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2023 Artists 


Jon Stickley Trio is a genre-defying and cinematic instrumental trio who’s deep grooves, innovative flatpicking and sultry-spacy violin moves the listener’s head, heart, and feet. “It’s not your father’s acoustic-guitar music, Instead Stickley’s Martin churns out a mixture of bluegrass, Chuck Berry, metal, prog, grunge, and assorted other genres—all thoroughly integrated into a personal style,” -Guitar Player Magazine. Premier Guitar says, “Stickley’s trio… is not a traditional bluegrass group by any means… they are just nimble and ambitious enough to navigate EDM-style breakbeats as effortlessly as the old timey standard ‘Blackberry Blossom. With inspiration ranging from Green Day to Duran Duran, Tony Rice, Nirvana, The Dead, Grisman and beyond, the Trio is making waves with their unique sound. “


Hailing from the river town of Stevens Point, Wisconsin, Horseshoes & HandGrenades plays something like progressive high-energy Old-Time folk music. With strong roots in old-time and bluegrass, the band has formed its own unique style born from the diverse musical backgrounds and interests of the five friends who make up the band. All born and raised in the great state of Wisconsin, HHG began playing music and their earliest shows in the spring of 2009. Being mostly inspired by rivers, valleys, good friends, and good drink, this five piece is as sturdy as any Midwest riverbed and will make your toes tap from sundown to sunrise


Hailing from deep within the rich fabric of Atlanta's music scene, The Ain't Sisters are pushing limits and pulling heartstrings, garnering rave reviews every time they step on stage. Fronted by the deliciously androgynous duo Arrie Bozeman and Barb Carbon, the Ain'ts deliver high-energy performances of their wildly diverse original music. Fiery Americana, fun, eclectic folk rock. Joined by the hardest working men in rock n Roll, Richie Jones on the Boom Chick thwackita whackita, and Justin Boudreau, aka BooDreamy, masterfully holding down the rhythm section and making everybody swoon with their gorgeous licks.  The AINTS have been hailed by Holler Magazine as “A jolt of energy.” Musicfest News calls them, “A legendary must-see.” But their kaleidoscopic and mercurial style has perhaps been best summed up by ChatGPT, “The Ain’t Sisters music is so eclectic they can play you down the aisle at your wedding and fight your ex at the Waffle House parking lot the same night.” 

If ya ain’t sisters, what are ya? 


The Tillers have been thumping their own distinctive sound of string band style folk music for a decade, riding it all over the country and across the sea. Four studio albums and one live record have won them praise as modern folk storytellers of the national soundscape. Musically, the band wears many hats. Their sound has proven to be an appropriate fit with a wide range of musical styles- traditional folk, bluegrass, jazz, punk rock and anything else they might run into.They continue to plot their travels around the map, electrifying new places and making new friends wherever they go. From place to place, they carry with them more instruments, new songs, and funnier stories. They are Cincinnati’s traveling minstrels


Your host band, Sloppy Joe has been playing their own style of bluegrass inspired neo old-time  music,  lovingly penned as Slopgrass, since 1998. A talented and musically diverse group of individuals, the band swaps instruments right and left throughout their high energy performances,  keeping the audience dancing and on their toes.  With over two decades playing together, the band continues their mission to preserve Slopgrass music for generations to come, and welcomes you to join the Jackpine Family on Labor day Weekend!

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​Singer/Songwriter/Multi-Instrumentalist Joseph Huber was a founding member of the .357 String Band--a group that, despite its abrupt break-up, still continues to gain popularity and is known as one of the most influential groups in the recent insurgent underground country and bluegrass movement. Having moved from .357, Huber has honed his songwriting abilities immensely and now continues moving onward and upward captivating folks with his sincere and well-crafted songs under his own name and with his backing band. Whether it's irresistible, fiddle-driven, dancing tunes or honest, heart-wrenching "songwriter" songs, Huber spans the spectrum of 'Roots' music while preferring not to stay within the boundaries of any strict genre classification.

