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Sam Bush, Annabelle’s Curse on Farm and Fun Time at the Paramount March 16

Bristol, Tenn.-Va. (Jan. 30, 2023) – Legendary newgrass phenom Sam Bush headlines WBCM Radio Bristol‘s Farm and Fun Time live variety show, along with Bristol’s very own alt-folk sensation Annabelle’s Curse, at 7 p.m. EST, March 16, live from the historic stage at Paramount Bristol. Hosted by Radio Bristol’s Kris Truelsen and his house band Bill and the Belles, this is a Farm and Fun Time not to be missed. Tickets are on sale now to the public at the Paramount box office and online.

“With the combination of trailblazer Sam Bush and the vitality of Annabelle’s Curse, we’ve curated what promises to be a fantastic, high-energy show,” said Truelsen. “Dancing in the aisles is not only encouraged, it’s expected!”

There was only one prize-winning teenager carrying stones big enough to say thanks, but no thanks, to Roy Acuff. Only one son of Kentucky finding a light of inspiration from Bill Monroe and his Blue Grass Boys and catching fire from Bob Marley and The Wailers. Only one progressive hippie allying with like-minded conspirators, rolling out the newgrass revolution, and then leaving the genre’s torch-bearing band behind as it reached its commercial peak.

There is only one consensus pick of peers and predecessors, of the traditionalists, the rebels, and the next gen devotees. Music’s ultimate inside outsider. Or is it outside insider? There is only one Sam Bush.

Bush has released seven albums and a live DVD over the past two decades, and in 2009 the Americana Music Association awarded him the Lifetime Achievement Award for Instrumentalist. Punch Brothers, Steep Canyon Rangers, and Greensky Bluegrass are just a few present-day bluegrass vanguards among so many musicians he’s influenced. His performances are annual highlights of the festival circuit, with Bush’s joyous perennial appearances at the town’s famed bluegrass fest earning him the title “King of Telluride.”

Electrified Appalachian folk-rock band Annabelle’s Curse has gathered quite a following in the mid-Atlantic region and beyond with a reputation for captivating audiences with its dynamic and energetic performances. Formed more than a decade ago, the band is a staple at Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion and one of our region’s must-see acts. A review published in Huffington Post read: “This five-piece alternative folk band from Bristol, Tennessee-Virginia doesn’t seem to be cursed as much as blessed with talent.”

Farm and Fun Time host band Bill and the Belles is based in Johnson City, Tenn. The band tours internationally and is known for combining a stringband format with their signature harmonies, candid songwriting, and pop sensibilities. Rolling Stone referred to the band as “…committed to helping early country music remain appreciated – not just replicated.”

Farm and Fun Time is recorded before a live audience and syndicated for television on Blue Ridge PBS, East Tennessee PBS, and PBS North Carolina. Tickets to the show range from $43.02 – $85.13 and may be purchased by visiting the Paramount’s website at ParamountBristol.org or by visiting the Paramount box office.

Farm and Fun Time may also be accessed in its entirety live through WBCM Radio Bristol’s Facebook page, on the air at 100.1 FM in the Bristol area, online at ListenRadioBristol.org or via the station’s free mobile app.

The Deslondes, Erika Lewis on Farm and Fun Time Jan. 12

Bristol, Tenn.-Va. (Dec.13, 2022) – New Orleans based The Deslondes will take the stage on WBCM Radio Bristol’s Farm and Fun Time live variety show at 7 p.m. EST, Jan 12, in the performance theater at the Birthplace of Country Music Museum. Singer-songwriter Erika Lewis, a founding member of the popular NOLA jazz out fit Tuba Skinny (which included members of The Deslondes and Alynda Segarra of Hurray for the Riff Raff) will also perform.

“Our first Farm and Fun Time of the New Year is starting 2023 off with a big bang,” said Radio Bristol Program Director/Program Host Kris Truelsen. “The Deslondes and Erika Lewis have a great musical connection so it will be a real treat to see them on the same stage. We encourage fans to purchase tickets early because we predict a quick sell-out.”

