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Rising Appalachia

The beautiful thing about Americana music is that it’s this huge umbrella where a tremendous amount of sounds can hang out. Everything from traditional string, old-time, and bluegrass, to the more progressive sounds of new-grass, folk-rock, jam band, and mountain soul; and really everything in between. There is so much room for creative interpretation with stringed instruments in the Americana ...

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Mary Beth Cross

Wisconsin singer/songwriter, Mary Beth Cross, is no stranger to Americana music. Her most current CD, Beyond Good And Evil, is a folk Americana collection of original and cover tunes, and earned her the Rural Roots Music Commission Folk-country CD of the Year in 2014. Mary Beth’s rural Wisconsin upbringing and the Rocky Mountains where she currently lives make for a ...

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Celebrating Tradition Plus and the Watsons

Founded in 1988 in memory of Eddy Merle Watson, son of the legendary Doc Watson, MerleFest has been a major fundraiser for Wilkes Community College, and a tremendous celebration of traditional plus music, as Doc always called it. “When Merle and I started out we called our music traditional plus, meaning the traditional music of the Appalachian region plus whatever ...

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Washboard Slim and the Bluelights

New Haven, Connecticut based Washboard Slim and the Bluelights have been performing together for over 40 years, and have evolved into “one of the most versatile and original of jug bands around.” Led by founder Peter Menta (a.k.a. Washboard Slim), the act features not only the washboard, but also instruments like the wash tub bass, jug, banjo, kazoo, harmonica, fiddle, ...

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How Blue

By Greg Tutwiler I can’t think of many genre’s of music where the entire family can be in the band all at the same time. One of the neat things about bluegrass/string music is that it affords those families who choose to pursue music as a shared passion, the opportunity to share the stage and life style together. Currently, there ...

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On Top Of His Game

By Greg Tutwiler With a voice like Dave Adkins, you just can’t stay out of the game for long. In the roots/bluegrass/Americana world, there are some of the most pure vocalists I’ve ever heard, and for me, Dave is in the top of that group. His musical career lead him straight from high school to a two year stint playing ...

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Ryan Cain and the Ables

One of the earliest forms of rock and roll music came out of Memphis in the early 50s on labels like Sun Records. This hyped up, rhythmic music became know as hillbilly, or rockabilly music, and took the nation by storm. Like all forms of music, rock and roll changed over the years, and rockabilly slid into the ranks of ...

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Pee Wee Moore

Peewee Moore was born and raised in the foothills of the Appalachian Rainforest just across the TN border in Fort Oglethorpe, GA, but these days he spends most of his time on the road logging more than 45,000 miles a year performing an endless string of one night stands, honky-tonks, dance halls, festivals, and theaters. Peewee has shared the stage ...

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G. T. Hurley

The great cowboy state of Montana is home for G.T. Hurley. His music has been described as a blend of Waylon Jennings and Billy Joe Shaver, with a little Tex Ritter tossed in for good measure. GT himself calls his music “Outlaw Western Country.” G.T. has been playing music since he was twelve years old, and started writing songs not ...

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Ron Short

South Western Virginia is home base for Country/Americana artist Ron Short. Ron and his band, The Possom Playboys, feature a vibrant sound reminiscent of bands that once traveled the two-lane highways of America, filling the dance floors of those iconic road side honky-tonks. Ron is a multi-instrumentalist, and his musical influences range from Old Regular Baptist “line-out” singing to the ...

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