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Grass Pistols shooting for bluegrass stardom

staff report • Jul 8, 2011 at 4:37 AM

Bluegrass was born in the Appalachians, so it’s no surprise that East Tennessee and Southwest Virginia have given rise to more bluegrass bands than you can shake a stick at. The Grass Pistols trace their roots a little farther — all the way to Russia. Hailing from the city Nizhny Novgorod, The Grass Pistols will showcase their hard-driving brand of bluegrass during a July 9 gig at The Bus Pit in downtown Kingsport. Show time is 9 p.m. Cover is $5. The band, originally dubbed Country Saloon, was formed in 1979 in the city of Gorky (now called Nizhny Novgorod) by students at the Institute of Languages as little more than a way to pass the time. Mikhail Dushin became Country Saloon’s upright bass player in 1989, around the time the band joined the country music movement. Read the expanded version of this reort in the Times-News print edition or its enhanced electronic edition.

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