The Deslondes revealed their self-titled debut to widespread tastemaker applause during 2015. However, they really hit their stride on “Hurry Home” in 2017. Right out of the gate, Noisey proclaimed, “The Deslondes have found a comfortable sound to create art in, and it serves them well,” while Rolling Stone noted, “The Deslondes’ take on country relies on gritty, grimy mix of early rock ‘n’ roll and lo-fi R&B.” In addition to praise from American SongwriterPasteThe Boot, and more, the record closed out on the year on Uncut‘s “Favorite Albums of 2017.” The band’s latest record, “Ways + Means,” might just be its brightest yet.

Known for her lengthy tenure touring and busking with beloved New Orleans jazz band Tuba Skinny, prolific songwriter and singer Erika Lewis has been churning out American originals all her own for the past several years. From classic country to cosmic Americana to dreamy indie folk, Lewis continues to dip her toes more deeply into an ever-expanding pool of roots music styles. Her new record, “A Walk Around the Sun,” was produced by John James Tourville of The Deslondes and is a testament to Lewis’ songwriting prowess and exceptional vocal ability.

Farm and Fun Time host band Bill and the Belles is based in Johnson City, Tenn. The band tours internationally and is known for combining a stringband format with their signature harmonies, candid songwriting, and pop sensibilities. Rolling Stone referred to the band as “…committed to helping early country music remain appreciated – not just replicated.”

Farm and Fun Time is recorded before a live audience and syndicated for television on Blue Ridge PBSEast Tennessee PBS, and PBS North Carolina. Tickets to the show are $40 and may be purchased by visiting the Events page at BirthplaceOfCountryMusic.org.

Farm and Fun Time may also be accessed in its entirety live through WBCM Radio Bristol’s Facebook page, on the air at 100.1 FM in the Bristol area, online at ListenRadioBristol.org or via the station’s free mobile app.

A BCM Christmas with Riders in the Sky Dec. 2 at the Museum

Bristol, Tenn.-Va. (Nov. 21, 2022) – The public is invited to a very special BCM Christmas with one of America’s most beloved and longest-running classic country and western acts, Riders in the Sky. Hosted by WBCM Radio Bristol, the event takes place at 6 p.m. EST, Dec. 2, at the Birthplace of Country Music Museum. The festive evening includes a sit-down dinner and cash bar prior to the concert.

“Radio Bristol is proud to bring Riders in the Sky to the museum for this very special holiday celebration,” said WBCM Program Director and host Kris Truelsen. “The evening will be filled with lots of laughs and the very best in classic western music.”

For more than 40 years, Riders in the Sky have carried on the tradition of western music with an astonishing 7,200+ appearances, 35 years on the Grand Ole Opry, 40 albums, and tours in each of the 50 states in the U.S. and all over the world.

In addition to two GRAMMY Awards, Riders has received numerous awards from the Western Music Association, including the highest: membership in the Western Music Hall of Fame; numerous Wrangler awards from the Cowboy Hall of Fame and Western Heritage Museum; awards from the Academy of Western Artists; enshrinement in the Walkway of Western Stars, and more. What began as a celebration of classic western music and an evening of hilarity has become a career, and that career has become legend. After more than 40 years, the band shows no signs of slowing down.

Tickets to A BCM Christmas with Riders in the Sky are $100 and on sale now. Visit the Events page at BirthplaceOfCountryMusic.org. to purchase.

Caitlin Krisko & The Broadcast, Adam Bolt on Farm and Fun Time Nov. 10

Bristol, Tenn.-Va. (Oct. 27, 2022) – Asheville-based, soul-driven rock outfit Caitlin Krisko & The Broadcast and Adam Bolt, an award-winning singer-songwriter based in Abingdon, will perform on WBCM Radio Bristol’s Farm and Fun Time live variety show at 7 p.m. EST, Nov. 10, in the performance theater at the Birthplace of Country Music Museum.

“Caitlin Krisko is a killer vocalist in the vein of Joss Stone, Grace Potter and Susan Tedeschi, and Adam Bolt is one of our region’s most gifted and provocative songwriters,” said Farm and Fun Time host and station Program Director Kris Truelsen, “Both acts exemplify the very best of our region’s soundtrack across a spectrum of genres. We’re really looking forward to bringing these acts together on one stage.”

