Whitesburg KY

Stringband, Gleaves to perform at Appalshop

The Empty Bottle Stringband and Sam Gleaves will give a concert of old time and country music at the Appalshop Theater on Saturday, March 5.

Hailing from East Tennessee, the Empty Bottle Stringband is known and loved for its toe-tapping, highly danceable old-time songs and tunes. The band features Stephanie Jeter (upright bass, autoharp and vocals), Kristal Harman, (guitar and vocals), Ryan Nickerson (fiddle and mandolin) and Tyler Hughes (clawhammer banjo and vocals), and all band members have been part of the traditional music programs at East Tennessee State University. Originally formed to play at a local farmers market, the Empty Bottle Stringband has gained great popularity in the regional old time music scene, giving energetic concerts on stages across the southeast United States. The band’s sound is inventive and true to the old time string band tradition of the 1930’s, claiming such influences as the Skillet Lickers, Roscoe Holcomb and the Carter Family. For more information on the Empty Bottle Stringband and its latest recording, Travelin’ Man, visit www.emptybottlestringband.com/.

Born and raised in Wythe County, Va., Sam Gleaves performs innovative mountain music with a sense of history. Gleaves carries on the ballads, dance music and storytelling he learned from many mentors in the Appalachian tradition, accompanying himself on guitar, clawhammer banjo, fiddle and autoharp. Gleaves’s original songs are steeped in these traditions, telling current stories of love and struggle in the mountains. In 2015, Gleaves released a debut record of original songs, titled Ain’t We Brothers, produced by Cathy Fink, which has been featured by National Public Radio, No Depression, and The Bluegrass Situation. Gleaves has performed at regional venues such as Mountain Stage and the Woodsongs Old Time Radio Hour and has toured abroad in Ireland, Japan, England and Canada. Appalachian novelist Lee Smith has heralded Gleaves as “the best young songwriter around.” For more on Sam Gleaves, visit www.samgleaves.com.

The concert with the Empty Bottle Stringband and Sam Gleaves will be held in the Appalshop Theater, 91 Madison Avenue in Whitesburg, on Saturday March 5. Doors will open at 6 p.m. and the show will start at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10 general admission, $5 for students, and ages 12 and under receive free admission. For more information, email info@appalshop.org or call (606) 633-0108.

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