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it all comes down to fun at the dumplin valley bluegrass festival

“I don’t know if I like that kind of music enough to go to a festival,” is a phrase I’ve heard several times. My response is do you like to have fun? You don’t really have to like all the music, but it’s hard not to have fun with the kind of talent that’s coming to the Dumplin Valley Bluegrass Festival in September of 2024. Whittled out of brier thicket and cow “mud”, this festival promises a mix of music that will work it’s way into your heart. You’ll definitely be on a musical journey where the storytelling and brotherly harmonies create an irresistible

Taylor Malpass, Christopher Malpass

combination that of traditional country and bluegrass music. Dumplin Valley welcomes back a crowd favorite, The Malpass Brothers!


The Malpass brothers:

old school at dumplin valley

The Malpass Brothers, Chris and Taylor, are not just fancy dressing, big hat wearing musicians; they channel the lonesome hard-road-traveled sound of traditional country music. Inspired by legends like Hank Williams, Merle Haggard, and highly influenced by the Louvin Brothers, they have dedicated their artistic pursuits to continuing the essence of an almost forgone musical genre. Their onstage incantations conjure up living legends and spirits from the past. Look away from the stage for just a second while these two brothers play, you’ll think they’ve pulled in Johnny Cash, Marty Robbins, or Kris Kristofferson.


Taylor Malpass Guitar
upright bass

Steel guitar

keep that sound a'rollin

Like many of the groups appearing at Dumplin Valley, their musical roots began in the churches of the southeast. When not working on cars or in the tobacco patch, they gained invaluable experience performing alongside their father, Chris Malpass Sr. and from legends like Don Helms and the Drifting Cowboys. As well, a seven year stint as the opening act for Merle Haggard further enriched their musical journey, exposing them to the inner workings of the industry and the power of captivating live performances. A complicated, but productive formula creating their traditional country music sound.


Just a little over ten years ago in 2011, the brothers debuted the album "Memory That Bad.” This album was produced by the legendary Merle Haggard himself helping set the stage for their growth as fan favorites in a retro-country lane. The duo have rubbed shoulders with all the best, including Doyle Lawson who was the producer on their second album. The smooth polished sound is captured and becomes the energy of a traditional country music show. They continue showcasing their dedication to preserving the authenticity of the genre. Their latest release, "Lonely Street" (May 12, 2023), is yet another tip of the hat to traditional country. Produced by Lawson and Ben Isaacs, this album weaves brand new compositions with timeless string benders, recreating the feeling we get from old AM radio and vinyl 45s.


Check out there newest release on our Dumplin Grass Spotify list:


A Musical Haven at Dumplin Valley

The Malpass Brothers bring their traditional country flair to the forefront, stirring up any event with their unique style and passion for the music. From pompadour hairstyles to the sequined suits their commitment to keeping it real, whether on the festival stage or when lighted and tuned at the Grand Ole Opry, their dedication to preserving the essence of the genre comes through. The Dumplin Valley festival is a celebration of tradition, and an opportunity for fans to feel not just like ticket holders but cherished members of the family. The Malpass Brothers always…always bring home the fun entertaining the entire crowd.


Join the Dumplin Valley Bluegrass Community

We're thrilled to have Christopher and Taylor on stage for 2024, and we want you to be a part of this unforgettable experience. Here's what you can do:

1. Follow The Malpass Brothers on social media: Stay up-to-date with the latest news, tour dates, and behind-the-scenes glimpses of the band's musical journey.

2. Join the Dumplin Valley Bluegrass Facebook Page: Be a part of our vibrant online community where fellow bluegrass enthusiasts share their love for the genre. Get updates on the festival, interact with fellow fans, and stay in the loop.

3. Reserve Your Campsite for 2024: There's no better way to immerse yourself in the bluegrass experience than by camping at Dumplin Valley. Wake up to the sounds of nature and spend your days surrounded by the music you love.

4. Grab Your Weekend Passes: Don't miss out on a weekend filled with world-class bluegrass performances, camaraderie, and memories that will last a lifetime. Secure your tickets now!

5. Subscribe: The Five String Friday newsletter is a new addition to Dumplin Valley Bluegrass Festival’s effort to connect and share our love of the festival experience, friends, and music.


So, mark your calendars for 19-21 September 2024, and get ready to experience bluegrass at its finest. Join us in celebrating the music we hold dear, and let's make this festival an event to remember.


We hope to see you there!

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