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William King Museum and Birthplace of Country Music partner to present the 2015 Second Sunday Concert Series

February 25, 2015

Every second Sunday, March through August in 2015, music brings two of the region's premier museums together for one amazing concert series. The Second Sunday Concert Series, presented by William King Museum of Art and the Birthplace of Country Music, will feature a fantastic afternoon of great music in two of the region's most celebrated museums.

Beginning in March, the Second Sunday Concert Series will alternate locations between William King Museum of Art in Abingdon, Virginia and Birthplace of Country Music Museum in Bristol, Virginia. The first concert of the series will be held at William King Museum of Art. Doors open at 2:00 p.m. and music starts at 2:30 p.m. at each show.

"As we continue to promote Bristol and the region as a music destination, partnerships are essential," said Leah Ross, executive director of Birthplace of Country Music. "The Second Sunday Concert Series is about the great music of our region and highlights two of our region's premier locations for art and cultural heritage."

"We are committed to being a forum for social and cultural engagement in our community," says William King Museum of Art executive director Marcy Miller. "With this concert series, not only are we able to showcase incredible musical artists from our region, but it also gives us a chance to strengthen our affiliation with the Birthplace of Country Music Museum."

Admission to each concert is $15 with the opportunity to purchase packages of three (3) concerts or the entire series at a discount. Cash bar and light hors d'oeuvres will be served, two (2) drink tickets included per concert ticket. Must be 21 and over with valid photo I.D. to consume alcohol at the event.

The Second Sunday Concert Series lineup and schedule is as follows:

March 8
Malcolm Holcombe
William King Museum of Art
Born and raised in the Blue Ridge mountains of North Carolina, Malcolm Holcombe is being recognized by the contemporary U.S. and European folk/Americana community as a performer of stature and an uncommonly unique guitarist/vocalist about whom Rolling Stone Magazine says: "Haunted country, acoustic blues and rugged folk all meet (here)..." Holcombe's presence is spooky and timeless, as one imagines it would have been like to see Son House or Lead Belly. No emotional state is left unturned.

April 12
Haywood County Ramblers
Birthplace of Country Music Museum
The Haywood County Ramblers are part of the next generation of traditional mountain musicians, dedicated to honoring the old tunes and songs of the southern Appalachian Mountains. Each performance is a combination of fiddle tunes, Baptist spirituals, banjo tunes, square dance hoedowns, traditional ballads, and Carter Family songs.

May 10
Josh Oliver & Friends
William King Museum of Art
Having toured with the everybodyfields, Jill Andrews and Sam Quinn + Japan 10, Josh Oliver has carved out a name for himself as a solo artist with his distinctive, tear-soaked vocals and cinematic, decisively southern, acoustic landscapes.

June 14
Todd Day Wait's Pigpen
Birthplace of Country Music Museum
After years on the road, Todd Day Wait arrived at a musical aesthetic that blends blues, folk, country, early R&B, and soul. With his band, the seasoned roadman's heartfelt, original tunes can often be found playing on the streets of the French Quarter and in venues throughout New Orleans.

July 12
Locust Honey String Band
William King Museum of Art
This all-female quartet is a rotating instrumentation of fiddles, open-back and resonator banjos, acoustic and resonator guitars, and upright bass. They set an emphasis on lively arrangements that showcase their vintage three-part vocal harmonies.

August 9
The Honeycutters
Birthplace of Country Music Museum
The Honeycutters, an Asheville, North Carolina-based country roots band, delivers "Appalachian Honky Tonk" that embodies "a very catchy, accessible, optimistic sort of spirit so frequently lacking in folk circles."-Kim Ruehl, About.com.

To purchase tickets to the Second Sunday Concert Series, visit www.BirthplaceofCountryMusic.org or call 423-573-1927 for more information.