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Dave Evans at Appalshop

Dave Evans, one of bluegrass music’s most popular performers, will be in concert at WMMT’s “Bluegrass Express Live”, Thursday, Feb. 7, at the Appalshop Theater in downtown Whitesburg. The concert will be broadcast live on WMMT-FM, 88.7.

Dave Evans, with his band River Bend, is among the most requested performers on WMMT. He has been performing since 1968 and has been a part of such bands as Red Allen and the Kentuckians, The Boys from Indiana, the Goins Brothers, and Larry Sparks and the Lonesome Ramblers. In 1978 he formed Dave Evans and River Bend.

At the age of eight, Evans was introduced to the claw hammer banjo by his father. That was when he gave up the accordion and fell in love with the “fivestring banjer”. As he says, “After six or seven years of hard, never-ending practice and determination, I found I was well on my way to becoming what I wanted: to be called a ‘banjer picker.'”

Evans began his picking with traditional tunes, such as “Pretty Polly,” “John Henry,” and “Little Maggie” and began writing his own songs at the age of 13. His music today is a blend of the traditional and modern. In fact, his most popular songs, “One Loaf of Bread” and “Be Proud of the Gray in Your Hair”, have become classics in their own right. His rendition of “Pretty Green Hills” is on current bluegrass hit lists.

Mountain Drive, a local band formerly known as Pine Mountain Grass, will open the show at 7:30 p.m. They have delighted audiences in the mountains for years.

Tickets are $15 for adults and $5 for students. Reservations may be made by calling the Appalshop at (606) 633-0108.

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