Baseball and Bluegrass with Lonesome River Band

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UNCLE DAVE MACON DAYS PRESENTS
CENTRAL MAGNET SCHOOL’S BASEBALL AND BLUEGRASS WITH LONESOME RIVER BAND
DECEMBER 10TH AT 6:30PM

Uncle Dave Macon Days presents a new series — “Nights of Bluegrass” benefiting Central Magnet School’s baseball program on December 10th featuring the Lonesome River Band and in 2017, February 9th featuring Flatt Lonesome. Both concerts start at 6:30pm. Due to limited seating, book now!

Go to: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/bluegrass-and-baseball-lonesome-river-band-tickets-28761798313?aff=es2

Let’s walk back across time into America’s past. You will find two identifiable features emerging in our culture that are uniquely American: Baseball and Bluegrass. In the hills and hollows of the rural South there were more musicians and athletic talent than you could “shake a stick “at. The rural roots of the South were primed for dual entertainment in the fairgrounds and fields. Out of this atmosphere in the 1930’s and 40’s, Bill Monroe and his Bluegrass Boys propelled their riveting new sound into popularity by introducing each concert with a baseball game –The Bluegrass All Stars—Howard Watts, Chubby Wise, Dave Akeman (Stringbean), and Clyde Moody.

This new musical style was inspired by several influences—European classical, African-American blues and gospel, hillbilly hoedown, and even jazz. With this imaginative promotional idea of playing a baseball game before a concert, Bill Monroe and the Bluegrass Boys were able to propel their new genre popularizing and codifying their music from town to town region by region reshaping America’s musical story into a new creation of its own.

Americans became enamored by the new sound. Alan Lomax once stated this about Bluegrass music. It was, “Folk music in overdrive!” In the early days of the Grand Ole Opry, hoe down bands like Uncle Dave Macon had become an institution in the 1920’s through the 1930’s. Bill Monroe and his Bluegrass music were snatched into the limelight and brought the Opry’s listening audiences to a new level.

By the time that Bill Monroe stepped out onto the stage of the Grand Ole Opry in October of 1939, with his imaginative promotional scheme of featuring baseball games before a concert, the music had been accepted. A new chapter in America’s musical history had begun reshaping country music.

George D. Hay, founder of the Grand Ole Opry, once said, “Uncle Dave Macon with his chin whiskers and gold teeth brought the chuckles and applause. Bill Monroe and the Bluegrass Boys have now found a home on the Opry.”

grand-ole-opry-lonesome-river-bandBluegrass and its unusual sound were poised to affect mainstream American music into the popular culture for decades to come. Once again like in days of old, the blend of baseball and bluegrass are coming together for “Nights of Bluegrass” which will benefit the baseball program at Central Magnet School on December 10thand on February 9th at 6:30pm. The 2016 IBMA award nominee—Lonesome River Band will be featured on December 10th. Since its formation 34 years ago, the Lonesome River Band continues its reputation as
one of the most respected bands in Bluegrass.

In 2016 at the International Bluegrass Music Association awards, there were nominations for: Album of the Year, Song of the Year, and Gospel Recorded Performer of the Year as well as Musicians of the Year in Banjo, Fiddle, Mandolin, and Bass players of the year. The band seamlessly comes together performing their traditional sound that fans have continued to
embrace over the years. Banjo player, Sammy Shelor, has received more notoriety than any other banjo player in history including the Steve Martin prize for “Excellence in Bluegrass” and as 5-time IBMA Banjo Player of the Year. Their most recent album, Bridging the Tradition debuted at #2 on Billboard’s Top 10 Bluegrass charts.

So…..Mark your calendar Saturday evening, December 10th at 6:30pm at Central Middle School, the award winning Lonesome River Band will perform, building on the familiar Bluegrass sound while adding to its bold progressiveness.

Baseball and Bluegrass Nights presented by Uncle Dave Macon Days at Central Magnet will celebrate the thrilling sounds that are a perfect American original.

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Weep Little Willow by Larry Stephenson Band – Now Released!

weeplilwiw-frtcvr-hires-sq600Weep Little Willow  – A New Album by Larry Stephenson Band

Album Release Party in Garner, NC Postponed Due to Flooding As A Result of Hurricane Matthew

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October 14, 2016 – From the very first note, fans of traditional bluegrass music can identify the smooth tenor vocals of Virginia Country Music Hall of Famer, Larry Stephenson. Combine Stephenson’s award-winning voice with the talents of Kenny Ingram, Kevin Richardson, Matt Wright on upright bass with guest Aubrey Haynie, and you’ve got an exciting new album release with Weep Little Willow.

