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NewsWednesday, March 21, 2012
Little Roy and Lizzy will headline Tri-County Technical College's Seventh Annual Bluegrass under the Stars concert. In addition to The Little Roy and Lizzy Show, the concert will feature Volume Five, Nitrograss and Last Road.
Little Roy and Lizzy Show Will Headline Free Bluegrass Concert
CONTACT: REBECCA EIDSON, 646-1507
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 3/16/2012
PENDLETON --- Little Roy and Lizzy, recent inductees into America's Old Time Country Music and Fiddler's Halls of Fame, will headline Tri-County Technical College's Seventh Annual Bluegrass under the Stars concert.
The community is invited to attend Bluegrass under the Stars, a free concert and fireworks event for the family set for Saturday, April 7, from 6-9:30 p.m. in the amphitheater on the Pendleton Campus. It will be held rain or shine (rain location is College's Student Center).
In addition to The Little Roy and Lizzy Show, the concert will feature Volume Five, Nitrograss and Last Road.
The concert will end with a fireworks extravaganza. Concessions will be sold during the event.
THE LITTLE ROY AND LIZZY SHOW
Elizabeth Long, or Lizzy, plays fiddle, banjo, guitar, resonator banjo and sings. She is is a graduate of LCHS and Glenville State College in Glenville, West Virginia. She has mastered the piano, the fiddle, the banjo, the resonator and bass banjos, the guitar, the autoharp, the bass fiddle, the mandolin, the trumpet, the trombone, the tuba and the drums. She paired up with Little Roy Lewis from the legendary Lewis Family in 2007.
During his career, Roy Lewis has received awards for his showmanship, as well as his musical ability. He and his famous family, known as "America's First Family of Bluegrass Gospel Music," were inducted into the International Bluegrass Music Association's (IBMA) Hall of Honor.
Little Roy and Lizzy 's new album "Tradition with a Twist" won the "Best Old Time CD of the Year" from the Rural Roots Commission in LeMars, IA.
"Mountain Top," written by Lizzy Long and Wayne Haun, was the winner of a 2011 GMA Dove Award Bluegrass Song of the Year.
The Little Roy and Lizzy Show received a 2010 Dove Award nomination for Bluegrass Recorded Song of the Year, "When We Fly," by Joel Lindsey, Wayne Haun and Ty Herndon.
Volume Five is a new band and consists of Glen Harrell on fiddle and vocals, Patton Wages on banjo and vocals, Chris Williamson on bass and vocals and Jesse Daniel on mandolin and vocals.
Each has been a member with a national touring band. They have played with such acts as Marty Raybon and Full Circle, The Anita Fisher Band, Randy Kohrs and The Lites, The Larry Stephenson Band and David Davis and The Warrior River Boys. The band started getting together casually at the beginning of 2008. Volume Five received critical acclaim for its first project, "Down In A Cell." The second project "Children of the Mountains," "landed at #2 in the country according to Bluegrass Music Profiles Magazine.
Volume Five had the Number #1 bluegrass song in the country according to Bluegrass Today Charts.
Nitrograss consists of four talented musicians, Charles Wood on banjo, Micah Hanks on guitar, Caleb Hanks on mandolin and Dakota "Smokey" Waddell on bass.
They have all played a variety of instruments and were members of several bands before forming Nitrograss in summer 2010. Wood has won many awards over the years including Georgia, South Carolina, Merlefest and Rockygrass banjo contests. Most notably he is the two-time champion of the prestigious Winfield National Banjo competition. He started his musical training on the piano. He was drawn to the banjo by renowned musicians Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs of the Grand Ole Opry. A banjo teacher in his hometown of Seneca, Wood has been seen on Late Night with David Letterman and heard on A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor.
Brothers Caleb and Micah Hanks are the vocalists of the band. Caleb plays the mandolin and Micah plays the acoustic guitar.
On bass is Dakota "Smoky" Waddell. He has played a variety of instruments including trombone, tuba and a baritone saxophone.
Last Road is a South Carolina-based group that plays a wide selection of traditional, contemporary and gospel bluegrass music. Their music combines the influences of first-generation performers like Flatt and Scruggs and Bill Monroe with more recent acts such as Mountain Heart and Ricky Skaggs. Dave Snyder formed Last Road in the early 1990's and plays mandolin. Rounding out the band are Brian Baker on bass and vocals, Benji Merritt on guitar and vocals, and Mike Crane on banjo.
Last Road is now performing many of its own original songs. The band released its second all original CD, "Six Days In A Dusty Field."
For more information, visit www.tctc.edu/bluegrass.