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Radio Bristol Farm & Fun Time
April 13, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm$25
Radio Bristol Presents: Farm & Fun Time, a live radio show at the Birthplace of Country Music Museum on Thursday, April13, at 7:00 p.m. with guest performances by The Malpass Brothers and The Price Sisters. Hosted by Kris Truelsen and featuring musical breaks by house band Bill and the Belles, the program also features the Appalachian Sustainable Development Farm Report with Corbin Hayslett, a recipe segment, and much more!
Radio Bristol Presents: Farm & Fun Time is a revival of WCYB radio’s Farm & Fun Time show which broadcast live from a studio inside the General Shelby Hotel in downtown Bristol. In the 1940s and the 1950s, Farm & Fun Time was an important program in the history of early bluegrass music and helped to establish the careers of legendary performers including Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs, the Stanley Brothers, the Osborne Brothers, Jim and Jesse McReynolds, Mac Wiseman, The Sauceman Brothers, and Curly King & The Tennessee Hilltoppers.
Tickets to be part of the studio audience are $25 with open seating; doors open at 6:30 p.m.
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ABOUT THE MALPASS BROTHERS
As young boys, Christopher and Taylor Malpass soaked up the music of their granddad’s phonograph records. Christopher earned his first talent show trophy at age 7, and Taylor was playing mandolin by the time he was 10. Today, they promote the work and music of classic country artists they treasure while creating new music and making their own mark in the lineage of a rich American cultural heritage.
With sincerity, honesty and an utter ease on stage that belies their years, their smooth vocal blend and skillful musicianship layer infectiously into the deep respect they pay to legends who have paved the way. Add the funny, off-the-cuff quips between the two 20-something siblings, and the engaging concert becomes a magnetic time-traveling journey to when a calmer rhythm reigned supreme.
The Malpass Brothers toured with the late Don Helms, former steel guitarist for Hank Williams, have opened for music legend Merle Haggard on multiple tours and appeared on stages from the Shetland Islands to Ryman Auditorium to Merlefest. Gifted musicians and songwriters, the brothers have shared billing with artists including Ray Price, Willie Nelson, Doyle Lawson, Rhonda Vincent, Marty Stuart, Doc Watson and more. The title cut video from their “Memory That Bad” album hit CMT Pure Country’s Top Ten. Their most recent self-titled recording, produced by bluegrass legend Doyle Lawson, was released by Crossroads’ Organic Records in 2015.
If you like cornbread & hush puppies, you’re gonna love the Malpass Brothers. If you like sweet tea, barbecue & collards, you’re gonna love the Malpass Brothers. If you like clean fresh air over a freshly-plowed field, if you like a great big ol’ corn puddin’ at a homecoming covered dish, you’re gonna love the Malpass Brothers. That’s a promise. (And you don’t lie about a covered dish supper.)
This is the real deal, folks. There is no pretense. This is music steeped in the legacy of the Louvin Brothers, Johnny Cash, Marty Robbins, Hank Williams, Sr. & others. Count on classic, real country. Count on new Malpass tunes. Count on a couple of old-time traditional gospels. Count on their probably coming down into the house at intermission and asking what you’d like to hear. Count on giggles and ribbing between brothers, along with daddy on the bass, who’s bound to be thinking, “What the hell are they doing now?” Count on some big, high man hair, and maybe an Elvis twitch or two. Count on lines at the CD table … and count on logging on to see where they’ll be next.
ABOUT THE PRICE SISTERS
The Price Sisters began singing together around the age of three and learned harmony while singing along with their parents at home and family gatherings. Around nine years of age, they began taking instrument lessons, and were soon performing locally and regionally as The Price Family.
Lauren, the older twin by five minutes, primarily sings the harmony vocals. She recalls being influenced by the harmony singing of The Whites and trying to mimic that vocal sound, even at a young age. She has developed her skills on the mandolin, studying in-depth the style of the Father of Bluegrass Music, Bill Monroe. While she began mandolin lessons at an early age, it wasn’t until she attended a music workshop at 15, a week-long Monroe-style mandolin class with Mike Compton, that she began to put more effort into her musical abilities. She realized that if she were serious about playing bluegrass, she wanted to start where it all began. While she has matured and progressed in the Monroe-style, she also wants to develop her own sound on the mandolin. As such, she continues to study old-time and traditional tunes as well as the styles of mandolin masters of old, and is enjoying lessons from mandolin great, Bobby Osborne.
Leanna is the band’s main lead vocalist and fiddler, but she and Lauren also trade lead and harmony duties as needed for a particular song. Leanna cites present-day vocalists Alison Krauss, Gillian Welch and Ginny Hawker as being influences in her vocal style, yet she also notes the emotion and feeling with which Monroe sang as impacting her technique as well. Leanna, too, cites the workshop she and Lauren attended as having a great impact on her desire to pursue the original, traditional bluegrass music. While listening to Monroe’s music, Leanna especially concentrated on Kenny Baker’s fiddling, stating that Kenny is probably her biggest influence now. She feels he always knew exactly what to play and when, and she simply just likes his style and how he played. Leanna also has had the opportunity to learn directly from a former Bluegrass Boy, Byron Berline, and particularly enjoys his smooth style. She also appreciates the energetic, yet traditional style of Jason Carter.
The Price Sisters have performed at festivals and events from Michigan to Georgia, and Colorado to Maine. A few of their appearances have included Bill Monroe’s ‘Bean Blossom Festival,’ and RFD-TV’s ‘Cumberland Highlanders Show.’ They have performed for live radio broadcasts on the legendary ‘Wheeling Jamboree,’ and Ohio University’s WOUB ‘Showcase Showdown,’ and have been guest performers on the ‘Cumberland Mountain Music Show.’ They have opened for numerous bands including IBMA female vocalist of the year, Dale Ann Bradley, and The Kenny and Amanda Smith Band, and have also been on-stage guest performers with various bands including ‘The Lost and Found,’ ‘The Spinney Brothers,’ and ‘David Davis and the Warrior River Boys.’ They have also made numerous appearances at many venues in the eastern Kentucky area. With their college band, the Mountain Music Ambassadors, they have participated in live performances for PBS’s ‘Song of the Mountains,’ ‘WoodSongs Old-Time Radio Hour,’ WKYT-TV, Lexington, Kentucky, and recently returned from a 10 day tour of the Peoples Republic of China. While they continue to travel and perform the bluegrass music they both love, Lauren and Leanna are also currently pursuing degrees in music, with concentration in traditional and bluegrass music, at Morehead State University, Morehead, Kentucky.