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Sullivan East High School to perform at KP Duty for Friends of 1927!

May 28, 2012

Thursday, May 31st at 6:30pm the Sullivan East High School Bluegrass Band will perform at K.P. Duty on State Street in Historic Downtown Bristol in hopes of raising $520 to have the band’s name etched on the wall of the Birthplace of Country Music Cultural Heritage Center, once it’s built. That night K.P. Duty also celebrates its 20th Anniversary.

These young musicians are proud of Bristol’s heritage, and want to affirm the past, with a statement that the Cultural Heritage Center is good for Bristol’s present and future.

SEHS Bluegrass Band student/fiddler Taylor Hicks says, “We just wanted to help. We may be young, but this Cultural Heritage Center is going to happen, and it’s going to be around for a long time. We’ll be able to point at that wall and say we were part of making it happen.”

“Having our region’s young musicians rise up for the cause confirms that we are doing here in Bristol will have a lasting impact on future generations,” says Birthplace of Country Music Alliance Executive Director Leah Ross. “This Cultural Heritage Center will, after all, secure Bristol’s economic future as a tourist destination year round and help create jobs. We want to keep Bristol’s best and brightest home, and give them something to be proud of.”

Sullivan East High School Bluegrass Band’s CD, “A New Holston Tradition”, is a nod to the Holston Mountain Boys, a legendary local band that included Leon Kiser and Gene Boyd, among others. If there are other high school bluegrass bands releasing CDs we haven’t heard, but the opportunity presented itself soon after the group’s performance at Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion last year. Coincidentally the band played at K.P. Duty, the stage sponsored by L.C. King Manufacturing, maker of Pointer Brand Overalls. L.C. King owner Jack King heard the recording made at EKS Sound in Johnson City and ended up funding the project. Pix and PR donated artwork for the cover, and 500 copies were made with only 100 remaining to benefit the bluegrass program at Sullivan East High.

L.C. King Manufacturing, located in historic Downtown Bristol, has been outfitting bluegrass musicians with Pointer Brand apparel for nearly 100 years. In fact, the company celebrates its centennial next year. The Sullivan East High School Bluegrass Band sports the brand proudly on their chests—and the cover of their CD!

The Birthplace of Country Music wishes to invite families of all ages to come out in support of the Sullivan East High School Bluegrass Band at K.P. Duty on Thursday, May 31st at 6:30pm!