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Song of the Mountains wraps up 2011 season

December 16th, 2011 4:12 am by Staff Report

Song of the Mountains will present its final concert of the year Saturday at the historic Lincoln Theatre in Marion, Va. This weekend’s lineup includes the Roys, Goldwing Express, David Holt and the Lightning Bolts, Monroeville and autoharp musician James Smith. Show time is 7 p.m. Tickets are $20 each. Song of the Mountains features bluegrass, old-time, Celtic and Americana music and is currently airing on over 190 public television outlets across the United States. Tim White hosts the series. The Roys play traditional as well as progressive styles of music and currently have a new CD, “Lonesome Whistle,” on the bluegrass charts. Goldwing Express has toured for many years across the United States, sharing their musical abilities and vocal harmonies while sprinkling a bit of comedy into their shows.

David Holt and the Lightning Bolts deliver old-time music with a new-time jolt. A four-time Grammy winner, Holt has assembled a group of stellar musicians and entertainers — Laura Boosinger, Josh Goforth, Jeff Hersk and Byron Hedgepath — who bring to life the joy and spirit of mountain music. Every lively and entertaining concert sizzles with music learned directly from musical greats like Doc Watson, Tommy Jarrell, Grandpa Jones, Roy Acuff and Susie Brunson.

Individually, Monroeville has been nominated for Grammy awards, won prestigious competitions, founded bands and been highly influential to its fans and peers. Collectively, in the few months since forming, the band has appeared on the “Today Show,” started a record label, gathered a solid fan base and established itself as a powerful new act in the business. The group consists of six young men ranging in age from 18 to 30 from the East Tennessee, Virginia and North Carolina areas.

James Smith, known as the AutoHarpMan, grew up in Huntsville, Ala., and graduated from Huntsville High in 1961. He sings what is referred to as “roots music,” the music that was popular before the popular music of today — old-time Appalachian Mountain music, old-time gospel songs, traditional Irish, Scottish and Welsh folk songs along with original songs.

Reserved tickets may be purchased at the Lincoln Theatre Box Office in Marion, Va., or online at .

For information, call (276) 783-6093 or visit the Song of the Mountains Web site.

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