Carl Acuff Jr.
Carl has spent more than two decades touring the country and will be at the festival performing his Wichita Lineman show – A Tribute to Glen Campbell. Glen Campbell was an American treasure whose songs and dazzling showmanship shot him to superstardom in the 1960s. Glen’s hits included hit songs “Gentle On My Mind,” “By The Time I Get To Phoenix,” “Wichita Lineman,” “Dreams of an Everyday Housewife,” “Galveston,” “Rhinestone Cowboy,” and “Southern Nights.”
Even though Carl does have ties to the Grand Ole Opry performer named Roy Acuff, he has been carving his own legacy for the past 23 years. Acuff Jr. began performing in Ozark Mountain Country in 1992 and since that time, he’s performed in 47 states alongside nationally known recording artists like Chubby Checker, Johnny Rivers, Vince Gill, Brad Paisley, Keith Urban, Jeannie Kendall, Diamond Rio, Neal McCoy, Collin Raye and more. Since then, he has released 14 albums, nabbed four charted singles and even had one submitted for Grammy consideration.
Eric E. is a dynamic performer with a unique ability to engage his audience and make them feel personally involved. With only an acoustic guitar and a clear tenor voice, he performs songs that are remembered and loved by listeners of all ages, as well as penetrating original numbers. Eric E. does not use drum machines or synthesized backup parts, just the pure unplugged sound of his voice and guitar, which listeners often comment “sounds like a whole band’. Eric employs amazingly smooth looping and effects that leave an audience entranced. Eric desires to communicate on a deep level, transparently sharing his spirituality, life experiences, hopes and fears, in a spontaneous, candid, and often humorous way that plants itself deeply in the memory of each listener.
Daniel Martinez, Flamenco guitar wizard, composer and teacher hails from Iquitos, Peru. Growing up surrounded by the ocean and the Amazon, Martinez first picked up the guitar as a young teen at the encouragement of his mother. He quickly discovered his natural talent for playing guitar and followed the natural path of a teenage boy pushing the boundaries. It wasn’t until he moved to the United States and enrolled at Union College in Lincoln NE in 2002 to study English as a Second Language that he started to take his music seriously.
Martinez honed his skills through the mastery of classical guitar training and preparing for and winning national guitar competitions. Daniel has performed in Peru, Chile, Ecuador, Bolivia, Brazil and Canada and across the United States. Today, he plays all musical styles, but his specialties are Latin rhythms such as Flamenco, Rumba, Bossa nova and more.
Dennis Warner’s musical career has brought him to all 50 states and beyond. Along the journey, he’s released 11 CD’s, authored Beads on One String and performed in concert at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. His breakthrough album Seeds was named one of the best CD’s of 2012 in fold music.
Early in 2020, Dennis was featured on the popular PBS TV show Backroads. His concerts blend serious, thought provoking songs with lighter, up-tempo material. Warner is noted for being an entertainer, bringing the audience into the performance with laughter and even a couple of sing-alongs.