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New Coon Creek Girls Performing Feb. 27th at Stage 123

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New Coon Creek GirlsThe WoodSongs Dalton 2016 Concert Series will host the New Coon Creek Girls, a Kentucky based bluegrass band, and singer-songwriter Kathy Reed at 7 pm on Saturday, February 27 at Stage 123 in downtown Dalton, Georgia. The New Coon Creek Girls were formed in 1979 by John Lair, the founder of the radio program The Renfro Valley Barn Dance, with the intention of carrying on the traditional music that was played by the original "Coon Creek Girls" on his famous program from 1930's-1960s. It didn't take long for Mr. Lair to see that the New Coon Creek Girls' talents would take them far beyond the walls of Renfro Valley.

After leaving the Valley they traveled extensively, playing and singing their own brand of acoustic music throughout the United States and abroad. For nearly 20 years the NCCG's were a main stay at bluegrass festivals, fairs, concerts, and college venues. Although there were several personnel changes over the years, it was the combination of Pam Gadd on vocals, banjo and guitar, Wanda Barnett on vocals, guitar and fiddle, Vicki Simmons on vocals, bass and claw hammer banjo, and Pam Perry Combs on vocals, mandolin and guitar that experienced the most popularity. It is that lineup of women that has come together after a 27 year hiatus. Tom Brown, WoodSongs Dalton director, says of the upcoming concert, "This will be the third time that the New Coon Creek girls have performed at WoodSongs. They are top notch entertainers and the audience members always leave with smiles on their faces."

Opening for the New Coon Creek Girls will be Kathy Reed, a regionally acclaimed singer-songwriter. Known for her clever and witty lyrics, Kathy's Dalton Song was featured on Volume I of the Bluegrass bands Helping Hands Vol. 1 CD.

This regionally acclaimed concert series features emerging and established performers and will be held at Stage 123 at 123 W. Gordon Street in downtown Dalton Georgia. The concert series is sponsored in part by the Downtown Dalton Development Authority and the Dalton Convention and Visitors Bureau.
Tickets for the February 27 concert are available at the Dalton Freight Depot Gift Shop, online and at the door. Advance tickets are $15 and $18 at the door.
Please visit http://woodsongsdalton.com, email woodsongsdalton@yahoo.com, or call 706-581-8025 for more information.
March Concert Rescheduled for April 30 at the Wink Theater. Because Easter is coming early this year - the March concert has been rescheduled for April 30th at the Wink Theater. Performing will be The Michael and Jennifer McClain Band featuring Dan Kelly.

Husband and wife, Michael and Jennifer McLain, both grew up touring and performing in musical families, are both banjo players, and have been playing together since their first date. Their concerts always include banjo music, but also feature outstanding vocals, guitar, fiddle, mandolin, and upright bass.

They will be joined by Dan Kelly, who came to Nashville as a teenager to win the Grand Masters Fiddle Championship. He performed many years on the Grand Ole Opry as part of Roy Acuff's Smoky Mountain Boys and is known for his appearances with the Tennessee Mafia Jug Band. Established as one of Nashville's most respected fiddlers, he has toured with Alan Jackson, Faith Hill, Steve Wariner, and Clint Black.

Also performing will be the Chattanooga based band - Mountain Creek House Fire, an Americana duet consisting of Pattee Wilbanks and Robert Lovett. Not only does the duet perform soulful covers of familiar songs, they have superb musicianship, and stellar songwriting abilities.

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