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Historic Jonesborough Bluegrass Series Presents Double Header Concert

Balsam RangeJonesborough, TN -- The Historic Jonesborough Bluegrass Series will present a bluegrass music double header concert on July 21st with performances by two of the genre's most popular bluegrass artists: Balsam Range and The Larry Stephenson Band. Produced by Mountain Music Entertainment and nestled in Tennessee's oldest town, the Historic Jonesborough Bluegrass Series was recently awarded the NETTA Pinnacle Award.

From deep in the Appalachians where the Great Smoky Mountains meet the Blue Ridge comes Balsam Range, creatively blending Bluegrass, Folk, Gospel and Jazz into a new American acoustic music experience. One of the most popular bands to burst onto the music scene in recent years, Balsam Range consists of 5 musicians — Buddy Melton on fiddle; Darren Nicholson on mandolin; Tim Surrett on bass; Marc Pruett on banjo; and Caleb Smith on guitar.

The band has received multiple nominations over the last couple of years from the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) and took home the 2011 IBMA Song of the Year award for "Trains I Missed" from their latest project on Crossroads Music. Promoting the release of their upcoming project, Papertown, Balsam Range will deliver a powerful, musically masterful, and positive stage show that will captivate and entertain audiences of all genres.

Larry StephensonPerhaps one of the most consistently wonderful staples of bluegrass music for nearly 25 years, The Larry Stephenson Band brings a sense of pure professionalism to the genre. Stephenson, highly regarded as one of bluegrass music's finest high lead and tenor vocalists, has been a touring musician since he performed with his dad in the 1970's, cutting his teeth on the music of the first generation of bluegrass musicians.

The Larry Stephenson Band has toured widely and recorded frequently, nurturing it’s own sound based on Larry’s crystal clear, easily recognizable tenor voice, while providing a musical home for some of the finest sidemen in contemporary bluegrass history. Many appearances on the Grand Ole Opry and RFD TV have made The Larry Stephenson Band a fan favorite all across the US and Canada.

In 1996, Stephenson was made a member of the Virginia Country Music Hall of Fame by the Virginia Folk Music Association and he's been named Male Vocalist of the Year five times by SPBGMA (Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music in America). After 18 years of recording for Pinecastle Records, Stephenson formed his own record label and released a landmark career CD titled 20thAnniversary that included guest performers such as Ricky Skaggs, Connie Smith, Marty Stuart, Del McCoury, Dale Ann Bradley, Dudley Connell, and Sonny Osborne. From that project, "Give This Message to Your Heart" with Dailey and Vincent won IBMA's Recorded Event of the Year. 2011 marked yet another milestone when Stephenson signed a new recording agreement with the national record label, Compass Records.

The Historic Jonesborough Bluegrass Series concert will take place on July 21st at 7:00pm at the Jonesborough Visitors Center located at 117 Boone Street, Jonesborough, Tennessee. Tickets are $20/adults, $10/ETSU students with ID and children 12 and under, and may be purchased at the door the night of the show, online at www.jonesboroughtn.org or by calling 866-401-4223. In addition to Balsam Range and The Larry Stephenson Band, The Rounders will also perform.

Proceeds from this show will benefit the Southern Appalachian Ronald McDonald House Charities located on the campus of Johnson City Medical Center in Johnson City, TN. To learn more about the Ronald McDonald House, visit www.rmhsa.org and for more information on the Historic Jonesborough Bluegrass Series including a complete concert schedule, please visit www.JonesboroughBluegrass.com

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