Bluegrass Pride, Celtic bands to perform in Song of the Mountains

ETSU Bluegrass Pride Band

JOHNSON CITY – East Tennessee State University’s Bluegrass Pride Band and Celtic Band will be among performers in the Song of the Mountains concert series on Saturday, Nov. 1, at the Lincoln Theatre in Marion, Va.

These two bands from Bluegrass, Old Time and Country Music Studies in ETSU’s Department of Appalachian Studies, directed by Daniel Boner and Jane MacMorran, respectively, will be joined by the Mountain Music Ambassadors from Morehead (Ky.) State University, led by Raymond McLain, a former faculty member of the ETSU program.  Other performers include the Blue Ridge Entertainers from Johnson City, a duo that includes ETSU graduate student Kris Truelsen and fellow musician Coleman Akin; Bad Ridge from Southwest Virginia; and Lonesome Meadow, a family band comprised of three siblings and their father from Westerville, Ohio.

Song of the Mountains is a nationally syndicated concert series, which is now in its 10th year.  Concerts in the series are hosted by Tim White and taped for broadcast on more than 120 public television outlets throughout the United States.

“The ETSU Bluegrass Pride Band performed on the very first Song of the Mountains episode back in 2005, and Nov. 1 will mark the third episode on which they have appeared at the Lincoln Theatre,” said Boner, associate professor and director of Bluegrass, Old Time and Country Music Studies.  “Additionally, performing for the first time on Song of the Mountains is our ETSU Celtic Band.  Celtic music is quickly becoming one of the fastest growing areas of Bluegrass, Old Time and Country Music at ETSU.

“Kris Truelsen earned his B.A. degree in Bluegrass, Old Time and Country Music Studies at ETSU,” Boner continued, “and he will soon add to his credentials a master’s degree in Appalachian Studies.  It is fulfilling to see hardworking students like Kris pursuing their passion for this music.”

The concert series is underwritten by the town of Marion, Va.; the Ellis Family Foundation, including the General Francis Marion Hotel; Bank of Marion; Morehead State University; Emory and Henry College, Emory, Va.; and Blue Ridge Country 98.1 WBRF Radio, Galax, Va.

Reserved seating tickets for the 7 p.m. show are $25 each and available at or by calling 276-783-6093.

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