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Formed in 2015 in the dead center of the thriving Midwest roots music scene in Stevens Point, WI, the four members of Dig Deep drew inspiration from their shared appreciation for traditional bluegrass and country music, their love of rock and roll, and their combined decades of hard gigging in the punk/metal scenes, local bars and roadhouses, and regional festivals. Three releases and 600+ shows later, they have firmly established themselves as an utterly unique and powerful force in the roots world.

 With a body of work that showcases their vision, craft, heart, and clout as songwriters and instrumentalists, Dig Deep has earned a reputation for their well-honed and hard-edged sound that goes far beyond bluegrass, as well as their blistering and boisterous live performances that give audiences much more than a string band show.


Ironstill is the dynamic old-time duo of Josh Rabie and Russell Pedersen. They combine fiddle and banjo traditions into a unique blend of thundering instrumentals and original music. Beautiful harmonies honed in coulee country blanket a spread of down-home songs about the Midwest. Russell is a member of the Wisconsin based touring band Horseshoes & Hand Grenades and Josh captains an electric Americana outfit named Echo Black River. Their music is sure to bring a dance to your feet and a smile to your face. 


What do you get when you take loopy fiddler Georgia Rae and put her in collaboration with guitar extraordinaire, Ben Barrels? FIDDLEFACE. This unlikely pair have come together to combine their styles and put a new twist to their opposing sounds! Then add in Trevor Mooney(Earthmother) on bass and you have one grooving band from Southeast Wisconsin, influenced by funk, reggae, bluegrass and Americana. FIDDLEFACE plays a variety of originals with a classic feel and covers with a new twist . Georgia Rae has won seven state fiddle championship titles (Wisconsin, Illinois and Minnesota), five state twin fiddle champion titles (Minnesota and Colorado) and is the 2016 National Twin Fiddle Champion. 

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Unkle Pecos

Unkle Pecos features the songwriting of Bryan Abernathy. His music is like no other and the songs he writes speak to the life we have all lived. The music he gives us is born out of the desire and passion to show us what it takes to get by in this world we're livin' in. Lifelong friends and band mates Bryan Abernathy and Jeff Sachs have played Jackpine since the very beginning in various lineups from Waystrange to the Country Funkins and Unkle Pecos. 

We are so thankful and thrilled to have them back at the Jackpine.

Unkle Pecos rides again! 


"Gutter-grass," "too yelly," "ya'll ever hear of The Devil Makes Three?" These are all ways people have described Hemlock Chaser. Formed on the eve of 2022, Hemlock Chaser is a 4 piece Wisconsin-raised band, drunk on the rich traditions of bluegrass, folk, and punk music with a seasoning of swing, jazz, and occasionally some classical experience peppered on top. Always ready to get down with some high-energy jamming or just play around a fire, Hemlock Chaser is an act that you won't soon forget. Their debut album "Hardluck Stories" released June of 2023 is available everywhere now!


The Yankee Coalition

The Jackpine is your only chance to see the boys from The Yankee Coalition play as they once did back in the days of The Great Northern Bluegrass Festival (Mole Lake, WI).  Tuck Pence is a well renowned musician in his own right, but when backed by Danny Lincoln -banjo wizard and pedal steel extraordinaire, Joe Cronick -alias "mandolin man", the uncle of Bluegrass-  G.T. "Doghouse" Hauser, and Donny Lincoln, it is a show not to be missed!


Wisconsin’s hardest working musician, Singer-songwriter, Tuck Pence  has been in the music business for over four decades, and has performed every Jackpine to date. With a repertoire of over 2,000 songs, 4 albums, and years of being on the road under his belt, Tuck is truly an American Relic.  An astounding performer, and true friend, he is the finest example we know of what great musicianship really means.

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 Art Stevenson has foraged up a few familiar faces to join him at this year's Jamboree. 

Art IS Bluegrass in Wisconsin, and has been performing for over four decades in the midwest and beyond. Joining him and "keeping the drive alive on the old five" is banjo extraordinaire Dale Reichert, along with Sue Cronick with her beautiful harmonies and fiddle playing, Bobby Burns on his fast pickin' mandolin, and Stef Lee holding down the low end on the double bass. The combination of Art's truly lonesome vocals and fire breathing harmonica along with The Foragers  is sure to be a set to remember! 

