Nashville, TN (August 16, 2012) — Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out, currently celebrating their 20th anniversary together, will perform the National Anthem for the first Southeastern Conference football game of the season on Thursday, August 30th when South Carolina plays Vanderbilt in Nashville, Tennessee. The celebrated bluegrass ensemble has become very well-known for their stellar vocal arrangements and have been awarded the International Bluegrass Music Association's Vocal Group of the Year seven times. Their a cappella arrangements of gospel and pop songs have become a staple in their live shows, gaining the adoration of fans and the respect of their colleagues worldwide. Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out will no-doubt present a timeless version of "The Star Spangled Banner" before an expected sold-out stadium full of sports enthusiasts. The game will be broadcast on ESPN and begins at 6:00pm CST.
Prior to their National Anthem performance, Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out will stop by for a visit and concert at the Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt in Nashville. The band will perform a 45 minute show for the patients and their families and visit with children after. The world-class facilities at Children's Hospital are a testament to Nashville's dedication to the health of children. Constructed in 2004 and expanded in 2012, the 271-bed hospital is a child-friendly place built on the science of healing and has ranked among the nation's best by U.S. News & World Report for the last six years.
Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out will appear at Vanderbilt for the prestigious SEC season-opening game and visit the boys and girls at Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital as part of the two-year old Children's Hospital & Arena Tour coordinated by Sherri George. Originally custom built for 2012 International Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame Inductee Doyle Lawson, the tour is an ultra-creative vehicle which combines helping hospitalized children with inspiring national patriotism, and pairs National Anthem performances at major sporting arenas with childen's hospital visits in the same city or region.
"The Tour offers a fabulous opportunity for putting artists in a spectacular spotlight while providing an invaluable emotional boost for kids and their parents," said Sherri George. "We're delighted to welcome Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out as guests on our tour this year. I know they'll be a perfect fit to touch hearts and bring smiles to the faces of the children they meet, and having heard their Anthem.. all I can say is, prepare to be stunned!! They're truly amazing, and it's an honor to have them join Doyle this Fall in helping rock stadiums with amazing bluegrass harmony and touch children's hearts and lives for good through this tour."
"We are deeply honored to have been asked to perform our country's National Anthem for the first SEC game of the season," states Russell Moore. "Most of us are avid sports fans and we're all looking forward to representing our country by performing our nation's most important song and enjoying one of our favorite sports as well. That said, nothing can compare to the blessing that WE will receive when we visit the Children's Hospital. Our hope is that we bring smiles and laughter to the children, and their families, who are battling illnesses that we can't even comprehend."
Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out are currently on tour in support of their hit CD on Rural Rhythm Records, PrimeTyme. The band has also just learned they are top nominees claiming nine nominations for the the International Bluegrass Music Association Awards announced last night during a press conference in Nashville. The band's nominations include Entertainer, Vocal Group, Song of the Year for "Pretty Little Girl From Galax", Album of the Year for PrimeTyme, and Instrumental Recorded Performance for "Carrol County Blues". In addition Russell Moore is again nominated for Male Vocalist of the Year, an award he has won four times previously, and IIIrd Tyme Out band member Wayne Benson received a nomination for Instrumental Performer of the Year - Mandolin. Russell Moore is also included among nominees for his work with Doyle Lawson, Jamie Dailey and Josh Swift on "Beyond The Sunset" which is nominated for Gospel Recorded Performance and Recorded Event of the Year. The IBMA Awards will take place at the historic Ryman Auditorium on Thursday, September 27th during IBMA's World of Bluegrass Conference in Nashville.
For more information on Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out including a complete concert schedule, please visit www.iiirdtymeout.com. IIIrd Tyme Out will no-doubt present a timeless version of