The album was produced by Ben Surratt and Larry Stephenson and released today on Whysper Dream Music. The Larry Stephenson Band had scheduled a special album release party at Lorraine’s Coffee House in Garner, N.C. this evening, but the event will have to be rescheduled due to the flooding in eastern N.C. as a result of Hurricane Matthew.

Weep Little Willow can be purchased at iTunes, Amazon, CD Baby, and more fine retail outlets.  For purchases made at www.larrystephensonband.com before midnight tonight,  Stephenson is offering a free download of the band’s 2015 SPBGMA Album of the Year Award Winning album Pull Your Savior In.

Tracks include:

01  Yesterday’s Gone 2:28 (C. Stuart, W. Kidd)
02  It Almost Feels Like Love 2:25 (Randall Hylton)
03  Sweet Little Darling (Don’t You Cry) 2:55 (Billy Smith, Jon Weisberger)
04  Let Those Brown Eyes Smile At Me 3:16 (R. Nail)
05  Nail My Shoes To The Floor 2:27 (Bill Anderson)
06  Weep Little Willow, Weep 3:25 (Donna Ulisse, Rick Stanley)
07  Before I Met You 2:35 (Charles L. Seitz, Joe Lewis, William J. Denny)
08  Kentucky Waltz 3:52 (Bill Monroe)
09 Ruby’s Purse 3:14 (Jerry Salley, Suzanne Mumpower Johnson)
10  Free Me From This Old Chain Gang 3:07 (Mac Wiseman)
11  Best Laid Plans 3:49 (Rick Lang, Troy Engle)
12  Midnight Train 2:34 (Alton Delmore)

On October 22, the Larry Stephenson Band will perform at the Flat-Iron Farm Bluegrass for Hospice event in MD., October 28 at the BooGrass Bluegrass Festival in VA,   November 11 at the Fall Palatka Bluegrass Festival in FL, November 12 at Randy Wood’s Pickin’ Parlor in GA, November 18 at the All American Indoor Bluegrass Festival in VA, and November 25 at the South Carolina State Bluegrass Festival in S.C.

For more tour dates and information on the band, please visit larrystephensonband.com.

Photography, Album Artwork & Design: Dreama Stephenson

MEDIA AND RADIO REQUEST – email penni@hoperiverentertainment.com

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Throughout his 25-year career fronting his own band, and almost forty years as a major touring performer, Larry Stephenson has been well-recognized and awarded by fans and his peers in the recording industry. In 1996, Stephenson was inducted into the Virginia Country Music Hall of Fame by the Virginia Folk Music Association. Since that time, he has garnered numerous other awards including being named Contemporary Male Vocalist of the Year by the Society and Preservation of Bluegrass Music in America (SPBGMA.) In 2015, SPBGMA honored the Larry Stephenson Band with the 2015 SPBGMA Album of the Year Award for the Larry Stephenson Band’s album, Pull Your Savior In. In 2008, the IBMA Recorded Event of the Year was awarded to the album, Everett Lilly & Everybody and Their Brother, featuring Everett Lilly, Bea Lilly, Charles Lilly, Daniel Lilly, Mark Lilly, Marty Stuart, Rhonda Vincent, Billy Walker, Ronnie McCoury, Rob McCoury, David Ball, Charlie Cushman, Larry Stephenson, Joe Spivey, Eddie Stubbs, Jason Carter, Dickey Lee, Freddy Weller, Mike Bub, Rad Lewis, Andy May, Darrin Vincent, Marcia Campbell, Clay Rigdon, Eric Blankenship & Bill Wolfenbarger.

 

MTSU Theatre is ‘Walking in Sunlight’ with new bio-musical of Uncle Dave Macon

uncledave_wsm_sp8x10_01a-2Rambunctious country music pioneer uncle Dave Macon is most often associated with stage lights, but a new MTSU-produced play shows that the bowler-wearing banjoist much preferred “Walking in Sunlight.”

Taking its name from one of the Middle Tennessee native’s favorite gospel songs, “Walking in Sunlight: The Legacy of Uncle Dave Macon” premieres Tuesday, Sept. 27, in MTSU’s Tucker Theatre and runs through Frlday, Sept. 30.

