Musician and comedian Mike Snider will headline Song of the Mountains at the historic Lincoln Theatre in Marion, VA on Saturday, August 3rd at 7:00 p.m.
Mike Snider, who was born and lives in Gleason, Tenn., made his way on the country music scene in the 1980's with his incomparable wit and stellar banjo playing. Mike first worked his way into people's hearts through his hundreds of spots on TNN's Nashville Now, and his seven-year stay in the cornfield on "Hee Haw", a syndicated television show. In addition to his television work, Mike and his band entertained crowds for seven years at Nashville's Opryland USA. Mike's popularity ultimately garnered him a membership among country music's elite - The Grand Ole Opry. A Grand Ole Opry member since 1990, Mike continues to draw laughter and entertain crowds with his music.
Lisa Baldwin & David Haney will also perform August 3rd. Lisa Baldwin and Dave Haney, from Meadowview, Va., play acoustic music that includes Lisa’s original songs, bluegrass, country, traditional folk, and the work of contemporary singer-songwriters. Their debut CD, Where We Belong, was released in February 1998 and was reissued in 2004 has received considerable airplay on acoustic-oriented stations throughout the U.S. and Europe. Dave Haney grew up near Minneapolis, Minn., as the guitarist and lead singer with Boston’s Joe Val and the New England Bluegrass Boys. Dave plays guitar and harmonica. When not on stage, Dave Haney serves as the Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of Faculty of Emory & Henry College.
The host of the long running public television series Tim White will perform with his band Tim White & Friends. Glen Harlow, Raymond McLain, Rick Barker and Chris Anderson are part of this wonderful group who will also provide music and comedy on the show. Tim White & Friends will provide many original tunes written by White and other band members as well as traditional tunes steeped in sounds of the Birthplace of Country Music.
New Salem from North Carolina will add some fine gospel music on the August bill. New Salem has a long history in bluegrass & traditional gospel music. Formerly known as The Bradleys, this family group from Winston- Salem, N.C. has been singing gospel music for more than 20 years. Their music is played on radio, Internet, and TV, nationally and internationally. With Dove award nominations and charting songs, they are well-known for their outstanding vocals and versatile instrumentation. These talented artists draw from influences of traditional, bluegrass, country, and Celtic music to create the unique sound of New Salem. Heartfelt hymns and original songs, with an emphasis on the gospel, make their performances especially enjoyable and inspiring.
Rounding out this wonderful evening will be the Appalachian-Celtic music of Fire in the Kitchen. The trio of Fire In The Kitchen specializes in presenting lively Appalachian and Celtic music to its audiences. With the blending of a variety of unique instruments, FITK offers a refreshing sound to some of the old favorites while also introducing new tunes to all who listen. Playing together since 2002, Fire in the Kitchen has been honored to play at many outstanding venues such as: Bristol Rhythm 'N Roots, Dollywood, PBS Song of the Mountains, The Carter Family Fold, The Blue Ridge Celtic Festival, The Sycamore Shoals Celtic Festival and many, many more. Fire in the Kitchen is proud to make another return to the stage at the Lincoln Theater.
This Song of the Mountains concert on August 3rd begins at 7:00 pm. Tickets and information is available at www.songofthemountains.org or by calling 276-783-6093.
Song of the Mountains is underwritten for public television by TEDS, the General Francis Marion Hotel in Marion, Va., The Appalachian Cultural Music Association and the Mountain Music Museum in Bristol, Tenn., Blue Ridge Country 98.1 fm, The Bank of Marion, Morehead State University, and the Bryant Label Co. of Blountville, Tenn. Special support from the Town of Marion, Va.. Also Song of the Mountains appreciates all the support received from their faithful supporters who contribute dollars to keep this concert series funded and on public television across America.