Marion, VA- The legendary Chuck Wagon Gang will appear on Song of the Mountains at the Lincoln Theatre in Marion, Virginia on Saturday, October 6th. “We are very excited to have the Chuck Wagon Gang on our show again”, says Tim White the host of the award winning concert series which is broadcast across the United States on over 190 public television outlets. “This will make their second appearance on our show and they are an institution in American Gospel Music” states White.
The Chuck Wagon Gang has entered its 75th year of singing the old songs, and singing them the way 'Dad Carter' taught his kids. A simple style, yet distinctive sound, is credited with helping preserve the legacy of the music so many love. While time has brought much in the way progress and development in our time, the Chuck Wagon Gang has continued to strum and sing its way into the history books as being the oldest recording mixed quartet that has continuously recorded what has come to be known as 'grass roots' Gospel music. Over the years, the group has managed to record well over 800 songs, and sell 40 million records worldwide. Much of those songs and records were recorded with Columbia records, now Sony Music. Many of the songs recorded in 1936, the group's first year, are still being sung in concerts across America today.
Special Consensus will make their second appearance on Song of the Mountains at this concert. The Special Consensus is a four-person acoustic bluegrass band that formed in the Chicago area in 1975. The band repertoire features traditional bluegrass standards, original compositions by band members and professional songwriters, and songs from other musical genres performed in the bluegrass format. The Special C has released 16 recordings and has appeared on numerous National Public Radio programs and cable television shows, including The Nashville Network and the Grand Ole Opry at the historic Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Tennessee. International tours have brought the band to Canada, Europe, South America, Ireland and the United Kingdom.
Also joining the Chuck Wagon Gang on October 6th will be the Johnny Possum Band from New Zealand. Since 2005 the Johnny Possum Band has been delivering their own brand of alt country/bluegrass/folk music featuring guitar, fiddle, mandolin banjo and upright bass. From performances throughout New Zealand to appearances at festivals and venues in the USA the brand has developed a solid fan base and following.
Niall Toner from Ireland will also bring an International flavor to Song of the Mountains on October 6th. Niall Toner is an acoustic Irish flavored artist with Celtic influences whose diverse repertoire ranges from contemporary up-tempo songs and tunes to inspirational gospel-style numbers, as well as tributes to Bill Monroe the father of bluegrass like "The Master's Resting Place" and "Bill Monroe's Mandolin."
Southwestern Virginia favorites, Hollow Ground rounds out this Song of the Mountains concert on October 6th. Hollow Ground is a Bluegrass and Gospel music group formed in 2011. The members are from East Tennessee and Southwest Virginia. Robert Edwards singing Lead and playing Lead Guitar, Millard Edwards singing Tenor and playing Banjo, Jason Blankenship singing Baritone and playing Fiddle, Brian Vicchio ( Vic-Key- o) singing Bass and playing Rhythm Guitar, Mike Adams Playing Bass, and David Holtsclaw playing Mandolin. Hollow Ground is just solid traditional Bluegrass music from the Mountains.
Tickets for the Saturday, October 6th 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, 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, VA.
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