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ETSU Bluegrass, Old-Time, and Roots Music Studies

ETSU Bluegrass, Old-Time, and Roots Music Studies East Tennessee State University - The Home of Bluegrass, Old-Time & Roots Music Studies in Higher Education since 1982. Founded in 1982, Bluegrass, Old-Time, & Roots Music Studies at East Tennessee State University is the oldest established program of its kind at any four-year institution.

Uniquely situated in the heart of southern Appalachia, one of the birthplaces of country music, ETSU presents an unparalleled opportunity to study the music while immersing oneself in the region’s outstanding musical and cultural experiences. Our program has thrived on the philosophy of preserving longstanding musical traditions rooted in Appalachian culture, while at the same time encouraging cre

Uniquely situated in the heart of southern Appalachia, one of the birthplaces of country music, ETSU presents an unparalleled opportunity to study the music while immersing oneself in the region’s outstanding musical and cultural experiences. Our program has thrived on the philosophy of preserving longstanding musical traditions rooted in Appalachian culture, while at the same time encouraging cre

Operating as usual

Our bands are excited to play the Boones Creek Opry, once again! Join us at 6pm this evening!
04/23/2022

Our bands are excited to play the Boones Creek Opry, once again! Join us at 6pm this evening!

Dr. Enuf presents the ETSU EXTRAVAGANZA featuring 5 bands in a 2-hour showcase, Saturday, April 23 at 6 p.m. The Opry barn will be packed so come early for popcorn & a seat. The 5 featured bands are:
1.THE TRI TONES
2. SMOKEY IRIS
3. LIZZIE & THE EAST TENNESSEE STUDS
4. FLATTENED SCRUGG
5. MOCKINGBIRDS

632 Hales Chapel Rd, Gray, suggested admission (this week only) is 5 bucks.

04/19/2022
Dessert with the Experts - Dan B***r and the ETSU Bluegrass Pride Band

The ETSU Bluegrass, Old-Time, and Roots Music Studies program is celebrating its 40th Anniversary 1982-2022 and you are invited to the celebration as Dan B***r, director, and the ETSU Bluegrass Pride Band host a virtual concert in honor of the 2022 Day of Giving. So grab a cup of coffee and join us for a toe-tapping great time from the comfort of your living room. We hope you will consider a gift to ETSU, as well!

04/19/2022

Join us at the Upper East Tennessee Fiddlers Convention on April 30th!

HAPPY EASTER from ETSU Bluegrass, Old-Time, and Roots Music Studies! We hope everyone had a wonderful day!
04/18/2022

HAPPY EASTER from ETSU Bluegrass, Old-Time, and Roots Music Studies! We hope everyone had a wonderful day!

Two exciting events happening at The Down Home this week! TOMORROW 7:30pm — in collaboration with the release of Richard...
04/12/2022

Two exciting events happening at The Down Home this week!

TOMORROW 7:30pm — in collaboration with the release of Richard Hood’s novel “White Oak Flats”, Hood, Brittany Haas, and Roy Andrade, and Jeff Elkins will be giving a concert at The Down Home on Wednesday, April 13th from 7:30-10pm! $15 or $10 with student ID. Purchase tickets at the door or through this link: https://downhome.com/event/haas-andrade-hood-elkins/

FRIDAY 8:00pm — the Tray Wellington Band, which includes ETSU B.L.U.E alumnus Tray Wellington on banjo, Nick Weitzenfeld on guitar, and ETSU B.L.U.E seniors Katelynn Lowe on bass and Josiah Nelson on mandolin. Come on out this Friday, April 16th from 8pm-11pm! Tickets are $20 and can be purchased at the door or through this link: https://downhome.com/event/trey-wellington-band/

🎶This week at the Down Home🎶

Join us this Wednesday for Mountain Tunes & Tales with ETSU Bluegrass, Old-Time, and Roots Music Studies!

