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Bristol's annual Border Bash concerts set to get underway!

April 02, 2012

Check out this article By: Roger Brown | Bristol Herald Courier
Published: March 30, 2012 The 13th annual Border Bash concert series will feature an impressive array of artists performing on State Street this spring and summer, organizers said Thursday.

“It’s an awesome lineup [and] there will be something for everyone,” said Leah Ross, executive director of Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion, during a Thursday downtown news conference announcing the performers for the 2012 series.

As usual, the downtown concerts will be on the first and third Fridays from May 4 through Aug. 17.

Ross said performers will show off the wide diversity of “roots” and Americana music.

“I think you’ll find that [our] musicians really understand what roots music is all about, and what it means,” Ross said. “We’re real anxious for May to get here.”

All concerts are free and start at 7 p.m.

Ross noted that Kenny Vaughan is an accomplished Nashville studio musician, while Corndawg has developed a huge, underground cult following in roots music circles.

“He’s the real deal,” Ross said of Corndawg.

Ross said all performers are also scheduled to appear at the Sept. 14-16 Rhythm & Roots Reunion festival, which has become a nationally recognized event.

“It’s a way for us to showcase [some] artists that will appear in September, so they can develop a local following leading up to it,” Ross said of linking Border Bash performers to the R&R festival.

The 2012 Border Bash series is expected to continue the trend, year after year, of rising attendance and heightened popularity, said Christina Blevins, executive director of Believe in Bristol.

“Border Bash has really turned into a family tradition,” Blevins said Thursday.

Blevins noted that when Border Bash began 13 years ago, crowds usually numbered “about 30 people.” But in recent years, she said, the concerts draw several hundred spectators, with one July 4 concert attracting thousands.

“We’re really proud of what it’s become,” Blevins said. “It has surpassed our expectations.”

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This year’s Border Bash lineup will be:

May 4: The Whiskey Gentry; JP Harris & the Tough Choices

May 18: Sam Lewis; Kenny Vaughan

June 1: Todd Grebe & Cold Country; Humming House

June 15: Jonny Corndog; Shovels & Rope

July 6: Jonathan Scales Orchestra; Dave Egger and Doro

July 20: Megan Jean & the KFB; Underhill Rose

Aug. 3: Last Train Home; Erin McDermott

Aug. 17: Uncle Locus; Onward, Soldiers.