Radio Bristol’s Farm & Fun Time is on the road in July, coming to you live from the Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival in Utica, New York with musical guests Michael Daves and Tony Trischka and The Mammals. There will also be a very special Heirloom Recipe segment with The Gibson Brothers! Be sure and tune in Saturday, July 15 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. listenradiobristol.org!
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. Hosted by Radio Bristol producer Kris Truelsen—also the band leader for Farm and Fun Time house band Bill & the Belles—Farm & Fun Time is an event the whole family can enjoy live, in the studio or when gathered around their radios.
Date: Saturday, July 15, 2017
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Location: Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival, Utica, NY
About Tony Trischka
Tony Trischka was a United States Artists Friends Fellow-2012, considered to be the consummate banjo artist and perhaps the most influential banjo player in the roots music world. For more than 45 years, his stylings have inspired a whole generation of bluegrass and acoustic musicians with the many voices he has brought to the instrument.
Tony is not only considered amongst the most innovative of banjo players, he is one of its most respected and sought after instructors creating fifteen instructional books as well as a series of DVDs. In 2009 he launched the groundbreaking Tony Trischka School of Banjo, an advanced, interactive, online instructional site that is the banjo home for students from around the world.
With contributions from his band Territory, Steve Martin, Michael Daves, Noam Pikelny, Ramblin’ Jack Eliot and many other special guests, Trischka’l latest album Great Big World is embracing all manner of possibilities, while keeping one foot firmly planted in the traditional bluegrass roots that first inspired him to make music.
About Michael Daves
Heralded as “a leading light of the New York bluegrass scene” by the New York Times, Daves has garnered attention for his work with Chris Thile, Steve Martin, Tony Trischka, and Rosanne Cash in addition to his solo performances.
Although he is best known as a roots musician, Daves gravitated toward experimental music and jazz while studying at Hampshire College in Massachusetts. Relocating to Brooklyn more than a decade ago, he began to crave the social interaction and musical challenges of bluegrass.
Since 2006 Daves has maintained a weekly residency on Tuesday nights at The Rockwood Music Hall in Manhattan where he continues to draw a devout following, and uses the informal setting to showcase special guest appearances with a who’s who of bluegrass musicians including Noam Pikelny, Chris Eldridge, Sarah Jarosz, and Aoife O’Donovan. Daves has also used the setting to develop his electric trio Wax Lion with experimental rock drummer John Colpitts (aka Kid Millions) and electric bassist (and visual artist) Jessi Carter, Daves’ wife.
Daves is also an in-demand teacher and noted booster of NYC’s thriving bluegrass music community. In addition to offering private instruction and group classes in Brooklyn (as well as the occasional festival or music camp workshop) Daves recently launched an online school in bluegrass vocals on ArtistWorks.com, the leading music learning website.
About The Mammals
The Mammals are known for their rabble-rousing musical statements which sometimes caused a stir with politically divided audiences from Louisiana to Michigan. Th goals remain two-fold: raise positive social awareness & have a good party!
“A string band at the core, The Mammals augment their sound with drums and electric guitar to create a collectively harmonized howl as thrilling and rocking as any band currently subverting folk traditions” – No Depression
About The Gibson Brothers
The Gibson Brothers were voted 2013 Entertainers of the Year at the IBMA World of Bluegrass 24th Annual Awards Show in Raleigh, N.C. for the second year in a row. They also won the Vocal Group of the Year, Song of the Year (“They Called It Music”) and band member Eric Gibson was named the Songwriter of the Year.
The Gibson Brothers were named the 2012 Entertainer of the Year Award at the 23rd Annual IBMA Awards at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium, the first time a brother duet has won this award. The same night they won the Gospel Recorded Performance of the Year award for the song “Singing As We Rise.”
Help My Brother, their tenth album, won the prestigious 2011 IBMA Album of the Year Award. The Gibson Brothers were named the 2011 IBMA Vocal Group of the Year, the first time a brother duet has won this award. Help My Brother held the #1 position on the Bluegrass Unlimited Album chart for 8 months. It definitely had staying power, with songs charting on the BU Top 30 more than a year after its release.
These awards followed on the success of Ring the Bell. The title cut of that album won the 2010 IBMA Song and Gospel Recorded Performance of the Year. The Band’s 11th release, They Called It Music, was #1 on the Bluegrass Unlimited Album Chart for six months in 2013. The title cut spent three months as #1 on the BU Song Chart.
About Bill and the Belles
What began as a project to explore the space created between hillbilly and urban, between vaudeville and down home, has arrived somewhere entirely new. Bill and the Belles offers a contemporary reimagining of a bygone era, breathing new life into the sounds of early country music. At the foothills of the Blue Ridge and the forefront of old-time music, Bill and the Belles continue to further the music traditions of their region. From sentimental Southern ballads to the popular songs of Tin Pan Alley to regional fiddle breakdowns, a Bill and the Belles show is a celebration of the diversity country music once represented.
Bill and the Belles play alongside America’s top roots music artists as the house band for the historic radio program Farm and Fun Time, presented by Radio Bristol and the Birthplace of Country Music. Lifelong musicians Kris Truelsen, Grace Van’t Hof, Kalia Yeagle, and Karl Zerfas bring to the stage an uplifting show unlike any other, full of humor, high spirits, and all-around revelry. It’s clear this group shares a rare musical connection and deep love for the music, and their excitement is contagious.