Curtain times are 7 p.m., and tickets are $8.50 general admission and $4 for seniors over age 60 and K-12 students and available at https://www.showclix.com/event/Walkinginsunlight. MTSU students with valid IDs will be admitted free.

The family-friendly MTSU Arts play follows eight young characters as they discover a book about the “Dixie Dew Drop,” as Macon styled himself during his nearly three-decade Grand Ole Opry heyday. Guided by a character called “The Muse,” they’re magically able to step inside to observe his life’s joys and sorrows and return with a new appreciation for more than his music.

“We wanted this show to be about resilience and the struggles that he (Macon) faced, within and without, and to create a show that young people could learn from,” explains MTSU theatre professor Jette Halladay, the director of “Walking in Sunlight.”

Macon’s jovial, raucous stage persona helped to disguise a life peppered with personal tragedy, including his father’s murder outside the family’s Nashville hotel, the loss of his mule-drawn freight company after gas-powered competitors came to town, and his long struggle with emotional issues. He chose to joke and sing with customers, neighbors and audiences instead of succumbing to sadness, becoming a polished entertainer who proudly carried his instrument case with “Uncle Dave Macon, the World’s Greatest Banjo Player” on the side.

In fact, Macon was an established performer and recording artist before he joined the WSM Barn Dance — the Opry’s original name — in 1926. Born in 1870, he first performed professionally in 1921 for a church benefit in Morrison, Tennessee. Within three years, vaudeville companies were clamoring for contracts, and he was touring with fiddle player Sid Harkreader and cutting records in New York City.

By December 1925, he’d made his first appearance on the Opry. He gradually expanded the duo into a quartet, the Fruit Jar Drinkers, and became the Opry’s first superstar, bringing old-time music, gospel songs, comedy and preaching to all his performances until his death in 1952.

Students DeVante Williams, Ren Creasy and Robbie Ramirez and MTSU English professor and playwright Claudia Barnett penned the new MTSU play after Gloria Shacklett Christy, longtime director of Murfreesboro’s Uncle Dave Macon Days annual music festival, approached Halladay with the idea in the summer of 2015.

“We began researching and gathering information and started writing the play this past January,” Halladay recalled. “Gloria (Christy) and Mike (Doubler, Macon’s great-grandson) were a great help to us. I think they were probably thinking about a musical, but our research showed us that his life was so much more.”

“His life is a legacy of hope, the pursuit of joy for himself and others, and an indomitable spirit,” Christy said. “Uncle Dave was resilient, overcoming life’s unexpected and often painful hurdles, to live his dream and bring dreams to others.”

The cast of “Walking in Sunlight: The Legacy of Uncle Dave Macon” includes actor/musicians Austin Derryberry, James Alex May, Justin Dixon, Tera Alexander, Delaney Keith, Dominic Gillette, Ontario McGregor and Nicholas Emerton. Creasy and Ramirez also are cast members. A complete list of cast and crew is available at http://w1.mtsu.edu/theatre/Program.php.

You can get a little preview of Macon’s music with the Fruit Jar Drinkers, plus his preaching, with the audio of “Walking in Sunlight,” also known as “Heavenly Sunlight,” at https://youtu.be/ccXI3JyRebk. Macon also will be featured in filmmaker Ken Burns’ upcoming documentary about the Grand Ole Opry, festival organizers said this summer.

Area schools also will be able to see the play this fall and next spring by making arrangements with the MTSU Department of Theatre and Dance. An information packet for educators is available now at http://www.mtsu.edu/theatre/docs/UDMedpack.pdf.

Tickets also will be available at the Tucker Theatre box office one hour before curtain times.

For more information, visit http://mtsuarts.com.

 

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Lonesome River Band Receives Four 2016 IBMA Nominations

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As announced during this morning’s International Bluegrass Music Association’s (IBMA) press conference held at the Sirius XM studios in Nashville, Lonesome River Band received four 2016 IBMA Award Nominations including one for Album of the Year for Bridging the Tradition. This groundbreaking album, released in March on Mountain Home Music Company, includes two nominated tracks – “Thunder and Lightning” written by Adam Wright for Song of the Year and “Rocking of the Cradle” written by Kim Williams and Doug Johnson for Gospel Recorded Performance of the Year.

lrb_11.15-214One of the most talented and well-loved banjo players of our time, Sammy Shelor, received a nomination for Banjo Performer of the Year, an Award he has been presented with five times during his impressive career.  Shelor is a member of the Virginia Country Music of Fame, winner of the 2nd Annual Steve Martin Prize for Excellence in Banjo and Bluegrass, and a multi-award winning SPBGMA Banjo Player of the Year.  While not on his busy tour with Lonesome River Band, Shelor is in high demand as a guest artist. He has performed with the Zac Brown Band, toured and recorded with Alan Jackson promoting Jackson’s “The Bluegrass Album,” along with fellow LRB band member Mike Hartgrove, performed with actor and comedian Martin Short during the 43rd Life Achievement Award Show Honoring Steve Martin in Hollywood.

