Judges 2017

Friday, June 30th, 2017

Music Judges for 2017

Head Judge – Tom Brantley of Wartrace, TN has been playing Bluegrass and Oldtime music for 40 years. After a very successful stint playing the contest circuit for many years, he stepped into the professional world of Bluegrass music playing fiddle and singing vocals for the likes of The Music City Bluegrass, Big Country Bluegrass, New Road, and finally a short stint with world famous group Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver. More recently Tom has been at the helm of his band Missionary Ridge. His life’s calling has been in the ministry as a Southern Baptist Pastor, and he now serves as pastor of Hillview Baptist Church in Murfreesboro, TN. Tom has roots with the Smithville Jamboree where for many years he competed and won in the Jr. Fiddle, Oldtime Fiddle Band, Bluegrass Band, and Gospel Singing categories. Tom said he is honored to be serving as the 2017 Head Judge at the Smithville Jamboree, and wishes all the contestants good luck!

Jackson Carter lives in Livingston, TN, with his wife, MaryFaye. Jackson works as an Assistant District Attorney serving Clay and Overton Counties. He began playing bluegrass when he was thirteen years old, taking mandolin lessons for approximately one year. Jackson’s main focus is on Bill Monroe style mandolin playing. In additon, Jackson enjoys playing claw hammer banjo. 

Jimmy Bilbrey is a Cookeville, Tn native. He graduated from Tennessee Technological University in 1990 with a B.S. in Music Education. (Emphasis in Classical Violin) Jimmy studied in the studios of Francis Elliott and Elizabeth Small. He has taught music in the public school system and has taught privately for about 33 years. A multi-instrumentalist, he teaches fiddle, violin, guitar, mandolin, dulcimer, banjo, ukulele, bass, songwriting and harmony singing at the School of Performing Arts in Cookeville. After graduation, he played acoustic guitar, fiddle, piano and sang in a country band for 20 years. An award-winning songwriter, Jimmy has had songs recorded both nationally and internationally. Most recently, “Wonderful Day”, a song he co-wrote with his father, Ron Bilbrey, was recorded by Doyle Lawson on his latest gospel CD. Currently, Jimmy performs in his family’s bluegrass/bluegrass gospel band called, “The Bilbreys”. He is minister of music at University Heights Baptist Church. He and his wife, Lisa, have four children and three grandchildren.   

Chad Anderson Growing up in a musical family, Chad Anderson got his first instrument (dulcimer) around five. At age seven his dad brought home a mandolin for him and that became his primary instrument from then on in the family band. The Anderson Family played at various local gatherings, benefits, and bluegrass festivals all throughout his childhood and still plays an occasional show or two now.  Chad obtained a bachelor’s degree from Middle Tennessee State University in Recording Industry Management where he played acoustic instruments on numerous recording projects. He has given lessons throughout the years on mandolin, guitar, and fiddle. While primarily a self-taught musician, Chad had the opportunity during college to take advanced mandolin lessons from the legendary Roland White.  Now living in the Upper Cumberland with his family, Chad plays bluegrass with several bands around the area. He still gives the occasional lesson and enjoys building the instruments he now plays.

Timmy Nixon is from Smithville, Tennessee.  Timmy is no stranger to Bluegrass music and has years of experience playing the banjo.  He began at age 14 and in no time was playing the contest circuit winning banjo competitions all over  the South.  He then went on to playing small gigs and shows with local bands such as The Center Hill Grass, The Billy Womack Band, Duck River Bluegrass Band, and Valley Grass Express.  Most recently and still on occasions, Timmy plays with well known Fiddler/Preacher Tom Brantley in the band Missionary Ridge.  Timmy has served as judge for Bluegrass Band and Individual Competitons in the mid-Tennessee area including The Wilson County Fair Bluegrass Competition.   Beginning in 2017, Timmy joined Jerry Butler and The Blu-J’s (a long running Bluegrass Band from Knoxville, TN).  Timmy also gives banjo lessons.

 John Mayberry Has been teaching guitar(acoustic and electric), bass, mandolin, and banjo for the past 13 years.  Playing professionally with Ronnie Reno & The Reno Tradition for 12 years. Playing on the road gigs and on “Reno’s Old Time Music” Television show on RFD-TV network reaching 1.2 million viewers monthly.  He’s had the pleasure of recording two studio albums, “Front Porch Gospel” and “Lessons Learned”, with Reno and sitting in on many projects with other great artists.  Before working with Reno he participated in numerous contests in TN and KY garnering many trophies and ribbons. ” I’ve always loved the contest scene, playing in them since I was young. Later I’ve had the opportunity to sit on the “other side” of the judging table and each time I’ve tried my best to give each contestant a fair shake because that’s what I wanted back in the day.” 

