Marion, VA- The award winning and high energy bluegrass band the Grascals will headline the Song of the Mountains public television concert taping this 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.
Whitetop Mountain Band is a family-based band from the highest mountains of Virginia. Whitetop is an area rich in old time music tradition, and this band has deep roots in mountain music. The band’s members have worked tirelessly to preserve the region’s style of old time fiddling and banjo picking and are legendary musicians and teachers of the style. Their shows are high energy and unlike any other show you have ever seen.
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. The Dove Award winning Easter Brothers have cresated a legacy going on 60 years.
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.
This Song of the Mountains concert on April 6th begins at 7:00 pm. Tickets and information is available at www.SongOfTheMountains.org or by calling 276-783-6093.
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.
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