Tuesday, July 26, 2016 – 7:00 to 9:00pm
Each year the Festival garners support from individuals throughout the community – our Patrons. It is because of our Patrons that we can present so much programming free or at a greatly reduced cost. We are hosting an event in the week before the Festival officially begins to thank them for their support. This year, that event is a concert featuring Bill and the Belles.
With striking three-part harmonies and masterful instrumentation, Bill and the Belles skillfully breathe 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 (Johnson City, Tennessee) 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.
With a rapidly growing reputation throughout the Southeast, Bill and the Belles has shared the stage with many national acts, including Hot Rize, the Gibson Brothers, and Larry Sparks. They continue to play alongside America’s top country and roots music artists as the resident band for the historic radio program Farm and Fun Time presented by Radio Bristol and the Birthplace of Country Music. In just a short time, Bill and the Belles have brought their show to the audiences of television and radio broadcasts, and several major festivals around the country.
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. Bill and the Belles are hitting the road with fervor, eager to share their music with new audiences.
A limited number of tickets may be made available to the public the day of the concert, space permitting. However, if you want to be sure you have a seat at the show (and some other great Festival benefits!) please become a Festival Patron. Contact the Festival office at (276) 623-5266 for more information.