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Border Bash...Because It's Great on State!

August 04, 2010

Matrimony and HUGE IN JAPAN at Border Bash…Because It’s Great on State – Downtown Bristol’s Summer Concert Series!

Believe in Bristol, Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion and The Birthplace of Country Music Alliance are excited to promote our SIXTH Border Bash...Because Its Great on State, summer concert series in Historic Downtown Bristol. The evening’s events on August 6th will start with children’s activities, crafters, and concessions at 6PM, LIVE music begins at 7:00PM with Matrimony, followed by HUGE IN JAPAN starting at approximately 8:30PM. Event organizers have been very pleased with the turn-out at the past 5 Border Bash events. “With crowds of over 1,000 people at each event, Border Bash has become the place to be on Friday night in Downtown Bristol,” says Christina Blevins, Executive Director of Believe in Bristol.

The event is hosted by Believe in Bristol, Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion, and The Birthplace of Country Music Alliance. A special thank you to our Sponsors for 2010: City of Bristol TN and City of Bristol VA, Wachovia Bank, PennStuart, Dent K. Burk & Associates, Greg Fahn, Rita Kiscaden, Rob Simis and Robert Hollo – Edward Jones Investments, Merrill Lynch, Nash & Powers Insurance, Blakley-Mitchell, Curcio & Stout, Kerr-Boswell, Inc., Blackbird Bakery, Kil’n Time Pottery, Strongwell, Sound Check Music, Highlands Wellmont Health Network, First Tennessee Bank, Citizen’s Bank, TruPoint Bank, BB&T, Bank of Tennessee, Burke, Powers & Harty, Inc, Coca Cola Distributing, CW4 and Fox Tri-Cities, The Bristol Herald Courier, Waste Management and Citadel Broadcasting.

About Matrimony — Matrimony formed in December 09 out of a common desire to make uncompromising music. Their goal is to write God honest songs about things that actually matter and to play them with as much heart and vigor as they can. Ashlee & James Brown play memorable, trustworthy, triumphant almost spiritual sounding music that gets inside your head. Jimmy Brown hails from Belfast, Ireland. Prior to the formation of Matrimony Brown was the guitarist for the internationally critically acclaimed indie rock band, ‘Airspace’. In 08 Brown redirected his focus to his solo project and in 09 released a six song EP entitled ‘Muzzle The Muse’, which he toured extensively across the states and Europe. Browns’ influences include, Czeslaw Milosz, Bob Dylan, W.B. Yeats, Morrissey, Leonard Cohen, Joseph Brodsky, Radiohead, John Lennon, John Keats, John Stewart, Bono, Van Morrison, John Prine, Brian Houston… From Charlotte NC, Ashlee Hardee started singing and playing on stage at the age of thirteen and has traveled around the US and overseas playing her songs. She has been writing folk songs with pop hooks since the age of 14 and for a time Ashlee was a member of indie pop band, 'Flagship'. She left the group and started working out of her bedroom studio where she produced and recorded many songs which, in turn, lead to the completion of two self titled EP's.

HUGE IN JAPAN — East meets west, folk meets pop, multi-instrumental magic, classic and modern choral harmonies juxtaposed against sweet simple melodies, and most importantly lyrics that speak to the soul. All this begins to describe the fusion that the members of Huge in Japan create, but there's not any real way to convey exactly what these guys are doing. Using instrumentation ranging from your standard 6-string guitar to an 18 string sitar, with backbeats as simple as a straight rock groove all the way to the polyrhythmic sounds of India and the far east, these gentlemen create an earthy warm sound that shifts from song to song, but always delivers the goods. And if their name is any indication, despite sometimes taking on some pretty deep topics in their music, these guys are about as light hearted and fun as they come. Their message, ultimately, is that life is to be enjoyed in all its facets, and their music is a perfect vehicle to convey this point. For fans of: The Shinns, Andrew Byrd, and Jose Gonzalez.

For more information about Border Bash please visit www.believeinbristol.org, www.bristolrhythm.com, or call (423) 573-2200 or (423) 573-4898.