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North Carolina Bluegrass Favorite to Host 10th Anniversary Show January 14, 2012

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Kickin' Grass BandDurham, NC -- One of the Triangle's most well-loved bands, The Kickin Grass Band, celebrates ten years of signature Americana-style bluegrass with a special hometown concert and celebration on Saturday, January 14, 2012 at the Carolina Theatre of Durham. The show is a co-presentation of The Carolina Theatre of Durham and Pinecone - the Piedmont Council of Traditional Music.

The Kickin Grass Band 10th Anniversary Show will feature the current lineup performing favorites from three acclaimed albums over the past decade, as well as new material slated for a 2012 release. The audience will also be treated to appearances by past members and old friends, including the world-renowned Apple Chill Cloggers.

"The past ten years have been a true joy for us, playing and introducing our rootsy-Americana style of bluegrass to new fans around the world," says lead singer and songwriter, Lynda Dawson. "We're thrilled to share the stage with old friends and celebrate this milestone with hometown fans who have played a huge role in our success!"

The Kickin Grass band formed in early 2002 as the accompanying band for the Apple Chill Cloggers and went on to release three albums of original and traditional music showcasing their grasp of tradition as well as a spirit of adventuring into the new frontier of an ever-evolving Americana genre: Backroads (2003), On the Short Rows (2006), and The Kickin Grass Band (2008). A fourth album is slated for 2012 featuring the current lineup and an array of new material to keep listeners along for the adventuresome ride.

The show will be recorded by F/Stop Grooves and 5x5 Photography for video production.

The Kickin Grass Band 10th Anniversary Show
Saturday, January 14, 2012
The Carolina Theatre of Durham
Tickets are $15 and available at www.CarolinaTheatre.org and www.pinecone.org, by phone (919) 560-3030 or toll free (888) 241-8162, or at the Carolina Theatre box office.

Ten years in the making, Raleigh, NC based bluegrass and Americana group the Kickin Grass Band has made its mark on the roots music scene with strong voices and original songs that reflect the depth and breadth of the human experience. Consisting of mandolinist Jamie Dawson; fiddler Pattie Hopkins; bassist Patrick Walsh; banjo player Hank Smith; and guitarist, lead vocalist and songwriter Lynda Dawson—a musician whom Nashville Public Radio's Bluegrass Breakdown host Dave Higgs praises as "a truly gifted songwriter"—the Kickin Grass Band draws on traditional and contemporary bluegrass to create a sound that is equally vintage and progressive. The Raleigh News & Observer has praised the group's recordings as "a delightful display of hard-driving, lyrically nuanced bluegrass." The Kickin Grass Band maintains a steady touring schedule across the US. The band is on the 25th Annual MerleFest lineup in April of 2012, and has made recent appearances in Canada, Arizona, New York, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Florida and across North Carolina and the Piedmont.

Since their debut at the Apple Chill Street Fair in 1975, the Apple Chill Cloggers have performed their traditional style of Southern Appalachian Mountain Clogging to live music at well over 600 events in more than one-third of the United States and in 14 foreign countries. The dance troupe incorporated in 1976 as a non-profit cultural corporation dedicated to the preservation and promotion of the dance traditions of North Carolina as represented by Clogging. According to Daniel W. Patterson, former Chairman of the UNC-CH Graduate Department in Folklore, the Apple Chill Cloggers are "widely recognized as one of the very best of the precision clogging teams." Performance credits include the Winnipeg Folk Festival in Manitoba, Canada (1978 and 1983), the 25th Festival Internacional de Danzas Folkloricas in Arequipa, Peru (1996), the Nyon Folk Festival in Switzerland (2000), the Santarem Internacional Festival de Folclore in Portugal (1984), the Sidmouth International Folklore Festival in England (1978), and the Moerbeke Wass International Folk Festival in Belgium (2002), among others. For more information visit: ApplechillCloggers.org.

Carolina Theatre of Durham, Inc. is dedicated to presenting vibrant, thought-provoking film and live performances that contribute to the cultural and economic vitality of downtown Durham and the Triangle Region. The Carolina Theatre of Durham, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization which manages the city-owned Carolina Theatre at 309 W. Morgan Street, Durham, NC 27701. Live performances at the Carolina Theatre are supported in part by the North Carolina Arts Council, an agency funded by the state of North Carolina, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the A.J. Fletcher Performing Arts Fund of the Triangle Community Foundation. For more information visit: www.CarolinaTheatre.org.

PineCone - the Piedmont Council of Traditional Music, Inc., is dedicated to preserving, presenting, and promoting all forms of traditional music, dance and other folk performing arts. PineCone was incorporated as a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization in 1984 to increase the visibility of Piedmont music and musicians and to provide public programs and educational resources about the depth and breadth of cultural expression in the region. Today Pinecone serves more than 24,000 people through 150+ programs annually (many at no cost to the public), with an additional 4.5 million PineCone Bluegrass Radio Show listeners, and is the largest and most active traditional music organization in North Carolina supported by more than 800 members and donors. For more information visit www.Pinecone.org.

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