Lincoln Memorial University

Acoustic Music Week
with Steve Gulley and Friends

July 8-13
Lincoln Memorial University
6965 Cumberland Gap Pkwy.
Harrogate, TN

Acoustic Music Week is the vision of internationally-known musician, recording artist and producer Steve Gulley. “This is the fruition of a life-long dream,” says Gulley. “I’ve wanted to bring some of my award-winning musical friends to the beloved mountain home here in the tri-state area of Tennessee, Kentucky, and Virginia for a long time. It’s our chance to share the musical knowledge we’ve gained over our many ears of singing, playing, writing and performing all around the world.”

In this camp, world-class musicians work with participants in an intimate and friendly setting. We offer lessons in guitar, banjo, fiddle, mandolin, dobro, bass, singing and songwriting.  We welcome intermediate and advanced musicians as well as beginners. Our participants so far have been 8 years old to over 70 years old. Don’t worry. Once you hit 70, we stop asking how old you are.

Participants who reside on campus stay in LMU’s lovely residence halls. Whether you are in a suite or a single room, each room has a private bath. You have access to microwave, frig and stove. Continintal breakfast provided. If you prefer to stay off campus in an area hotel or B&B, or if you live close by and want to commute from home, we have a nonresidential rate.

Participants between the ages of 14-17 are supervised in the evening by Arts in the Gap college interns. Students younger than 14 who wish to stay on campus must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.


EARLY BIRD PRICES END June 1st at 11:30 PM!

Early Registration by June 1st:
Complete Package includes housing : $500

Workshop Only Package :$400

Registration June1 -July 7th: 

Complete Package includes housing : $575

Workshop Only Package : $475

Late Registration deadline for nonresidential participants only is July 8.

Scholarships are available.  For more information about scholarships or the camp, contact Darnell Arnoult at or call her at 423-869-7170.

To register, click here.

To inqure about late registration, contact Darnell Arnoult.

Staff Bios:


Adam Steffey is surely one of the most recorded mandolinists over the past 15 years or more. He is a 5 time Grammy Winner and has been voted Mandolin Player Of The Year an unprecedented 11 times by the International Bluegrass Music Association. He is an adjunct faculty member at East Tennessee State University as a mandolin instructor in the 'Bluegrass, Old Time, and Country Music Department' and has been an instructor at a variety of workshops and camps - including the famed Mandolin Symposium held each year in California.

He has been a member of some very influential acts including Alison Krauss, The Isaacs, and Mountain Heart. Adam is currently a member of The Boxcars ( who were recognized as the 'Emerging Artist Of The Year' in 2011 and have been awarded 'Instrumental Group Of The Year' in 2011, 2012, and 2013 by the International Bluegrass Music Association.

He is also in demand as a session musician having recorded and/or performed with such artists as Alison Krauss, Kenny Chesney, Alan Jackson, Clint Black, Vince Gill, Little Big Town, Dolly Parton, The Dixie Chicks, James Taylor, Bill Frisell, Susan Ashton, Rhonda Vincent, Dan Tyminski, Ronnie Bowman, Jim Mills, Dale Ann Bradley, The Lonesome River Band, The Isaacs, Mountain Heart, Jim Mills, The Cox Family, John Bowman, and many, many more. To learn more, visit


Mike Scott recently celebrated 40 years in music which impressively includes over 450 performances at the Grand Ole Opry. This internationally known banjo sideman and featured from Johnson City, Tennessee has earned a fine reputation as a talented singer, songwriter, producer and TV host. He first took the stage with his banjo at the age of 10 and now leads Mike Scott & The Nashville Band, performs with Ronnie Reno & The Reno Tradition and can be seen regularly on “Reno’s Old Time Music Fest” TV Show airing on RFD TV and Blue Highways TV. At age 18, he

joined “The Father of Bluegrass Gospel,” Carl Story and The Rambling Mountaineers.  He later joined Jim & Jesse and The Virginia Boys and then Ronnie Reno and The Reno Tradition.  Such ventures included performances on BBC TV (British Broadcasting Corporation) in Europe & South Africa touring throughout the US, Europe, Canada, The UK Norway, Holland, Scotland, and three tours of Israel, and Austin City Limits PBS TV “The Legends of Bluegrass” featuring Bill Monroe,
Jim & Jesse, Ralph Stanley, and Mac Wiseman.  He was also a featured guest artist on David Frizzell’s “Family and Friends” 2012 RFD TV Show.  Mike still enjoys occasional road dates and Opry
Performances with Jesse McReynolds and The Virginia Boys.

