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Song of the Mountains to Feature the Close Kin Project

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Close KinMountain Roads Recordings is extremely excited to announce the highly acclaimed recorded project, Close Kin, A Reunion of Bluegrass & Old-Time Music, will be featured in a live performance by the artists for a television taping of the highly popular PBS Television Series, Song of the Mountains. Taping of the show will be 7:00 pm March 3, 2012 at the historic Lincoln Theater in Marion, Virginia. Along with the performance of the Close Kin project, guests will also be able to enjoy the music of Rodney Dillard, from the original Dillard Family (The Darlings from the Andy Griffith show) and Blue Ridge Tradition.

Whether you're a fan of bluegrass or old-time music, 29 artists from both sides of the aisle have come together to create a truly unique recording that combines these two musical genres and their bold styles.

The Appalachian Highlands region of Northeast Tennessee, Northwestern North Carolina, Southwestern Virginia and Eastern Kentucky is home to the origins of both bluegrass and old-time string band music. This music has been enjoyed for generations in kitchens and back porches, school auditoriums and music festivals and venues. Many times bluegrass and old-time artists can be heard jamming off stage at festivals before or after shows or even late into the night after the crowds have gone home. Amazing sounds are created when these styles are blended together as their heritage intended and rarely heard by the fans. Close Kin brings these sounds to the fans.

Close Kin, produced by award winning songwriter/singer Johnny Williams, features superb arrangements and vocal and instrumental combinations of 16 songs performed by such great artists as:

  • Adam & Tina Steffey (The Boxcars & The Grayson Highlands String Band)
  • Johnny & Jeanette Williams (The Jeanette Williams Band)
  • Scott & Mark Freeman (Pathway)
  • Mickey Galyean, Greg Jones, Jay Adams, Brad Hiatt & Jordon Blevins (Rich In Tradition)
  • Bud, Zeb, Samantha & Laine Snyder (The Snyder Family Band)
  • Dale Morris & Jerry Correll (Wolfe Bros String Band)
  • Edwin Lacy (Skeeter and the Skidmarks)
  • Eddie Bond (The New Ballards Branch Bogtrotters)
  • Jim Lloyd & Trevor McKenzie (Jim Lloyd and the Skyliners)
  • Brian Grimm (The Konnarock Kritters)
  • Trish Kilby Fore (Fox Creek Ramblers)
  • Tiffany (Hurt) Lowery (Wheeler)
  • Tim White, Dave Vaught &"Fat Albert" Blackburn (The VW Boys)
  • Wesley Easter (Eastwood Studio)
  • Rebecca Jones (Travis Frye & Blue Mountain)

Jerome Clark, in reviewing the album for says;

"Brilliantly imagined and movingly executed, Close Kin is a disc to which I have returned on many occasions since my initial listening. It has yet to wear out its welcome. Let us say it isn't the sort of thing you hear every day, or every week or every month or every year.

What results is something like the best of everything: the best of the old and the new, the best of the historically preserved and the personally innovative, the best of a tradition worth revering and renewing."

Karl Cooler of Mountain Roads Recordings says, "We think that Song of the Mountains is a perfect venue to showcase the Close Kin project and we know that the fans will be amazed with the talent assembled for this presentation". A video introduction to the project is available and can be viewed on the Mountain Roads Recordings' YouTube channel at: Close Kin, The Video (below) or on the Mountain Roads Recordings home page at: Please consider joining us for an evening of great music and entertainment.

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