Old School and New School Meet Up at Mountain Song Festival

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Doc Watson to headline Mountain Song Festival a new event at a traditionally classical music venue. This bluegrass/mountain music festival will showcase the best young talent to compliment this American Music icon. The Steep Canyon Rangers are nominated for a Grammy this year. The festival was created by two successful, professional musicians who are committed to enhancing the culture of their community.

Folk-Bluegrass legend Doc Watson, along with the chart topping Steep Canyon Rangers, will join forces Saturday, September 16, 2006 at The Brevard Music Center in a first-of-its-kind outdoor festival. The one-day mountain music marathon will highlight the best in acoustic music, including bluegrass, old time, folk and traditional mountain music. Doc Watson will be joined by David Holt and Richard Watson, The Steep Canyon Rangers, IIIrd Tyme Out and the ever popular Biscuit Burners. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Boys and Girls Club of Transylvania County.

True to its name, Mountain Song Festival will showcase the best in bluegrass and mountain music. The focused lineup is anchored by six-time Grammy winner Doc Watson, credited with bridging the gaps between folk, blues, bluegrass and old time creating his own unique style. Augmenting this Americana icon will be new guard bluegrass/gospel groups such as IIIrd Tyme Out, winners of numerous industry awards, including IBMA vocal group of the year. The Steep Canyon Rangers currently have the number one song on the bluegrass charts in “One Dime at a Time” and have been nominated for several Grammys for the last two years. Rounding out the list are the Biscuit Burners, a rising group known for their captivating vocals, great musicianship and true-to-life songwriting.

One goal of the festival, according to co-organizer John Felty, “is to offer great music in a beautiful venue with the potential for magic to happen. When you combine great talent with positive energy, decades of experience, old wisdom with the support of the community it has all the ingredients for a great event,” Felty continues. “Mountain Song provides a chance to see and hear these groups up close and personal in a covered outdoor venue that provides a scenic environment that compliments the music.”

John Felty was a founding member of the successfully independent roots rock band Jupiter Coyote. Co-organizer Woody Platt is the lead vocalist/guitarist for the Steep Canyon Rangers. The partnership was a natural extension of their desire to benefit the community. “We both feel that the auditorium at Brevard Music Center could be utilized throughout the year,” Platt states, “especially since it’s occupied only two months out of the year. That leaves several months available when the weather is comfortable, an ideal setting to produce concerts and festivals.” Rain is pretty much taken out of the equation as Whittington-Pfohl Auditorium is covered yet open air. We have the desire and the experience to do it. It was an obvious connection for us.”

Felty sees it the same. “Even though Brevard Music Center has been a classical music venue for nearly 70 years, we see this as an opportunity to enhance the local color and character in a world class setting.” Finding a place to combine both pioneers and new blood in bluegrass, might just be worth singing about. This is the total package in the genre. Obvious continuity with the music but varied enough to not be repetitive. For more information on Mountain Song Festival visit http://mountainsongfestival.com. Or call 828-243-3496

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