Marion, VA- Lonesome River Band will headline the November 3, 2012 Song of the Mountains concert at the Lincoln Theatre in Marion, Virginia. Also performing on the show will be the Spinney Brothers from Canada, Mac Puckett and the Good Company Band and the Morehead State University “Mountain Music Ambassadors” from Kentucky which is directed by Raymond McLain.

Lonesome River Band is celebrating their 30th Anniversary with three 2012 album releases – CHRONOLOGY Volumes One – Three on Rural Rhythm Records.  The band is offering special  3-CD boxed set of the Chronology series available only at their live shows and at their website.  Their long career is filled with a multitude of Awards and Recognitions including their 2012 International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) Award for Instrumental Recorded Event of the Year for their song “Angeline the Baker” from their CHRONOLOGY VOLUME ONE album and Sammy Shelor’s fifth win as the 2012 IBMA Banjo Performer of the Year Award.

Born & raised high in the hills of Southwestern Virginia, Mac Puckett started playing and singing bluegrass music at age 10. Mac is highly accomplished and versatile musician who sings all vocal parts as well, plays several acoustic instruments though he concentrates his considerable energy within the band on a distinctly emotional lead singing style and a truly powerhouse rhythm guitar. The legendary Tut Taylor describes Mac as “My Guitar Hero”. Mac has performed and recorded with Tut as well as such luminaries as Tom T. Hall, Larry McPeak, Curtis Burch, Beppe Gambetta, Janette Carter (of the legendary Carter Family), Shiloh Mountain Boys, and many more.

From the Annapolis Valley of Nova Scotia, The Spinney Brothers debuted their band in 1992 showcasing a tight brother duet vocal style that immediately was recognized for its energetic and distinctive sound. The Cornerstone of The Spinney Brothers musical identity is the sound of traditional Southern-flavored bluegrass music. The first generation bluegrass legends have been an important influence yet their music is equally shaped by personal lives and local heritage. By incorporating original material, which draws from various sources, The Spinney Brothers effortlessly intertwine the past with the present.

From The Kentucky Center for Traditional Music at Morehead State University, the dynamic “Mountain Music Ambassadors” have represented the Southern Appalachian Region and the mountain culture in concerts at theaters, schools, festivals and other venues regionally, nationally and in such diverse lands as Ireland and The People’s Republic of China.

All MSU Traditional Music Ensembles are comprised of students enrolled in band class so members vary from semester to semesters.

As it relates to The Kentucky Center for Traditional Music, “traditional” music includes Bluegrass, Old Time, Country, Ballad Singing, Blues, Celtic, Western Swing and many other forms. The music with which is most involved, stems from, or is influenced by the music that is identified with our southern Appalachian mountain region.

With a strong history of education in the field of traditional music, the Kentucky Center for Traditional Music at Morehead State University is proud to announce that their new four-year degree in Traditional Music is approved by the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education and by The National Association of Schools of Music.

Tickets for the Saturday, November 3rd concert at the Lincoln Theatre in Marion, Virginia are $25 reserved. Tickets may be purchased at the Lincoln Theatre Box Office in Marion, VA or online at www.songofthemountains.org. The concert begins at 7:00 pm.  For information or tickets by phone call 276-783-6093.

Song of the Mountains is underwritten for public television by, Mountain States Health Alliance www.msha.com, Bryant Label Co. of Blountville, TN, TEDS, the General Francis Marion Hotel in Marion, VA, Blue Ridge Country 98.1 fm, The Bank of Marion and Emory & Henry College. Special support from Marion, VA.

Memberships and Song of the Mountains merchandise are available at the website and your purchases help support the concert series.

Song of the Mountains/The Lincoln Theatre is a non-profit organization. Donations are accepted at the website as well.