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Dry Hill Draggers Play Carter Family Fold Aug 29th

Dry Hill DraggesThe Dry Hill Draggers started out in 1981. From Franklin County, Virginia, the group included Jimmy Boyd on banjo and his brother, Billy. Although several of the founding members are now gone, the group has continued in the mountain tradition of a multi-generational, traditional, old time string band. While jamming in the 1970s in the Dryhill and Ferrum area, some of the musicians were falling behind. Edgar Crowe said since they were dragging behind on their timing, he was going to call the group the Dry Hill Draggers. That name has stuck now for the past 30 years. The Ferrum, Virginia, area is home to most of those performing in the group today. They played at the 1982 World’s Fair, and they’re favorites at the Floyd Country Store and the Blue Ridge Music Center. Their knock-down driving beat is anything but “dragging.” In 2011, they placed second in the old time band category at Galax. Fold audiences who remember Larry Sigmon and Barbara Poole will love this old time band.

Steep Canyon Rangers play the Blue Ridge Music Center August 29

Steep Canyon RangersGalax, VA – The Steep Canyon Rangers bring their original bluegrass sound to the Blue Ridge Music Center on Saturday, August 29, at 7 p.m., as the North Carolina band’s ninth studio album, Radio, makes its debut. The same day, the Blue Ridge Parkway is looking ahead to its yearlong celebration of the National Park Service’s 2016 centennial anniversary with kick-off festivities at the Music Center.

Carter Fold Presents Jake Krack and the Bing Brothers Old Time Band

Saturday, August 22nd, 2015, at 7:30 p.m., the Carter Family Fold in Hiltons, Virginia, will present a concert by Jake Krack and the Bing Brothers Old Time Band. Admission to the concert is $10 for adults, children 6 to 11 $1, under age 6 free. At only 28 years old, Jake Krack has an impressive biography. He graduated from Berea College in 2007. While at Berea, Jake was a recipient of the Red Foley Memorial Music Award. Since that time, he has produced and released nine CDs on which he is featured. In addition, he has produced and/or consulted on many old time CDs. Jake is an Individual Artist Coordinator for the Culture and History Department in Charleston, West Virginia. He has done internships, received scholarships, and done extensive work with Smithsonian Folkways recordings.

Bluegrass Underground Celebrates Birthday Aug 22

Stay Cool in the CaveThe Bluegrass Underground cave venue will celebrate their birthday August 22nd with the very first band to perform in the caverns, The Volunteer Stringband. "What a great place for a concert!" If you've been lucky enough to attend a show at Bluegrass Underground, those were likely your exact words when you turned the corner on the trail and saw, for the first time, the antique crystal chandelier hanging over the magnificent, underground amphitheater that is The Volcano Room. We've all said it, and lately, a lot of other folks have been making that same discovery.

Monroe Crossing Bringing Monroe's Music to Carter Family Fold

Monroe CrossingNamed in honor of Bill Monroe – the Father of Bluegrass Music – Monroe Crossing dazzles audiences with an electrifying blend of classic bluegrass, bluegrass gospel, and heartfelt originals. Their superb musicianship and on-stage rapport make them audience favorites across the U.S., Canada, and Europe. Based in the twin cities of Minnesota, the group plays an average of 150 shows a year at intimate rooms, major venues, and festivals. This will be their second Carter Fold performance. Saturday, August 15th, 2015, at 7:30 p.m. the Carter Family Fold in Hiltons, Virginia, will present a concert of bluegrass music by Monroe Crossing. Admission to the concert is $10 for adults, $1 for children 6 to 11, under age 6 free.

Appalachian Music by Emi Sunshine at Carter Fold Saturday

Emi SunshineSaturday, August 8th, 2015, at 7:30 p.m. the Carter Family Fold in Hiltons, Virginia, will present a concert of Appalachian music by Emi Sunshine. Admission to the concert is $10 for adults, $1 for children 6 to 11, under age 6 free. It’s impossible to explain the exceptional talents of Emi Sunshine, a 10-year old east Tennessee prodigy who has captured the nation’s attention as a singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist. Steeped in Appalachian music, she is a true vocal stylist, one who instinctively knows how to interpret the nuances of a song with her impressive range, even though she has yet to gain the life experience and empathy seemingly necessary to fully comprehend the words she sings. Despite a given name that reflects optimism, she is drawn to dark themes in music – like that of the Louvin Brothers. The Tennessean is just the latest to describe her as an old soul – noting Onstage, this soul’s presence is commanding and her singing voice authentic and folksy. While her youth might remind many of Taylor Swift, a more apt comparison would be to artists such as Dolly Parton, Alison Krauss, or members of the Carter Family.

Acclaimed Mountain Stage Comes to Barter Theatre August 16

Mountain StageAbingdon, VA -- Mountain Stage comes to Barter Theatre for an exciting one night only performance and recording! Gretchen Peters, JD Souther, Nellie McKay, The Whiskey Gentry, and Wayne Henderson fill the stage for two hours of great country and Americana music. Mountain Stage is recording the concert live, and it will be broadcast to over 150 NPR stations nationally. Barter Theatre makes the perfect stage for this showcase of seasoned legends and emerging stars.