Caitlin Krisko and The Broadcast’s electrified and unforgettable performances led them to working with members of Tedeschi Trucks Band and David Bowie’s Blackstar Band on their latest studio album “Lost My Sight.” Krisko captivates her audiences, bringing the perfect blend of power and vulnerability to her performances. An alchemy of soul and rock arrangements with dashes of blues and pop, the band has shared stages with Mavis Staples, the late Charles Bradley, St. Paul & the Broken Bones, Marcus King, The String Cheese Incident, Bettye Lavette, and Gregg Allman’s Buffalo Mountain Jam, among others.

Adam Bolt is an award-winning songwriter and self-proclaimed troubadour of Abingdon, Va. who says his songs are “cynical, sensationalized, and seasoned in the key of country.” His detailed observations of the natural world are hidden throughout his music. By day, Adam is a grape farmer in which mundane labor allows for a void in his brain to think about things. These things turn into songs and then the songs are garnished with stories. Bolt is a student of Todd Snider, Tom T. Hall, Roger Miller, and John Prine, among others.

Tying the evening of music together is Farm and Fun Time host band Bill and the Belles, who weave introductions, music segues, original sponsor messages and homespun humor throughout the program. Based in Johnson City, Tenn., the band tours internationally and is known for combining a stringband format with their signature harmonies, candid songwriting, and pop sensibilities. Rolling Stone referred to the band as “…committed to helping early country music remain appreciated – not just replicated.”

Farm and Fun Time is recorded before a live audience and syndicated for television on Blue Ridge PBS, East Tennessee PBS, and PBS North Carolina. Tickets to the show are $35 and may be purchased by visiting the Events page at BirthplaceOfCountryMusic.org.

Farm and Fun Time may also be accessed in its entirety live through WBCM Radio Bristol’s Facebook page, on the air at 100.1 FM in the Bristol area, online at ListenRadioBristol.org or via the station’s free mobile app.

Sunny Sweeney, FERD on Farm and Fun Time Oct. 13

Bristol, Tenn.-Va. (Sept. 30 2022) – Country chanteuse Sunny Sweeney and rootsy trio FERD are slated to perform on WBCM Radio Bristol’s Farm and Fun Time live variety show at 7 p.m. EDT, Oct 13, in the performance theater at the Birthplace of Country Music Museum.
“We’re very excited to host Sunny Sweeney and FERD on the show this October,” said show host and Radio Bristol Program Director Kris Truelsen. “Each act offers a fresh, authentic approach to their unique styles of country music that fans really connect with – especially live. We urge everyone to be part of the studio audience for these amazing acts.”
Texas native Sunny Sweeney is a “genre-bending, songwriting spitfire who has spent equal time in the rich musical traditions of Texas and Tennessee.” Championed for her prolific songwriting, Sweeney’s fifth album “Married Alone” was produced by fellow Texan Paul Cauthen and Beau Bedford of The Texas Gentlemen. The record also features a guest appearance by Vince Gill on the title track. Saving Country Music raves, “It’s her approach and songs that make this album the standout that it is. It’s her honesty, and the way the sentiments marry perfectly with the music that make ‘Married Alone’ a pretty excellent example of everything country music is supposed to be.”
FERD is “Mississippi Delta roots with a spirited blend of folk, bluegrass, and blues traditions.” Comprised of former Hackensaw Boys front man and fiddler Ferd Moyse, banjoist Matt Morelock and double-bassist Chris Stevens, the high-energy trio has headlined at a number of major events including the Rotterdam Bluegrass Festival, Old Tone Festival, and Blackpot.
In addition to performing upbeat, musical segues and peppy sponsorship jingles during the program, Farm and Fun Time host band Bill and the Belles is known for combining a stringband format with their signature harmonies, candid songwriting, and pop sensibilities.
Farm and Fun Time is a reimagining of the classic WCYB Radio program of the same name from the 1940s and 1950s. Like its predecessor, Farm and Fun Time captivates audiences with exciting musical guests, homespun humor, and some insight into the culture of the Appalachian region; it’s appointment programming the whole family will enjoy.
Farm and Fun Time is recorded before a live audience and syndicated for television on Blue Ridge PBS, East Tennessee PBS, and PBS North Carolina. Tickets to the show are $35 and may be purchased by visiting the Events page at BirthplaceOfCountryMusic.org.
Farm and Fun Time may also be accessed in its entirety live through WBCM Radio Bristol’s Facebook page, on the air at 100.1 FM in the Bristol area, online at ListenRadioBristol.org or via the station’s free mobile app.

