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Border Bash...Because It's Great on State

August 27, 2010 | 12 am

Believe in Bristol, Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion and The Birthplace of Country Music Alliance are proud to announce that Border Bash and Its Great on State, both monthly summer concert series in Historic Downtown Bristol,have merged together! Wehave called it Border Bash….because it’s Great on State! This merger allows downtown to have more nights of consecutive music in our downtown district. The seventh summer concert of the year will be on August 27th, 2010. The evening’s events will start with children’s activities, crafters, and concessions at 6PM, LIVE music begins at 7:00PM with Miss Tess, followed by The Hot Seats starting at approximately 8:30PM. Remember that Border Bash is free to the public! 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 2010: City of Bristol TN and City of Bristol VA, Wachovia Bank, PennStuart, Dent K. Burk & Associates, Greg Fahn, Rita Kiscaden, Rob Simis and Robert Hollo – Edward Jones & Associates, Merrill Lynch, Cherokee Distributing, Waste Management, Blakley-Mitchell, Curcio & Stout, Kerr-Boswell, Inc., Blackbird Bakery, Kil’n Time Pottery, Strongwell, Highlands Wellmont Health Network, First Tennessee Bank, Citizen’s Bank, TruPoint Bank, BB&T, Bank of Tennessee, and Burke, Powers & Harty, Inc. In-Kind Sponsors-Coca Cola Distributing, CW4 and Fox Tri-Cities, The Bristol Herald Courier and Citadel Broadcasting.

About Miss Tess — Similar to artists such at Tom Waits, Randy Newman, Madeleine Peyroux, or Dan Hicks and His Hot Licks, Miss Tess draws inspiration from older styles of music, and uses those sounds in the service of her own personality. The new album makes use of varied instrumentation including country-tinged pedal steel, a three part horn section, barroom piano, and a lonesome banjo. Miss Tess says about the compositions, “I wanted each song to be recorded like I heard it in my head, whether or not we had those instruments in the regular performing band”. The album, as well as the stage show for that matter, is interspersed with up-tempo playful ditties, mournful love songs, and offbeat charmers.

About The Hot Seats — “The focus and polish is an interesting counterpoint to the band’s satiric approach to music-making, that absurd aesthetic that now includes short films and tune-filled plays. Anything but the normal stuff.” — Style Weekly, 2008
“Virginian quintet (The Hot Seats) thrive on diversity . . . The action is virtually non-stop, the musicianship superb, with fiddle, mandolin, banjo and guitar coalescing with humour and speed and powered by a communally owned and played double-bass, drums and washboard.” The Glasgow Herald, 2008

Leah Ross, Executive Director, Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion, “We are excited to be a part of the downtown music series in 2010 and look forward to another successful summer with more opportunities to present music and showcase our downtown.” For more information, visit www.bristolrhythm.com, www.birthplaceofcountrymusic.org, or call (423) 573-2200 or (423) 573-4898.