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Sunday, April 09, 2006

Bristol's 6th Annual Rhythm & Boots Reunion

When: Wednesday, April 12th 2006 at 11am
Where: Bristol Public Library 701 Goode Street

2006 Artist Line-Up, New Stages,
Poster Artwork by Charles Vess Unveiling,
All-New Midnight Super-Jam, Advance Ticket Advantages
Bristol’s 6th Annual Rhythm & Roots Reunion, September 15th-17th, prepares for another successful year complete with all new events and an even more ambitious line-up of quality entertainment just in time for Bristol’s 150th Birthday Celebration!

The Artists
This year’s stellar cast includes even more country music than ever before, and more stages. The festival’s preliminary list of performers (subject to change):
Marty Stuart, The Del McCoury Band, Junior Brown, Hot Buttered Rum, Seldom Scene, Blue Highway, Mountain Heart, Jim Lauderdale, Darrell Scott, Railroad Earth, Vince Herman, The Drew Emmitt Band, Red Stick Ramblers, the everybodyfields, Chatham County Line, Dale Jett, Celtibillies, Sigean, The Divine Maggees, Matt Lindau, ETSU Bluegrass Band, Reagan Boggs, Moccasin Gap, Janie Gray, Steven Foster Band, Kim Lyons, Danielle Walters, Foghorn String Band, Old Line Skiffle Combo, Sparky Rucker, Roger Rasnake, Ed Snodderly, Wayne Henderson, Peyton Tochterman & High Society, April Taylor, Jim Waive & the Young Divorcees, Corklickers, Wrinkle Neck Mules, Lucy Angel, Lightnin’ Charlie, Virginia Cross Ties, Holston Mountain Boys, Highway 11, Jan Smith, Southern 76, Blue Country, Ramblin’ Rose, Montage, Steven Foster Band, Crushed Velvette, Valley Street, Gary Hensley, Alecia Nugent, Lost Mountain String Band, and a Piedmont Blues Showcase featuring George Higgs, Cool John Ferguson, and Adolphus Bell.

The Venues
This year The Reunion is proud to welcome several new stages to our Downtown family of venues. We will continue our tradition outdoors at our famous Civitan Country Music Mural, S J Strategic Investment Piedmont Stage and Walling Distributing State Street Stage. Indoors, you can enjoy music in a more intimate setting at BTES Paramount Center for the Arts Stage, The Cameo Theater, Electro-Mechanical Stateline Bar & Grille Stage, Settler’s Life Java J’s Stage, KP Duty, Manna Bagel, Ireson’s Pub and Shanghai restaurants. Also in 2006, we’ve added stages at a few of State Street’s newest establishments, On 5th, O’Mainnin’s, Martha’s and Borderline Billiards.

The Poster
Year after year our festival poster has proven not only to be a valuable marketing tool for Rhythm & Roots, but a hot collector’s item. This year we are proud to have commissioned the talents of internationally acclaimed and award-winning artist Charles Vess, who is known world wide for his work with major book publishers Viking, Tor, Simon Schuster, as well as comic book heavyweights Marvel and DC. In addition to his marvelous illustration for various authors and publishers, Charles Vess produces personal works of art from his studio Green Man Press ( in Abingdon, Virginia.

A Bristol, Virginia resident, Vess’ has won an assortment of major awards including two World Fantasy Awards; one for Best Short Story, shared with author Neil Gaiman, and another for Best Artist. He also holds a pair of highly esteemed Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards for Best Penciler/Inker and Best Painter.

Currently, Vess is working on several projects including: "Blueberry Girl" (Harper Collins), a picture book with long-time collaborator Neil Gaiman; "Fables: A Thousand and One Nights of Snowfall" (DC Comics); the design and sculpting (with noted bronze artist David Spence) of a 16-foot sculptural fountain for the Barter Green in Abingdon, and illustrations for Susanna Clarke’s new collection of stories, "The Ladies of Grace Adieu" (Bloomsbury). Additionally, a previous book with Gaiman, "Stardust, Being a Romance Within the Realms of Faerie" is now being transformed into a full-length motion picture starring Robert DeNiro, Michelle Pfieffer, and Claire Danes.

