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.
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.
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.