Since its formation 34 years ago, Lonesome River Band continues its reputation as one of the most respected names in Bluegrass music. Shelor leads the group that is constantly breaking new ground in Acoustic music. With two stellar lead vocalists, Brandon Rickman (guitar) and Jesse Smathers (mandolin), combined with the impressive talents of Mike Hartgrove (fiddle) and Barry Reed (bass), the band seamlessly comes together, performing the trademark sound that fans continue to embrace.

The 27th Annual International Bluegrass Music Awards will be held Thursday, September 29, 2016 at Raleigh’s Duke Energy Center for The Performing Arts in Raleigh, North Carolina.  For more information on IBMA, please visit ibma.org.

For more information on Lonesome River Band, please visit LonesomeRiverBand.com and join them on Twitter and Instagram.   #LonesomeRiverBand #LRB

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Digital Release of “Things We Do For Dreams”

 

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Trinity River Band’s popular new bluegrass album, Things I Do For Dreams, is now available for purchase at major retail outlets including  iTunes, Amazon, GooglePlay, and more. The band released the physical album to their fans earlier this month on their website and at their label’s site, Orange Blossom Records.

BU - JULY 2016 - TRINITY RIVER BANDBe sure to check out this month’s issue of Bluegrass Unlimited Magazine for a feature article on the band titled “Faith, Family, Music.”  The talented group includes: Sarah Harris – Lead & Harmony Vocal, Mandolin; Joshua Harris – Lead & Harmony Vocals, Banjo, Dobro; Brianna Harris – Lead & Harmony Vocals, Fiddle; and parents Lisa Harris – Harmony Vocals, Bass and Mike Harris – Lead & Harmony Vocals, Guitar.

Bluegrass music fans and radio programmers are loving the fast-paced first single release, “Come Back Train” written by Jerry Salley and Cassidy Lynn Alexander. The song has been appearing on the Bluegrass Today Top 20 Song Chart and is currently #5 on the Roots Music Report’s Top 50 Bluegrass Singles Chart.

Radio stations can access the album at AirPlayDirect.com (APD) or by request. Things We Do For Dreams hit #1 on the APD Top 50 Bluegrass Albums Chart earlier this month and jumped to #6 on the Roots Music Report’s Top 50 Bluegrass Album chart.

Album-Cover_FINALTracks and songwriters include:

1.      Between Me and Jolene (3:27); Kim Fox, Brandon Rickman

2.     Time’s A Crooked Thing (3:17), Irene Kelley, Becky Buller

3.     The Promised Land (3:52), Fred Lehner, Andy Spooner

4.     Lover’s Leap (4:58), Sarah Harris

5.     The Mirror (3:54), Joie Scott, Bob Stewart

6.     Ten Miles To Deep Gap (3:15), Jack Lawrence

7.     The Things We Do For Dreams (3:42), Brink Brinkman, Tresa Jordan

8.     Silver and Gold (4:25), Carl Perkins, Greg Perkins, Stan Perkins

9.     Right Where She Left Him (3:44), Kim Fox, Craig Market

10.   My Own Worst Enemy (3:47), Sarah Harris

11.    Secrets (4:48), Sarah Harris

12.   Come Back Train (3:17), Jerry Salley, Cassidy Lynn Alexander (1st Single)

The group has been on an incredibly busy summer tour. For a complete tour schedule and more information on Trinity River Band, please visit trinityriverband.com and join them on Facebook and Twitter.

 

Tune-In Alert: Dave Adkins

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On Wednesday, July 27, be sure to tune-in to Sirius XM Bluegrass Junction for the live broadcast of the IBMA Press Conference where the year’s official IBMA Award Nominees, Hall of Fame Inductees and  Distinguished Achievement Award Recipients will be announced.  Immediately following, Sirius XM Bluegrass Junction will re-broadcast the exciting Dave Adkins Track by Track with Host Kyle Cantrell. Dave’s self-titled album debuted earlier this year at #1 on Billboard’s Top 10 Bluegrass Album Chart, includes two #1 singles, along with an impressive list of other successes.

