High Lonesome Mountain River Coal Train

Performing together since 2013, High Lonesome Mountain River Coal Train are Congaree Bluegrass Band Champions.  Well known for their perfomrances at Bill's Pickin' Parlor, they are usually the first band to open "Open Stage," and from their first note, it's evident they enjoy playing.  They jokingly say their band's name is so long because, "...they always wanted to be a member of a BIG NAME BAND!"  Bill's Pickin' Parlor has long been our state's epicenter for performing bands, and all of these musicians met each other there. 

Some of their recent venues include The Mast General Store in Columbia, Lone Star in Sumter, and numerous private parties. Band members are Melissa Washburn singing lead and playing bass (which is much bigger than she is), Ben Wooten on Dobro and lead vocals, Reese Wooten on banjo, Keith Crout on guitar, and Jim Graddick on fiddle. All together, they make up that "Big Name Band"! 

Ben Wooten
(803) 518-4925

Established in 1991 and reactivated in 2014, the SC BTMA is a non-profit organization chartered by the state of South Carolina.