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August 15, 2010 | 12 am

Legends and Legacies are in the air this August, as the Birthplace of Country Music will again host the award winning radio show Mountain Stage with Larry Groce at the Paramount Center for the Arts in Bristol. The show, which is produced by West Virginia Public Broadcasting from Charleston, WV, will pay tribute to both the past and future of country music with headliners Doc Watson, Justin Townes Earle, and David Holt.

Watson is unquestionably a living legend."There may not be a serious, committed baby boomer alive, who didn't at some point in his or her youth try to spend a few minutes at least trying to learn to pick a guitar like Doc Watson." said President Bill Clinton when he awarded Watson with the National Medal of Arts award in 1997. Watson is also a seven times Grammy award winner along with the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award.

Justin Townes Earle, a songwriting and guitar picking voice of a generation, is the son of Steve Earle. “He’s fully absorbed his genetic and cultural heritage and draws upon both with great skill and dimension…an utterly distinctive voice that takes what’s come before and artfully moves it forward with power of a certain steel driving man.” said the L.A. Times.

David Holt is a storyteller, songwriter, historian and four times Grammy award winner. "Holt inspires laughs and shivers as he draws on his vast store of Southern tales and folklore. No gimmicks-just Holt's expressive face and body, a few musical instruments and a warm voice weaving word magic." said the L.A. Times.

Along with Watson, Earle, and Holt the concert will feature Laura Boosinger, John Doyle, and Bob Livingston. The performance is Sunday August 15th at the Paramount Center for the Arts. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 the day of the show.

Mountain Stage has partnered with the Birthplace of Country Music Alliance since 2006, in an effort to recognize Bristol’s continuing contribution of music. Bristol is the location of the historical 1927 Bristol Sessions recordings, which has garnered the twin city the designation of the Birthplace of Country Music. The BCMA, an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution, is currently working to build a Cultural Heritage Center in downtown Bristol to promote the local history and culture.
About Birthplace of Country Music Alliance- a non‐profit organization dedicated to telling the story of the living musical heritage of the Appalachian Mountains and the cultural traditions that sustain it. An affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution, the Birthplace of Country Music Alliance is funded in part by grants from the Virginia Commission for the Arts, Tennessee Arts Commission, and National Endowment for the Arts. For more information, call (276) 645‐0111 or visit online at www.birthplaceofcountrymusic.org
About Mountain Stage- a production of West Virginia Public Broadcasting, is a two-hour radio show recorded before a live audience that has established a long tradition of featuring national and international acts in almost every style of music. The two hour show can be heard on over 100 Public Radio International affiliates throughout the United States, Voice of America, and XM Satellite Radio. Individuals should check with each affiliate for its air date. A list of affiliates is available at www.mountainstage.org