Monthly Live Variety Show at the Birthplace of Country Music Museum
Bristol, Va./Tenn. (May 14, 2019) – Radio Bristol’s Farm & Fun Time live variety show returns June 13 at 7:00 p.m. EST with musical guests Sierra Ferrell and Steel City Jug Slammers, live from the Performance Theater at the Birthplace of Country Music Museum in Historic Downtown Bristol – home of the legendary 1927 Bristol Sessions recordings.
A revival of the former WCYB radio program that aired from downtown Bristol in the 1940s and 1950s, Radio Bristol’s Farm and Fun Time is homespun programming you won’t find anywhere else. The lively, musical variety show with a vintage flair offers the very best in roots music performances from the region and beyond, humor, and a bit of storytelling – including video vignettes shot on location at regional farms.
In keeping with the classic program from yesteryear, the Farm Report highlights area agriculturalists whom are working to keep and pass on the tradition of the family farm. Additionally, local folks share heartwarming stories and recipes from around their Southern tables during the Heirloom recipe segment. Host band Bill & the Belles chime in between segments with music interludes and vintage radio ads they have written for Farm and Fun Time sponsors. A great time is had by all, and tickets to be part of the live studio audience generally sell out quickly.
In June, Farm and Fun Time welcomes two acts that are new to the program and the region, Sierra Ferrell and Steel City Jug Slammers.
Born from the dark, rich soil of West Virginia, Sierra Ferrell cut her teeth on the rail lines, truck stops, street corners, and dingy, dimly lit listening rooms all across the land, belting out her old-time melodies and drawing her patrons ever more deeply into her animated tapestry of forlorn, star-crossed love, longing, poverty, suffering and triumph; her music encompasses that irreconcilable thrum of the human spirit and all the complexities of emotion that come with it.
Recently inducted into the Jug Band Hall of Fame, The Steel City Jug Slammers are making a name for themselves in the roots music world with their homemade instrumentation and throwback stage show. Hailing from Birmingham, Alabama, the group has been featured on Animal Planet’s Pit Bulls & Parolees and NPR’s Prairie Home Companion.
Tickets to be part of the studio audience for Farm & Fun Time are $30 and can be purchased online at ListenRadioBristol.org. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and guests are asked to be seated by 6:55 p.m.
Farm and Fun Time may also be viewed in its entirety on Radio Bristol’s Facebook Live atFacebook.com/WBCMRadioBristol. Radio Bristol can be accessed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week on 100.1 FM in the Bristol area, online at ListenRadioBristol.org, and through the station’s free mobile app.