Marion, VA – Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain String Band as well as Dom Flemons (of the Carolina Chocolate Drops fame) will headline the Song of the Mountains concert taping on Saturday, June 3rd at 7:00 pm. Also on the show will be the powerful bluegrass picking and singing of the Darrell Webb Band as well and the family harmonies of the group Salt and Light.
Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain String Band, which has been a stalwart of the park’s award-winning entertainment offerings for nearly 15 years, offers great bluegrass music and a little bit of humor to those who visit the Smoky Mountains’ premier family vacation destination. The band’s stellar lineup includes Ashley Bradley, Jerry Butler, Roger Helton and Kerry Kooch. As soon as these talented musicians hit the stage, audiences understand the passion they have for sharing their gifts. Dollywood guests can enjoy this fabulous foursome through the entire 2017 operating season.
Dom Flemons is a GRAMMY Award winning musician, singer-songwriter, and slam poet. Carrying on the songster tradition, Flemons strives to mix traditional music forms with a contemporary approach, to create new sounds that will appeal to wider audiences. In his recent solo album Prospect Hill (2014), Flemons drew from a wide range of styles, including ragtime, Piedmont blues, spirituals, southern traditional music, string band music, fife and drum music, and jug-band music. He began his career as a performer in the Arizona music scene, where he produced 25 albums for singer-songwriters and slam poets in Pheonix. In 2005, Flemons co-found the Carolina Chocolate Drops, an African-American string band that won a Grammy for its 2010 album Genuine Negro Jig. Today, he tours throughout the United States and internationally as “The American Songster.
Darrell Webb has one of the strongest voices in bluegrass music today as well as a hard driving band to back him up. Darrell is a veteran of bluegrass music preforming for the likes of Rhonda Vincent and the Rage, the Lonesome River Band, Blue Highway and many others before starting his own band a few years ago. The Darrell Webb Band definitely entertains their audience with an energetic performance every time they take the stage.
Currently residing in Graham, NC, Salt and Light is an all-sibling Bluegrass band from a family of ten, ranging in age from 21 to 11 years old. All the members of Salt and Light are vocalists, taking turns in singing both lead and harmony. Salt and Light has played for audiences in Theaters, Fairgrounds, Civic centers, Festivals, Parks and Churches in multiple states and Canada. They have also recorded and released two albums. Incorporating solid instrumentation and making good use of sibling harmonies that family bands have long been known for, they are highly entertaining and please audiences wherever they go. Salt and Light is all about family, faith, and the music they love, and they wish to encourage others with the abilities God has given them. They are very thankful to the Lord for their musical journey and endeavor to be pleasing to Him in their daily lives.
Song of the Mountains presents concert tapings every month at the Lincoln Theatre in Marion, VA. The concerts are taped for broadcast across America on Public Television. The June 3rd tickets are available online and at the box office.
For the 2017 schedule and more information visit the website at www.songofthemountains.org or call 276-783-6093.
The concert series is underwritten by the Town of Marion, VA, the Ellis Family Foundation including the General Francis Marion Hotel, Bank of Marion, and Blue Ridge Country 98.1 WBRF Radio.
Song of the Mountains/Appalachian Music Heritage Foundation is a non-profit 501c3 organization.
Song of the Mountains is recognized as the “Official Television Show for the State of Virginia”