Fireside Collective, Larry Bellorín & Joe Troop on Farm and Fun Time Aug. 11

Bristol, Tenn.-Va. (August 8, 2022) – There are still a few tickets remaining for WBCM Radio Bristol’s Farm and Fun Time variety show this Thursday, Aug. 11, featuring headliner Fireside Collective, a progressive bluegrass outfit from Asheville, North Carolina, and Larry Bellorín & Joe Troop, a Venezuelan-Appalachian duo also based in the Tar Heel state. The live taping of the show will take place in the performance theater at the Birthplace of Country Music Museum at 7 p.m.

Fireside Collective is celebrating the release of the band’s fourth studio album, “Across the Divide,” on the heels of its 2022 New Artist of the Year nomination from the International Bluegrass Music Association. In a recent No Depression review of the record, journalist Nancy Posey writes: “…Fireside Collective has achieved a balance between a traditional and progressive bluegrass sound and, lyrically, between relationships of trust and permanence and disconnected one-night stands.”

Larry Bellorín is a legend of Llanera music. Joe Troop is a GRAMMY-nominated bluegrass and old-time musician. Bellorín was forced into exile and is an asylum seeker in North Carolina. Troop, after a decade in South America, got stranded back in his stomping grounds of North Carolina during the pandemic. His acclaimed “latingrass” band Che Apalache was forced into hiatus, and he shifted into action working with asylum seeking immigrants. Destined to play music together, the versatile, multi-instrumentalists and singer-songwriters came together and now perform a fusion of Venezuelan and Appalachian folk music on harp, banjo, cuatro, fiddle, and whatever else they throw in the van.

Farm and Fun Time is hosted by Radio Bristol Program Director Kris Truelsen and his house band Bill and the Belles. In addition to performing upbeat, musical segues and peppy sponsorship jingles during the program, the group is known for combining a stringband format with their signature harmonies, candid songwriting, and pop sensibilities.

Farm and Fun Time is recorded before a live audience and syndicated for television on Blue Ridge PBSEast Tennessee PBS, and PBS North Carolina. Tickets to the show are $35 and may be purchased by visiting the Events page at BirthplaceOfCountryMusic.org.

Farm and Fun Time can also be accessed in its entirety through WBCM Radio Bristol’s Facebook page, on the air at 100.1 FM in the Bristol area, online at ListenRadioBristol.org or via the station’s free mobile app.

Rhonda Vincent, Lauren Morrow, Roni Stoneman on Farm and Fun Time at the Paramount

Bristol, Tenn.-Va. (June 28, 2022) – The 95th Anniversary of the 1927 Bristol Sessions will be celebrated with a night of music featuring Rhonda Vincent & The Rage, Lauren Morrow, Roni Stoneman and host band Bill and the Belles at 7 p.m. EDT, July 21. The event is a special live taping of WBCM Radio Bristol’s “Farm and Fun Time” variety show at Historic Downtown Bristol’s Paramount Theater.

From July 25 to August 5 in 1927, Ralph Peer recorded 76 songs by 19 acts for the Victor Talking Machine Company. Those sides included the first recordings of the Carter Family, the “First Family of Country Music,” and Jimmie Rodgers, the “Father of Country Music,” and catapulted early country music into the mainstream.

“This is a very special edition of ‘Farm and Fun Time ‘ as we honor Peer and the 1927 Bristol Sessions,” said Radio Bristol Program Director Kris Truelsen. “We are very excited to have a great lineup of artists that includes Rhonda, Lauren and special guest Roni Stoneman, a direct descendent of one of the original performers on the Sessions; she is the daughter of Ernest “Pop” Stoneman who encouraged Peer to travel to Bristol to record. This is going to be a very special show.”

Headlining the event is the reigning “Queen of Bluegrass” Rhonda Vincent and her band The Rage. This multi-talented, multi-award-winning artist has earned an unprecedented seven consecutive Female Vocalist of the Year awards from the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) from 2000-2006 and an eighth in 2015. In 2021 Rhonda was inducted into the Grand Ole Opry.

