Marion, VA -- The SteelDrivers will bring their popular style of bluegrass music to the Lincoln Theatre in Marion, Virginia on Saturday, March 1st. The band will tape a one hour concert for the award winning public television concert series Song of the Mountains. This will be the SteelDrivers’ second appearance on the show and this promises to be another great season for the syndicated program which airs across the United States on over 190 public television outlets. The SteelDrivers will be joined at the Song of the Mountains taping by bluegrass artists Dale Ann Bradley, Loose Strings and Close Kin-Our Roots Run Deep.
“Our show skipped tapings for January and February this year”, said Tim White the show’s executive coordinator and host. “We have reorganized a bit over this cold winter and we are very excited about our upcoming year of concerts which will include a three day festival in Louisburg, North Carolina this coming May 1st through 3rd. The Song of the Mountains Festival includes a tremendous lineup of nationally touring bluegrass bands. “Even though we skipped tapings in January and February this year we will still have at least eight tapings plus the festival which will enable us to produce 24 one hour episodes in 2014”, said White. Information on the upcoming Song of the Mountains season can be found at www.songofthemountains.org and information on the Song of the Festival is found at www.sotmfest.com.
The SteelDrivers: a group of seasoned veterans –each distinguished in his or her own right, each valued in the town’s commercial community – who are seizing an opportunity to follow their hearts to their souls’ reward. In doing so, they are braiding their bluegrass roots with new threads of their own design, bringing together country, soul, and other contemporary influences to create an unapologetic hybrid that is old as the hills but fresh as the morning dew. This is new music with the old feeling. SteelDrivers fan Vince Gill describes the band’s fusion as simply “an incredible combination.”
Since the release of The SteelDrivers (2008) and Reckless (2010), The SteelDrivers have been nominated for three Grammys, four IBMA awards and the Americana Music Association’s New Artist of the Year. They were presented the International Bluegrass Music Association’s award for Emerging Artist of the Year in 2009. That same year the band spent a week in Georgia as part of the cast in the movie “Get Low”. The movie, that starred Robert Duvall, Sissy Spacek and Bill Murray, featured a soundtrack that included four tunes by The SteelDriversDrivers. In 2013 The SteelDrivers released their third album entitled “Hammer Down”. They spent the year performing throughout the USA and Canada. By the end of the year “Hammer Down” had been nominated for IBMA Album of the Year, finished #19 on the Americana Music Charts, was #13 in sales on the Billboard Bluegrass Chart and was selected by GAC (Great American Country) as one of their Top 10 Albums of 2013.
Dale Ann Bradley is a 5-time IBMA "Female Vocalist Of The Year". She records for Compass Records and appears on many albums. She has charted many top 10 albums as a solo artist, and as a band leader. Known as one of the best female vocalists in any genre of music.
The Loose Strings Band (LSB) is an all girls band , four members ranging in age from sixteen to twenty years of age from Galax Virginia. Once known as a youth band, the girls have now crossed over into the adult league and placed thirteenth out of 178 registered bands in the adult competition at the world famous Galax Fiddlers Convention! The band has been together now for nine years, playing at bluegrass conventions, weddings, benefits, churches, reunions, festivals etc. They are known in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, and beyond for their nice blend of tight vocal harmonies and sweet rhythms.
Close Kin: Our Roots Run Deep a sequel to the popular and award winning Close Kin: A Reunion of Bluegrass & Old Time Music project features the blending of the bluegrass, old-time and American styles of music in one album. Featured artists range in ages from eleven to seventeen years of age who can hold their own with the very best musicians and vocalists today. Close Kin: Our Roots Run Deep was produced by award winning songwriter/singer Johnny Williams and released on the Mountain Roads Recordings label features superb arrangements and vocal and instrumental combinations of 12 carefully selected familiar and not-so-familiar songs performed by the very best young entertainers from the Blue Ridge and Appalachian Highlands regions.
The Song of the Mountains concert on March 1st begins at 7:00 pm. Tickets and information is available at www.songofthemountains.org or by calling 276-783-6093.
April 5, 2014 Song of the Mountains will present Dr. Ralph Stanley with his grandson Nathan Stanley, the Jeff Little Trio, Michael & Jennifer McLain and the Banjocats and the Marshall Brothers & Highroad.
Song of the Mountains is underwritten for public television by TEDS, the General Francis Marion Hotel in Marion, VA, Blue Ridge Country 98.1 fm, The Bank of Marion and Emory & Henry College with 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.