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Farm & Fun Time Christmas Spectacular Dec. 9 ft. Larry Sparks

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Live Radio Show Celebrates the Season with Veteran Bluegrass Artist

The Birthplace of Country Music’s own Radio Bristol is planning a grand Christmas Spectacular — or “Sparktacular” — with the award-winning bluegrass artist Larry Sparks on Friday, December 9 at 7:00 p.m. in the Performance Theater at the Birthplace of Country Music Museum.

Larry Sparks is among the most widely known and respected touring musicians in bluegrass and gospel music today. He began his career in the mid-1960s as a guitarist with the legendary Stanley Brothers and later became lead vocalist for Ralph Stanley and the Clinch Mountain Boys. He went on to form his own band in 1969, The Lonesome Ramblers. He has recorded and toured with them for more than four decades; delighting countless fans with his soulful vocals and unparalleled musicianship.

“If you like your bluegrass hard-driving and heartfelt, look no further,” said Radio Bristol producer Kris Truelsen. “Larry Sparks is truly a bluegrass legend.”

Sponsored by Eastman Credit Union, Farm & Fun Time also features the Appalachian Sustainable Development Farm Report hosted by Corbin Hayslett, an heirloom recipe segment that’s more storytelling than instruction, and live music segways from house band Bill & the Belles.

Radio Bristol’s Farm & Fun Time radio show is recorded before a live audience and is broadcast live as well as via webcast on Radio Bristol. Radio Bristol can be accessed on 100.1 FM in the Bristol area, online at BirthplaceofCountryMusic.org, and through the station’s free mobile app.

Tickets to Radio Bristol Presents: Farm & Fun Time Christmas “Sparktacular” are $30.

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January Farm & Fun Time ft. Luke Bell, The Farmer & Adele

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Radio Bristol Presents the January 2017 edition of everyone’s favorite live radio experience, Farm & Fun Time live from the Birthplace of Country Music Museum featuring music acts Luke Bell and The Farmer & Adele. The monthly program takes place on Thursday, January 12 in the Performance Theater at the museum at 7:00 p.m. and the doors open at 6:30 p.m.

According to RollingStone, Wyoming native Luke Bell “plays classic honky-tonk with a wink and a yodel that summons the sleeping ghosts of country better than any voodoo spell ever could.”

farmeradeleNashville’s The Farmer & Adele bring country-western cowboy swing and high lonesome together in a way that hearkens back to the heyday of Gene Autry and Roy Rogers.

Hosted by Kris Truelsen and featuring live advertisements written by house band Bill & the Belles, the program also features the Appalachian Sustainable Development Farm Report with Corbin Hayslett, an heirloom recipe segment that’s more storytelling than instruction, and much more!

Radio Bristol Presents: Farm & Fun Time is a revival of WCYB radio’s Farm & Fun Time show which broadcast live from a studio inside the General Shelby Hotel in downtown Bristol. In the 1940s through the early 1960s Farm & Fun Time was an important program in the history of early bluegrass music and helped to establish the careers of legendary performers including Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs, the Stanley Brothers, Jim and Jesse McReynolds, Mac Wiseman, and many more.

Tickets to the show are $25.

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About Luke Bell

“I grew up in Wyoming ’til the age of 21. I then spent two years in Austin playing at the Hole in the Wall and the White Horse mainly with a couple bands. I moved to New Orleans for several months and did seasonal ranch work in Wyoming—for now I’m in Nashville.

I like work, cowboy culture, just plain good songs, honky-tonks, real life people, my dog and my ’95 Buick.”

About The Farmer & Adele

“Bringing you country-western cowboy + cowgirl swing and high lonesome sounds! The band has completed a brand new album featuring the legendary country western group, Riders in the Sky, titled Into the Wide Open Sky. The album features the lighthearted songbird Grace Adele, and her musical partner Keenan Wade, on a collection of country-western originals and covers.

The Farmer & Adele grew up admiring classic music—classic country, jazz, the Tin Pan Alley songwriters—and those early styles reflect so much of what the two stand for. Their songwriting is uplifting, heroic and simple, but hearken back to the time of Gene Autry and Roy Rogers, an interest the duo shares with the Riders and a torch the Riders in the Sky carried from equally legendary Sons of the Pioneers.

