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Five judges will score each music contestant. The high and low scores will be thrown out, and the remaining three scores will be averaged to determine the contestant’s final score.
Dance contestants will be scored by three judges, with no scores being thrown out. All three scores will be averaged to determine the contestant’s final score.
Music Judges for 2019
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."
Dance Judges for 2019
Tori O'Bryant Tori began clogging in 1989 and since age 3 has never stopped. She began instructing at 14 and is currently a instructor/ director for PowerTaps Clogging in Woodstock, Ga. Clogging has taken her throughout the United States and abroad, performing in such places like Disney World, Silver Dollar City, London's New Year's Day Parade, Branson's Silver Dollar City, an International Children's Folk Festival in France, and more. She's been featured with her team on Good Morning America and local news stations like 11 Alive as well as showcased clogging in Australian artist- Guy Sebastion and Atlanta Rapper- 2 Chainz' video "Dance Like Your Momma Ain't Proud." One of her favorite clogging memories is dancing alongside Justin Timberlake and Amy Adams in the film "Trouble With the Curve."
Tori has earned many clogging awards and titles in 4 clogging organizations including 3-time NCHC National Traditional Solo Title, 6-time National Traditional Duo Title with partner Jana Rickard, and CCA Traditional and Contemporary National Solo Titles. Her choreography has helped bring home National Team Titles and a distinguished Choreography Award. In 2016, she was inducted into the NCHC National Clogging Hall of Fame and is a 8-time member of the NCHC Dollywood All-Star Team of which 3 years she served as caption. Finally, in 2020, Tori earned her spot on the CCA All-Pro Legend having been a 4-time nominee to the CCA All-Pro Team.
Professionally, Tori works with Atlanta based Northside Hospital as a Practice Manager of several Primary Care locations.
Lynne Ogle Holbrook Lynne Ogle Holbrook has been in the clogging world for more than 40 years and coordinating clogging events for over 30 years. Her family boasts three generations of cloggers and since the 1990s they achieved several national titles.
She is president of the Clogging Champions of America organization and hosts the world’s largest clogging workshop gathering each year, the Smoky Mountain Encore held each March in Gatlinburg Tennessee.
She was inducted into the United Clogging Association’s Clogging Hall of Fame in 2018.
Chip Summey has been clogging since 1982. He is a Certified Judge and Certified Clogging Instructor, with active participation in leading training sessions.
Chip has traveled throughout the world, including Mexico, Russia, Switzerland, France, Italy and 47 States, as a workshop instructor, judge, event promoter, and dancer. Chip has been a board member for the Clogging Champions of America as well as the National Clogging Hoedown Council.
His competition team, the Southern Connection cloggers of Asheville, North Carolina has been National Champions in 4 or More Couple Precision, 4 or More Couple Hoedown, Country Hoedown, Running Set Hoedown, and Open Smooth Mountain Square Dance.
Chip has taught and judged all over the US, including the many CLOG National Conventions.
He has had teams to Dance in International and World Festivals with a recent trip to Moscow, Russia and the surrounding countryside with the Southern Connection Cloggers.
Professionally, Chip is a Travel Consultant & Coordinator with Wilcox Travel.