Marion, VA -- Saturday, October 5th at 7:00 pm, Song of the Mountains at the beautiful Lincoln Theatre in Marion, Virginia invites you to see and hear the Primitive Quartet, Trey Hensley, Jimmy Bowen and Santa Fe, the Gravy Boys and Rebecca Frazier and Hit and Run. This concert will be taped for national distribution across America. Song of the Mountains is in their ninth season of tapings and reaches millions of households every week on public television.
Tim White the host of the award winning public television concert series Song of the Mountains at the Lincoln Theatre in Marion, VA has been nominated for the prestigious “Broadcaster of the Year Award” by the International Bluegrass Music Association.
White says, “I was also nominated in 2011 for the same award and it is certainly a tremendous honor. I am truly blessed to be part of this wonderful broadcast from the Lincoln Theatre in Marion, Virginia and this nomination is a direct reflection of how great our crew, staff, and volunteers are in producing our concert series”.
The Primitive Quartet has been traveling and singing gospel music forty years, and they count it a joy and privilege to spread the gospel through song. Their ultimate goal is to see saints blessed and encouraged to have a closer walk with God and to help lead souls to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ.
The quartet was formed as a result of a fishing trip when they sat around the campfire at night and sang. They realized that they had four-part harmony, and from there they started singing at our home church and other local churches. Today they travel approximately fifty thousand miles a year and do about one hundred fifty dates annually. Their music is the traditional mountain shape note style singing accompanied by acoustical instruments including the mandolin, banjo, fiddle, guitars and acoustic bass. They play their own music on all our recordings and strive to duplicate the same sound on all their personal appearances.
Trey Hensley, despite his young age, has already forged his own style. What started eleven years ago as a kid singing traditional bluegrass has become the mature sound of a 22-year old country performer and vocalist who has already found his voice. While you’ll hear some of his idols and influences around the edges, more than anything you’ll hear Trey Hensley. With a guitar in his hands, his talent expands beyond the reason of his years. This guitar aficionado will blow your mind. His own style of picking, whether on his Telecaster or acoustic, bears the influence of some of his guitar heroes. You’ll hear traces of Merle Haggard’s Roy Nichols; genre-smashing super-picker James Burton; country stylists, Marty Stuart, Buck Owens and Ricky Skaggs; and bluegrass royalty Doc Watson and Tony Rice.
It was Jimmy Bowen’s father who sparked his love of music when he bought him his first guitar at a flea market when Jimmy was just age seven. By the time he was 10, Jimmy was playing acoustic lead guitar in his father’s Bluegrass band. Just a year later, Jimmy was performing in different bar venues in his hometown of Charlotte, North Carolina. Jimmy has performed over the years with bands such as the Country Gentlemen and David Parmley and Continental Divide. In 2011, Jimmy made his acting debut in the FX-TV drama “Outlaw Country.” In 2012, he appeared in the Toby Keith video, “Hope On The Rocks. In 2013, Jimmy released his new Bluegrass CD, “The Sky Is Weeping.” On June 29, 2013, Jimmy hosted “Midnight Jamboree” for the first time.
The Gravy Boys take a cup of country, a pinch of roots rock, a handful of honky-tonk, a splash of bluegrass, a dash of hobo folk, stir vigorously, and let it simmer 'til the pot bubbles over...
The Gravy Boys hail from Raleigh/Durham, North Carolina. Their music draws deep from the well of our country’s diverse musical heritage. Their high energy shows feature heartfelt vocal harmonies, boot-stomping rhythms, lively stage banter, and honest musicianship. The Gravy Boys are storytellers and entertainers. They spin their tales by taking classic American themes and bringing them into the present day with a passion that resonates with all who listen.
Frazier achieved notoriety in the bluegrass world as the first woman ever to appear on the cover of Flatpicking Guitar Magazine, and is widely known for her work with award-winning Colorado-based band, Hit & Run. In November 2010, Frazier was faced with a void after the loss of her second son, Charlie. Uncertain of the future, and trying to move forward while continuing to raise her first son, a toddler at the time, she turned her attention to her writing. She'd hoped to revisit her muse once her second son was of school age, but life had different plans. And as life can do, it took another turn during Frazier’s unplanned return to the studio in 2012--the birth of her first daughter, Cora, took place during the recording of her forthcoming May 28 Compass Records release, When We Fall. Originally from Virginia, Frazier is perhaps best known for her work with Hit & Run Bluegrass, which made history as the only band to win competitions at Rockygrass (2002), Telluride Bluegrass Festival (2003), and the SPBGMA Band Championship in Nashville (2005). Driven by Rebecca and John’s leadership, Hit & Run became one of Colorado’s most electrifying acoustic touring acts. According to Denver’s Westword, “Something’s got to be up when one bluegrass band suddenly surpasses all the others.”
Song of the Mountains is in their ninth year of tapings in Marion, Virginia and is currently on 190 plus public television outlets across America. The public television concert series is produced by the Lincoln Theatre and UNC-TV based in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina. This Song of the Mountains concert on October 5th begins at 7:00 pm. Tickets and information is available at www.songofthemountains.org or by calling 276-783-6093. This live concert is sponsored by General Dynamics.
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, Morehead State University, 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.