Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain String Band, Dom Flemons Darrell Webb Band on Song of the Mountains

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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.

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Up on the Mountain: Bluegrass Podcast

Dom Flemons is a founding member of the Carolina Chocolate Drops and a wonderful preserver of traditional American music. From slam poetry to silent films, Dom finds inspiration in all kinds of interesting things and that’s what makes him a one of a kind musician. It was an honor to have Dom on the podcast this week.

You can find the interview here:

Check out Dom’s website here:

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Kingman Island Bluegrass & Folk

The Kingman Island Bluegrass & Folk Festival is all about celebration. A celebration of spring in DC, the amazing talent held by our friends and neighbors, and the natural beauty in our Nation’s Capital that we can too easily forget in the hustle and bustle of everyday life. As a fundraising event for the Living Classrooms Foundation, it is also a celebration of the fundamentally important role that community plays in lifting up those among us who are in greatest need.  Learn more about the festival here.


“David Holt’s State of Music” Season 2 premiered April 2017

Here’s the schedule by episode:
June 15 at 9:30 pm— Steep Canyon Rangers at Oskar Blues ReebRanch
June 22 at 9:30 pm— Alice Gerrard, Laurelyn Dossett, Rayna Gellert at Glencoe Mill
June 29 at 9:30 pm— Wayne Henderson, Jeff Little
July 6 at 9:30 pm— Amythyst Kiah at Echo Mountain, Mipso at Alamance Historical Museum
July 13 at 9:30 pm— Kruger Brothers
July 20 at 9:30 pm— Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver at Henderson County Courthouse Museum, St. John  AME Zion Unity Choir
July 27 at 930 pm— Dom Flemons at the Warren Store, followed immediately by…
July 27 at 10:00 pm— DHSM Onstage at WCU, featuring Josh Goforth, Rhiannon Giddens & Friends, The Branchettes, and Balsam Range