Marion, VA-.The legendary bluegrass music group Seldom Scene will headline the final Song of the Mountains concert for 2012 on Saturday, December 15th at the Lincoln Theatre in Marion, Virginia. Also performing on the show will be the Redhead Express from Alaska, the old time music of the Wolfe Brothers from southwestern Virginia and Jeff Brown and Still Lonesome from Cedar Bluff, Virginia.
“Our December 15th concert will wrap up our eighth season of tapings”, says Tim White the show’s executive coordinator and host. “We look forward to starting our ninth season on January 12, 2013 and already have quite a lineup already for next year”, states White.
The Seldom Scene began as a non-touring bluegrass band back in 1971 in Bethesda, Maryland. The basement jam sessions at the home of Ben Eldridge started the whole thing. Who would have thought that 40 years later, this band would have become one of the single largest contributors to the progression of bluegrass from the early days of Flatt and Scruggs and Bill Monroe to the more contemporary sounds that they founded.
Bluegrass reached a second peak in popularity in the early 1970s, and the progressive bluegrass style played by The Seldom Scene was particularly popular. Original Seldom Scene mandolin player John Duffey's stratospheric tenor anchored the group, but the vocal blend of The Scene set a new standard that attracted new audiences to what had been a niche music. Their weekly shows included bluegrass versions of country music, rock, and even classical pop. The band's popularity soon forced them to play more than once a week—but they continued to maintain their image as being seldom seen, and on several of their early album covers were photographed with the stage lights on only their feet, or with their backs to the camera.
Seldom Scene continues to excel in the bluegrass scene and has received critical acclaim for their work. Their CD, Scenechronized, recorded in 2007, was nominated for a Grammy award.
The Seldom Scene has performed at the White House many times, and continues to tour the world, garnering the monikor: "America's Bluegrass Band".
The band consists of Dudley Connell (guitar/lead and baritone vocals), Ben Eldridge (banjo and scatt singing), Lou Reid (mandolin/lead and tenor vocals), Fred Travers (dobro/lead and tenor vocals), and Ronnie Simpkins (bass/baritone vocals).
The Redhead Express and the Walker Family is quite a phenomenon- Mom, Dad and seven kids touring the country together. They are really three bands in one. They perform as the entire family; the three boys as the Walker Boys; and the four girls as Redhead Express. The Walkers left their Alaskan home Thanksgiving Day 2007 and haven’t looked back. It’s been an amazing ride, full of adventure and growth. They have played all across the country, from California to Florida, doing 200 shows a year at performing arts centers, fairs, festivals, churches, and schools. Having performed two seasons in Branson, and now pursuing a Country career in Nashville, the Redhead Express and The Walker Family has become a sought after show, considered highly entertaining.
Jeff Brown has had a great career in bluegrass music performing with many bands over the years. Jeff has performed with Larry Sparks as one of the “Lonesome Ramblers” and has sang tenor with Sparks on several recordings. He now has his own band called “Still Lonesome”, a name Larry Sparks tagged Jeff with several years ago.
Although the Wolfe Brothers first formed during the mid 1970s, the group re-established their unique old time sound in the early 1990s. Featuring three vocalists, the band's repertoire ranges from rarely heard traditional songs and tunes to their own original material. Founding members Jerry Correll (fiddle) and Dale Morris (banjo, guitar) are joined by Casey Hash (guitar, accordion) and Donna Correll (bass). The Wolfe Brothers have played at many venues including Merlefest, the Carter Fold Festival, Floydfest, the Barter Theater, and the Delaware Valley Bluegrass Festival. Bluegrass Unlimited featured an article about the group in their June '04 issue, and they have appeared on the acclaimed PBS television series, Song of the Mountains. They all reside in the Grayson County, Virginia, community of Elk Creek. The band has recorded five projects.
Tickets for the Saturday, December 15th concert at the Lincoln Theatre in Marion, Virginia are $25 reserved. Tickets may be purchased at the Lincoln Theatre Box Office in Marion, VA or online at www.songofthemountains.org. The concert begins at 7:00 pm. For information or tickets by phone call 276-783-6093.
Song of the Mountains is underwritten for public television by Bryant Label Co. of Blountville, TN, TEDS, the General Francis Marion Hotel in Marion, VA, Blue Ridge Country 98.1 fm, The Bank of Marion and Emory & Henry College. Special support from Marion, VA. Memberships and Song of the Mountains merchandise are available at the website and your purchases help support the concert series. Song of the Mountains/The Lincoln Theatre is a non-profit organization. Donations are accepted at the website as well.