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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.

Judges for 2017


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.

Greg Hallums Born in Shop Springs,TN., Greg Hallums has been playing fiddle for 35 years performing with groups like Alabama, Bill Monroe, The Stoneman Family, Bobby Smith and the Boys from Shiloh, and many other Country and Bluegrass groups.  One of Greg’s main influences and mentors is the legendary Bobby Hicks of the original Ricky Skaggs band.  A 2005 national champion himself, Greg enjoys watching/playing with the upcoming generation of talented musicians every year.

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