Bluegrass concert to benefit squad

Sue Guinn Legg • May 1, 2014 at 9:03 AM

Bluegrass to the Rescue, a second annual community concert featuring some of Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia’s best bluegrass talent to help support the Bluff City Rescue Squad, will get underway at 7 p.m. Saturday in the Bluff City Elementary School auditorium.Sponsored by Triton Express Wash and Woodman of World Agent Mark Vance, with support from businesses across Sullivan County, the concert will feature Daniel Salyer, The Tyler Williams Band with Ashley Davis, Aaron Smith, Megan McKamey, Vickie and Tommy Austin of Appalachian Trail, Sapling Grove and Bluff City’s own Duty Free.Tickets are $10 and available in advance at the Bluff City Diner, TJ Hair Care in Piney Flats, Boyd’s Bicycle Shop in Bristol, and Pizza Plus locations in Blountville, Bloomingdale, Bluff City and on Weaver Pike in Bristol. Seating will be limited and all proceeds will go to the rescue squad.In announcing this year’s lineup, organizer Jerry Malone could not say enough about the concert’s featured performers and sponsors.Salyer, a solo artist formerly with the Monroeville and Second Wind bluegrass bands, is one of the most sought after bluegrass tenors in the country and will be promoting a new album at the concert.Williams, a graduate of the bluegrass program at East Tennessee State University and leader of his own hard-driving bluegrass group, has been blind since infancy and also has cerebral palsy but inspires his fellow musicians most with his lap-style guitar picking and vocals.Megan McKamey, is a former entertainer with the Hatfield & McCoy Dinner Show, Pigeon Forge, and also will be promoting a new album. Sapling Grove is a long-playing Bristol group featuring Ray Dearstone, Randy Singleton, Randy Blevins and John Malayter. Duty Free, featuring performers Hal Boyd, Charlie Powers, Tim Laughlin and Bobby and Chad Love, owners of Triton Express Wash, is known for its unique style and tight harmonies.Malone said Duty Free was the first local group to come to the squad’s rescue nearly three years ago when the weekly Tuesday Night Bluegrass Jams were first organized at the squad’s building. In addition to his event sponsorship, Malone said Vance, with the Blountville chapter of Woodman of the World, recently donated a flag and flag pole to replace those destroyed by a wind storm at the rescue squad in March.Malone invited anyone in need of more information about the concert to call him at 538-6434. More information about the concert and its performers and sponsors is also available at www.bluffcityrescuesquad.com.Auto buffs will converge on Bristol Motor Speedway Saturday to drive, ride and watch the third annual Solo Autocross timed, precision flat track competition to benefit Legal Aid of East Tennessee and the Bristol Chapter of Speedway Children’s Charities.Sanctioned by the Car Club of America, the event brings sports car enthusiasts from across the region to Bristol, including more than 100 drivers already registered to race against the clock on the event’s challenging course of flat turns, slaloms and straightaways laid out between a virtual sea of orange safety cones.Driver check-in will begins at 8 a.m. and the first car off the mark will run at 11. Drivers will not be allowed to take a practice run but will be permitted to walk the course to learn what they can in advance of the competition.The driver registration fee is $35. Admission for spectators is $5 per person or $10 per family. Following the competition, spectators may ride the course at competition speed with a participating, registered transport driver for $10 or drive their own vehicle in pace-car-led track laps on the BMS oval for $25.All proceeds from the event will go to Speedway Children’s Charities, which provides annual grant funding to hundreds of nonprofit youth service organizations across Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia, and to Legal Aid of East Tennessee to help provide legal counsel to low-income Tennesseans.“We are extremely grateful to Bristol Motor Speedway for hosting this event each year,” Legal Aid of East Tennessee Executive Director David Yoder said. “Not only do they allow the club access to this unique venue, but all proceeds of the day benefit two great charities.”Competitors are encouraged to register in advance and learn more about the event by visiting www.etrscca.org and clicking on the “Solo” link.If there is a need or a project in your neighborhood the Good Neighbor column can assist with, contact Sue Guinn Legg at slegg@johnsoncitypress.com, P.O. Box 1717, Johnson City, TN 37605-1717 or 929-3111, ext. 335.

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