1/6: Floyd Radio Show
Join us for The Floyd Radio Show on Saturday, January 6, 2018 at 7:30 pm. Guests include Bill and the Belles and the Blue Ridge Broadcasters. Tickets are $12 in advance or $15 day of show.
With striking three-part harmonies and masterful instrumentation, Bill & the Belles skillfully breathe new life into the sounds of early country music. At the foothills of the Blue Ridge and the forefront of old-time music, Bill & the Belles (Johnson City, Tennessee) continue to further the music traditions of their region. From sentimental Southern ballads to the popular songs of Tin Pan Alley to regional fiddle breakdowns, a Bill and the Belles show is a celebration of the diversity country music once represented.
With a rapidly growing reputation throughout the Southeast, Bill & the Belles have shared the stage with many national acts, including Hot Rize, the Gibson Brothers, and Larry Sparks. They continue to play alongside America’s top country and roots music artists as the resident band for the historic radio program Farm and Fun Time presented by Radio Bristol and the Birthplace of Country Music. In just a short me, Bill and the Belles have brought their show to the audiences of television and radio broadcasts, and several major festivals around the country.
Lifelong musicians Kris Truelsen, Grace Van’t Hof, Kalia Yeagle, and Karl Zerfas bring to the stage an uplifting show unlike any other, full of humor, high spirits, and all-around revelry. It’s clear this group shares a rare musical connection and deep love for the music, and their excitement is contagious. Bill and the Belles are hitting the road with fervor, eager to share their music with new audiences.
Comprised of some of the most inspiring, innovative, and engaging young musicians on the old-time scene, the Blue Ridge Broadcasters perform a mix of driving fiddle tunes and traditional songs. The members of the Broadcasters have been working together for over a decade, teaching, recording, performing, and competing. They have appeared together at The Appalachian Stringband Festival in Clifftop, West Virginia, winning multiple first place prizes in the traditional band and fiddle contests.
The Broadcasters build on their deep reverence for Appalachian old-time music to create compellingly new sounds. They can crank out blistering fiddle tunes made to move dancers or draw out the mystery from a crooked, haunting melody. They can tease out the funkiness from a country blues. They can blend their voices into sweet harmonies, breathing new life into old songs. Building on a decade of making music together at fiddlers conventions, in bands, and on the road, the Broadcasters have combined their skills as multi-instrumentalists to share their love and knowledge of old-time music of the American South and the people and places behind it.
Bill and the Belles (Courtesy of Sandlin Gaither)
Blue Ridge Broadcasters (Courtesy of Joseph Dejarnette)