Farm and Fun Time
Radio Bristol’s Farm and Fun Time live variety show featuring special music guests the Becky Buller Band, The Matchsellers, and Chatham Rabbits, plus house band Bill & the Belles.
Date: Thursday, April 11, 2019
Time: 7:00 p.m. (Doors open at 6:30 p.m.; attendees are asked to be seated by 6:50 p.m.)
Location: Performance Theater, Birthplace of Country Music Museum
Farm and Fun Time hearkens back to the days of classic live radio and features today’s top traditional country, bluegrass and old-time artists. We’re proud to bring back this classic program from the 1940s and 1950s to a new generation of listeners!
Hosted by Kris Truelsen and featuring house band Bill and the Belles, Farm and Fun Time is a celebration of Appalachian music and culture with various segments jingles and featured artists. You can enjoy the show every month, live in person, at the museum by purchasing a ticket, or you can listen online at listenradiobristol.org or through our mobile App for iOS and Android. Farm and Fun Time is proudly supported by Eastman Credit Union, Window World of Tri-Cities, and HVAC Bristol.
Becky Buller is a multi-instrumentalist, singer, songwriter, and producer from St. James, Minnesota, who has traversed the globe performing bluegrass music to underwrite her insatiable songwriting habit. Her compositions can be heard on records by Ricky Skaggs, Rhonda Vincent, and Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, to name just a few.
Becky is a 2-time Grammy award-winning songwriter; she co-wrote “Freedom,” the lead-off track of The Infamous Stringdusters 2018 Grammy-winning album Laws of Gravity as well as “The Shaker” on The Travelin’ McCoury’s self-titled release that just brought home the 2019 Best Bluegrass Grammy.
Touring extensively with the Becky Buller Band, she recently released Crêpe Paper Heart, her 4th solo album, and her second recording on the Dark Shadow Recording label. It reached #1 on the August 2018 Bluegrass Unlimited Magazine Top 15 Bluegrass Albums chart.
Becky is the recipient of 8 IBMA awards, including the 2016 Fiddler and Female Vocalist Of and the 2018 Gospel Recorded Performance for the song “Speakin’ To That Mountain”.
Equally passionate about bluegrass music education, Becky has 20 years experience teaching fiddle, singing, and songwriting at workshops and camps around the world.
She currently serves of the board of the IBMA Foundation.
As featured on NPR’s Mountain Stage Radio Show, The Bluegrass Situation and Bluegrass Today, the Matchsellers are Warsaw, Indiana native Andrew Morris and Julie Bates of Kansas City, Missouri. Their exciting, gritty, and often hilarious stage show has been developed over 6 years of touring across the US and Europe. The two met while working as American Cultural Ambassadors in Germany via the Fulbright Program and began exploring traditional American music from abroad. Since then, they have collected influences from various regional styles of American folk music including Bluegrass, Old-Time Fiddle, Hambone, Fiddlesticks, Cajun, Gospel and others. Their work has delved into subjects as academic as “German-American Musical Exchange” and as wild as “Science Fiction Bluegrass”. While a focus on humor and absurdity permeates their show, they are dedicated interpreters of tradition whose excellent musicianship, songwriting and taste are never overshadowed.
It’s been about music from the get go. Austin McCombie and Sarah Osborne McCombie crossed paths in 2013 when he spotted her onstage at the Cat’s Cradle opening for Mandolin Orange. He didn’t know much about old-time music and she didn’t know much about him, but they figured it out. Music is the reason they met. It’s their past time and gift to others. Together they’ve played smokey bars, summer festivals, busked on the streets of Nashville, put a tune to the love at their best friends’ wedding, and led churches in old-time hymns way past it was time for Sunday lunch.
This past summer, the duo decided to leave their corporate careers to take Chatham Rabbits full-time. The two tours full-time in a van with their hound dog Ruby.