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Border Bash to host Last Train Home & Erin McDermott

July 30, 2012

Set in Historic Downtown Bristol, Border Bash continues on Friday August 3, 2012 in the 500 & 400 blocks 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 Erin McDermott followed up by Eric Brace & Last Train Home around 8:30PM. As always, Border Bash is
free to the public!

Erin McDermott — Meet Erin McDermott before the gig, with a Guinness in her hand and a self-effacing wit at the ready, and you'd never suspect the transformation that's about to take place. But when she sets down her pint and steps onto stage, pay attention. A spruce-topped six string launches into a steam-driving rhythm and her voice rises, gaining power and soaring to a pure quavering vulnerability that makes even the club regulars, the ones who've heard it all, stop talking and really listen. And why not? It's more than the alt-folk barnburners and whiskied-up ballads Erin conjures, the achingly rich, superbly rendered tales of rural America present and past. It's more than the magnificent players she surrounds herself with, from the hottest pickers in Vermont's Green Mountains to the Nashville hotshots like Grammy Award winner Tim O'Brien, IBMA "Guitarist of the Year" Bryan Sutton, and ACM "Fiddle Player of the Year" Stuart Duncan,
who back her up on her latest album, "Time to Go." When Erin McDermott sings, it's an emotional testament to what it is to be human-the sweet and the bitter of life, the pure glory and the heartbreaking, bewildering loss. Live or on record, she's a performer you don't want to miss. — Gary Miller/Strictly Local Media. http://www.reverbnation.com/erinmcdermottvt

Eric Brace & Last Train Home — LTH is led by frontman Eric Brace," is one of the country's most formidable roots-rock bands". That's the assessment of the Nashville Tennessean about the band. And wile roots-rock is the core of LTH's sound, don't overlook the country, swing, bluegrass, blues, folk, mariachi, punk, pope and Tin Pan Alley influences you'll find if you give this band a listen. Since its beginnings in 1997, Last Train Home has evolved. from a five-piece part-time band in Washington D.C. to a full-time touring unit, with more than a dozen members across five states.from a five-piece part-time band in Washington D.C. to a full-time touring unit, with more than a dozen members across five states.ding projects and combine them into 1 cohesive, folk rock, sloppy tonk, harmonized, loose but tight, streamlined audience killing machineding projects and combine them into 1
cohesive, folk rock, sloppy tonk, harmonized, loose but tight, streamlined audience killing machine.from a five piece part-time band to a full-time touring unit. www.lasttrainhome.com

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 http://www.bristolrhythm.comor call (423) 573-2200 or (423) 573-4898.