Happy 2011 everyone! Here's hoping your year is prosperous and better than the last. Now, let me tell you about the Bluegrass at Appomattox this winter.
I'll get the preliminaries out of the way first. All of these shows are presented in the Appomattox County High School auditorium at 2:00 PM on Sunday afternoons. Admission to each show is $15 ($5 for children between 6 and 12 with kids 5 and under free) whether purchased in advance or at the door. That being said, I would like to recommend that you purchase your tickets in advance as these shows have been known to sell out. You may mail in a check in the amount of $60 per person to cover the entire series. Or, you may order each ticket as the series advances along. Just don't miss out on something you really wanted to see and hear. You may also reserve tickets at "will call" to be picked up the day of the show. Tickets may be purchased in person at several outlets around the Appomattox area; including Carquest, Jamerson Building Supply and Baines Books & Coffeehouse in Appomattox, Taylor-Forbes in Farmville, and at Lynchburg Music Center in Lynchburg. You may telephone Allen or Kelly Smith @ 434-248-6105 or email then at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Okay! Dailey & Vincent will perform on January 23rd to get the series off to a running start. Last year at the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA)Bluegrass Awards show Dailey & Vincent won awards as "Entertainers of the Year," Album of the Year" and 'Vocal Group of the Year." In addition to the awards they have been nominated for Grammys, Dove and SPBGMA awards of which they have garnered many wins. If you enjoy great harmony and a fast paced and entertaining Bluegrass show then you will not want to miss Dailey & Vincent at Appomattox.
Then coming up on February 13th (Just in time for Valentines day!) Russell Moore and 111rd Tyme Out will grace the stage at Appomattox. Here again you will be treated to an IBMA award winner as Russell Moore won the 2010 "Male Vocalist of the Year." If you know the music of IIIrd Tyme Out I really didn't have to tell you of Russell's award to convince you to attend the show as you are fully aware of his fantastic vocals. But, there is a lot more to IIIrd Tyme Out than Russell's vocals as the band is a 'super group' all of which have great talent and singing abilities. Take your Valentine out for a great Bluegrass performance.
Two short weeks later on February 27th, the "daddy" of Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out and one half of Dailey & Vincent takes the stage at Appomattox, namely Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver. I, more correctly, should have spoken of Doyle as the 'teacher' of these other performers as they both played in Doyle's band Quicksilver at one time or another. Doyle is a demanding boss and I, as a fan, am glad he is. When attending a Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver show you'll see and hear his latest "crop" or performers and you can be assured of top notch talent and great singing. Doyle will accept no less.
Just a few short days before the start of spring on March 13th, Appomattox High School will reverberate with the great traditional sounds of Junior Sisk & Rambler's Choice. While the three previous shows at Appomattox will have exhibited the influence of Doyle Lawson (And, I can assure you there's nothing wrong with that!), Junior Sisk approaches Bluegrass from and entirely different angle. He grew up listening to the traditional sounds of Bill Monroe, Flatt & Scruggs and many of the other 1st generation of Bluegrass performers. This influence can be heard in his singing and choice of material. Junior sings new songs, but with an earthiness that makes them seem old and eternal. His most recent CD, "Heartaches & Dreams" went to number 1 on the Bluegrass Unlimited Bluegrass charts. Junior is humbled by this acclaim as can be attested to this quote from his web site: "[Junior Sisk & Rambler's Choice] is celebrating 'Heartaches and Dreams' reaching the #1 Album spot on the Bluegrass Unlimited National Bluegrass Survey Chart and the Bluegrass Music Profiles Chart! "Train Without a Track" (#9 BU & #1 BMP) and "Workin' Hard Ain't Hardly Workin' Anymore" (#19 BU) continue to move up the single charts as well. Thank you to all of the fans, promoters and broadcasters who have supported us and contributed to the success of this album." Junior Sisk & Rambler's Choice wrap up the all too short winter of music at the Appomattox Bluegrass Series.
Don't forget to get those tickets early and I look forward to seeing all of you at Appomattox this winter.