As Host for Rural Rhythm’s “Behind the Dream” TV Show, Mike interviews both legendary and new generation bluegrass and country artists.   He also hosts and performs on the new “CHRISTMAS THE MOUNTAIN WAY” CD/DVD…featured on Blue Highways TV.  Rural Rhythm has released four albums by Mike Scott including “BLUE MOON OF KENTUCKY” –an INSTRUMENTAL TRIBUTE TO BILL MONROE with guests Brian Sutton, Aubrey Haynie, Adam Steffey, Tim Stafford, Mike Compton, Ben Isaacs, Rob Ickes and more….. TAKE ME LORD AND USE ME, released on Rural Rhythm Christian.  That album includes the amazing talents of: Vince Gill, Ricky Skaggs, Rhonda Vincent, Claire Lynch, Sonya Isaacs, Carl Jackson, Jesse McReynolds, Buck White, and Shelton Feazell. Powergrass Bluegrass Radio has awarded Mike with two number one singles and “Song of the Year” from this project and In connection with Singing News Magazine and The Solid Gospel Radio Network, Mike was nominated as the 2011 “New Artist of the Year’ by the Front Porch Fellowship Bluegrass Gospel Awards Association.

…. Mike Scott & Friends “HOME SWEET HOME” Songs of the Civil War (May 2013)….and Mike’s fourth & current project (June 22nd, 2014) on Rural Rhythm Christian…Mike Scott & Friends, “THE OLD COUNTRY CHURCH” Instrumental Gospel Favorites featuring the guest talents of Brian Sutton, Aubrey Haynie, Adam Steffey, Tim Stafford, Ben Isaacs, & Rob Ickes.

For more information and bookings for your events …you may contact Mike at:Mike Scott,Creative Encounters, PO Box 575, Hendersonville, TN 37077. Office: 615-230-6699  Website:  



 Steve Gulley had already won esteem for his lofty tenor voice and emotional delivery as an entertainer at Kentucky’s historic Renfro Valley well before he joined Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, which brought him to a wider but no less appreciative audience. Steve was also a founding member of Mountain Heart where he recorded five highly acclaimed, award-winning projects while serving as the band’s lead vocalist followed by a five-year stint as a founding member and front man of the popular group, Grasstowne. These days he is considered a stalwart of the very top echelon of lead and tenor singers in the bluegrass business as well as being a gifted songwriter and guitarist. He has been tapped as a harmony and featured vocalist on projects such as the widely praised Keith Whitley album, ”Sad Songs And Waltzes” and many other projects featuring Ronnie Bowman, Dan Tyminski, Tim Stafford, Dwight McCall, Dale Ann Bradley, Jeff Parker and country singer Ken Mellons just to name a few. As a songwriter, he has been fortunate enough to have his songs recorded by many top groups including Blue Highway, Kenny & Amanda Smith, and Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver. In fact, the song, "Through the Window Of A Train," which Steve co-wrote with Tim Stafford, was voted IBMA Song Of The Year for 2008. Steve has also earned multiple Male Vocalist of the Year nominations at SPBGMA.



Phil Leadbetter has been playing the resonator guitar since 1974. He was a 11 year member of
J.D Crowe And The New South where he recorded 2 CDs. One of the CDs "Flashback" received a Grammy nomination in 1995 for "Best Bluegrass Album". He was also a founding member of the bluegrass groups Wildfire and Grasstowne. He also was a member of The Grandpa Jones Band,
as well as The Vern Gosdin Band. In 2005, Phil was voted "Dobro Player Of The Year" by The International Bluegrass Music Association. Only 1 of 3 people ever to win that award. He was also the very first person to win that award at the historic Ryman Auditorium. The same year, he also won "Best Bluegrass Instrumental Album" by the IBMA for his solo CD "Slide Effects". The song "California Cottonfields" featuring Marty Raybon stayed at #1 for 2 consecutive months on the national Bluegrass Unlimited chart. He also has 2 "Dobro Performer Of TheYear" awards from the SPBGMA organization. Phil's recording credits include projects with J.D Crowe And The Newsouth, Wildfire,Grasstowne, Doyle Lawson And Quicksilver, Dolly Parton, Ken Mellons, Jerry Douglas,Richard Bennett, Darrell Webb, and Steve Kaufman to name a few. In early 2001, The Gibson Guitar Company honored Phil with his own signature line of Dobro Guitars. The Gibson
"Phil Leadbetter" Signature is the only guitar being built that has the trademark Dobro logo, and has been one of the best-selling guitars in the Gibson Bluegrass Acoustic line.