Brittany Haas, widely regarded as one of the most influential fiddlers of her generation, is currently Artist-in-Residence at ETSU’s Bluegrass, Old Time and Roots Music Program. She has performed and recorded with many of the most significant artists in acoustic music. Roy Andrade directs the Old Time Music section of ETSU’s program. A multi-instrumentalist, with powerful sense of “drive” in his playing, Roy is among the nation’s finest old-time players.Richard Hood is a master of the East Tennessee two-finger style of old time banjo, who plays on a variety of vintage and fretless 5-strings. He is an accomplished finger-style guitarist, as well. Jeff Elkins is a well-known, sought-after bass-player, who is proficient in bluegrass, old-time, jazz, and theatrical music. Together these four will serve-up a variety of traditional string-band tunes along with fascinating ballads and songs accompanying compelling readings from Hood’s critically-acclaimed East-Tennessee based novels.

Get tickets: ci.ovationtix.com/35944/production/1116432

And on Friday, we welcome Tray Wellington Band - playing live in the town where it all started!

Tray Wellington Band is a high energy acoustic Newgrass group led by banjo virtuoso, and multi-time IBMA Award winner, and 2019 Momentum Instrumentalist of the year Tray Wellington. This group pushes the bounds of bluegrass music, incorporating Bossa Nova, Jazz, and Blues elements, to their originals to create a unique, new exciting sound, as well as pay tribute to their Bluegrass heroes before them. Most of the members met while attending East Tenneseee State University as part of the Bluegrass Program.Tray Wellington’s debut full-length album, “Black Banjo,” releases on May 13th.

Get tickets: downhome.com/event/trey-wellington-band

Let us know if we’ll see you this week 🪕

04/12/2022

The Bluegrass Fellows are one of 25+ students bands in Bluegrass, Old-Time, and Roots Music Studies at ETSU. Here with their band instructor Jacob Metz, they play a great version of "Don't This Road Look Rough and Rocky" by the Bluegrass Album Band! Joe Cangelosi on mandolin and vocals, Will Byrd on banjo, Jason Gainer on bass and vocals, and Jacob Metz on guitar and vocals.

The end of semester ETSU student band showcases are set for Tuesday, April 26th through Friday, April 29th at The Down Home. Will you be there?

Last Wednesday, we had an amazing packed out house at The Down Home for the Alasdair Fraser & Natalie Haas concert! Than...
04/11/2022

Last Wednesday, we had an amazing packed out house at The Down Home for the Alasdair Fraser & Natalie Haas concert! Thanks to everyone for coming out and to Alasdair, Natalie, and our artist in residence, Brittany Haas, for an incredible evening of music!

04/09/2022

The String Band Summit in cooperation with Corazón Latino at the Pavilion in downtown Johnson City! Having fun at the Son Jarocho workshop.

Grab some gloves and come join us!

7pm- Belen Escabedo
8pm- Lua Project

ETSU Appalachian Studies

Who's ready for the free String Band Summit concert tonight!? 7PM! Register for this weekend's String Band Summit today!...
04/08/2022

Who's ready for the free String Band Summit concert tonight!? 7PM!

Register for this weekend's String Band Summit today! https://epay.goldlink.etsu.edu/C20071_ustores/web/store_main.jsp?STOREID=148&SINGLESTORE=true

ETSU Martin Center for the Arts ETSU Bluegrass, Old Time & Country Music - Alumni & Friends ETSU Appalachian Studies Brittany Haas Bill and the Belles Tray Wellington Larry Bellorín

Who’s excited for the String Band Summit this weekend?!?

Check out this awesome list of bands that you don’t want to miss this Saturday!

❤️🧡💛💚💙💜 FREE this Friday, April 8...We welcome all to join! 💜💙💚💛🧡❤️

Belen Escobedo
Bill and the Belles
Tray Wellington Band
Larry Bellorín and Joe Troop
with Brittany Haas and Friends

Martin Center for the Arts
East Tennessee State University
1320 W. State of Franklin
Johnson City, TN 37614

Friday April 8, 2022, 7:00 pm

Sponsored by Bluegrass, Old-Time, and Roots Music Studies at ETSU, and the Center for Popular Music at Middle Tennessee State University

With support from the Mary B. Martin School of the Arts, and the International Bluegrass Music Association Foundation, in cooperation with the ETSU LCRC Corazón Latino Festival

