By: Jay Armsworthy, American Legion BlueGrass
Hughesville, August 27, 2019- This fall kicks off the 15th year of Bluegrass concerts at the American Legion Post 238. Host and promoter, Jay Armsworthy has put together a series of some of the top names in Bluegrass music.
Partnering with the Sons of the American Legion, the shows will be held on select Sunday afternoons at the Legion Post 238 on the corner of MD Rt. 381 & 231 in Hughesville, MD. Doors open at Noon and all shows start at 2:00 pm.
All show tickets are $20.00 per person and children under 12 are admitted free with a paying adult.
October 13, 2019: Nashville based, Williamson Branch, is a high energy, high steppin’ show that features a fine-tuned variety of bluegrass, gospel and country music, accentuated by world-class Appalachian clog dancing. As Pinecastle recording artists, this family fills every performance with memorable moments of love and laughter.
In recent years audiences from Canada to the Cayman Islands, Maine to the Mexican border have thrilled to the soaring vocal harmonies and sparkling personalities of Williamson Branch! They were part of last year’s 30th anniversary of the local Lil Margaret’s Bluegrass Festival.
November 3, 2019: The Grascals from the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, TN will perform their cutting-edge modern bluegrass while delivering a deep knowledge and admiration for the founding fathers of Bluegrass. Their unique sound has earned them three Grammy® nominations and two Entertainers of the Year awards from the International Bluegrass Music Association, as well as national media attention on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Fox & Friends, and The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, and CBS’ The Talk.
All the while, they have made over 150 performances on the Grand Ole Opry. Honors also include performing twice for President George W. Bush and at President Barack Obama’s inaugural ball at the Smithsonian. To date, they have 10 recordings and 6 other collaborations with other artists. They have also appeared at the Kennedy Center, and Radio City.
December 1, 2019: David Parmley & Cardinal Tradition is keeping the traditional sounds of the Bluegrass Cardinals alive. This quintet has over 180 years of experience performing in Bluegrass music. All of the members have played together in different bands as well as the Original Bluegrass Cardinals or Continental Divide. As the name suggests, this band brings back the songs and sounds of The Bluegrass Cardinals. The Cardinals were at the top of the Bluegrass heap from 1976 to 1991. They bring the smooth three and four-part harmonies the Cardinals were renowned for.
They are also creating new recordings featuring great old Bluegrass Cardinal classics and new songs that fit perfectly with the originals. They, as well, were part of the L’il Margaret’s Bluegrass Festival for the past 2 years. They’re back in Southern Maryland for many requests for them.
January 19, 2020:Carolina Blue is a fairly new group with the ability to deliver the old traditional bluegrass standards together with many of their own new and original songs. Their high energy music will have you clapping your hands and tapping your toes.
Their music has been labeled, “Bluegrass comfort food”, something warm and familiar that takes you back to an earlier time. It’s good even when it’s average. But when it’s just right, as it is with Carolina Blue, it can’t be beaten.”
February 16, 2020: Returning again with his traditional sound, Joe Mullins & the Radio Ramblers are the guys who are among the elite in the business keeping the fires lit for the original Bluegrass sound. The Ramblers are winners of the 2018 IBMA Song of The Year “If I’d Have Wrote That Song”. They have had previous awards for Gospel Performance, Broadcaster of the Year for Joe Mullins’ career in radio, IBMA Emerging Artist of the Year, and three Billboard Top 10 Albums with eleven #1 Songs and Albums.
They have appeared on the Grand Ole Opry, Merle Fest, the National Folk Festival, Dollywood, and Silver Dollar City.
March 22, 2020: The Bluegrass group of side pickers, Sideline, are no longer just side musicians. What started as a side project for the seasoned players soon moved them front and center. Sideline is a six-piece powerhouse band whose style has set the pace in Bluegrass for over two decades. Founders Steve Dilling, Skip Cherryholmes and Jason Moore are joined by the talents of Bailey Coe on guitar, Troy Boone on mandolin, and Daniel Greeson on fiddle.
They have a pulse-pounding drive and their songs are sung from the heart with perfected timing and dynamics. A band that was started as an off-season fun experiment has become a full-time dream of team players and singers. The band has a perfect sense of who they are and what they have to say. Combine all this with their on-stage energy and you have the embodiment of the North Carolina Bluegrass sound.
April 5, 2020: Closing out the series is a fairly new group, Seth Mulder & Midnight Run. Originating in the Gateway of the Great Smoky Mountains, Midnight Run began its journey in February of 2015, at the Ole Smoky Moonshine Distillery in Gatlinburg, Tennessee, where they became a permanent staple of everyday life at the distillery. The same way the Bluegrass band the Po Ramblin Boys got their start.
Midnight Run is a high-energy, Tennessee-based bluegrass band made up of four like-minded musicians and graduates of college music programs. They set out to create a group that is tied to the rich traditions of bluegrass music and offers up a fresh approach to the “High Lonesome” sound. Midnight Run has been referred to as one of the most entertaining new acts on the bluegrass scene today.
All shows start at 2:00 pm and the doors open at Noon. Tickets are $20.00 per person. There will be food and beverages available for a separate price.
To order tickets in advance, send a check or money order to Jay Armsworthy, P.O. Box 741, California, MD 20619. Tickets will be held at the door.
Although not required, non-perishable food donations accepted for the Helping Hands Food Pantry.
For more information, go to www.americanlegionbluegass.com or call 301-737-3004.