Prints will soon be available for purchase on The Reunion’s website, but forward-thinking festivarians may want to get in early. A Charles Vess 2006 Rhythm & Roots Reunion Festival Poster will go to the first 1,000 customers who purchase weekend passes online-FREE! Read on for more early incentives…

All-New Midnight Super Jam
The Reunion is reaching back to the tradition of good old Appalachian pickin’ parties by hosting our very first Rhythm & Roots Reunion Sprint (soon to be EMBARQ) Midnight Super-Jam. Be prepared to stay up late Friday night, as the Paramount Center for the Arts plays host to some of the finest acoustic musicians from across the country between the witching hour and 2am.
Hosted by Vince Herman of the legendary Leftover Salmon, the Midnight Super-Jam brings together musicians from any of the bands playing over the course of the festival. While subject to change, the line-up currently includes Tim Carbone, Andy Goessling, and John Skeehan of Railroad Earth, Erik Yates, Aaron Redner, and Bryan Horne of Hot Buttered Rum, Tyler Grant of the Drew Emmitt Band, members of Red Stick Ramblers, the everbodyfields, and more.
A gathering such as this promises a night of original, spontaneous, acoustic improvisation and experimentation—a once in a lifetime occurrence. It is destined to go down in history as one of the greatest events at the festival!

Tickets for Rhythm & Roots Midnight Super-Jam are being offered to early ticket buyers for $10 with the purchase of a weekend pass (only a $40 investment!) and are limited in number. If not sold out, tickets will be sold at the Paramount Box Office the day of the event only. BUY NOW AND SAVE! HURRY, WHILE TICKETS TO THIS PREMIUM EVENT LAST!

Advantages for Advance Ticket Buyers
Rhythm & Roots is committed to keeping The Reunion a low-cost, family event for festivarians and music lovers alike. While other festivals charge up to hundreds of dollars for the quality of music RRR provides, we want to make sure our local audiences get pre-ticket advantages before anyone else!

By purchasing your ticket now, you save money BIGTIME with our affordable weekend passes offered at $30 for the entire weekend. This gives you access to all outdoor and indoor venues, crafts, and vending with the exception of the Midnight Super Jam.

If you are among the first 1,000 people to buy a weekend pass online at, or at one of our Downtown Bristol ticket outlets you will also get a FREE festival poster at Will Call during Rhythm & Roots. For an added $10 (Total - $40), you will also receive a ticket to The Reunion’s Midnight Super-Jam while they last.

Remember, only the the first 1,000 orders get a FREE festival poster
designed by world-renowned artist Charles Vess, so act now!
Advanced weekend passes and tickets to the Midnight Super-Jam will be available for purchase at the Bristol Chamber of Commerce, The Paramount Center for the Arts Box Office, and Mountain Air CDs on State Street while supplies last.

Because there are only a limited number of advanced tickets printed, tickets at locations in and around Bristol will go fast. Locals, take advantage now! If you wait until a week or perhaps even a month before the festival, the advanced tickets will be gone!

Rhythm & Roots Reunion would like to thank our sponsors for their support of the festival. With their help, we are able to keep ticket costs down for people who love great music. If you are interested in sponsorship opportunities with Rhythm & Roots, or need more information on Bristol’s 6th Annual Rhythm & Roots Reunion, please visit our website at or call Leah Ross at the festival office during business hours at (276) 591-4898.

Media Sponsors:
WCYB NewsCenter5, Tri-Cities WB4 & Fox Tri-Cities, Bristol Herald Courier, Citadel Broadcasting
WETS 89.5 FM Public Radio, WOPI AM 1490 Real Country & Bluegrass Radio
Gold Sponsors:
Bristol’s 150th Birthday Celebration, Kroger, S J Strategic Investments, King Pharmaceuticals, Bristol Virginia Utilities, Walling Distributing, Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites, Courtyard Marriott, Bristol Motor Speedway

Silver Sponsors:
Bank of Tennessee, Coca Cola, Electro Mechanical Corporation, Settlers Life Insurance, Sprint (soon to be EMBARQ)
Bronze Sponsors:
First Bank & Trust Company, Glaxo Smith Kline, LC King Co., Waste Management of Tri-Cities, Inc.
Festival Donors:
Southeast Culinary & Hospitality College, Arbico East, Anderson Street United Methodist Church
First Bristol Bank, Universal Printers, Valleydale, YWCA

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