❤️🧡💛💚💙💜 Please share this poster widely! 💜💙💚💛🧡❤️

#easttennesseestateuniversity
#etsualumni #etsuartsandsciences #etsuappalachianstudies #etsubluegrass #etsuoldtime #etsurootsmusic #belenescobedo #billandthebelles #traywellingtonband #larrybellorin #joetroop #brittanyhaas #stringbandmusic #stringbandsummit #marybmartinschoolofthearts #martincenterforthearts #corazonlatino #internationalbluegrassmusicassociation #centerforpopularmusic

04/08/2022

Brittany, Kalia, and Roy (and friends!) Fiddle Hell livestream!

TONIGHT! Come to The Down Home and experience a night of incredible music by Alasdair Fraser & Natalie Haas! This is a F...
04/06/2022

TONIGHT! Come to The Down Home and experience a night of incredible music by Alasdair Fraser & Natalie Haas!

This is a FREE event, so arrive early to guarantee a seat! See you soon. 🥰

ETSU Bluegrass, Old-Time, and Roots Music Studies is excited to host with Artist in Residence, Brittany Haas, a concert by Alasdair Fraser & Natalie Haas on Wednesday, April 6th at 7PM!

This is a FREE concert fully sponsored by ETSU Bluegrass, Old-Time, & Roots Music Studies that will take place at The Down Home in Johnson City, TN.

The musical partnership between consummate performer Alasdair Fraser, "the Michael Jordan of Scottish fiddling", and brilliant Californian cellist Natalie Haas spans the full spectrum between intimate chamber music and ecstatic dance energy. Over the last 18 years of creating a buzz at festivals and concert halls across the world, they have truly set the standard for fiddle and cello in traditional music. They continue to thrill audiences internationally with their virtuosic playing, their near-telepathic understanding and the joyful spontaneity and sheer physical presence of their music.

You don't want to miss this event!

alasdairandnatalie.com/tour-dates

https://downhome.com

Who’s excited for the String Band Summit this weekend?!? Check out this awesome list of bands that you don’t want to mis...
04/05/2022

Who’s excited for the String Band Summit this weekend?!?

Check out this awesome list of bands that you don’t want to miss this Saturday!

❤️🧡💛💚💙💜 FREE this Friday, April 8...We welcome all to join! 💜💙💚💛🧡❤️

Belen Escobedo
Bill and the Belles
Tray Wellington Band
Larry Bellorín and Joe Troop
with Brittany Haas and Friends

Martin Center for the Arts
East Tennessee State University
1320 W. State of Franklin
Johnson City, TN 37614

Friday April 8, 2022, 7:00 pm

Sponsored by Bluegrass, Old-Time, and Roots Music Studies at ETSU, and the Center for Popular Music at Middle Tennessee State University

With support from the Mary B. Martin School of the Arts, and the International Bluegrass Music Association Foundation, in cooperation with the ETSU LCRC Corazón Latino Festival

❤️🧡💛💚💙💜 Please share this poster widely! 💜💙💚💛🧡❤️

#easttennesseestateuniversity
#etsualumni #etsuartsandsciences #etsuappalachianstudies #etsubluegrass #etsuoldtime #etsurootsmusic #belenescobedo #billandthebelles #traywellingtonband #larrybellorin #joetroop #brittanyhaas #stringbandmusic #stringbandsummit #marybmartinschoolofthearts #martincenterforthearts #corazonlatino #internationalbluegrassmusicassociation #centerforpopularmusic

What a great time the ETSU Bluegrass Pride Band had last Saturday! Thanks to the Carter Family Fold for having us!
04/04/2022

What a great time the ETSU Bluegrass Pride Band had last Saturday! Thanks to the Carter Family Fold for having us!

NEXT WEEKEND -- mark your calendars!The String Band Summit is taking place on April 8-10, 2022, hosted by Bluegrass, Old...
03/30/2022

NEXT WEEKEND -- mark your calendars!