Into the Wide Open Sky is an album for everyone—music written to be entertaining and enjoyable.”

 

Radio Bristol Special Thanksgiving Programming

As a “thank you” to all of our amazing supporters, Radio Bristol has a weekend of special live recordings from this year’s Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion and International Bluegrass Music Association festivals for you and your family to enjoy! Tune in to 100.1 FM in the Bristol area or listen anywhere through the WBCM Radio Bristol mobile app and this website. We hope you enjoy a fantastic holiday with the people you love most! Here is a list of our programming:

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Radio Bristol Premieres New Music from Caleb Klauder Country Band w/ Reeb Willms

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Live in concert, Radio Bristol is set to premiere new music from the Caleb Klauder Country Band with Reeb Willms at the Birthplace of Contry Music Museum on Tuesday, November 15, at 7:00 pm. The band will perform music from their new release Innocent Road, recorded by the band with Klauder and Willms singing lead.

The band makes a stop in Bristol, the birthplace of country music, as they continue to tour in support of the record—a tour that has taken them on an autumn jaunt through Oregon and down to southern Louisiana’s Blackpot Festival, then continuing northeast through New York, New Jersey, the Virginias, North Carolina, and Kentucky.

“Caleb Klauder and Reeb Willms remind us what country music is supposed to sound like,” said Kris Truelsen, producer and host of Radio Bristol Premieres. “The duo, along with their top notch band, bring a refreshing sound and perspective to traditional country music. A sound—deceptively simple—that can only be reached through years of hard work. With the new release Innocent Road, Willms and Klauder find themselves in the company of classic country music’s finest duets like Tammy and George or Conway and Loretta. If you want to know where music is headed, look no further.”

If you don’t believe in reincarnation, try listening to Caleb Klauder’s music. There’s little other explanation for why a small island Washingtonian can write, play, and sing music that sounds like it should be rolling out of a Great Depression honky-tonk. Born from the heart of Portland, Oregon’s red-hot music scene, Caleb Klauder’s music continues to challenge and transform how we think about roots music in America.

NPR Music hails: “On their new album Innocent Road, Caleb Klauder and Reeb Willms stake a claim as two of the finest traditional musicians in America. Their sound is a throwback to the heyday of rural American dance-hall music. And make no mistake: If they had been born in 1930, the two Portland musicians would be pop stars.”

Radio Bristol Premieres focuses on new recordings debuted before a live audience, as well as a live broadcast and webcast on Radio Bristol. Radio Bristol can be accessed on 100.1 FM in the Bristol area, online at BirthplaceofCountryMusic.org, and through the station’s free mobile app. Tickets to Radio Bristol Premieres: Caleb Klauder Country Band with Reeb Willms are $20.

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Radio Bristol Premieres: Dylan LeBlanc

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Join us for another exciting Radio Bristol Premieres live radio show with singer/songwriter Dylan LeBlanc in the intimate Performance Theater at the Birthplace of Country Music Museum December 2. Radio Bristol Premieres focuses on new recordings debuted before a live audience, as well as a live broadcast and webcast on Radio Bristol. LeBlanc will highlight music from his latest release Cautionary Tale.

Overwhelmed by the speed at which his gift took him from Applebee’s server to “the new Neil Young” in a matter of months, he walked away from an unlikely major label deal after releasing two critically acclaimed albums. He slipped into a blur of booze and self-doubt. Exhausted and damaged at just 23 years old, Dylan came home to Muscle Shoals, Alabama to write a new life for himself.

In between the moments of clarity and a few familiar falls, he also wrote a new album, Cautionary Tale, a collection of shimmering, arresting songs with the same haunting vocals that caught the attention of Lucinda Williams and Bruce Springsteen, now with a sharpened edge honed by hastened maturity.

Tickets to Radio Bristol Premieres: Dylan LeBlanc are $20 and doors open at 6:30 p.m.

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Radio Bristol Premieres: Caleb Klauder Country Band w/ Reeb Willms

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Radio Bristol Premieres: Caleb Klauder Country Band with Reeb Willms at the Birthplace of Country Music Museum Tuesday, November 15, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. The band will highlight music from the new release Innocent Road by Caleb Klauder and Reeb Willms.

