Cody Gressett

He was born in Chunky, Mississippi. He is largely influenced by the mandolin playing of Bill Monroe and the lead singing of Hank Williams. Cody started playing mandolin at age 13 after being captivated by the playing and tenor singing of Bill Monroe. Growing up close to the hometown of Jimmie Rodgers has opened a lot of opportunities to listen to and experience great music. Cody is a second degree black belt and has won multiple championships in the Han Mu Do Association. He is entering his freshman year of college at Mississippi State University and is studying Biomedical Engineering. His hobbies outside of music include golfing, hunting, and martial arts. Cody currently makes his home in Hickory, Mississippi. 


Trevor Holder

Just you listen to this Ringold Ring Roller play that Five Stringed Steam Piano: he can play of a banjo exactly like all those good Arnold Schultz recordings.


Connor Ostrow

Connor Ostrow is an eighteen year old fiddler from Oak Park, Illinois who is currently a music major at Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee. Connor Ostrow plays fiddle regularly with Southern Flavor, Larry Efaw & The Bluegrass Mountaineers and “Lovesick Blues: Remembering Hank Williams".

Jake Patty

2017 IBMA Youth Council Chairman, Jake Patty is eighteen years old, but got into bluegrass when at age twelve. Patty quickly became a fan of artists such as J.D. Crowe, Tony Rice, and Ricky Skaggs and gradually turned toward the originators and trailblazers of bluegrass singing and guitar playing: Lester Flatt, Tex Willis, Chubby Wise, Clyde Moody and Pete Pyle. Patty fully immerse hiself in the music when he befriended J.T. Gray, the owner of The Station Inn in Nashville, Tennessee. Growing up around the Station Inn allowed him to catch a glimpse of the business side of bluegrass as well the beauty of the music. Patty plays guitar and sings in Southern Flavor

Trevor Potts

The pride of Hope, Indiana