Bristol, TN/VA — The Birthplace of Country Music Alliance presents Mountain Stage with Larry Groce at The Paramount Center for the Arts Sunday, October 7, 2012 at 7:00pm in Historic Downtown Bristol, TN. Headliners for the event were announced at today's press conference by show host Larry Groce, via taped message, who was travelling between shows.
Headliners for the event include Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, Wanda Jackson, Country Music Hall of Famer Connie Smith, NPR's "artist you should know" JD McPherson, and Best Americana Album winner Pokey LaFarge & the South City Three.
"Birthplace of Country Music has hosted Mountain Stage in Bristol twice a year for nearly a decade," says BCMA Board President John Rainero. "It is an honor that such an influential program feels a home with us. It's a friendship we will continue to nurture for decades to come."
Queen of Rockabilly Wanda Jackson toured with Elvis back in the day, Bob Dylan, Elvis Costello, and Bruce Springsteen, among others, campaigned for Wanda to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2009. Don't call it a comeback, she's been touring since her career began back in the 50s. Her album The Party Ain't Over was produced by Jack White, and her latest, Unfinished Business, is produced by Justin Townes Earle.
Known as the "Cinderella of Country Music", Connie Smith is the artist many female country singers, including Dolly Parton, claim as a major influence. Her first record, Once a Day, landed her the first debut single to hit number one on the charts by a female. A mainstay at the Grand Ole Opry, Connie makes regular appearances on her husband Marty's (Marty Stuart) tv show. Her new album, Long Line of Heartbreak, is included among the top 30 records in Nashville Scene Magazine's Country Music Critics' Poll.
Rounder Records recording artist JD McPherson was named NPR's "artist you should know" in 2011. The singer/songwriter is known for his energetic live shows and has over 350,000 YouTube views. His album Signs and Signifiers has been hailed as, "a rockin' bluesy, forward-thinking album that subtly breaks the conventions of most vintage rock projects." — All Music.
Pokey LaFarge & the South City Three are the next in line to make a significant impact on music enthusiasts everywhere. From St. Louis, Missouri, their creative mix of early jazz, string ragtime, country blues and western swing rings true and fine, making them among the most innovative of all the purists performing roots music today. LaFarge explains, "It's not retro music, it's American roots music that never died." The Independent Music Awards honored us yet again with the award for Best American Album of the Year.
"I first came to Rhythm & Roots before I was even interning at Mountain Stage," adds Harris. "I came in 2005 and State Street is a completely different place now and so is Bristol. You guys have a lot to be proud of."
The Birthplace of Country Music hosts Mountain Stage in Bristol twice a year. The National Public Radio program is a production of West Virginia Public Broadcasting and is distributed nationwide to more than 100 affiliate stations. In the Tri-Cities region Mountain Stage with Larry Groce can be heard on WETS 89.5 and WETS-HD-1 on Saturdays 2:00am — 4:00am and 8:00pm — 10:00pm, and on WETS-HD-2 Sundays 6:00am — 8:00am and Tuesdays 8:00pm — 10:00pm.
The Birthplace of Country Music Alliance is a non-profit organization based in Bristol, TN/VA whose mission is to tell the story of the music and cultural heritage of the region, its role in the birth and development of country music, and its influence on music around the world.
Tickets to the Mountain Stage October event are on sale now at The Paramount Center for the Arts box office for $35 and can also be purchased online at TheParamountCenter.com.