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Full Moon Jam — Lance Stinson

July 16, 2015 | 7 pm
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Lance Stinson hails from Lumber City, a South Georgia town with a little more than a thousand people. Childhood was a character-building mix of rural life and hard work. Lance and his four older brothers grew up on his parents' farm, which for many years provided corn, wheat and port for the family's restaurant, Stinson's BBQ, a community gathering spot still going strong after 35 years.

His first musical memories came through the speakers of his dad's '79 Ford pickup. The eight-track gave him a good dose of Keith Whitley, George Jones, Waylon Jennings, Conway Twitty and Merle Haggard, whose "Rainbow Stew" remains a favorite.

"Dad was a big Hank Sr. fan," he says, "and my older brothers liked Hank Jr., so I picked up a love for both. My brothers were also fans of a lot of '80's rockers like Def Leppard and Poison, and I wound up with a little of that in the mix too.

Those influences would combine to give him a taste for what he calls a "kick-in-the-teeth country." "There's still some traditional sound to it," he says, "since I love story songs, but then it's got that edge to it." It's an approach that has made him one of country's most exciting young talents and brought Lance to the brink of national attention.

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For the 19th year, the City of Bristol Tennessee will be hosting the free concert series "Full Moon Jam" on Tuesdays and Thursdays at the Downtown Center (Country Music Mural), 810 State Street. Performances begin at 7 p.m. and continue until 9 or 9:30 p.m. through September 24th.

Bring a lawn chair or come early to grab one of the 350 chairs provided on-site. Refreshments are sold in the concessions area for a nominal fee. Clean, well-stocked restrooms also available.

You are asked not to park in the bank drive-through area adjacent to the venue and please do not to bring skateboards or bicycles into the venue. Parking is available on Shelby Street in the Municipal parking lot or on State Street in designated parking spaces.