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Border Bash ends season with a bang

staff report • Aug 16, 2011 at 2:22 AM

Bristol’s Border Bash will conclude its summer run of concerts on Friday with performances by Efren, Impeach Dixon and the Black Lillies. Children’s activities, crafters, concessions and the Misfit Gypsies will begin at 6 p.m. at the Downtown Center, with Efren performing at 6:45 p.m., followed by Impeach Dixon at 8 p.m. and The Black Lillies at 9:15 p.m. Admission is free. Efren, from areas around Athens, Ga., is a folk group hinting on the psychedelic. Reaching out into the musical world with introspective lyrics and brooding energy, Efren entertains on many levels. The players have roots in jazz and blues, folk, bluegrass and rock. Efren touches on Southern Americana music, draws from indie lo-fi ideas and respects the multitudes of great songwriters of our past. Impeach Dixon is an Americana/folk rock/neo-soul band out of Johnson City. English professor Philip Ferguson held a talent show at his college and this band is the resulting congregation. Drummer Tony Dixon was nearly “impeached” from the band when he refused to agree on a band name, thus Impeach Dixon was born. Ferguson is the front man singing most of the rustic lyrics; you can still hear his Southwest Virginia accent in the high notes as he yells out loud about swinging on the swing set. Impeach’s songs tell everyone’s story about growing up — we all want to stand up for something, we just have to figure out exactly what we believe in. The Black Lillies are an alt-country, Americana group that kicked off its first national tour at the Ryman Auditorium, the hallowed mother church of country music, and has since labored through three cross-country treks, with a fourth this summer. The band has performed on National Public Radio’s Mountain Stage, on two episodes of PBS’ “Jammin’ at Hippie Jack’s” and conquered numerous festivals, including Pickathon, the Americana Music Association Festival, Four Corners Folk Festival and even Bonnaroo. In June, the Grand Ole Opry invited the Black Lillies to make its debut on the historic circle of wood where so many other legends have performed. Border Bash is hosted by Believe in Bristol, Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion and The Birthplace of Country Music Alliance. For more information, call (423) 573-2200 or (423) 573-4898 or visit www.believeinbristol.org or www.bris tolrhythm.com .

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