14 January 2014

Nation & Blackwell tour, beginning next week

Thanks to Nigel Martyn for this release on the forthcoming tour by the Nation & Blackwell Bluegrass Band (USA), with detailed bio information. The schedule is as Nigel sent it; we have added the Leap Castle date on 25 Jan., as reported recently on the BIB. Further location and contact details are on the BIB calendar.

After more than forty years of playing bluegrass music, Curtis Blackwell still captivates audiences with his high, powerful voice and the sincerity expressed in his singing. He is a member of the Atlanta Country & Bluegrass Music Hall Of Fame and a former member of Bill Monroe's Blue Grass Boys, replacing Peter Rowan. He has performed on the Grand Ole Opry and travelled extensively throughout the eastern U.S. performing at many of the historic bluegrass festivals. In June of 2010, Curtis Blackwell was honored by the International Bluegrass Music Museum in Owensboro, Kentucky, as one of the official Legends of Bluegrass! His expansive repertoire of songs seems endless, and when it comes to bluegrass, as many have said, he's the real deal!

Chuck Nation was a member of Louisville, KY's legendary contemporary bluegrass group, the Bluegrass Alliance, whose alumni include Sam Bush, Vince Gill, and Tony Rice. Chuck has played at most every major bluegrass festival, has performed across the US, Europe, Japan, Alaska, Canada, and at such prestigious venues as the Grand Ole Opry, the New Orleans World's Fair, and the Savannah Music Festival.

Gary 'Biscuit' Davis, National Banjo Champion, from Winfield, Kansas, has won the National Bluegrass Banjo Championship in 1979, 1988, 1996 and 2012. He became Dolly Parton's bandleader in 2002 and co-producer of her bluegrass album Halos & horns. He has toured nationally and internationally with Dolly and currently heads up the band at Dolly Parton's Dixie Stampede in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. Being a whiz with both guitar and banjo, Gary is one of the most sought-after studio session musicians in east Tennessee. He is fluent in many musical styles, from bluegrass to swing and jazz. He is an awesome lead guitarist and brings many innovative techniques to his guitar and banjo styles.

Susan Nation has played and sung at festivals and concerts thoughout the south-east, including the famed Savannah Music Festival, and recorded with different groups through the years. In addition to performing with Nation and Blackwell, she is a favorite on-call bass sideman and singer for various regional groups, including the Curtis Blackwell Band, the Hoyles, and the widely popular Americana group, Bluebilly Grit. Her solid timing on bass, coupled with her high tenor and lead vocals, helps to balance out this talented group.

Fri. 24th Jan. - NAUL, Seamus Ennis Centre
[Sat. 25th - Leap Castle, Roscrea]
Sun. 26th - CARRIG ON BANNOW, Colfer's
Mon. 27th - BALLYMORE EUSTACE, Mick Murphy's
Tues. 28th - KILDARE, Cunningham's
Wed. 29th - GRANGE, Barry's Public House
Thurs. 30th - BELFAST, Black Box
Fri. 31st - LETTERKENNY, Regional Cultural Centre
Sat. 1st Feb. - BALLINA, Arts Centre
Sun. 2nd - WESTPORT, Matt Molloy's
Mon. 3rd - KILWORTH, Village Arts Centre
Wed. 5th - SIXMILEBRIDGE, Mill Bar
Thurs. 6th - LISTOWEL, St Johns Theatre
Fri. 7th - LISBURN, Island Arts Centre
Sat. 8th - ARMAGH, Marketplace Theatre

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