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Irene's Garden, locally-sourced, organic rock n roll achieves their sound drawing from distances and decades. Songs of Earthbound and Interstellar citizens alike, they play music you know, music you think you know, music for the ages and the galaxy. 


Insomniac Gypsy is an original, bluegrass-infused, high-energy string band, infusing bluegrass with jazz, funk, and rock to come up with a completely different sound all their own. Denny Vanesky’s song writing takes center stage as he conjures up songs about his colorful life and the people and experiences he has met with along the way. His raspy and intense vocals are that of a backwoods storyteller,  and his playing-with-fire, hot picking guitar style is as flavorful as a Kentucky barbecue. Rounding out the band are the multi-talented Gypsies, whose playing is always a blend of technical basting and improvised seasoning. Good tasting, dance-around-the-fire nourishment!


MoonShroom is the star crossed culmination of dreams and songs from two free spirited artists. Liberated expression & genuine songwriting is at the core of this dynamic project. Lily B Moonflower & Jake Keegan began weaving their sonic tapestry together under the full Harvest Moon in October 2018. Both drawing from performance experience individually -- the two began playing & recording together in their various projects. 

Four years later, while on tour, under the Harvest Moon in California, over looking Mt. Shasta-- Lily and Jake were poised for artistic collaboration.  After performing on the festival circuit, touring venues, and experimenting with sound, the two songwriters were graced with the inspiration to create MoonShroom to  represent their artistic expressions. 


Kevin John Troestler is a musician extraordinaire raised in Sauk City, WI , He performs original material along with classic bluegrass, country, and blues. He plays  prolifically throughout the midwest and his shows can be anything from  solo acoustic to rocking out with a full on electric band. His debut E.P. “Devil’s Grip” is OUT NOW


The trio of songwriters, known as Ukelyptus, fuse sweet vocal harmonies with the sounds of the baritone ukulele, mandolin, and bass fiddle to create a truly captivating and original sound. Playing together since 2014, Ukelyptus released their first album "Open A Doorway" in August of 2015....Imagine mermaids...


The Hand-Picked Bluegrass Band is a high energy acoustic band playing everything from the traditional “high lonesome sound” of Bill Monroe’s Bluegrass Boys to the exciting sound of today’s progressive bluegrass groups – as well as their own original music.  Featuring a high caliber lineup, fronted by the husband and wife team of Joe and Sue Cronick, they deliver a show of stellar picking and powerful vocal arrangements. You can be sure that each and every performance will be a special one!

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Stovepipe Stephens is a fresh breath of Americana and folk. Living in Rhinelander, WI, he's crafted his unique mix of fingerpicking ragtime and Americana music over years barge travel up and down the Mississippi River. His perfect combination of fluid picking and lyrical mastery that makes for one of the most entertaining acts in the Northwoods

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Bradley Ballard Band

The Bradley Ballard Band is an old school country blues band with a twist of western swing, and a side of Tex Mex. 

Band members include lead troubadour Bradley Ballard on rhythm guitar, the legendary Dale Reichert on steel and banjo, Thomas Sorbet on drums, and Billy Bronsted on his telecaster.

Bradley Ballard is a singer-songwriter troubadour, originally hails from San Antonio, TX, and lives in Wausau, WI.  Bradley loves to bang on his guitar and moan some old school Texas country blues.  He leans heavy on his Texas roots drawing inspiration from the likes of Jerry Jeff Walker, Robert Earl Keen, Willie Nelson, Townes Van Zandt, and Doug Sahm.

Bradley released his first studio Album, Cosmic Cowboy Blues, in 2021 and is currently writing tunes for his next record.

Come on down and get yer old school country groove on with the Bradley Ballard Band!

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Featuring the songwriting of Jimers Soukup and Jeff Sachs, The Free Radicalz incorporate the voice of change and the timeless theme of freedom into their original compositions.  Attempting to change the world, one song at a time,  the band is fired up and ready to go!


The New Hope
Hay Balers

Toe tappin gospel tunes sure to kick off Sunday morning with some spirit!


***Lineup subject to change***


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