Wednesday, April 28, 2010

String Fling IV Acoustic Music Festival announces awesome lineup

What started in Gary Francis’ backyard has grown to become an acoustic musical festival worthy of the fairgrounds of Nashville; and this May 15, String Fling IV comes to Rock Creek Park in Lewisburg with a lineup of musical talent sure to get toes to tapping.
Gary Francis of Teledyne in Lewisburg has been playing bluegrass music for several years. Along the way, he made a few friends in the business and decided to host a “little” festival in his backyard in Chapel Hill. In just three years, the music festival grew to over 400 people cramming into the field behind his house to hear some great bluegrass and other acoustic music.
So, Francis and his friend, Bruce Keedy, of Tennessee Acoustic Music, got with the City of Lewisburg to bring the festival to the stage at Rock Creek Park in Lewisburg. The result is the return of String Fling on a bigger stage and with yet another outstanding lineup of musicians and songwriters.
“This is a fantastic lineup,” said Francis. “Lewisburg should be very proud to have these talented performers coming to their stage.”
String Fling IV will kick it off on May 15, 2010 at Rock Creek Park beginning at 1 p.m. and playing through to 9 p.m. There will be food and baked goods provided by the Lewisburg Animal Shelter Association to benefit the Lewisburg Animal Shelter and more good music than you can shake a stick at. And admission to the festival is free.
Performers include songwriter Irene Kelly who has penned hits with Alan Jackson, Loretta Lynn, Ricky Scaggs, Trisha Yearwood, Bill Anderson and many more.
Donna Ulisse has been songwriting and recording since moving to Nashville in the early 1980s and has performed on “Nashville Now”, “Hee-Haw”, “Hot Country Nights” and more. Along with her band, the Poor Mountain Boys, this recording artist is hitting her stride with a new CD called “Walk This Mountain Down.”
Flashpoint combines more than 30 years of music experience and talent into one package of bluegrass music that calls to mind the legendary Flatt & Scruggs or Bill Monroe. The band performs all across the country and is sure to enjoy the atmosphere at Rock Creek Park on May 15.
Jay Clark is a singer/songwriter with 3 CDs to his credit. His off-beat brand of country has made him a hit wherever he has played and his performances are getting much play on YouTube including his recent performance on “Jammin’ at Hippie Jack’s.”
Kenny and Amanda Smith made their name in bluegrass by winning the International Bluegrass Music Association’s Emerging Artist Award in 2003. Five records later, the duo has earned both Grammy and Dove Nominations for their gospel song “Tell Someone” and they continue to tour the country as one of the top bluegrass and gospel performers today.
Other performers set to take the stage are Jim Reynolds and Gemstone of Chapel Hill who released their first CD this year, Sweet Diezel of Canada, Highland Rim, Ronnie Fruge`, Markham Brown, Josh Glover, Greg Jones, Scott Phagley, Roam County Radio and Rank Strangers.
So, bring your lawn chairs and your dancing shoes and head to Rock Creek Park in Lewisburg, Tennessee for a day of good music and fun for the whole family. Admission is free.
String Fling IV is sponsored by the City of Lewisburg, Marshall County Tourism, Gary and Gale Francis, Tennessee Acoustic Music and the Nature Conservancy.

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