Bristol, TN/VA -- The Appalachian Cultural Music Association announces the “17th Annual Leon Kiser Memorial Tribute Concert” which will be held Saturday, February 23rd at the Foundation Event Facility at 620 State Street in downtown Bristol, TN. Proceeds from this event go to fund the “Benny Sims and ACMA’s Leon Kiser Scholarships at ETSU.
“We are excited to be working with the fine folks at the Foundation Event Facility in downtown Bristol this year and we are amazed at the quality of the venue and the intimate setting it has with bands and the audience”, says Delores Anshutz, the chairman of the Leon Kiser Concert committee. “We are looking to have another great concert this year to raise funds for the two scholarships at East Tennessee State University’s bluegrass, old time and country music program”.
The concert is designed to honor musicians and contributors to the music of the southern Appalachian region. This year’s honorees are Paul Williams who performed in the 1950s with Jimmy Martin and the Sunny Mountain Boys. Paul has performed many years recently with his own band, “Paul Williams and the Victory Trio”.
Also to be honored at this year’s concert will be Rita Forrester the daughter of the late Janette Carter who founded the “Carter Family Fold” in Maces Spring, VA. Rita is also the granddaughter of the late A.P. & Sara Carter of the original Carter Family.
Also to be honored in memorial at this year’s concert is the late Charlie Bowman. Charlie Bowman was born in 1889 in Gray Station, TN and was an early pioneer in old time fiddle music eventually traveling to New York to record for several record labels in the 1920s.
Bands scheduled to perform at the 17th Annual Leon Kiser Memorial Concert include Paul Williams and the Victory Trio, the ETSU Bluegrass Pride Band, the ETSU Old Time Pride Band, Raymond McLain and the Morehead State University Mountain Music Ambassadors, the Kiser Family, Jim Bowman, Duty Free, the Holston Mountain Boys, Lonesome Will Mullins, Lightnin’ Charlie, Tim White and Breaking Tradition.
Tickets for the concert are available at Morrell Music stores in Bristol and Johnson City, TN. Tickets may also be purchased by calling 423-218-9931. Information is also at www.AppalachianCulturalMusic.org.