Bluegrass songstress Amanda Smith was awarded the 2014 International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) Female Vocalist of the Year Award at the 25th Annual IBMA Awards Show in Raleigh, North Carolina. The event was held at the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts and hosted by Lee Ann Womack and Jerry Douglas.Born in the small town of Davisville, West Virginia.

Amanda grew up singing in church choirs and participating in talent contests at local fairs. “I always sang, my mom and dad said, even before I can remember,” she says. She started playing guitar in high school to accompany herself, and soon discovered bluegrass music through female artists such as Rhonda Vincent and Alison Krauss. Amanda tours with her husband Kenny Smith and their band Kenny and Amanda Smith band.



Originally from Nine Mile, Indiana, Kenny Smith is widely considered one of the most important and influential flatpicking-style guitarists of his generation. A two-time IBMA Guitarist of the Year award winner, his professional credits include six years with the popular Lonesome River Band and an exceptional solo CD, Studebaker, released on Sugar Hill Records in 1997. A much anticipated Guitar Solo CD, Return, released on Gat3 Records in 2012. Winners of the International Bluegrass Music Association’s prestigious Emerging Artist of the Year award in 2003, the Kenny and Amanda Smith Band combines gutsy, heartfelt vocals, brilliant instrumental talents and a powerful, contemporary sense of song choice and arrangement into one of the most compelling new sounds  in bluegrass today.

Kenny is in great demand at guitar workshops and master classes, teaching at the renowned Roanoke Bluegrass Weekend series, Kaufman Kamp, Acoustic Music Camp, Augusta Bluegrass Camp and at guitar workshops at major events such as IBMA. He has just released a two-DVD instruction set on AcuTab Publications. Critics and fans alike were drawn to the heartfelt performances on Tell Someone, resulting in Grammy, GMA Dove Award and International Bluegrass Music Association award nominations. Also, the song “Shoutin’ Time” was nominated for Song of the Year at the Singing News Awards.


 Ron Stewart is well on the road to becoming a legend in contemporary bluegrass music. He is already one of the most sought after multi-instrumental session players in the genre’s history, and is in high demand as an engineer and producer. Stewart grew up in rural southern Indiana, an hour and a half from the famous Bill Monroe’s Bean Blossom bluegrass festival, surrounded by a family that played bluegrass and oldtime country music and a community rich with musicians. In his thirty-three years of playing banjo, fiddle, guitar, bass, and mandolin, Ron has gone from fronting his family band for over ten years to working with a who’s who of bluegrass, including Lynn Morris, Curly Seckler, a guest appearance at age nine on a live album with Lester Flatt, and, most recently, a six-year stint as fiddler for JD Crowe and The New South, followed by a stint as a member of the Dan Tyminski Band. Notably, Ron engineered much of and played fiddle on The New South’s 2006 release, “Lefty’s Old Guitar,” which is nominated for a Grammy.



Bryan Turner is a super talented musician with a strong pedigree in bluegrass, country and gospel music. His family contains many well-respected musicians including his dad, Bill, and his late uncle, Buster Turner, who wrote and performed so many wonderful songs that have been recorded by some of bluegrass and gospel music's most respected artists. However, Bryan doesn't stand on his family name alone. He has carved his own musical path filled with respect and accomplishments. He has performed and traveled with the groups Cumberland Gap Connection, Pine Mountain Railroad and The Dale Ann Bradley Band and worked with many other great names in the bluegrass world. Besides being a fine instrumentalist and vocalist, Bryan is also a great studio engineer and technician. He is co-owner, along with Steve Gulley and Mark Laws, of The Curve Recording Studio and has his name on a great number of nationally acclaimed recordings that have been created there. A native of New Tazewell, TN, Bryan plays bass and sings lead and harmony vocals in the band and is a welcome and valuable asset to New Pinnacle. - See more at:


423.869.3611 | 800.325.0900
6965 Cumberland Gap Parkway
Harrogate, TN 37752