Lauren Morrow is the former frontwoman for The Whiskey Gentry. Her first solo EP achieved widespread acclaim, including “Best of” lists in Rolling Stone and Garden & Gun. Lauren recently wrapped up recording her first solo, full-length album at Nashville’s Sound Emporium.

Virtuoso bluegrass banjoist Roni Stoneman is the second-youngest of Ernest “Pop” Stoneman and wife Hattie’s 23 children and is known for her role on the popular variety show “Hee Haw.” She performed with her siblings and parents in The Stoneman Family band, including shows at the White House, the Smithsonian, and the Grand Ole Opry.

Host band Bill and the Belles is known for combining a stringband format with their signature harmonies, candid songwriting, and pop sensibilities. Composed of Truelsen on guitar, fiddler Kalia Yeagle, banjo/banjo-uke player Aidan Van Suetendael, and bassist Andrew Small, the band’s latest album Happy Again is full of life, humor, and tongue-in-cheek explorations of love and loss.

Presented by the nonprofit Birthplace of Country Music organization, “Farm and Fun Time” is a revival of the classic program that aired on WCYB radio in the 1940s and 1950s and was fundamental in the career development of bluegrass acts such as Flatt and Scruggs, The Stanley Brothers, and Jim and Jesse McReynolds.

“Farm and Fun Time” broadcasts live before a studio audience and can be accessed in its entirety at WBCM Radio Bristol’s Facebook, on the air at 100.1 FM in the Bristol area, online at ListenRadioBristol.org or via the free mobile app. The show is syndicated on Blue Ridge PBS, East Tennessee PBS, and PBS North Carolina.

Tickets for “Farm and Fun Time” are on sale now for $35-$82 at the Paramount box office located at 518 State Street, Bristol, Tennessee and online at ParamountBristol.org.

Dale Ann Bradley, Tammy Rogers and Thomm Jutz on Farm and Fun Time April 14

Bristol, Tenn.-Va. (April 5, 2022) – Kentucky Music Hall of Fame inductee and six-time IBMA Best Female Vocalist Dale Ann Bradley will headline WBCM Radio Bristol‘s “Farm and Fun Time” variety show on April 14 at 7:00 p.m. EDT, supported by Tammy Rogers and Thomm Jutz. Rogers may be best known as co-founder and fiddler for GRAMMY Award-winning bluegrass act The SteelDrivers. The program will broadcast live from the intimate performance theater inside the Birthplace of Country Music Museum in Historic Downtown Bristol, Virginia-Tennessee.

“We’re excited to host some of the most gifted songwriters from the bluegrass world this month for ‘Farm and Fun Time,'” said host and Radio Bristol program director Kris Truelsen. “Dale Ann Bradley is nothing short of bluegrass royalty and has paved the way for so many musicians in bluegrass music. Sharing the bill with GRAMMY-nominated Thomm Juttz and GRAMMY Award winner Tammy Rogers, who just released a fantastic duo album. Add Bill and the Belles into the mix and you’ve got the ingredients for an unparalleled live performance!”

Dale Ann Bradley joined Bill Monroe, Keith Whitley, Sonny Osborne and Sam Bush in the Kentucky Music Hall of Fame in 2018. The following year Bradley, as a member of the all-female group Sister Sadie, won the IBMA’s Vocal Group of the Year – the first time an all-female group has ever earned this distinction. Over the course of her career Bradley has collaborated with the likes of Vince Gill, Pam Tillis, and Dan Tyminski. She was also voted SPGBMA’s Female Vocalist of the Year in 2020. Her 2021 release “Things She Couldn’t Get Over,” earned Bradley the IBMA for Best Female Vocalist in addition to Gospel Recording of the Year.

Tammy Rogers and Thomm Jutz met in 2016 when seated at the same table at a music industry gala, yet their creative paths had run parallel for years. GRAMMY-nominated Jutz toured as a guitarist for Mary Gauthier, Nanci Griffith, and David Olney before developing a reputation as one of bluegrass music’s most prolific songwriters. Among a catalog of more than 140 songs, the duo selected a dozen of their best for the album “Surely Will Be Singing.”