Robert Earl Keen Opened for Himself At Recent Show In Charlotte, NC

Robert Earl KeenNashville, TN -- Fans that came out to the recent Charlotte, North Carolina stop of Robert Earl Keen's tour were treated to a rare Keen concert-going experience. In an unprecedented move, after he found out the opening act for his nearly sold-out show in Charlotte, North Carolina had to cancel at the last-minute, Keen made a surprise move that thrilled unsuspecting fans. The typically well turned-out artist donned casual jeans and a button down and opened for himself. Keen dug into his big bag of musical tricks and pulled out a 45-minute acoustic opening coup d'é·tat performed by his alter ego, "that guy."

Nitty Gritty Dirt Band Plays Ryman Auditorium Sept. 14

Nashville, TN -- The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band: Jeff Hanna, Jimmie Fadden, Bob Carpenter, and John McEuen at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium, the Mother Church of Country Music, on September 14, 2015. With instrumental greats Sam Bush on mandolin, Jerry Douglas on resonator guitar, and Byron House on bass. With contributions from Country Music Hall of Famer Vince Gill, Nashville Songwriters Hall of Famers John Prine and Rodney Crowell, legendary gypsy troubadour Jerry Jeff Walker, and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer (and original Dirt Band member) Jackson Browne, and former NGDB band member Jimmy Ibbotson will be among the guests joining the guys onstage.

Stevie Barr and The Mastertones at Carter Family Fold Saturday

The MastertonesSaturday, July 25th, 2015, at 7:30 p.m. the Carter Family Fold in Hiltons, Virginia, will present a concert of old time music – and some bluegrass - by Stevie Barr and The Mastertones. A fine bluegrass and old time banjo player, Stevie Barr grew up in Galax, Virginia – in the very heart of old time string band country. The son of Rebecca and Thomas Barr, he grew up in a family dedicated to making music, and was playing banjo by the age of four. Thomas, a fiddle maker, owns and operates Tom Barr’s Fiddle Shop in Galax – a gathering spot for bluegrass and old time musicians the world over. Admission to the concert is $10 for adults, $1 for children 6 to 11, under age 6 free.

Steep Canyon Rangers Debut New Album in Bristol August 28th

RadioBristol, TN/VA -- The Birthplace of Country Music is proud to present the Steep Canyon Rangers Album Launch Concert at the Paramount on Friday, August 28, 2015. The show starts at 7:00 p.m. and will feature the band’s new ninth studio album, Radio.

New Ballard’s Branch Bogtrotters Trot to Carter Fold Saturday

New Ballard's Branchy BogtrottersHiltons, VA -- The New Ballard’s Branch Bogtrotters took their group’s name from the original Bogtrotters, the famous Galax, Virginia, area band of the 1930s, and because band leader Dennis Hall lives on Ballard’s Branch. Galax is home to the world-renowned Old Time Fiddler’s Convention, and the area has traditionally produced some of the country’s finest old time string bands. Carrying on that rich musical tradition, the New Ballard’s Branch Bogtrotters features Dennis Hall on guitar, Leon Frost on mandolin, Jesse Morris on bass, Eddie Bond on fiddle, and Josh Ellis on banjo. The guys have been playing together for over nearly fifteen years.

Jeanette and Johnny Williams at Blue Ridge Music Center July 18

Jeanette and Johnny WilliamsGalax, VA -- The Blue Ridge Music Center is proud to welcome award-winners Jeanette and Johnny Williams and Strictly Strings to the amphitheater stage on Saturday, July 18, at 7 p.m. Jeanette and Johnny Williams from Danville, Virginia, bring together their individual talents as singers, songwriters, and musicians to create a dynamic bluegrass duo.

Dollar Brothers Bring High Energy Bluegrass to Carter Fold Saturday

Dollar BrothersSaturday, July 11th, 2015, at 7:30 p.m., the Carter Family Fold in Hiltons, Virginia, will present a concert of bluegrass music by the Dollar Brothers. Admission to the concert is $10 for adults, children 6 to 11 $1, under age 6 free. The Dollar Brothers provide a high energy, family-oriented bluegrass show. A traditional bluegrass band, they are from Watauga and Ashe Counties in North Carolina. Darrell Dollar, lead singer and older brother to Barry and Wade, plays mandolin and has written several songs for the group. Barry Dollar plays fiddle and banjo and sings lead and baritone. Wade Dollar, youngest of the three brothers, sings tenor and lead and also plays guitar, claw hammer banjo. and dobro. Tim Norris, banjo player, is a cousin to the Dollars. Tim also sings, and he plays guitar and piano. Newest band member, J. M. Trivette, plays bass and helps out on vocals.

Dailey & Vincent Return to Bluegrass Nights at The Ryman Thursday, July 16

Dailey & VincentNashville, TN -- As the multi-GRAMMY nominated duo's first live album, "Dailey & Vincent - ALIVE! In Concert," remains at #1 on the Billboard Bluegrass Chart for the seventh consecutive week, while the live DVD remains in the top 25 on the Billboard Music Video Sales Chart across all genres after debuting at #2 following the Foo Fighters,the “Rockstars of Bluegrass” return to the famed Ryman Auditorium with their critically acclaimed signature sound to part take in Bluegrass Nights at the Ryman Auditorium on Thursday, July 16. Dailey & Vincent, who first debuted their music as a duo at the Birthplace of Bluegrass in 2007, and have sold out the show for two consecutive years, will take the stage at 7:30 p.m.

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