The Birthplace of Country Music (BCM) has announced that Radio Bristol’s November Farm and Fun Time featuring guest appearances by founding member of the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band John McEuen and The Brother Boys is now sold out. Though tickets are no longer available for the Thursday, November 9 event, the show will air live in its entirety on Radio Bristol that evening at 7:00 p.m. EST at 100.1 FM in the Bristol area and online at ListenRadioBristol.org internationally.
“If you missed out on tickets for this program, make sure to get tickets early for December’s Farm and Fun Time Christmas Ball with The Secret Sisters, Jill Andrews, and Bill and the Belles,” said Kris Truelsen, writer and host of Farm and Fun Time. “This show will sell out fast!”
The Farm & Fun Time Christmas Ball takes place Saturday, December 2 at 7:00 p.m. at the Birthplace of Country Music Museum. Tickets to this event are $30 and on sale now at BirthplaceOfCountryMusic.org.
For November’s Farm & Fun Time, John McEuen has continually performed since 1964—8,500 concerts and 300 television shows covering more than 3 million miles—with the band and as a solo performer. He 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, and IBMA Record of the Year, and he has performed on another 25 albums as a guest artist. McEuen has 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 a Grammy in 2010 for Best Bluegrass Album. The Music of the Wild West, produced by McEuen, was honored with the Western Heritage Award. A Grammy nomination for String Wizards II preceded the 1994 Uncle Dave Macon Award for his excellence in preservation and performance of historic music. On Sirius/XM’s The Bridge, John’s popular Acoustic Traveler show is now in its eighthyear. McEuen produced and directed the 2006 documentary film The Dillards: A Night in the Ozarks, which captures his early mentors at their best. Perhaps the most significant work in his legacy may be what Rolling Stone called “the most important record to come out of Nashville”—Will the Circle Be Unbroken.
Ed Snodderly and Eugene Wolf began their brother-duet as The Brother Boys back in the 1990s, releasing three critically acclaimed recordings: two for Sugar Hill—Plow, produced by Jerry Douglas, and the self-produced Presley’s Grocery—and one for the U.K. label Zu-Zazz Records entitled Mulehead. Years before the term Americana was born, they called their music “New Hillbilly” as a way to distinguish the blending of country, bluegrass, and rockabilly. They were recently featured on the Great Smoky Mountains Association release, On Top Of Old Smoky: New Old-Time Smoky Mountain Music alongside Dolly Parton and others.
Farm and Fun Time is a revival of the former WCYB radio’s Farm and Fun Time, which aired from downtown Bristol in the 1940s and 1950s. It features live cut-ins by house band Bill and the Belles, the group Rolling Stone listed among the “20 Best Things We Saw” at AmericanaFest 2016.
Sponsored by Eastman Credit Union, Farm and Fun Time features live seques written and performed by house band Bill and the Belles and the “Appalachian Sustainable Development Farm Report,” hosted by Corbin Hayslett. The farm report was a popular segment on the WCYB program and appointment radio for regional agriculturists who came in from the fields each day to listen to the latest news on area crops. During a pre-produced vignette that airs during the program, the contemporary “farm report” celebrates farmers in the region who make a positive impact, whether economic, cultural, or through eco-friendly practices.
Farm and Fun Time‘s “Heirloom Recipe” segment gives the community the opportunity to share stories from their southern tables. More storytelling than instruction, these touching oral histories of families coming together around mealtimes and favorite dishes are a treasured reminder of the importance of family and how something as simple as sharing a meal creates memories and brings families together.
Radio Bristol’s Farm and Fun Time radio show is recorded before a live audience and is broadcast live as well as via webcast. Radio Bristol can be accessed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week on 100.1 FM in the Bristol area, online at ListenRadioBristol.org, and through the station’s free mobile app.