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Birthplace of Country Music Presents Mountain Stage March 10th

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Larry Keel and Natural BridgeBristol, TN/VA - Birthplace of Country Music welcomed Mountain Stage with Larry Groce Executive Producer Adam Harris to their office Wednesday morning to reveal who would be performing at the upcoming road show in Bristol on Sunday, March 10 at the Paramount Center for the Arts. Click here to watch today's press conference on YouTube.

Asleep at the Wheel, Lúnasa, Larry Keel & Natural Bridge and The Down Hill Strugglers have been chosen for the show. Tickets to Mountain Stage are $35. For $100, patrons can reserve a seat at Mountain Stage and also take part in a pre-show reception. For reservations visit TheParamountCenter.com or call the box office at 423-274-8920.

Birthplace of Country Music® has hosted West Virginia Public Broadcasting's Mountain Stage with Larry Groce radio show in the region twice annually since 2006. West Virginia Public Broadcasting is a member station of the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) and National Public Radio (NPR). Mountain Stage with Larry Groce can be heard locally on WETS 89.5 FM and WETS-HD-1 Saturdays 2:00 am-4:00 am and 8:00 pm-10:00 pm. Mountain Stage can also be heard on WETS-HD-2 Sundays 9:00 am-10:00 am, Mondays 11:00 am-noon, and Saturdays 2:00 pm-4:00 pm.
About the Artists

Asleep at the Wheel is the famed western-swing, boogie, and roots-music outfit that is, amazingly, still on the upswing. That’s saying something too, considering the group’s been around for nearly 40 years, turning out more than 25 albums while playing an unrelenting schedule of one-nighters that would make a vaudevillian dizzy. When you see Asleep at the Wheel perform, you’re seeing something very special—a band that’s not only been entertaining audiences with its own genre-busting music for four decades, but also a group that’s never been afraid to try something new—including a reinvention, inspired by the past, that rolls joyously toward a long and shining future.

Named for an ancient Celtic harvest festival in honor of the Irish god Lugh, patron of the arts, Lúnasa is a gathering of some of the top musical talents in Ireland. Its members have helped form the backbone of some of the greatest Irish groups of our time, including The Waterboys, The Sharon Shannon Band, Donal Lunny’s Coolfin, Moving Clous and “Riverdance.” Called an “Irish music dream team” (Folk Roots) and “the new Celtic royalty” (Boston Herald), Lúnasa has performed across Europe, Japan and Australia, included the Montreux Jazz Festival, London’s Guinness Fleadh, the Hollywood Bowl and the Chicago Celtic Festival. The Irish Voice calls Lúnasa “The hottest Irish acoustic group on the planet.”

Larry Keel is described by some reviewers as the most powerful, innovative and all-out exhilarating acoustic flatpicking guitarist performing today. Keel has absorbed the best lessons from his bluegrass family upbringing, both sides deeply steeped in the rich mountain music culture and heritage of Southwest Virginia. From there, he has always integrated that solid musical grounding and natural-born talent with his own incomparable approach to flat-picking the guitar and composing original music. He’s earned the highest respect and billing among the top acoustic musicians from past and present: Tony Rice, Chris Thile, Vassar Clements, Sam Bush, Del McCoury, John Hartford and Bill Monroe to name a few.

The Down Hill Strugglers is a Brooklyn, N.Y.-based string band bringing old-time music to a new generation. The band plays a wide variety of old-time songs, fiddle tunes and ballads at every performance. Inspired by the fusion of Scots-Irish and African music in Appalachia, the Western states and the Deep South from the earliest colonial times through the Second World War, The Down Hill Strugglers' music mixes the old-time feeling and freewheelin’ energy of American folk music. It's an approach that makes the band's music unstoppable, and its shows, unforgettable.

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