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Barefoot Nellie & Co. is a smooth driving Bluegrass band based out of Chattanooga, TN.  The group was founded in 2007 by Eric and August Bruce.  In 2010 BFN&CO released their debut CD South River.  In 2012, PBS TV Series "Song of the Mountains", Season 7, Episode 5 featured BFN&CO. 2014 has proven to be an extra fun year with Bluegrass band contest wins at Uncle Dave Macon Days in Murfreesboro, TN and Bluegrass on the Plains in Auburn, AL where the band won recording time at Mountain Fever Studios in Willis, VA.

BFN&Co. compiles impressive driving, darker  arrangements, blending standard traditional bluegrass with a more innovative approach.  The band's heart lies in writing, arranging and playing originals that will be featured on their new project due out mid 2016.  


BFN&Co. News Blog

BFN&Co. WON First Place in the Bluegrass On the Plains Bluegrass Idol Competition... 

It's Teresa here with a HUGE announcement!
August just texted me that BFN&Co. WON First Place in the Bluegrass Idol Competition at Bluegrass On the Plains just a few minutes ago! What does this mean? 
  • The band has won 2 days free recording time with Mountain Fever Studios in Willis, Virginia, an approx. $2,000 value! They will have a 3-4 song Demo CD at no studio expense to the band! 
  • Additionally, the band will get the opening set of the 2014 "Bluegrass on the Plains" Saturday Night Show During the Dinner Break (4:30-5:25) paid $1,500!
  • Each member of the band also receives a free 5-day pass to the 2014 Bluegrass on the Plains Festival for them and one other person.

I don't know about you folks, but I am one super proud Nelliehead right now and so excited for what else is in the future for this AWESOME band!

Congrats August, Eric, Kyle, Mike and Michael!

Bluegrass On The Plains - Bluegrass Idol Competition 

Tuesday, May 27, 2014 at 7 PM Central Time
We are excited that we have been accepted to join Auburn's Bluegrass On The Plains' awesome Bluegrass Band contest "Bluegrass Idol Competition"! 

Judges' vote counts 75% and the crowds' vote counts 25% so WE NEED NELLIEHEADS FANS IN ATTENDANCE! 

Click here for more information on the contest and also take a look around the site to check out the festival that lasts all week.


Boxcar Pinion Memorial Bluegrass Festival May 1, 2 and 3rd! 

We will be opening up the festival on Saturday, May 3rd at 11 am EST so come on out and listen to some awesome bluegrass all day long!  

The Boxcar Pinion Memorial Bluegrass Festival begins Thursday so you won't want to miss the first two days, either!  Many great bands will be onstage during the three total days, lots of great food and with all bluegrass crowds, many wonderful friendly folks!

Click Here to go to the festival's official site...


Pickin' at the Post Event...come on out and see us Thursday April 24, 2014! 

Hey BFN&Co. Fans! Who is coming out tomorrow night...Thursday, April 24th...(doors open at 6 pm EST, first band starts at 7 pm) to hear us perform in Trenton, GA at Pickin' at the Post along with host Carl Towns and The Dade County Boys (pictured below), held at the American Legion?

We will be giving away four door prizes and are super stoked about our first live performance with Kyle, Mike and Michael on board! 

Directions coming from Chattanooga, TN: Go I-24 W toward Nashville to I-59 split, take I-59 S...coming down I59 south, it is the Trenton exit 11, which is the 2nd exit on I 59 from the split. Get off at exit, take a left. You are on Hwy 136 East. Go to the second red light which is at the intersection of Hwy 136/Hwy 11. Turn left in front of Ingles, CVS and Kangaroo. You are now on Hwy 11 North. Go North on Hwy 11, it is about 2 miles from the intersection. Go around the courthouse square and look on the left for the cemetary. The American Legion is next to it with the Big M-115 8" Howizter gun out front!



Our own Mike Broadway has been busy writing songs.  He has decided he wants one of you dedicated BFN&Co. Fans to name his instrumental for him!  

Contest Details are Below:

Name This Song!

For a chance at bragging rights for naming an original song by band member Mike Broadway, enter this contest!

You can listen to the instrumental Broadway wrote by clicking the YouTube link here:  
Click Here to listen to Broadway's Song
Enter on our facebook page at the following link:

Meet the newest members of Barefoot Nellie & Co.! 

BFN&Co. is so excited to officially announce their three newest members. Behind the scenes along with Eric and August, they have been busy writing songs, picking together and working out harmony in preparation for the official debut and for upcoming events.  

Join us in welcoming 27 year old Kyle Tolbert to BFN&Co from Oneonta, AL.  Kyle is BFN&Co.'s newest guitar player and he is a very innovative and talented flat picking musician.  His playing style is captivating and his originality will be very apparent when you have the privilege of hearing him yourself.  We are very blessed to welcome him aboard.

Also join us in welcoming 20 year old Michael Williams from Joppa, AL.  Michael is our newest mandolin player. He has played bluegrass music for four years and although mandolin was not the first bluegrass instrument he learned, he has a great ability to adapt to bluegrass instruments.  BFN&Co. welcomes his clean, crisp and clear playing style as a great addition to the smooth driving sound which the band is already known for.  In addition to his playing ability, Michael also brings great vocals and harmonies to BFN&Co. Plus he is busy writing songs for upcoming projects.  BFN&Co. looks forward to sharing his talents with the fans.

