Marion, VA- The award winning and high energy bluegrass band the Grascals will headline the Song of the Mountains public television concert taping on Saturday, April 6th at the Lincoln Theatre in Marion, VA. Also on the concert with the Grascals will be the old time music of the Whitetop Mountain Band along with two bluegrass gospel bands, the Easter Brothers and Jonathan Buckner and Chosen Road.
The Grascals are among the most beloved and acclaimed bands on today’s bluegrass scene, having won SPBGMA’s Bluegrass Band of the Year award in 2010, the International Bluegrass Music Association’s Emerging Artist of the Year award in 2005 and earning its Entertainer of the Year honor in both 2006 and 2007. For those who know them, the quick emergence of the group came as no surprise, for these are musicians whose roots and crossed paths reach back over more than two decades in bluegrass ensembles like the Osborne Brothers, Larry Cordle & Lonesome Standard Time, the Sidemen and New Tradition.
Their roots can also be traced back to Nashville’s larger musical community, where The Grascals have been able to draw on legends like Bobby Osborne, George Jones, Vince Gill, The Jordanaires, Steve Warner, Lloyd Green, Paul Craft and others for songs and for performances in the studio, on stage (including multiple guest appearances on the Grand Ole Opry), and for national television appearances, including on The Late, Late Show with Craig Ferguson, CBS’s Early Show and Fox News Channel’s Fox & Friends.
The Whitetop Mountain Band is a family-based band from the highest mountains of Virginia. Whitetop is an area rich in the old time music tradition, and this band has deep roots in mountain music. The band’s members have worked tirelessly to preserve the Whitetop region’s style of old time fiddling and banjo picking and are legendary musicians and teachers of the style. Their shows are very versatile and entertaining; they contain everything from fiddle and banjo instrumentals to powerful solos and harmony vocals on blues, classic country, honky tonk, traditional bluegrass numbers, old timey ballads, originals, and four-part mountain gospel songs. Shows also include flat foot dancing. The band is well-known for their high energy and charisma on stage.
From the Blue Ridge Mountains in North Carolina to the west coast and all points in between, the American people are being treated to a special blend of music by The Easter Brothers. This trio of men -- who actually are brothers -- are helping forge a new frontier in gospel music for their unique style. Some call their style of singing Southern Gospel. Others have termed it traditional country gospel. Whatever name you choose to call it, you will have to agree it is music in it's purest form. Music with feeling, depth, sensitivity and backed with a solid message. There is a special magical feeling one gets when listening to the Easter Brothers sing. You are transformed as you listen to their clear style of singing back to the days of simpler times and purity in thinking. Perhaps this is what stands out most in their music, it is clear, pure and simple, not complex by musical arrangements that confuse the intent of the songs; but good, honest simplicity. Their fabulous harmony, augmented by the purity of their instruments is further enhanced by the clear cut message of faith and inspiration that mark their songs.
Jonathan Buckner and Chosen Road is an exciting young bluegrass and acoustic gospel music ensemble which was incepted in July of 2009 and immediately signed with Poor Mountain Records. The group has released four projects with Poor Mountain and their latest release “Expectations” is seeing great success on the airways. Chosen Road travels full time and keeps an extensive tour schedule holding approximately two - hundred and fifty dates per year. The ensemble travels the east coast sharing their form of bluegrass and acoustic gospel music to audiences in a variety of venues including churches, theaters, festivals, and fairs. Jonathan Buckner and Chosen Road’s unique sound is guaranteed to please fans of all musical genres and leave them wanting more.
This Song of the Mountains concert on April 6th begins at 7:00 pm. Ticket information is available at www.songofthemountains.org or by calling 276-783-6093. Song of the Mountains is hosted by Tim White. Song of the Mountains is underwritten for public television by TEDS, the General Francis Marion Hotel in Marion, VA, The Appalachian Cultural Music Association and the Mountain Music Museum in Bristol, TN, Blue Ridge Country 98.1 fm, The Bank of Marion, Emory & Henry College, Bryant Label Co. of Blountville, TN. Special support from the Town of Marion, VA. Also Song of the Mountains appreciates all the support received from their faithful supporters who contribute dollars to keep this concert series funded and on public television across America.
Memberships and Song of the Mountains merchandise are available at the website and your purchases help support the concert series. Donations are accepted at the website as well. Underwriting opportunities are available by contacting Song of the Mountains through our website. Song of the Mountains/The Lincoln Theatre is a non-profit organization.