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Exclusive: Annabelle’s Curse leaves no ‘Doubt’ with new video release

Annabelle’s Curse is one of the best bands you probably haven’t heard. I am happy to predict that’s about to change with the release of the Bristol, Tennessee/Virginia-based alt-folk band’s newest album, “Beyond the Station.”

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This is no April Fool’s: Billy Strings to bring his unique talents to the Rives Theatre on Saturday, April 1

If you haven’t heard Billy Strings perform, you haven’t been to a recent Americana music festival. This uber talented 24-year-old tore up stages last year at Rooster Walk Music and Arts Festival, Bristol Rhythm and Roots Reunion and Appaloosa Roots Music Festival, just to name a few.

Strings became a sensation in his home state while still in his teens. “He has an almost supernatural ability on guitar, banjo and mandolin that has set the region’s bluegrass and folk scene on fire,” according to a profile published in 2012 in Northern Express, a Michigan arts weekly.

He eventually moved to Nashville to further his career. Strings released a self-titled, six-song EP in 2016, which contains an eclectic and foot-stomping mix of originals and traditional songs such as “Black Mountain Rag,” also covered by Doc Watson.

Strings, né William Apostol, will demonstrate his unique brand of bluegrass at The Rives Theatre on Saturday, April 1, in uptown Martinsville, Virginia, at a Rooster Walk 9 preview show. ShadowGrass, a group of young musicians from Western North Carolina and Southwestern Virginia , will open.

Tickets are $15 in advance and $18 day of show. Season passes are accepted. Tickets available online HERE and available locally at Daily Grind and Rising Sun Breads in Martinsville. Music starts 8:30 p.m. with Strings taking the stage around 9:15 p.m. NCAA basketball fans take note: The Rives will also be showing the UNC/Oregon Final Four game on the upper theatre’s movie screen beginning around 8:50.

You can also catch Strings at 8 p.m. on Friday, March 31, at the Duke Energy Center in Raleigh, North Carolina,

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On Huffington Post: Five reasons you don’t want to miss 2016’s Bristol Rhythm and Roots Reunion on Sept. 16-18

This also ran on The Huffington Post blog here.

Head down The Crooked Road for the 2016 Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion on Sept. 16-18, 2016, in Bristol, Virginia/Tennessee.

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On Huffington Post: Exclusive Premiere of Milwaukee-Based Trio Dead Horses Single ‘Ain’t Got Time’

This post originally appeared on The Huffington Post here.

If you’re a fan of American roots music – Mandolin Orange or Elephant Revival, for example – you must give a listen to the newest album by Dead Horses, a Milwaukee-based folk trio with a unique sound and even more insightful lyrics.

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On Huffington Post: Annabelle’s Curse turns series of accidents into pure, musical magic

The following was also published on The Huffington Post here.

Bristol, Tennessee/Virginia-based alt-folk band Annabelle’s Curse isn’t so much a curse as a happy accident. A series of accidents actually.

One of the original group’s founders guitarist Zack Edwards explains that he showed up on the porch of the other co-founder Tim Kilborne (vocals, banjo, guitar) six years ago after being introduced through mutual friends at Emory and Henry College.

“We started playing music and I just never went home,” Edwards remembers. “We did that for a little while, writing songs on the front porch and playing open mic nights.”

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On Huffington Post: Five musical takeaways from Bristol Rhythm and Roots Reunion

You probably think of NASCAR’s storied “Thunder Valley” when you think of Bristol, intersected by the Virginia/Tennessee border. What you might not realize is that it’s also the Birthplace of Country Music. In fact, Congress passed a bill officially recognizing it as such in 1988. Continue reading

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Steve Earle and the Dukes to headline 15th Bristol Rhythm and Roots Festival in September

Do you have plans to attend this year’s Bristol Rhythm and Roots Festival in the Birthplace of Country Music (BCM)?

BCM, the parent organization of Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion, has a stellar lineup of artists for the 15th annual festival including headliner Steve Earle and the Dukes. The three-day music celebration honoring Bristol’s unique music history as the site of the legendary 1927 Bristol Sessions will be held Sept. 18-20, 2015, in historic downtown Bristol, Tennessee/Virginia. Continue reading