Winter Bluegrass Jubilee planned for this Saturday

PICKENS — The debut of Adkins & Loudermilk and the return of the Wrecked Frets, winners of the 2013 Blue Flame Bluegrass Band Competition, will be among the highlights of the 2014 Winter Bluegrass Jubilee.

The event offers a full day of concerts and music workshops from 10:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 18, at the Pickens High School Performing Arts Center.

Dave Adkins, formerly of Dave Adkins & Republik Steel, and Edgar Loudermilk, formerly of Russell Moore and IIIrd Tyme Out, will make their debut performance as Adkins & Loudermilk. The two have a duo record scheduled for release by Mountain Fever Records in summer 2014.

Wrecked Frets, a North Carolina-based band that plays a blend of progressive, traditional and “new grass” music, has performed on “Song of the Mountains,” a PBS television program taped at the Lincoln Theater in Marion, Va., since taking first prize in the 2013 Blue Flame Bluegrass Band competition.

“We’re looking forward to coming back to Pickens,” said Wrecked Frets fiddler George Giddens. “It’s a blast to perform there and interact with the kids” of the Young Appalachian Musicians (YAM) program.

Also performing will be Heart Strings, the Steam Railers, Martin Beckman & Friends, Most Wanted Bluegrass, PHS Blue Flame Bluegrass, and the Sweet Potato Pie Kids Band. The band contest that had been scheduled as part of the Jubilee was canceled due to limited response.

The Jubilee helps support the Young Appalachian Musicians program and the Pickens High School bluegrass program. More information, including a schedule of events and online ticket sales, can be found at