Marion, VA -- The Roys will headline the Lincoln Theatre’s award winning Song of the Mountains public television concert series taping on Saturday, November 9th in Marion, Virginia. After years of hard work, siblings Lee and Elaine Roy have firmly established themselves as one of the pre-eminent acts in Bluegrass today. As The Roys they bring immaculate harmonies, impeccable musicianship and strong songwriting to their music, combining a traditional vocal styling with a progressive instrumental attitude to enchant fans around the world.
The Roys' Gypsy Runaway Train reigns, taking the #1 spot on Sirius XM Bluegrass Junction's Most-Played Albums list for October. GRT is the third Rural Rhythm Records' project for the duo to land in the Top 5 on Billboard's Bluegrass Album Chart. The "Gypsy Runaway Train" single moves to #25 on this month's Bluegrass Unlimited National Bluegrass Survey Top 30 Song Chart, and the video is featured on ZUUS Country's Americana Currents show. The Roys' GRT CD has generated another "hot and active" track: "Those Memories Of You" (#5, Sirius XM Radio Bluegrass Junction's Most-Played Tracks).
These 2013 Inspirational Country Music award nominees are vying for honors in two categories this year: Vocal Duo / vocal duo Performance and Inspirational Bluegrass Artist. Lee and Elaine were honored previously with the following ICM Awards: 2012 Bluegrass Artist of the Year, No. 1 Inspirational Country Single ("I Wonder What God's Thinking"), 2011 Bluegrass Artist of the Year and the 2009 & 2010 Duo of the Year. This year's winners will be announced in Nashville on October 24.
Proud to continue the “family harmony” sound started by such groups as Hall of Fame inductees The Carter Family, The Louvin Brothers and The Osborne Brothers, The Roys revel in exploring new facets of the genre while remaining true to their roots. The Roys have played some of the top stages in America and beyond, bringing their unique sound to Dollywood, Country Thunder, Tamworth (Australia), Folk Alliance, CMA Music Festival and countless Bluegrass festivals. This year the siblings will make their European debut with shows in Germany, the U.K. and Denmark. The sought-after duo has performed the National Anthem for fans of NASCAR, NFL and Major League Baseball. They have hosted radio shows as well, including the legendary Ernest Tubb Midnite Jamboree and 650 AM WSM’s popular Guest Artist Series.
Also on the Song of the Mountains television taping November 9th will be Blue Yonder. Blue Yonder is a new band from Charleston, West Virginia, that takes strands of early country music – from swing to honky-tonk, bluegrass and rockabillly – and weaves them together with award-winning original compositions and a contemporary feel. The group features three seasoned musicians each with distinctive and notable skills: singer and songwriter John Lilly, national guitar champion Robert Shafer, and bassist Will Carter.
The Dismembered Tennesseans will also perform on this concert. In 1945 a group of McCallie students got together and began singing and playing a brand of Bluegrass music that has gone on now for more than 67 years.
Fletcher Bright is the fiddle player and spokesman for the Dismembered Tennesseans. As an accomplished musician, he has taught fiddle for more than 20 years at workshops across the country as well as in Canada and England. In 2005 Fletcher received the Tennessee Governor’s Award for the Arts.
Mountain Thyme will bring their Appalachian-Celtic music to Song of the Mountains. Mountain Thyme was founded in 1983 by four friends who had been learning and playing traditional music together informally. The group’s initial musical interests included old time mountain tunes along with folk and Appalachian songs. In no time at all the band began to focus on traditional Celtic tunes and songs, as a reflection of the members’ growing interest in the music and songs of Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Brittany and England.
Decker and Skinner will also be on the bill with their special brand of bluegrass music on November 9th. Based in Bluff City, Tennessee this band has a hard driving “Reno & Smiley” sound with great harmonies and tight musicianship.
This Song of the Mountains concert on Saturday, November 9th 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, 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.