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BORDER BASH IS BACK!

May 03, 2011

Believe in Bristol, Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion and The Birthplace of Country Music Alliance are proud to announce it’s time for Bristol’s’ Twelfth Annual Border Bash Summer Concert Series!!! The first summer concert of the year will begin on May 6, 2011. The evening’s events will start with children’s activities, crafters, and concessions at 6:00 PM, LIVE music begins at 7:00 PM with the ETSU Old Time Pride Band, followed by Henhouse Prowlers starting at approximately 8:30PM. Remember that Border Bash is free to the public and we look forward to seeing you on State Street!

The event is hosted by Believe in Bristol, Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion, and The Birthplace of Country Music Alliance. A special thank you to our Sponsors for 2011: City of Bristol TN and City of Bristol VA, Wachovia Bank – A Wells Fargo Company, PennStuart, Dent K. Burk & Associates, Greg Fahn & Rob Simis – Edward Jones Investments, Merrill Lynch, Waste Management, Blakley-Mitchell, Curcio & Stout, Kerr-Boswell, Inc., Blackbird Bakery, Kil’n Time Pottery, Strongwell, First Tennessee Foundation, Bank of Tennessee, Burke, Powers & Harty, Inc., Nash & Powers Insurance, Bristol Dental Group, Cranberry Lane, JA Street & Associates, Inari Wines, Sound Check Music, Jeff & Terri Gregory and Tom & Barbara Smith. In-Kind Sponsors-Coca Cola Distributing, CW4 and Fox Tri-Cities, The Bristol Herald Courier and Citadel Broadcasting.

ETSU old time pride band – The band consists of Noah Wall: fiddle, Quentin Acres: guitar, Alex Moore: bass, Stephanie Jeter: autoharp, Amythyst Phillips: guitar, Justin Watkins: hammer dulcimer and banjo, Roy Andrade: fiddle, and Trae McMaken: banjo. Roy Andrade, formerly with the Reel Time Travelers, will be heading up the group. From exploring the history of mountain music to traveling the country in a string band, old time banjo musician Roy Andrade has a passion for the music of Appalachia. He's currently passing on that fervor as a teacher at ETSU. Roy was raised in Asheville, N.C., and has carried around an instrument as long as he can remember. He was playing accordion by the time he was four. Later he picked up the fiddle, guitar, mandolin, and other instruments. Andrade first came to ETSU as a student in the Appalachian Studies program. While in Johnson City, he met three other old time musicians and started the band Reel Time Travelers. The group traveled for six years, playing over 600 shows alongside notable musicians like Alison Krauss and Ralph Stanley. They produced a CD and cut a track for the movie Cold Mountain. After the band split, Andrade returned to ETSU to finish his degree. When he isn't teaching, Roy spends most of his free time picking with area musicians. For some of the finest bluegrass and old time music the region has to offer, don't miss the ETSU Old Time Pride Band.

Henhouse Prowlers — The Henhouse Prowlers consist of four members and have been barnstorming on to the red hot bluegrass scene since 2004. In 2007, the group of roughly thirty-something’s made the commitment to go the distance, to be a full-time touring bluegrass band. But not just another bluegrass band. The Prowlers began to see their hard work and relentless tour schedule pay off with a strong momentum and growing reputation for crisp, hard-driving bluegrass with intricate harmonies and electrifying stage energy. While balancing time on the road and in the studio in Colorado, HHP are winners of the 2010 RockyGrass Band Competition and the 2010 Chicago Music Award.
The Henhouse Prowlers center their sound on that of the early, formative years of bluegrass, while they keep their pulse on today by covering contemporary topics in a largely original repertoire. The bluegrass and acoustic music scenes are exploding with a new generation of young, invigorated fans across the nation, and the Prowlers embody the new breed of performers adding to the style of Flatt and Scruggs with a dynamic exuberance appreciated by all. They perform — and conduct media interviews — in suit-and-tie and work in a tightly choreographed, one-mic stage setting, which adds an exciting dimension to their shows. Combining passion, confidence and flair with instrumental and vocal prowess, The Prowlers deliver bluegrass with an edge. Along the collective road they have traveled, The Henhouse Prowlers have absorbed such diverse influences as Broadway, blues and barbershop, church music and shape note singing, opera and old-time, classical and country, folk and funk.

For more information about Border Bash please visit www.believeinbristol.org, www.bristolrhythm.com, or call (423) 573-2200 or (423) 573-4898.