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Bluegrass & Old Time on March 7th Song of the Mountains

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Joe Mullins & the Radio RamblersMarion, VA -- A mix of Bluegrass and Old Time Music will be featured on the March 7th concert taping of Song of the Mountains at the historic Lincoln Theatre in Marion, Virginia. Joe Mullins and the Radio Ramblers along with the young Annabelle Watts will provide lots of toe tapping bluegrass and the Wayfarers along with the Hogslop String Band. Rounding out the concert will be the fantastic Americana Music of CharlyHorse from North Carolina.

Since they got together eight years ago, Joe Mullins & the Radio Ramblers have been seen by thousands of fans across the continent at nearly every national bluegrass event. Their professionalism and successful, heavily played recordings keep them in demand with a national audience. JMRR was named the Emerging Artist of the Year by the IBMA in 2012, they are frequent guests on the Grand Ole Opry, and they host the Southern Ohio Indoor Music Festival each March and November. Their newest recording, Another Day from Life, has been very well received by fans and radio stations alike. A contributing factor to JMRR's success is their active marketing capabilities, due to Mullins' network of radio stations in the Midwest, including a 24/7 webcast and apps for iPhone and Android

Hailing from rural Southeast Ohio, The Wayfarers emerged onto the scene in early 2010 playing their own form of American Roots music. While much of their repertoire is drawn from the Appalachian tradition they revere, The Wayfarers fuse tight musicianship - centered largely by the fiddle - with the high energy that characterized early mountain music. With old-time radio shows setting the example, their style encompasses Appalachian dance music, traditional mountain fiddle tunes, and pre-bluegrass music of the 1920's - resulting in a dose of nostalgic Americana. Their spirited approach to live performance is infectious, and people of all ages are drawn in to the sounds of thumping washtub bass, driving guitars, sawing fiddles, and rich harmonies. Whether it's at a large festival or barn square dance, a rock venue or a busy street corner, The Wayfarers continue to carry this music forward with creativity and authenticity, making it contemporary and fun.

Annabelle Watts is 12 years old and lives in Philpot, KY. Annabelle is a champion fiddle player winning numerous fiddle contest across the country. Annabelle has appeared on RFD-TV,PBS, KET and other local TV throughout the country. Annabelle is a member of the Kids on Bluegrass Program put on by IBMA. Annabelle is a singer/songwriter and has just completed her first EP that was recorded in Nashville.

The Hogslop String Band is a Nashville based old time string band comprised of six energetic young musicians hailing from Georgia, Tennessee, California and North Carolina. Featuring Casy Meikle and Kevin Martin on fiddles, Graham Sherrill on banjo, Gabe Kelley on guitar, Daniel Allen Frazier Jr. on washboard and Casey McBride on the washtub bass, these boys surely raise a ruckus.

Upon forming as a pickup square dance band in the summer of 2009, The Hog Slop String Band has since become one of the most sought after old time string bands of the Tennessee Valley area. Known for their outrageous facial hair and a rollicking repertoire heavily based on Georgia and Middle Tennessee fiddle tunes, these boys have provided entertainment for fashion shows, political conventions and whiskey distilleries as well as countless weddings, festivals and soirees.

Following in the footsteps of such country music luminaries as Uncle Dave Macon and Gid Tanner, they put on a high energy show easily appreciated by both young and old alike.

Chuck Johnson & CharlyHorse is what Americana Music has always strived to be. A group of outstanding musicians and modern day troubadours who weave tales of small southern towns and hellfire preachers, shuttered cotton mills and down home philosophers. The music of Chuck Johnson and CharlyHorse is firmly anchored in the Americana roots tradition. Influences from Country, Bluegrass, R&B and Soul gives each tune its own unique feel. Onstage, the upshot is compelling, soulful performances. The Bands performances are salted with wry humor, and the band camaraderie always invites the audience into the act. Chuck Johnsons& CharlyHorse is truly an American band tailor made for Americana Roots Music.

The Song of the Mountains concert and taping on March 7th will begin at 7:00 pm at the Lincoln Theatre in Marion, VA. Tickets and information is available at www.songofthemountains.org or by calling
276-783-6093. Tickets are $ 25 reserved seating.

The concert series is underwritten by the Town of Marion, VA, the Ellis Family Foundation including the General Francis Marion Hotel, Bank of Marion, Morehead State University, Emory and Henry College and Blue Ridge Country 98.1 WBRF Radio. Song of the Mountains/Lincoln Theatre is a non-profit organization.

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