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Abingdon Kicks-Off New Year with January Jams Concert

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Mountain Heart with John CowanAbingdon, VA -- For the second year, the Town of Abingdon has partnered with Barter Theatre and Bonefire Brands to kick off the 2014 Abingdon Music Experience with the January Jams concert series. This series will include 7 total concerts, starting January 9, and run every Friday and Saturday during January. “We are excited to expand the number of shows offered from 4 to 7 this year after the overwhelmingly positive response last year,” explains Sara Cardinale, Special Events Coordinator for the ACVB.

Sara continues saying, “The lineup this year has generated quite the buzz, and highlights Abingdon as an up-and-coming music destination.” The schedule that will showcase nationally recognized artists is as follows:

Thursday, January 9th- St. Paul and The Broken Bones with The Broadcast
Hailing from Asheville, The Broadcast is hard-edged, soulful rock music bursting-at-the-seams. Drawing much of their ambiance from 70’s classic rock, they’re a band with an explosive female lead singer, riffing guitar, mood-altering keys and a rock-solid rhythm section. Their infections energy and authentic approach match them well with headlining band, St. Paul and The Broken Bones. Based out of Alabama, St. Paul and The Broken Bones deliver soul mixed with grit, elemental rhythm, fabulous brass section and a performance that electrifies the crowd. Lead singer, Paul Janeway has an extroverted performing style that enraptures his audience. “I’m going to be dancing, getting in the aisles,” he says. “That’s just the way we do it. It really takes me back to church. There’s not a lot of difference. When I get on stage, it’s, ‘All right, it’s time to pour it on.’”
Friday, January 10th – Jim Lauderdale with Cruz Contreras
Cruz Contreras is the front man for the Americana band, The Black Lillies, from Knoxville. His song-writing skills were recognized as they won the Independent Music Award for Best Song-Story in 2012. Contreras has collaborated in the past with Jim Lauderdale, who is the headlining act for the night. Lauderdale is a Grammy® Award winning musician and one of the most respected artists working in the Bluegrass, Country and Americana music communities today. Jim is also in high demand as a player, touring with the likes of Lucinda Williams, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Rhonda Vincent and Elvis Costello.
Saturday, January 11th – Iris Dement with Beth Snapp
Beth Snapp, from Northeast Tennessee opens for Iris Dement. Snapp’s vocals, lyrics, and melodies blend together beautifully into a distinctive acoustic experience. She delivers a unique singer songwriter feel that is not only crisp and flowing, but unpredictable and truly a testament to her talent. Grammy-award winning singer/songwriter Iris Dement headlines the show. Her style is often described as roots-folk as well as country, but no one denies that her songs speak to the heart. She just recently released a new album of original material for the first time in 16 years, Song of the Delta.
Friday, January 17th – John Cowan with Mountain Heart
Mountain Heart is a Grammy award winning band which combines elements of rock, jam band, country, blues, jazz, folk and bluegrass music into a high-energy sound. Critics now describe the band using terms such as “acoustic overdrive”, “Folk rock on steroids”, and “slam grass”. John Cowan, also known as the Voice of Newgrass, has been singing his heart out for thirty-five years now, and his soaring vocals have only improved with time. Together with Mountain Heart, they’ve been described as bringing a new, edgier, more rock-inflected sound.
Saturday, January 18th – Marty Stuart & The Fabulous Superlatives with Lost River Cavemen
The Lost River Cavemen have been touring nationally and pumping life back into Roots music since 2005. The Cavemen spin their music into an aural web that is catchy, profound and playful. Marty Stuart is a five time GRAMMY-winner, platinum recording artist, Grand Ole Opry star and charismatic force of nature. His latest musical oeuvre is ably supported by the coolest cats in Nashville – his backing band, The Fabulous Superlatives.
Friday, January 24th – Jason Isbell with Holly Williams
Holly Williams-Hank Williams Sr.’s grand-daughter, opens the show. She’s described as a powerful singer-songwriter whose newest album has been met with huge, critical acclaim. Jason Isbell was once one of Drive-By Truckers’ great songwriting weapons. The Alabama singer-songwriter just released the powerful and profound Southeastern, which candidly addresses his hard fall and hopeful rise. Not easily labeled, you could call Isbell a master of Americana Rock.
Saturday, January 25th – Tim O’Brien & Darrell Scott with special guest Amythyst Kiah
Local tour-de-force, Amythyst Kiah is a singer/songwriter that has an eclectic array of musical influences. She has found a way to fuse traditional roots music with a contemporary style that does not take away from the integrity of the original song, and transforms them into powerful, soulful renditions. Grammy-winning folk & bluegrass musician, Tim O’Brien, teams up with award-winning country singer/songwriter, Darrell Scott, to perform as the headliner at this show. Back in 2000, the two kindred spirits had joined forces to record the deep and scintillating Real Time, which was widely acclaimed on release and has since become recognized as a towering achievement in Americana annals.

Doors open at 7:15 and the shows will start at 8 p.m. Ticket prices will vary for each show, and weekend passes are a new addition to the tickets this year. For more information and tickets call Barter Theatre Box Office at 276-628-3991 or go online at A complete lineup of the 2014 Abingdon Music Experience series can be found online at The Fabulous Superlatives with Lost River Cavemen

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