For more information on Dave Adkins and to find out when the band will be in your area, please visit DaveAdkinsMusic.com and join him on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Music fans can purchase the Dave Adkins album at his live shows or at iTunes, Amazon, Google Play, Mountain Fever Records, DaveAdkinsMusic.com, and many more fine retail outlets.

To Book the Dave Adkins Band at your event, please contact Hope River Entertainment at 770-367-1480 or email penni@hoperiverentertainment.com.

New Single: “Sold” by Dave Adkins Hits #1 on Bluegrass Today Top 20

da_cover_webDave Adkins has released another red hot second single, “Sold,” from his #1 Billboard Top Bluegrass Album. The impressive cover of the John Michael Montgomery 90’s hit, is currently #1 on the Bluegrass Today Top 20 Song Chart.  “Adkins delivers [the song] with gusto with the banjo his constant companion,” said Lonesome Road Review.

This is the second single release from his self-titled album on Mountain Fever Records to top the charts. The first, “Change Her Mind” written by Adkins, was #1 on Sirius XM Bluegrass Junction’s Most Played Tracks in May and hit #1 three times on the Bluegrass Today Top 20 Weekly Song Chart since the album was released late February. The song jumped to #9 this month on the Bluegrass Unlimited Magazine’s Top 30 Song Chart with the album also at #9 on the Top 15 Album Chart.

The hits just keep coming from the Dave Adkins album. The lightning fast trucker song, “Turn and Burn” co-written by Dave Adkins, David Morris and Dawn Kenny, was the 2nd Place Award winner in the prestigious Hazel Dickens Songwriting Contest. The country flavored “Fool-o-sophy” written by Kentucky Music Hall of Famer Larry Cordle and Country superstar Chris Stapleton, has appeared on a fan voted Country music chart.

Parcbench Magazine exclaims, “Dave Adkins’ voice offers something real, something trustworthy and something thrilling to hold on to. It’s an exciting ride—this self-titled new album from Dave Adkins. Buy an extra copy; Adkins possesses the impressive kind of voice—full of personality and dimension, and instantly relatable—that you just want to share.

Dave Adkins made an impressive showing on this year’s International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) ballot appearing as candidates for nominations in these major categories: Male Vocalist of the Year, Entertainer of the Year, Emerging Artist of the Year, Album of the Year, and Song of the Year for “Change Her Mind.” This year’s IBMA Nominees will be announced next month at the IBMA press conference in Nashville.

For more information on Dave Adkins and to find out when the band will be in your area, please visit DaveAdkinsMusic.com and join him on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Music fans can purchase the Dave Adkins album at his live shows or at iTunes, Amazon, Google Play, Mountain Fever Records, DaveAdkinsMusic.com, and many more fine retail outlets.

 

New Album By Trinity River Band Now Released

Things We Do For Dreams Trinity River BandOrange Blossom Records is very proud to announce the new album, Things I Do For Dreams, by Trinity River Band is available today for purchase at trinityriverband.com.  Music fans can also place their orders at iTunes, Amazon, and other fine retail sites for delivery on July 22, 2016.

Things We Do For Dreams is also now available to radio stations at AirPlayDirect.com and is currently #1 on their Top 50 Bluegrass Albums Chart. The lightning fast first single release, “Come Back Train” written by Jerry Salley and Cassidy Lynn Alexander, made its debut today at #8 on the Bluegrass Today Top 20 Song Chart.

“We are so thankful for all the many songwriters that we have been blessed to get to know over these last few years of making music, and because of that, we had no shortage of amazing songs sent to us,” said Joshua Harris. There are spectacular such as:  “Time’s A Crooked Thing” by Irene Kelley and Becky Buller, “Between Me and Jolene” written by Kim Fox and Brandon Rickman (Lonesome River Band), “The Things We Do For Dreams” written by Brink Brinkman and Tresa Jordan, and three impressive originals from band member and two-time IBMA Momentum Vocalist Award Nominee, Sarah Harris.