Based in Johnson City, Tennessee, Bill and the Belles is known for combining a stringband format with their signature harmonies, candid songwriting, and pop sensibilities. Composed of Truelsen on guitar, fiddler Kalia Yeagle, banjo/banjo-uke player Aidan Van Suetendael, and bassist Andrew Small, the group has a knack for saying sad things with a bit of an ironic smirk and revels in the in-between. Deeply engaged with the stringband tradition and eager to stretch those influences to a contemporary setting, the band’s latest album “Happy Again” is full of life, humor, and tongue-in-cheek explorations of love and loss.

Presented by the nonprofit Birthplace of Country Music organization, “Farm and Fun Time” is a revival of the classic program that aired on WCYB radio in the 1940s and 1950s and was fundamental in the career development of bluegrass acts such as Flatt and Scruggs, The Stanley Brothers, and Jim and Jesse McReynolds.

“Farm and Fun Time” broadcasts live before a studio audience and can be accessed in its entirety on WBCM Radio Bristol’s Facebook page live. You may also tune in to the program on the air at 100.1 FM in the Bristol area, through the station’s free mobile app or online at ListenRadioBristol.org.

“Farm and Fun Time” is syndicated on Blue Ridge PBS, East Tennessee PBS, and PBS North Carolina. Viewers in these markets should check local listings for program scheduling.

Tickets for “Farm and Fun Time” are $35, on sale now via the Events page a BirthplaceOfCountryMusic.org.

BCM and Paramount Bristol Announce Partnership

Radio Bristol’s “Farm and Fun Time” to Broadcast Quarterly from Venue,
Kicking Off with The Mavericks March 10

Bristol, Tenn.-Va. (Friday, Feb. 4, 2022) – Birthplace of Country Music and Paramount Bristol announced a strategic partnership to bring WBCM Radio Bristol’s Farm and Fun Time live variety show broadcast to the historic Bristol stage. The Mavericks, Tex-Mex country-rockers, are set to headline the premiere event at 7 p.m. EST, March 10, 2022. Dallas Wayne and Redd Volkaert will open the show, with house band Bill and the Belles on tap to entertain with musical interludes and original jingles between segments.

“This is another historic moment for BCM and Radio Bristol,” said Leah Ross, BCM executive director of advancement. “Paramount Bristol is the shining jewel of our Downtown and a premier venue in our region. This is a wonderful partnership that will only grow with time.”

“As arts organizations and Downtown neighbors, Paramount Bristol and BCM share similar missions of supporting the arts in our community and the region while also working to draw more visitors to our beautiful Downtown,” said Paramount Bristol executive director Jennifer Hayes. “We’re very enthusiastic about the future opportunities Farm and Fun Time will bring.”

Hosted by Kris Truelsen and his house band Bill and the Belles, Farm and Fun Time is live musical variety show which broadcasts monthly from the performance theater at the Birthplace of Country Music Museum. Now syndicated on Blue Ridge PBS, East Tennessee PBS, and PBS North Carolina, tickets to be part of the studio audience for Farm and Fun Time routinely sell out the museum’s 100-seat theater. It has always been an ambition to expand the show to Paramount Bristol to accommodate a larger audience as well as larger touring acts.

“This is an important step in the development of Farm and Fun Time,” said Truelsen. “BCM has plans to expand to other PBS markets across the country. Bringing Farm and Fun Time to the stage at the Paramount plays a major role in our goals for expanding syndication nationwide.”

“Blue Ridge PBS has remained a community-owned station, dedicated to telling the stories of our region,” said William Anderson, President & CEO of Blue Ridge PBS. “The vitality of our region’s rich music heritage is a big story within itself – and Farm and Fun Time honors that history while carrying on our musical traditions into the future.”

Radio Bristol’s presenting underwriter for Farm and Fun Time is Eastman Credit Union, who has supported the program since the beginning. HVAC, Inc. and Permatile are also underwriters.

“Back in the 1940s and 1950s Farm and Fun Time played a major role in the development of legendary acts from the Appalachian region like The Stanley Brothers, Flatt & Scruggs, Jim and Jesse McReynolds, and many more,” said Kindle Conkin, Manager of Government Relations and Marketing Specialist at Eastman Credit Union. “The Farm and Fun Time of today is carrying on the tradition of shining a spotlight on our region’s rich music heritage, and ECU is proud to play a role in continuing that legacy.”

