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October 6, 2009

 

Marty Raybon to Headline Second Annual Music on the Mountain Bluegrass Festival

Northeast Alabama Community College will host the 2nd Annual Music on the Mountain Bluegrass Festival on Saturday, October 17 from 1:00 to 10:00 pm in the Tom Bevill Lyceum on campus. Featured headline performer is the nationally known Marty Raybon.

Marty Raybon, music festival headline performer, grew up in bluegrass and later earned acclaim in country music so it should come as no surprise that the latest release from Raybon and his band, Full Circle, bears the mark of both. Indeed, his album This That and the Other is not only a showcase for a singer hailed as a great by fans, critics and fellow artists alike, but follows in the footsteps of legendary acts like the Osborne Brothers and Jim & Jesse by offering compelling performances that make distinctions between bluegrass and country almost meaningless.

From his early days as a member (along with his father and brothers) of one of Florida’s premiere young bluegrass groups, American Bluegrass Express, through his country chart-topping stint as the lead singer for Shenandoah to his country-bluegrass blends of the 21st century, Raybon’s smoky, soulful voice has commanded attention, and his interpretative abilities have only deepened with the passage of time.

“I love bluegrass,” Raybon says with visible passion, “and I love to see young people love it. I was younger than a lot of them are when I started playing, and I’d sit in school and try to draw Bill Monroe’s mandolin peghead. That’s how into it I was then—and I still am. When we go out there and see young people at our show, it makes us feel really good, and all we want to do, whether it’s at a show or on an album, is entertain them and let them feel good.” For more information and photos go to www.martyraybon.com.

Also performing will be Valley Road, Eric McKinney Band, Backwoods Revival, and Kelli Johnson & Chimney Peak. All of these bands join with Marty Raybon to bring one of the most exciting music festivals to ever be held on the campus of Northeast.

See the Music on the Mountain webpage for performer and ticket information.

Tickets are $15 to the general public. Tickets for NACC students are $5. For tickets please call the college at ext. 248 or pick up tickets from Susan Barron, Room 205, Charles M. Pendley Administration Building. Get your tickets today and don’t miss out on one of the most fun-filled events of the year!