Last but not least, please join us in welcoming 26 year old Mike Broadway from Athens, AL.  Mike joins BFN&Co. as the newest banjo player.  Since Mike has attributed hearing an album from the Father of Bluegrass, Bill Monroe at the age of 11 as the reason he started playing, it stands to reason that he still blends tradition into his desire to achieve a more contemporary sound, not straying too far from his roots.  This is in keeping with the desires of what BFN&Co. has always strived to achieve as well, making Mike a perfect fit for BFN&Co.  In addition to playing the banjo, Mike also sings harmonies and writes songs that BFN&Co. looks forward to sharing soon! 

You can see pictures and bios of all band members on the bios pages.



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Previous events


Bluegrass at the FEED Co.

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The FEED Co. Table and Tavern, 201 West Mail Street, Chattanooga

Great food...Great bluegrass...Great time!! We will be playing from 7:30-9:30pm. If you have not yet been to the FEED Co. and Tavern, they have a wonderful staff, amazing food, and a great location in the Southside off of Main Street.


A Light in the Darkness for Pagiel

Phibbs Bar and Grill, 96 Fieldstone Village Drive , Rock Spring, Georgia

We will begin playing at at 8pm. This is a fundraiser for a young man named Pagiel, who has suffered a traumatic brain injury. The event starts at 2 pm and continues until Midnight. Lots of great bands and food. A $5 dollars minimum donation is suggested with all of the proceeds go to the family.


Chickamauga Battlefield Marathon Pre Race Dinner

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First Baptist Church, 2645 Lafayette Road, Fort Oglethorpe

A pasta dinner will be held on Friday, November 10 from 5:30 pm to 8:00 pm (EST) at the site of the packet pickup (First Baptist Church of Fort Oglethrope at 2645 LaFayette Road, Fort Oglethorpe, GA 30742). The cost is $15 for an adult (13 & over) and $8 for a child (12 & under). Enjoy the smooth bluegrass music of Barefoot Nellie and Company.


Forever Bluegrass Fall Festival

Mountain Cove Farms, 994 Dougherty Gap Road, Chickamauga

This new fall festival will take place on Thursday, Friday and Saturday – November 2nd, 3rd & 4th – at the most perfect place for a festival, Mountain Cove Farms in Walker County, Georgia! We will begin playing at 1:00 pm on Saturday. Come for a day or all three! Campsites are available so you can stay and play bluegrass all three nights! Some of the best talent from around the area will be performing on stage. There are also dozens of jam sessions all around the campsite at anytime of the hour.


Make A Wish Trailblaze Challenge

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Lula Lake Land Trust, 5000 Lula Lake, Lookout Mountain

Trailblaze Challenge is an endurance event in the mountains of Georgia/Tennessee to benefit Make-A-Wish East Tennessee. The 26 mile hike course has varying terrain and some of the most stunning views throughout Georgia and Tennessee. There are numerous waterfalls along the hiking route and this weekend will be during our Fall Peak Season. Throughout the summer, weekend hikes are offered to complete the challenge in one life-changing day! The trek provides participants an opportunity for adventure, fun and fitness while making a direct impact on the lives of children in our community battling life-threatening medical conditions.


Bluegrass at the FEED Co.

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The FEED Co. table & Tavern, 201 West Main Street , Chattanooga

Great food...Great bluegrass...Great time!! We will be playing from 7:30-10:00pm. If you have not yet been to the FEED Co. and Tavern, they have a wonderful staff, amazing food, and a great location in the southside off of Main Street.


Bats, Beer, and Bluegrass

Fricks Cave, 1536 Fricks Gap Rd, Chickamauga, GA 30707-2311

The Southeastern Cave Conservancy, Inc. is planning it’s annual celebration and fundraiser titled Bats, Beer, & Bluegrass. This event is sure to excite cavers, nature enthusiasts, bluegrass fans, and more! Although the cave will be closed at the time of the event to protect the hibernating bats, guests will be able to enjoy the above-ground features the preserve has to offer.


Coke Ovens Bluegrass Festival

Historic Dunlap Coke Ovens Park, 381 Walnut Street , Dunlap, Tennessee 37327

We will begin playing at 7:15 eastern - 6:15 central time. Bring a chair and enjoy!

During the event, visitors are encouraged to explore the 88-acre Dunlap Cove Ovens Park and Museum, which preserves the remains of 268 beehive coke ovens that were part of a former coal mining operation that dates back to 1899.


National Cornbread Festival

Downtown South Pittsburg, 221 S Cedar Ave, , South Pittsburg, TN 37380

Join us for a weekend of music, food and fun at the National Cornbread Festival. We will play Saturday at 3:00 eastern - 2:00 central. Admission is $5 at the gate for all adults, preschoolers are free. Play games, ride rides and enjoy wandering through the booths that line the streets of historic South Pittsburg, TN. Stroll down cornbread alley where you can taste all different recipes using the glorious creation that is cornbread. Find handmade arts and crafts as well as local artisan treats like honey, fudge and rock candies from all over the south. The festival is filled with great family fun including a kid’s corner with games, face painting and inflatables.