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Border Bash Kicks Off 13th Year with The Whiskey Gentry and JP Harris and the Tough Choices!

April 30, 2012

The arrival of warmer weather here in Bristol earmarks the upcoming monthly summer concert series, Border Bash. Set in Historic Downtown Bristol, Border Bash will begin its 13th year on May 4th, in the 800 block of State Street. The evening’s events will start with children’s activities, crafters, and concessions at 6PM. Live music begins at 7:00PM with The Whiskey Gentry, followed by JP Harris and The Tough Choices. As always, Border Bash is free to the public! “Border Bash first began 13 years ago as a small block party held 4 times during the summer months with 50-60 participants,” commented Christina Blevins, Executive Director of Believe in Bristol. “Since that time, our event has grown to 8 separate events, with children’s activities, food, arts and crafts vendors and between 750-1,000 participants each time!” This growth is due in part to the collaborative efforts of Believe in Bristol, Bristol Rhythm and Roots Reunion, Birthplace of Country Music Alliance and the Cities of Bristol.

“We have a magnificent downtown community here and are delighted to provide Bristolians an opportunity to enjoy live music, food and shopping right here on State Street,” Blevins added. The May 4 Border Bash will feature the music of The Whiskey Gentry and JP Harris and The Tough Choices.

About The Whiskey Gentry: The Whiskey Gentry is a band of Atlanta misfits that defy categorization in Atlanta's saturated music market. From bluegrass to punk to old‐time country, The Whiskey Gentry combine accomplished musicianship with high‐energy stage shows that are sure to provide many a night of pickin' and dancin'. Having recently been chosen by Paste Magazine as the “Best of What’s Next,” The Whiskey Gentry have established themselves among Atlanta’s music elite. They have shared the stage with artists such as Doc Watson, Old Crow Medicine Show, Rhett Miller of the Old 97s, John Popper, Ed Roland of Collective Soul, Chatham County Line, and many other national touring acts. http://whiskeygentry.com/

About JP Harris and The Tough Choices: J.P. Harris and The Tough Choices have been resurrecting the ghosts of a time when real, hardcore honky tonk ruled the airwaves; before the words "pop" or "new" ever met the word "country." Leaving home at the young age of 14, J.P. Harris has lived the songs he writes for well over a decade, getting his start around fires in sheep-herding camps in the southwest and hobo jungles across the country. Compared by many to George Jones, Billie Joe Shaver, and even rising star Jamey Johnson, J.P. writes with the humor, grit, and grace that only a truly road-worn author can summon. In just over two years, The Tough Choices have traveled nearly 100,000 miles and played over 200 dates, from Vermont to Louisiana to California, from festival stages to roadhouses you can't find on a map. http://www.reverbnation.com/thetoughchoices

The event is hosted by Believe in Bristol, Birthplace of Country Music Alliance, and Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion. Sponsors for 2012 are: Appalachian Region — AACA, Bank of Tennessee, Bristol Herald Courier, Bristol Virginia Utilities, Blakley-Mitchell, Campbell Printing, Citizens Bank, City of Bristol, TN, City of Bristol, VA, Coca-Cola Distributing, Cranberry Lane, Cumulus, Dent K. Burk Associates, Edward Jones Investments — Rob Simis & Greg Fahn, Express AV Productions, First Tennessee Foundation, Inari Wines, J.A. Street and Associates, Kerr-Boswell Inc., Kil’n Time Pottery, Merrill-Lynch, Nash & Powers Insurance, Penn Stuart, Serendipity, Spiegler Blevins & Company, Strongwell, Tom & Barbara Smith, Tri-City Tent and Event, Wal-Mart, News 5 and William and Brenda Johnstone.

For more information, visit believeinbristol.org, birthplaceofcountrymusic.org, or bristolrhythm.com or call (423) 573-2200 or (423) 573-4898.