One may recognize Klauder and Willms from Radio Bristol’s Farm & Fun Time live radio show earlier this year. The duo performed as members of the old-time quartet Foghorn Stringband back in April.

If you don’t believe in reincarnation, try listening to Caleb Klauder’s music. There’s little other explanation for why a small island Washingtonian can write, play, and sing music that sounds like it should be rolling out of a Great Depression honky-tonk. Born from the heart of Portland, Oregon’s red-hot music scene, Caleb Klauder’s music continues to challenge and transform how we think about roots music in America.

Performing Caleb’s praised original songs right alongside classics from George Jones, The Louvin Brothers, and Dolly Parton, their live show is timeless, fresh, and alive. There is a drive to the music that makes it unique and captivating.

Doors to the show open at 6:30 p.m. and tickets are $20 per person.

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Farm & Fun Time Features Dom Flemons Nov. 10

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Radio Bristol Presents: Farm & Fun Time, a live radio show at the Birthplace of Country Music Museum on Thursday, November 10, at 7:00 p.m., with guest performances by Dom Flemons and The Sunny Mountain Serenaders.

Hosted by Kris Truelsen and featuring musical breaks by house band Bill and the Belles, the program also features the Appalachian Sustainable Development Farm Report with Corbin Hayslett, an heirloom recipe segment that’s more storytelling than instruction, and much more!

Radio Bristol Presents: Farm & Fun Time is a revival of WCYB radio’s Farm & Fun Time show which broadcast live from a studio inside the General Shelby Hotel in downtown Bristol. In the 1940s through the early 1960s, Farm & Fun Time was an important program in the history of early bluegrass music and helped to establish the careers of legendary performers including Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs, the Stanley Brothers, the Osborne Brothers, Jim and Jesse McReynolds, Mac Wiseman, The Sauceman Brothers, and Curly King & The Tennessee Hilltoppers.

Tickets to the show are $20 and doors will open at 6:30 p.m.

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About Dom Flemons

Dom Flemons is the “American Songster,” pulling from traditions of old-time folk music to create new sounds. Having performed music professionally since 2005, he has played live for over one million people just within the past three years.

As part of the Carolina Chocolate Drops, which he co-founded with Rhiannon Giddens and Justin Robinson, he has played at a variety of festivals spanning from the Newport Folk Festival to Bonnaroo, in addition to renowned venues such as the Grand Ole Opry.

Dom is also an active board member of the Music Maker Foundation. “We Are The Music Makers: Preserving the Soul of America’s Music” special exhibit is currently on display in the special exhibits gallery at the Birthplace of Country Music Museum. It is a collection of photographs, recordings, and video from Tim Duffy, Music Maker founder.

About Sunny Mountain Serenaders

The Sunny Mountain Serenaders feature three of the most accomplished, steeped-in-the-tradition old-time musicians you’ll find anywhere.

Mark Campbell, who was raised in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley, has won many ribbons at Southern fiddle contests, including 1st Prize at Clifftop in 2001. He is an unrepentant booster of Virginia music and a long-time musical mentor to scores of folks in the Richmond area. When he’s not playing with the Serenaders, Mark enjoys playing with his wife and daughters, known collectively as The Campbell Family Band. Mark also is an accomplished landscape painter.

Native Virginian Mac Traynham, who plays banjo and harmonica and sings lead with the Serenaders, may be best known for the soulful tight-harmony duets that he sings and plays with his wife, Jenny. He’s another guy who’s papered his walls with fiddlers convention prize ribbons. Mac lives in the country, near Floyd, VA, and is a full-time musician, banjo builder, cabinetmaker, and farmer.

John Schwab is the guy who literally wrote the book on playing old-time backup guitar. He’s anchored the rhythm sections of several fine bands, including The Hoover Uprights, who took the blue ribbon in the traditional band contest at Clifftop in 2001 and again in 2003. John plays his old Gibson archtop guitar and sings harmony with the Serenaders.

Radio Bristol Farm & Fun Time Kick-Off to Bristol Rhythm ’16

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In two short weeks Historic Downtown Bristol, VA/TN will be filled with live music and beautiful people dancing in the streets! We’re kicking it all off with a very special Radio Bristol Presents: Farm & Fun Time live radio show featuring the musical talents of Rob Ickes & Trey Hensley and Woody Pines on Thursday, September 15 at the Birthplace of Country Music Museum.

