Date: Thursday, November 9, 2017
Time: 7:00 p.m.
(Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Must be in your seat by 6:50 p.m.)
Location: Birthplace of Country Music Museum
A very special Radio Bristol Presents Farm & Fun Time featuring John McEuen and The Brother Boys, live from the Birthplace of Country Music Museum!
Farm & Fun Time, the historic Radio Program broadcasting from Downtown Bristol, was a staple to listeners across the Southeast during the 1940s and 1950s on the former WCYB Radio. Radio Bristol breathes new life into the classic program with a fun, energetic show broadcasting live from the Birthplace of Country Music Museum and features music by house band Bill & the Belles. Hosted by Radio Bristol producer and house band-leader Kris Truelsen, Farm & Fun Time is an event the whole family can enjoy live, in the studio or when gathered around their radios.
A founding member of the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band (now in their 50th year!) John McEuen has continually performed since 1964—8,500 concerts and 300 television shows throughout more than 3 million miles—with the band and as a solo performer. Beyond performing, he has a rich history of creating, producing and preserving original and traditional folk and acoustic music, and taking it to new audiences.
He brings his guitar, banjo, fiddle, and mandolin, along with favorite Dirt Band songs and the stories behind them, to the stage in a manner that recently earned the honored Best in the West Award from the Folk Alliance Organization.
McEuen has made over 40 albums (6 solo) that have earned four platinum and five gold recognition awards, Grammy nominations, CMA and ACM awards, an Emmy nomination, IBMA record of the year award, and performed on another 25 albums as guest artist. He’s also produced more than 300 concerts throughout his career—the first in 1965 in Long Beach, California, with Bob Dylan.
His production of Steve Martin – The Crow won the 2010 Best Bluegrass Album Grammy. The Music of the Wild West, produced by McEuen, was honored with the Western Heritage Award. A Grammy nomination for String Wizards II preceded the1994 Uncle Dave Macon Award for his excellence in preservation and performance of historic music. On Sirius/XM’s The Bridge, John’s popular Acoustic Traveller show is now in its 8th year. McEuen produced and directed the 2006 documentary film The Dillards: A Night In the Ozarks, which captures his early mentors at their best.
McEuen’s countless jams include street performers to Phish, Earl Scruggs, Levon Helm and even on Sesame Street with a herd of goats and a cow! Arguably, McEuen’s most important legacy may be his initiating what Rolling Stone called “The most important record to come out of Nashville” and what the 2004 ZAGAT survey called “the most important record in country music.”
The Brother Boys have reunited to bring their tongue and groove harmony and infectious rhythm to the stage once again. Ed Snodderly and Eugene Wolf began their brother-duet singing back in the 90s, releasing three critically acclaimed recordings; two for Sugar Hill: Plow, produced by Jerry Douglas and the self-produced Presley’s Grocery and one for England’s Zu-Zazz Records, Mulehead.
Years before the term Americana was born, they called their music “New Hillbilly,” which sounded good at the time; a way to distinguish the blending of country, bluegrass and rockabilly. The Brother Boys have a knack for this old sound. The emotions and country heartache tones match the landscape of East Tennessee, where they both grew up.
The lyrics of Ed Snodderly’s “Diamond Stream” are featured on the walls of the Country Music Hall of Fame. Eugene Wolf has been a member of the acting company of the historic Barter Theatre for the last 19 years and appeared as AP Carter in the BBC documentary about country music, Lost Highway.
The Brother Boys were recently featured on the Great Smoky Mountains Association release, On Top Of Old Smoky; New Old-Time Smoky Mountain Music alongside Dolly Parton, Norman and Nancy Blake, Bryan Sutton, Jody Stecher and host of old-time musicians paying tribute to the music of the people who left the mountains in the 1930s so the National Park could be established.
Snodderly has released three solo albums of late; Diamond Stream, Brier Visions, and Little Egypt and has a new release, The Good Reason set for early 2017. Wolf released a CD of his one-man show, “Clear” in 2008 and traveled to Russia in 2013 to record a set of American spiritual songs, recorded by Russian folk musician and producer, Mitya Kuznetsov, Where We’ll Never Grow Old was released in 2015 and was featured on the PBS television series, Song of the Mountains.