Big names coming for January Jams at Barter Theatre

Contributed To The Press • Jan 10, 2014 at 11:30 AM

ABINGDON, Va. — For the second year, the town of Abingdon has partnered with Barter Theatre and Bonefire Brands to kick off the 2014 Abingdon Music Experience with the January Jams concert series.

“We are excited to expand the number of shows offered from four to seven this year after the overwhelmingly positive response last year,” said Sara Cardinale, special events coordinator for the ACVB. “The lineup this year has generated quite the buzz, and highlights Abingdon as an up-and-coming music destination.”

The schedule that will showcase nationally recognized artists is as follows:

Today — Jim Lauderdale with Cruz Contreras

Cruz Contreras is the front man for the Americana band, The Black Lillies, from Knoxville. His songwriting skills were recognized when he won the Independent Music Award for Best Song-Story in 2012. Contreras has collaborated in the past with Lauderdale, who is the headlining act for the night.

Lauderdale is a Grammy Award-winning musician and one of the most respected artists working in the bluegrass, country and Americana music communities today. Lauderdale is also in high demand as a player, touring with the likes of Lucinda Williams, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Rhonda Vincent and Elvis Costello.

Saturday — Iris Dement with Beth Snapp

Beth Snapp, from Northeast Tennessee, will open for Iris Dement. Snapp’s vocals, lyrics and melodies blend together beautifully into a distinctive acoustic experience. She delivers a unique singer songwriter feel that is not only crisp and flowing, but unpredictable and truly a testament to her talent.

Grammy award-winning singer/songwriter Dement headlines the show. Her style is often described as roots-folk as well as country, but no one denies that her songs speak to the heart. She just recently released a new album of original material for the first time in 16 years, “Song of the Delta.”

Friday, Jan. 17 — John Cowan with Mountain Heart

Saturday, Jan. 18 — Marty Stuart & The Fabulous Superlatives with Lost River Cavemen

Friday, Jan. 24 — Jason Isbell with Holly Williams

Saturday, Jan. 25 –– Tim O’Brien & Darrell Scott with special guest Amythyst Kiah

Doors open at 7:15 p.m. and the shows will start at 8. Ticket prices will vary for each show, and weekend passes are a new addition to the tickets this year. For more information and tickets, call the Barter Theatre Box Office at 276-628-3991 or go online at www.bartertheatre.com. A complete lineup of the series can be found online at www.abingdonmusicexperience.com.

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