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Earls of Leicester to Perform at Country Music Hall of Fame

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Earls of LeicesterNashville, TN -- The Country Music Hall of Fame ® and Museum presents reigning International Bluegrass Music Association Entertainer of the Year, Jerry Douglas and the Earls of Leicester in concert at 8:00 p.m. Friday, July 22, in the museum’s CMA Theater. Tickets are $38 and $42 and will go on sale June 3, at 10 a.m. To purchase tickets visit www.CountryMusicHallOfFame.org.

Douglas assembled the bluegrass group in 2013 to pay tribute to the music of guitarist Lester Flatt and banjo player Earl Scruggs and their band, the Foggy Mountain Boys. The band’s name is a play on the names of Earl Scruggs and Lester Flat who were inducted together into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1985.

The performance is presented in support of the museum’s permanent exhibit The Precious Jewel, which currently features Earl Scruggs’ Gibson RB-Granada Mastertone banjo and Lester Flatt’s Martin D-28 guitar. The Earls of Leicester are also featured in the museum’s ACM Gallery, which is updated each year to reflect noteworthy events of the prior year. The refreshed gallery features the band’s 2015 Grammy for Best Bluegrass Album, Douglas’ acceptance speech for the award and more.

The six-man, all-star band includes Douglas and renowned musicians Shawn Camp on lead vocals and guitar, Charlie Cushman on banjo and guitars, Jeff White on vocals and mandolin, Johnny Warren on fiddle and Barry Bales on vocals and bass. Douglas and Bales are also bandmates in Alison Krauss + Union Station. Warren’s father, Paul, was a longtime member of the Foggy Mountain Boys. July 15 the band will release Rattle & Roar, the follow up to their self-titled, Grammy-winning debut on Rounder Records.

The museum will offer a day of special programming on July 22 to support the concert. Family programs will include creating embellished bow ties inspired by those worn by the band from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and beginner banjo lessons at 1 p.m. and 1:45 p.m. The museum will also offer a panel discussion at 12:30 p.m. with Penny Parsons, Charlie Cushman, Johnny Warren, and Eddie Stubbs. The group will discuss the book, Foggy Mountain Troubadour: The Life and Music of Curly Seckler, a new biography of the longtime mandolin player and harmony singer with the Foggy Mountain Boys. Guests can also enjoy a screening of Best of the Flatt & Scruggs TV Show, Vol. 1 at 2:30 p.m.

Guests will receive $5 off museum admission with the purchase of a concert ticket. For more information on the concert and programming, visit www.CountryMusicHallOfFame.org. Follow @countrymusichof on Twitter and join the conversation using #HonorThyMusic.

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