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Wednesday, 30 July 2014 13:18

Sylva welcomes Whitewater Bluegrass Co.

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art whitewaterbluegrassThe Whitewater Bluegrass Company will perform as part of the Concerts on the Creek Series at 7: 30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 1, at Bridge Park in Sylva.

For over 30 years, the group has captivated audiences throughout the Southeast with their blend of Bluegrass music, country ballads, mountain swing and humor.

Banjoist Steve Sutton cut his musical teeth working for Raymond Fairchild in Maggie Valley and went directly from there to working with the King of Bluegrass, Mr. Good & Country, Jimmy Martin. He has helped Rhonda Vincent create her sound with The Rage and most recently worked with Alicia Nugent. Sutton is an International Bluegrass Music Award (IBMA) winner as well as a Grammy-nominated artist.

The driving rhythm of Bill Byerly’s Martin guitar provides the backdrop against which the melody of sound is woven. With the addition of mandolinist David Pendley, the blend of the Whitewater sound has become riveting. Newest member 18-year-old fiddler phenom Danielle Bishop plays and sings with the feeling and taste of a seasoned road veteran. 

The series is held every Friday night from Memorial Day through Labor Day. The concerts are free with a donation encouraged and cooperatively produced by the Jackson County Chamber of Commerce, the Town of Sylva and the Jackson County Parks and Recreation Department. Those attending should bring a chair or blanket.


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