The Kingsport Office of Cultural Arts and Engage Kingsport present an evening with Grammy nominated contemporary bluegrass band Blue Highway and special guest The Loose Strings Band at 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Renaissance Arts Center Theatre in Kingsport.
This show will open the Engage Kingsport Performing Arts Series of 2016. All tickets are for reserved seats and available now at www.EngageKingsport.com or by calling 423-392-8414.
Blue Highway is indisputably one of the most esteemed and influential groups in contemporary bluegrass. The band’s 11 exceptional albums and compelling live performances give proof to the stellar reviews, Grammy nominations and numerous awards earned by the band since it first took the stage on Dec. 31, 1994.
Blue Highway was honored to be nominated for a cumulative eight awards at the 26th Annual IBMA Awards held last October in Raleigh, North Carolina. The band has earned a collective 25 IBMA Awards, six SPBGMA Awards, one Dove Award and two Grammy nominations as a band, plus three prestigious Grammy Awards among its members.
Last year at this time, Blue Highway stormed national airplay charts sending The Game soaring to No. 1 on the national Bluegrass Unlimited Album Chart, holding firm at No. 1 for 7 consecutive months — June 2014 through December 2014. The IBMA 2012 Vocal Group of the Year also sent the title track of The Game to No. 1 on multiple charts including Bluegrass Today and Roots Music Report, as well as holding at No. 1 for three consecutive months on the national Bluegrass Unlimited Song Chart — August 2014 through October 2014.
The Loose Strings Band is an all-girls band, ranging in age from sixteen to twenty from Galax, Virginia. Once known as a youth band, the girls have now crossed over into the adult league and placed 13th out of 178 registered bands in the adult competition at the world famous Galax Fiddlers Convention. The band has been together now for nine years, playing at bluegrass conventions, weddings, benefits, churches, reunions, festivals and more.
They are known in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia and beyond for their nice blend of tight vocal harmonies and sweet rhythms.
They have traveled throughout Southwest Virginia and beyond playing for many different types of events. They have won contests in which one of those wins allowed them to play at the little Nashville Palace in Nashville, Tennessee. They have also traveled to Ohio where they were recognized as the “best entertainment” of the entire travel expo in Columbus.
The group was also honored to play at the International Bluegrass Music Association this past year in Raleigh, North Carolina. They have played in Alabama, Tennessee, Ohio, North Carolina, West Virginia, Georgia, Massachusetts, South Carolina and of course in their home in the state of Virginia. They have even been asked to play in Europe.
The girls are also excited to be performing on the PBS televised show “Song of the Mountains” at the famous Lincoln Theater this year. The girls have gone through their early years, high school years and now three of them are in college. They have learned to balance their music career with studies, family and extracurricular activities. Somehow, through their love of music and some determination, they have continued to perform and recently completed two CD’s, despite their busy schedules.
Blue Highway and the Loose String Band will perform at 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Renaissance Arts Center Theatre in Kingsport, Tennessee. Reserved Seats are $25 and can be booked at www.EngageKingsport.com or by calling 423-392-8414.