 
 

Craft Booth Space Available

Monday, June 26th, 2017

Do you have artwork or a craft that you would like to sell?  We have booth space available!  It is not too late to turn in an application. Visit the “Arts and Crafts” section of our website to find a Crafts Registration Form.  Contact us at smithvillejamboree@gmail.com or 615-597-8500 if you need additional information.  We hope to see you in Smithville!

Help needed for the 2017 Jamboree!

Saturday, May 6th, 2017

Join us now as we make plans for the 46th Annual Smithville Fiddlers’ Jamboree and Crafts Festival!   This year we will be revisiting our contest rules and judging criteria, we will look at making changes to our food booth rules.  We have to decided to create a Junior Jamboree Board for the young folks.  If you would like to help in one of these areas, or if there is another area that interests you, please let us know!

Sign up now for a 2017 Craft Booth

Saturday, May 6th, 2017

Now is the time to reserve your craft booth spot at the 2017 Jamboree!  As long as space is available, we will be accepting applications.  We hope to see you on the square in Smithville June 30-July 1 !!

Food Booth Space Available

Tuesday, May 2nd, 2017

Are you part of a non-profit organization in DeKalb County?  We have food booth space available for you!  Contact us at (615) 597-8500 to take advantage of this fundraising opportunity.  The Jamboree does not allow commercial food vendors in the official Jamboree spaces; this opportunity is only for DeKalb County non-profits.

Changes made as of 2014

Monday, May 1st, 2017

Each year, we strive to make the Jamboree even better than ever.  This year we have changed the order of events:

1)  Flat Top Guitar has been moved to Saturday

2) Junior Fiddlers, Bluegrass Banjo, Contest Fiddle, and Flat Top Guitar will be held Saturday AFTER the Beginners Competition.

We hope that these changes are a benefit to our musicians.  Junior Fiddlers, you can sleep in a little on Saturday morning after a late night of competition!

Contestant Rule Changes

Tuesday, June 26th, 2012

This year, in an effort to ever improve the Jamboree, we made several changes to the Contestant Rules.  One change we made was to define the Youth Square Dance average age as 12 or under.  We are now modifying this to say “Average age of 7 of the 8 members must be 16 or under.”  We hope that this will still preserve the “youth” aspect of the category but allow for an older (or shall we say, “wiser”) dance leader to keep those little feet stomping where they are supposed to stomp.

A summary of the other rule changes is as follows:

1)  Appalachian Folk Singing, Solo/Duet:  You may compete once as a soloist and once as part of a duet.  This is the only category in which you may compete twice.

2) Performers in individual instrument categories may not be accompanied by an instrument of the same type (except for Flat Top Guitar).

3) Youth Square Dancing:   Time will begin when dancers begin to dance in unison.

4) Square Dancing:  Time will begin when dancers begin to dance in unison.

5) Old Time Fiddle Band:  You may only compete in one band.

6) Gospel singing duet, trio, or quartet:  You may only compete in this category once.

As always, if you have any questions or comments, please feel free to contact us!

Change to Contestant Rules

Monday, June 4th, 2012

Attention Contestants!  In an effort to address some confusing parts of our rules, we have made the following changes:

1)  Appalachian Folk Singing, Solo/Duet:  You may compete once as a soloist and once as part of a duet.  This is the only category in which you may compete twice.

2) Performers in individual instrument categories may not be accompanied by an instrument of the same type (except for Flat Top Guitar).

3) Youth Square Dancing:  Average Age must be 12 years or younger.  Time will begin when dancers begin to dance in unison.

4) Square Dancing:  Time will begin when dancers begin to dance in unison.

5) Old Time Fiddle Band:  You may only compete in one band.

6) Gospel singing duet, trio, or quartet:  You may only compete in this category once.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us!

Change to Schedule of Events

Monday, June 4th, 2012

Competitors, please take note…we have made a minor change to Friday’s Schedule of Events.  The category Youth Square Dancing has been moved to later in the day after the Autoharp Category.  We hope that this change will make the Jamboree a more enjoyable experience for all!

Send Us Your Jamboree Photos!

Wednesday, October 6th, 2010

Hey Jamboree fans!  Do you have any Jamboree photos you would like to share?  We would love to include some fan photos in our Souvenir Book.  Please email pictures to news@smithvillejamboree.com.