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Janie FrickeMarion, VA -- Janie Fricke will headline the Saturday, June 2nd Song of the Mountains concert at the Lincoln Theatre in Marion, Virginia. Joining Janie on the show will be the show's host, Tim White and his band the VW Boys with their special brand of music, magic and comedy. Also performing will be the hard driving bluegrass band Kevin Richardson and Cuttin' Edge and the old time music sounds of the Elkville String Band.

"All I ever wanted to do was sing." Janie Fricke has gone from Indiana farm girl to internationally-acclaimed recording artist throughout her career. She was born in South Whitley, Indiana, and raised on a 400-acre farm where her father taught her how to play guitar. From county fairs to corporate trade shows, live concerts to recording studios, or before millions on television, Fricke's individual sound and character have captivated audiences around the world.

Fricke began her career singing around town in a "little church up the road" where her mother played piano, at local coffee houses, and high school events. She also sang her way through Indiana University where she obtained her degree in elementary education. Fricke then decided to take the less stable musical route working studio sessions, singing at clubs, and doing commercials in Memphis, Dallas and Los Angeles. In Los Angeles, her career as a jingle singer took off. She became known to millions of people around the world as the voice for such advertising giants as United Airlines, Coca-Cola, 7-Up, and Red Lobster. In 1975, she moved to Nashville where she first worked as a secretary at a publishing company answering phones.

Fricke slowly worked her way into the studio scene and, before long, became a popular background vocalist and session singer for such artists as Loretta Lynn, Eddie Rabbitt, Crystal Gayle, Ronnie Milsap, Barbara Mandrell, Mel Tillis, Johnny Duncan, and Conway Twitty among others. She even sang background vocals on both Charlie Rich's and Elvis Presley's albums after their deaths. It was a line in Johnny Duncan's single, "Stranger," that ultimately gained the most attention for Fricke. When it hit the top of the charts in 1977, fans wanted to know who sang the line, "Shut out the light and lead me..." The music industry took notice and she was signed to her first major recording contract with Columbia Records.

Country Side of BluegrassMost recently the CMA and ACM "Female Vocalist of the Year," Janie Fricke, released a bluegrass spin on several of her well-known hits and treating fans to a few new tracks on Country Side of Bluegrass which was released in January.

Over her career, Fricke has released 23 albums and 36 hit singles, including 18 #1s. In addition to the CMA and ACM honors, Fricke has received Grammy nominations for "Best Female Country Performance" and "Best Duet Performance." Fricke's voice has been heard throughout the nation on TV singing jingles for Pizza Hut, United Airlines, Coca Cola, McDonalds and many more. Her voice was the 1st female voice heard on the Moon when she sang the wake up and weather jingle for Apollo 12 in 1969. due out January 24, 2012. Over her career, Fricke has released 23 albums and 36 hit singles, including 18 #1s. In addition to the CMA and ACM honors, Fricke has received Grammy nominations for "Best Female Country Performance" and "Best Duet Performance." Fricke's voice has been heard throughout the nation on TV singing jingles for Pizza Hut, United Airlines, Coca Cola, McDonalds and many more. Her voice was the 1st female voice heard on the Moon when she sang the wake up and weather jingle for Apollo 12 in 1969.

The VW Boys blend music, magic and comedy into one fun packed variety show. Song of the Mountains host Tim White sings and plays guitar and banjo with this trio which includes fine vocals and instrumentation by veteran performers Fat Albert Blackburn and Dave Vaught. This Song of the Mountains taping will feature an astounding illusion by Vaught! Music and laughter always a great mix presented by the VW Boys.

The Elkville String Band will provide some wonderful old time music for Song of the Mountains! "Traditional Country Roots Music" is what the Elkville String Band plays. They play the "Blue Ridge Mountain Sound". They play the songs that came out of Wilkes County, NC and are also interested in the music of Virginia, West Virginia and East Tennessee. They refer to these areas as "where the real music came from" and their main goal is to keep this music alive for future generations to enjoy. Some of the songs they do date back to the early 1800's. Some are not that old but date back to the 50's and 60's. They do old time, bluegrass, traditional, gospel and even a blues tune now and then. All these different kinds of music were played in the Blue Ridge and Appalachian regions of our country.

Kevin Richardson and Cuttin' Edge is a seasoned group of four veteran performers. ALL four band members are writers and composers and their music is constantly evolving as they grow as musicians and friends. This conglomeration of friendship and artistic ability has turned out to be a sound that is, yes, edgie but traditional, and strong, yet serious when needed. These four guys truly complement each other on and off the stage. Their top notch picking is second only to their strong harmonies.

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. Tickets for the Saturday, June 2nd concert at the Lincoln Theatre in Marion, Virginia are $25. Reserved tickets may be purchased at the Lincoln Theatre Box Office in Marion, VA or online at www.SongOfTheMountains.org. The concert begins at 7:00 pm. For information or tickets by phone call 276-783-6093.

Song of the Mountains is underwritten for public television by Alpha Natural Resources, Mountain States Health Alliance www.msha.com, Bryant Label Co. of Blountville, TN, TEDS, the General Francis Marion Hotel in Marion, VA, Blue Ridge Country 98.1 fm, The Bank of Marion and Emory & Henry College. Special support from Marion, and Smyth County, VA.

Memberships and Song of the Mountains merchandise are available at the website and your purchases help support the concert series.

Song of the Mountains/The Lincoln Theatre is a non-profit organization. Donations are accepted at the website as well.

June 30th will be the next presentation for Song of the Mountains at the Lincoln Theatre in Marion, Virginia. This concert will be a fundraiser for the concert series and will feature the music of Amber Collins of No Speed Limit, Skeeter and the Skidmarks, the Appalachian Celtic music of Fire in the Kitchen, Paula Dellenbeck and Fox River and many more. Renowned pencil artist Willard Gayheart will unveil his commissioned "Song of the Mountains" pencil drawing prior to the concert that same day. Information at www.SongOfTheMountains.org. Tickets for this event will be $15./em

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