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Storyteller Bil Lepp to share about being ‘Raised on Hose Water’
Bil Lepp publicity photo, with storyteller wearing red ballcap with country road in background

JOHNSON CITY (March 26, 2018) – Humorist, liar and tall tale-teller Bil Lepp will take listeners through his experience of being “Raised on Hose Water” in a storytelling concert to be held Thursday, April 5, at East Tennessee State University.

Lepp’s concert will begin at 7 p.m. in the Ball Hall auditorium (room 127).  Admission is free, and donations will be accepted to support ETSU’s TaleTellers student organization.

“Raised on Hose Water” is a concert of comedic tales loosely based on Lepp’s life. 

Growing up in a family in which the truth was fluid, Lepp became adept at spinning tales and exaggerating circumstances at an early age.  Since then, his outrageous, humorous tall tales and witty stories have made him a nationally renowned storyteller and five-time champion of the West Virginia Liars’ Contest.

Lepp, who says that while his stories “may not be completely true, they are always honest,” is a perennial favorite at the National Storytelling Festival in Jonesborough and has performed at numerous other major storytelling festivals and other functions across the country.

He is the author of six books and 16 audio collections.  His first children’s book, “The King of Little Things,” earned many honors, including a Parent’s Choice Gold Award.  He has also received awards and recognition from the National Parenting Publications Association and Public Library Association, as well as the 2011 National Storytelling Network Circle of Excellence Award.

Lepp’s appearance is sponsored by ETSU’s Department of Communication and Performance and its Storytelling Program, which brings nationally and internationally known storytellers to campus each year for concerts and workshops in the storytelling art.

For more information, contact Dr. Delanna Reed at 423-439-7601 or , or the Storytelling Program office at 423-439-7606 or .  For disability accommodations, call the ETSU Office of Disability Services at 423-439-8346.

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