Tracks and songwriters include: 

  1. Between Me and Jolene – 3:27 – Kim Fox and Brandon Rickman
  2. Time’s a Crooked Thing – 3:17 – Irene Kelley and Becky Buller
  3. The Promised Land – 3:51 – Fred Lehner and Andy Spooner
  4. Lover’s Leap – 4:58 – Sarah Harris
  5. The Mirror – 3:53 – Joie Scott and Bob Stewart
  6. Ten Miles to Deep Gap – 3:14 – Jack Lawrence
  7. The Things We Do for Dreams – 3:41 – Brink Brinkman and Tresa Jordan
  8. Silver and Gold – 4:25 – Carl Perkins, Greg Perkins and Stan Perkins
  9. Right Where She Left Him – 3:44 – Kim Fox and Craig Market
  10. My Own Worst Enemy – 3:46 – Sarah Harris
  11. Secrets – 4:47 – Sarah Harris
  12. Come Back Train – 3:16 – Jerry Salley and Cassidy Lynn Alexander

Group-Pic-2 (2)The album includes the talents of band members: Sarah Harris – Lead & Harmony Vocal, Mandolin; Joshua Harris – Lead & Harmony Vocals, Banjo, Dobro; Brianna Harris – Lead & Harmony Vocals, Fiddle; and parents Lisa Harris – Harmony Vocals, Bass and Mike Harris – Lead & Harmony Vocals, Guitar. Things We Do For Dreams was recorded at the band’s Orange Blossom studio in Callahan, Fla.

Trinity River Band made an impressive showing on the second round ballots that will help determine the final International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) Award Nominations. The band’s fellow voting members placed them as candidates for nomination in these categories:  Vocal Group of the Year; Emerging Artist of the Year; Song of the Year – “How Blue”; Album of the YearHeartstrings; Female Vocalist of the Year – Sarah Harris; Recorded Event of the Year for “Fences” with special guest Marty Raybon written by Brink Brinkman and Dale Pyatt; and Gospel Recorded Event of the Year – “Give God the Power” written by Brink Brinkman.

For more information on Trinity River Band, please visit trinityriverband.com and join them on Facebook and Twitter.

 

Newcomer Blues Artist Jesse Kramer Added to Uncle Dave Macon Days Kick-Off Concert

jesse-kramerUncle Dave Macon Days Music & Arts Festival is proud to announce they have added Blues artist Jesse Kramer to the Kick-Off Party on July 7, 2016. The event will take place at Main St. Music, 527 Main St. in Murfreesboro, Tenn. Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out will headline the concert that will also include a performance by The Glade City Rounders. Tickets are $15 at the door.  Doors open at 6:30 pm and the show begins at 7:15 pm.

Jesse Kramer, the talented 19-year-old Indianapolis native, is quite the old soul. Unlike the millennials of his generation, Jesse has a deep affection for the Mississippi Delta sounds of the blues. Take that soulful sound and combine it with his influence from two of his modern day heroes, Amos Lee and Chris Stapleton, and fans are immediately drawn in. Not only is he a compelling vocalist, he is equally gifted as a songwriter with a unique ability to write songs far beyond his 19 years of experience in life. Unique in every aspect of his being, fans across the world will soon fall in love with the endless gifts of Jesse Kramer.

Jesse made his on-air live performance debut this week on WGNS Radio that immediately earned him the respect of host Scott Walker. “Man he has talent. I think we will see his name in lights soon!”

Before the Kick-Off concert gets underway July 7, an attempt of setting the Guinness Book of World Record for the World’s Largest Square Dance at 6:00 pm on the Public Square in Murfreesboro. The Hog Slop String Band and the America’s Square Dance Band will perform. Marcia Campbell from Grand Ole Opry Dancers and WSM 650 will also be in attendance.  The “square dance” is the official dance of the state of Tennessee and the event organizers hope to break the record previously set by the state of Illinois.  No registration fee is required and all skill levels are welcome. An instructional square dance video hosted by Marcia Campbell is available on Youtube. For more information, please visit uncledavemacondays.com/the-worlds-largest-squaredance.

banner-udmdUncle Dave Macon Days Music and Arts Festival will take place July 7-9, 2016 and include performances by Lonesome River Band, Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, The Grascals, The Boxcars, The Church Sisters, Flatt Lonesome, and more. The event is also well-known for their national championships in old-time banjo, clogging and buck dancing along with an arts and crafts show, parade, historic demonstrations, live music and children’s activities. Tickets can be purchased in advance at Eventbrite or at the gate. Prices are $10/day for Adults, free for children 12 and under and $5 for Seniors.  Free Parking is available in the City Garage, just a short walk from the grounds. Paid Parking will be available at Front St. and Hickerson. For more information, please visit uncledavemacondays.com.

 

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