The Ringers — a supergroup of sorts — will take the stage Friday at Red Hat Amphitheater as part of Wide Open Bluegrass.
Dobro master Jerry Douglas has assembled a group of collaborators with whom he has worked before: Ronnie McCoury of the Del McCoury Band and The Travelin’ McCourys on mandolin and vocals; Grammy-award-winning bassist Todd Phillips; and sought-after fiddle sideman Christian Sedelmyer, who is half of the duo 10 String Symphony.
Dan Tyminski, a longtime member of Alison Krauss & Union Station (which also features Douglas) will play guitar and sing.
The Ringers aren’t the only supergroup to perform at World of Bluegrass. Here’s a look at some others, plus a few who won’t be in attendance, but are generating plenty of buzz.
I’m With Her
Sara Watkins (Nickel Creek), Aoife O’Donovan (Crooked Still) and Sarah Jarosz combined forces a few years ago for harmony-rich covers and originals. They just won Duo/Group of the Year at this month’s Americana Honors & Awards and are nominated for IBMA’s Vocal Group of the Year.
See them: I’m With Her plays in Red Hat Amphitheater Friday at 8:25 p.m.
They’re not sisters, and none are named Sadie, but Dale Ann Bradley, Tina Adair, Deanie Richardson and North Carolinian Gena Britt are bluegrass veterans who are making something even better together. They’re also nominated for IBMA’s Vocal Group of the Year award, as well as Album of the Year.
See them: Sister Sadie plays in Red Hat Amphitheater Friday at 5 p.m.
The Earls of Leicester
Another Jerry Douglas-led supergroup, the Earls formed to pay tribute to the music of Flatt & Scruggs. They won a Grammy for Best Bluegrass Album in 2014 and have won too many IBMA awards to list — and they’re up this year for Entertainer of the Year and Instrumental Group of the Year.
See them: They’ll perform at the IBMA Awards Thursday.
Appalachian Road Show
The Road Show has a mission to honor the music and history of the Appalachians, which it does with both songs and stories from the stage. The Ringers’ Todd Phillips can claim membership in this group as well. They’re nominated for IBMA’s New Artist of the Year award and Song of the Year for their version of the Steve Miller Band tune “Dance, Dance, Dance.”
See them: Appalachian Road Show plays on the Capitol Stage Friday at 4 p.m.
Songs from the Road Band
The band name says it all — this is a group of stringband members who grab time together when they can amid busy tours. Led by former Steep Canyon Ranger Charles R. Humphrey III, the band’s roster has changed over the years, but most have ties to western North Carolina.
See them: Songs from the Road Band plays Lincoln Theater Tuesday at 9 p.m.; the Convention Center’s Room 304 Wednesday at 9:20 p.m.; and the Capitol Stage Saturday at 8 p.m.
The First Ladies of Bluegrass
This group, which played in Red Hat Amphitheater last year, brought together the first women to win the IBMA instrument awards in each category: Molly Tuttle (guitar), Becky Buller (fiddle), Missy Raines (bass), Sierra Hull (mandolin) and Alison Brown (banjo). The song “Swept Away” won last year’s IBMA Award for Recorded Event of the Year.
Our Native Daughters
As Our Native Daughters, Rhiannon Giddens, Amythyst Kiah, Leyla McCalla and Allison Russell bring the stories of African-American women throughout history into the spotlight.
With a harmony-heavy quartet that plays on the name of 1980s supergroup The Highwaymen (Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson and Kris Kristofferson), Brandi Carlile, Amanda Shires, Maren Morris and Natalie Hemby are drawing fiercely loyal fans and making country radio sit up and take notice in the process.