds, Chicago, IL

Phone:  312-421-9100



Traditional bluegrass music featuring:

Tom Boyd          Banjo
Bob Becker         Mandolin
Jeff Bone            Guitar
Steve Avery        Dobro
Brian Buhman    Upright Bass

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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