Tickets to Radio Bristol’s Farm and Fun Time featuring The Mavericks, Dallas Wayne with Redd Volkaert at Paramount Bristol range from $40 to $82, on sale now at ParamountBristol.com.

The Legendary Ingramettes, The Local Honeys on Farm and Fun Time Feb. 10

Bristol, Tenn.-Va. (January 17, 2022) – Powerhouse gospel quintet The Legendary Ingramettes and Kentucky bluegrass duo The Local Honeys join host Kris Truelsen and his house band Bill and the Belles for another rousing edition of WBCM Radio Bristol‘s Farm and Fun Time live variety show on Thursday, February 10 at 7:00 p.m. ET in the performance theater at the Birthplace of Country Music Museum in Historic Downtown Bristol, Virginia-Tennessee. Tickets to be part of the studio audience are on sale now for $35.

“February’s show is going to be one for the books,” said Truelsen. “I am a huge fan of both acts and this may be one of the strongest billings we’ve seen on Farm and Fun Time. We’re very blessed to host extraordinary talent on a regular basis, but this one is not to be missed.”

Presented by the nonprofit Birthplace of Country Music organization, Farm and Fun Time tips a hat to the classic program of the same name that aired on WCYB radio in the 1940s and 1950s. The program was fundamental in the development of bluegrass greats The Stanley Brothers, Jim and Jesse McReynolds, and Flatt and Scruggs.

Six decades of music, 65 years of song, and generations tied together through the force of will of a matriarchy of powerful women – this is the story of The Legendary Ingramettes, founded by the late Maggie Ingram as a way to keep her family together through hardship, and taken up by her daughter Almeta Ingram-Miller as a way to continue Maggie’s legacy.

Inspired by the black gospel male quartets of the 1940s and 1950s, The Legendary Ingramettes bring roof-raising harmonies and explosively powerful vocals, all driven by the voices of women. Based for many years out of Richmond, Virginia, they were led by the indomitable will of the woman they called “Mama,” but now that Mama is gone, Take A Look in the Book is the group’s first efforts with Almeta at the head. The album showcases Almeta’s bold new vision and towering vocal abilities, drawing songs from new Appalachian sources like Ola Belle Reed and Bill Withers, and reworking family favorites, some of which date back to old spirituals. Produced by state folklorist Jon Lohman as part of the Virginia Folklife Program at Virginia Humanities, Take A Look in the Book was recorded over just three days in Richmond, with most songs being cut in one take to keep the power of the group’s incendiary live performances. A live show from The Legendary Ingramettes is a house-rocking affair, with audiences literally getting whipped to a gospel fervor, and the recording seeks to capture the electrifying nature of the group’s performances.

The Local Honeys’ specific sound of Appalachian music has steadily grown, along with a fan base of music enthusiasts, since touring with Colter Wall across the United States and Europe, and later with Tyler Childers following the release of their controversial album The Gospel. The Kentucky duo has set a standard for the preservation of old-time, hillbilly music and the contemporary influences that inspire their songwriting. Despite a pandemic-deadened 2020 tour schedule that included shows at major folk festivals, The Local Honeys signed with songwriter haven La Honda Records, home to country and Western heavy hitters Vincent Neil Emerson and Colter Wall. The duo has also appeared at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

Based in Johnson City, Tennessee, Bill and the Belles is known for combining a stringband format with their signature harmonies, candid songwriting, and pop sensibilities. Composed of Truelsen on guitar, fiddler Kalia Yeagle, banjo/banjo-uke player Aidan Van Suetendael, and bassist Andrew Small, the group has a knack for saying sad things with a bit of an ironic smirk and revels in the in-between. Deeply engaged with the stringband tradition and eager to stretch those influences to a contemporary setting, the band’s latest album Happy Again is full of life, humor, and tongue-in-cheek explorations of love and loss.

Farm and Fun Time broadcasts live before a studio audience and can be accessed in its entirety on WBCM Radio Bristol’s Facebook page live. You may also tune in to the program on the air at 100.1 FM in the Bristol area, through the station’s free mobile app or online at ListenRadioBristol.org.

Farm and Fun Time is syndicated on Blue Ridge PBS, East Tennessee PBS, and PBS North Carolina. Viewers in these markets should check local listings for program scheduling.

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