The unique and collaborative effort between Rob Ickes and Trey Hensley is bound to be a revelation to traditional music fans. Ickes is a longtime, well-established instrumental giant, and Hensley is newly arrived in Music City, bursting with talent both as a vocalist and guitarist.

Nashville troubadour Woody Pines draws from the lost back alley anthems and scratchy old 78s of American roots music, whether country blues, jug band, hokum, or hillbilly. Woody’s intensely catchy rhythms, jumpy lyrics, and wildly delirious sense of fun is a treat for audiences of all ages.

Be part of the live studio audience for the program that got its roots in the 1940s from WCYB Radio’s Farm & Fun Time program. The show features the Appalachian Sustainable Development Farm Report, storytelling, and live music segways from Farm & Fun Time house band Bill & the Belles.

Can’t be part of the live audience? Tune in to Radio Bristol at 100.1 FM in the Bristol area, or listen online to WBCM-LP on this website or through the station’s mobile app.

Tickets to Radio Bristol Presents: Farm & Fun Time are $20. The show begins at 7:00 p.m. and the doors open at 6:30 p.m.

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Radio Bristol Premieres: Jeff Brown & Still Lonesome Aug. 27

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“A Distant Horizon” CD Launch at the Birthplace of Country Music Museum 

Tap your toes to new music in the place that does Americana best! On Friday, August 26, 2016, Jeff Brown & Still Lonesome will debut their latest album, A Distant Horizon, live at a special Radio Bristol Premieres concert and CD release at the Birthplace of Country Music Museum. Tickets are available to the public for only $10. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., and the show begins at 7:00 p.m.

From Southwest Virginia and a prominent name in the bluegrass world, Jeff Brown has played on renowned stages for years. Along with picking his guitar on the Grand Ole Opry, Austin City Limits, and Song of the Mountains on PBS, Brown also plays an active role in promoting bluegrass music. Brown has made a name for himself playing alongside Larry Sparks, the late Johnny and June Cash, The Charlie Sizemore Band, and many others. His band members in Still Lonesome include Austin Brown, Kyle Murphy, Nick Goad and Mitch Walker.

Radio Bristol Premieres focuses on new recordings debuted before a live audience. The show will broadcast live on Radio Bristol at 100.1FM in the Bristol area, online, and through Radio Bristol’s mobile app.

Don’t miss out on this opportunity to experience new music and support regional artists.

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Radio Bristol’s July Farm & Fun Time w/ Danny Paisley, Missy Raines

Radio Bristol Presents: Farm & Fun Time, a live radio show at the Birthplace of Country Music Museum, on Thursday, July 14, at 7:00 p.m. Hosted by Radio Bristol’s Kris Truelsen, the show will feature performances by Danny Paisley & The Southern Grass and Missy Raines & The New Hip.

Made possible by support from Eastman Credit Union, Farm & Fun Time broadcasts live before a studio audience and features musical breaks by house band Bill & the Belles, the Appalachian Sustainable Development Farm Report with Corbin Hayslett, and a special recipe segment in every show.

Tickets to be part of the studio audience are $20 with open seating; doors open at 6:30 p.m.

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About Danny Paisley & The Southern Grass

Deeply rooted in tradition, Danny Paisley & The Southern Grass’ new album, The Room Over Mine, earned accolades and significant chart action. The song, “Don’t Throw Mama’s Flowers Away” won the 2009 IBMA Award for Song of the Year and the group has garnered several IBMA nominations for Emerging Artist of The Year, Male Vocalist of the Year, Album of the Year. Touring nationally and internationally, the band’s list of notable festivals and events include Rocky Grass, Grey Fox, Grass Valley, Del Fest, Wind Gap, Delaware Valley Bluegrass Festival and more.

About Missy Raines & The New Hip

With a smokey and seductive alton, seven-time IBMA Bass Player of the Year, Missy Raines, heads up this quartet featuring mandolin, guitars, bass, and drums. The territory The New Hip covers is broad and the compass is set by Raines, planted right in the center of the stage directing her bass every bit as much as she’s playing it. ICON Magazine said Raines is “a seductive amalgam of folk, country, bluegrass, and rock, recalling the earliest platters by Lucinda Williams and Roseanne Cash.”