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Song of the Mountains Hosts Bill Yates and the Country Gentlemen Tribute Band

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Bill Yates and the Country Gentlemen Tribute BandMarion, VA- Song of the Mountains will tape another episode of the award winning concert series aired across America on Saturday, October 1st at the Lincoln Theatre. Headlining the concert will be the legendary Bill Yates and the Country Gentlemen Tribute Band.

Bill Yates was born April 30, 1936 in Big Rock, VA. For entertainment, his family would usually either sing around the farm as they worked, would sing in church or would listen to the Grand Ole Opry Saturday nights on a battery powered radio. Bill eventually learned to play the bass by listening to records. The people that have influenced his musical career include the likes of Lester Flatt & Earl Scruggs, Bill Monroe, Jimmy Martin, the Stanley Brothers and Reno & Smiley. A few years after learning to play bass, Bill, and his brother, Wayne, formed a band called "The Yates Brothers & the Clinch Mountain Ramblers".

In later years (and a few band member changes later) Red Allen joined the band and they became the "Clinch Mountain Ramblers". Bill later moved to Nashville and worked with many of the greats including Jimmy Martin, Bill Monroe. Finally, in 1969, he joined The Country Gentlemen. In later years, Bill eventually became a full partner with The Country Gentlemen along with Charlie Waller, Doyle Lawson and Bill Emerson. Bill worked in The Country Gentlemen alongside Charlie Waller for 20+ years, gathering many awards, accolades and friends along the way before finally leaving the road and retiring in 1989.

Due to Bill's continuing activity through the years and his popularity in the bluegrass genre, he has most recently been deservingly deemed as "The Ambassador of Bluegrass" by not only his friends and adoring fans, but also by his peers. He has recently been revitalized through his secondary music career as the popularity of the newly configured band of Bill Yates & the Country Gentlemen Tribute Band gain momentum throughout the bluegrass community. Bill currently makes his traveling RV his home, but also occasionally resides with his sister, Ruth, & brother-in-law, Emory, in Spotsylvania, VA.

Also on the October 1st Song of the Mountains taping will be Lorraine Jordan & Carolina Road. The Bluegrass-rich area of North Carolina has produced one of the finest bands touring the national circuit- Carolina Road. Lorraine's showmanship and chemistry with the audience makes this band one of the most popular bands among fans today. Lorraine has been fronting Carolina Road for over a decade now and has seven national recordings to her credit. She won IBMA Recorded Event of the Year in 2006 and 2009 as the pioneer of the Daughters of Bluegrass. Performing nationwide from east to west coast, all across Canada and Europe, this band has earned a reputation as one of the hardest working bands in bluegrass.

Also on the Song of the Mountains taping October 1st will be Skeeter and the Skidmarks with band members reuniting after over a decade of performing in separate bands. A popular band in the 1990s their fans are thrilled to see this southwestern Virginia group back together again.

Rounding out the concert will be the Corklickers providing their unique old time music and personality. This will be the Corklickers' second appearance on Song of the Mountains.

Song of the Mountains features bluegrass, old time, Celtic and Americana Music and is currently airing on over 190 Public Television outlets across the United States. The series is hosted by Tim White. Tickets for the concert at the Lincoln Theatre in Marion, Virginia on Saturday, November 6th are $25. Tickets may be purchased at the Lincoln Theatre Box Office in Marion, VA or online at
www.SongOfTheMountains.org. The concert begins at 7:00 pm. For information or tickets by phone call 276-783-6093.

Song of the Mountains is underwritten for public television by the Virginia Tobacco Indemnification and Community Revitalization Commission, Mountain States Health Alliance, Virginia Tourism Corporation, GrahamFest, Bryant Label Co. of Blountville, TN, TEDS, the General Francis Marion Hotel in Marion, VA, Deering Banjos, the Carter Family Fold, The Bank of Marion, Alpha Natural Resources, and Emory & Henry College. Special support from Marion, and Smyth County, VA.

Memberships and Song of the Mountains merchandise are available at the website and your purchases help support the concert series. Song of the Mountains/The Lincoln Theatre is a non-profit organization.

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