Grass in Hall concert series continues

  • Friday, July 19, 2013

Awendaw Green is proud to announce the fourth and fifth shows in the Grass in the Hall concert series taking place Sept. 13 and Oct. 11 at the Charleston Music Hall. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the concert begins at 7:30 p.m. Grass in the Hall is a combination of Awendaw Green’s barn jams and Nashville’s Grande Ole Oprey shows. It takes the communal feel of the barn jams and the professional musicianship of the Oprey and creates an outstanding evening of music in one of the best listening rooms in the South, The Charleston Music Hall.

While you may not have heard of many of the artists, Awendaw Green and The Charleston Music Hall are dedicated to bringing you some of the best local, regional and national bluegrass / folk / Americana bands. Tickets are $15 in advance and $18 at the door and can be purchased at http://charlestonmusichall.com/events/

Sept. 13 Grass in the Hall Line Up:

The South Carolina Broadcasters “Southern children going forward at top volume” is truly what this little mission band born at a Bar-B-Que joint on the side of the road is. The South Carolina Broadcasters are not to be missed. From heart stompin’ love songs to rowdy gospel numbers that’ll make you shout hallelujah, there is a rare beauty and honesty in the trio’s music. Ivy, Sarah and David share a common passion that creates a sound that often amazes even them. “It’s not old-time, it’s not bluegrass, it’s The South Carolina Broadcasters.” Be it an old standard out of the hymnal or a song from their own pen, their music is alive.

The trio has shared the stage with Ralph Stanley, Taj Mahal, Ricky Scaggs and the Carolina Chocolate Drops and can be found touring the country and bringing their distinctive sound to a venue near you.

“Mandolin Orange carries an understanding of tradition and shapes it into a thing of beauty. They craft simple songs that go beyond chord progressions and vocal harmonies, leading somehow toward something pure. Using acoustic and electric guitars, mandolin and a hand-me-down fiddle, Andrew Marlin and Emily Frantz allure with a heart-worn sensibility. Last year’s Haste Make/ Hard Hearted Stanger combines bluegrass, rock and country for lullabies that swoon.” Over the last few years, Mandolin Orange has shared bills with Rosanne Cash, Chatham County Line, the Steep Canyon Rangers and Abigail Washburn, and traveled as far as the United Kingdon to perform at festivals, including Ulster’s 21st Annual Bluegrass Festival, Shakori Hills Grassroots and Hopscotch Music Festival.

Angel Snow: The highest caliber of artistry is often intertwined with the deepest sincerity. As is the case with rising star Angel Snow, whose music is the truest and most honest reflection of her life. Her story plays out in self-penned songs, where detail by detail she lets the listener in on her innermost thoughts, hopes and dreams. Sometimes sorrowful, often hopeful, and always looking toward faith, Snow’s music is nothing if not sincere. Combine this honesty with sweeping folk melodies and bluesy guitar riffs, and the result is the captivating landscape of sound found on her new self-titled album. Fate and faithful perseverance have brought Snow to the present, as she prepares to release her second full-length set. With a major boost from acclaimed star Alison Krauss, Snow’s lifelong dreams are coming to fruition. Krauss and Union Station recorded three songs written by Snow for the deluxe edition of the band’s latest album. Check her out.

Oct. 11 Grass in the Hall Line Up:

BlueBilly Grit: From the side porch of an old gristmill to the main stage of The Telluride Bluegrass Festival, BlueBilly Grit has quickly become a force in Bluegrass and Americana. Their modern style, which blends these two genres of music, has a way of appealing to the newer generation of the grassroots movement and to those that have a love for the more traditional sound. Their unrivaled three part harmony, traditional instrumentation and the lead vocals of their soulful female singer are what make this magical blend work. BlueBilly Grit takes pride in the fact that they’re not just another “hot lick, blazing solo” bluegrass band. It’s all about the song with this group, and rightly so because they have something to say.

Cranford & Sons: The South has a sound. It’s gritty. It’s the stomp of a boot on a dirty bar floor. It’s the clang of a whiskey bottle and the holler of a rowdy crowd. It’s Cranford & Sons. It’s the music that developed among the various natives and immigrants to this land when she was still in her rugged and untamed infancy. It’s been around in one way or another since before the concept of the United States even existed, and is woven all throughout her history. Cranford and Sons is remastering it for the 21st century.

The Grascals: Great musicians will always find a way to make good music, but for great musicians to make great music, they must form a bond – one that, more often than not, goes beyond the purely musical to the personal. For The Grascals, that bond has been forged at the intersection of personal friendships, shared professional resumes and an appreciation for the innovative mingling of bluegrass and country music that has been a hallmark of the Nashville scene for more than 40 years. As their releases prove, The Grascals’ rare musical empathy gives them an unerring ear for just the right touch to illuminate each offering’s deepest spirit - whether they’re digging into one of their original songs or reworking a bluegrass classic or pop standard.

For more information on The Grass in the Hall concerts, please visit the Charleston Music Hall.

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