The String Band Summit is taking place on April 8-10, 2022, hosted by Bluegrass, Old-Time, and Roots Music Studies East Tennessee State University in Johnson City. This event opens space for considering and experiencing string band music across lines of geography, genre, and occupation - learning from the past and creating best practices for the future. It’s in part a festival, a conference, and a workshop, and all are invited to take part. Students are especially welcome, and can register for free.

We are excited about the slate of scholar, artist, and educator presentations - as well as the concert Friday night, which will feature Joe Troop and Larry Bellorín, Tray Wellington Band, and Bill and the Belles - hosted by Brittany Haas and special guests. This Friday event is made possible in part by a grant from the ETSU Mary B. Martin School of the Arts and support from the ETSU Department of Appalachian Studies. Saturday night we are cooperating with ETSU's Language and Culture Resource Center and the Center for Popular Music (MTSU) to present string band artists Belen Escobedo and Lua Project at the Corazón Latino festival in Downtown Johnson City. The musical "Bright Star" (written and composed by Steve Martin and Edie Brickell) is another performance option.

Online access to the event will happen via Zoom, at a lower rate -- and is made possible in part by a grant from the International Bluegrass Music Association Foundation.

**Registration, program, and other information available here:
https://www.etsu.edu/cas/das/string-band-summit.php

Looking for some live music entertainment this weekend? Catch the ETSU Bluegrass Pride Band this Saturday, April 2nd, at...
03/29/2022

Looking for some live music entertainment this weekend? Catch the ETSU Bluegrass Pride Band this Saturday, April 2nd, at the Carter Family Fold!

Justin Alexander Lizzie Cahalin Will Hart Layla Cantafio Dan B***r Lydia Hamby Will Potts

The ETSU Bluegrass Pride Band is back! 🙌 They will perform at the Carter Family Fold this Saturday, April 2.

We loving seeing young folks carry on the tradition of Appalachian music. Tag a college student you'd like to introduce to the Fold!

The Bluegrass, Old Time, and Roots Music Studies Program at East Tennessee State University is the oldest established program of its kind at any four-year institution. Students in this program constitute various bands that perform throughout the region and beyond.

#carterfamilyfold #etsu #appalachianmusic #bluegrass #livemusic #crookedroad #swva

WOW, what a trophy! Will you be joining us at the Upper East Tennessee Fiddler's Convention on April 30th??
03/25/2022

WOW, what a trophy! Will you be joining us at the Upper East Tennessee Fiddler's Convention on April 30th??

Here's a sneak peak at the first place trophy for dance at the Upper East Tennessee Fiddler's Convention. A custom-thrown, deep-mountain, clear-branch, unglazed (as of now), all-purpose jug!

🎻5 ETSU Bluegrass, Old-Time, & Roots Music Studies student bands will be playing at the Boones Creek Opry THIS SATURDAY,...
03/23/2022

🎻5 ETSU Bluegrass, Old-Time, & Roots Music Studies student bands will be playing at the Boones Creek Opry THIS SATURDAY, March 26! 🪕

Come on out for some incredible music and a fun, toe-tapping time! Check out the post for more details.

Dr. ENUF PRESENTS the ETSU BLUEGRASS EXTRAVAGANZA featuring 5 bands in a 2 hour showcase. Saturday, March 26 at 6:00 p.m. The barn will be packed so come early for popcorn and a seat. The 5 featured bands are:
1. Nolichucky Ramblers (led by Hunter Berry)
2. Grass Pro Shop (led by Troy Boone)
3. Lizzy & The East Tennessee Studs (led by Brittany Haas)
4. The ETSU Vocal Band (led by Jason Leek)
5. The Coddiwomplers (led by Kali Yeagle) ETSU Bluegrass & Old-time Bands
Admission for the 2 hour show is 5 bucks (this week only). A portion of the proceeds will go the the ETSU Bluegrass program. 632 Hales Chapel Rd, Gray, TN

Congrats Brittany Haas!! Listen to Brittany's new album on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/album/40Y9LUCAAXXB0YX70hRYZ...
03/19/2022

Congrats Brittany Haas!! Listen to Brittany's new album on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/album/40Y9LUCAAXXB0YX70hRYZ5?si=hH-JjjqrQk-NiBEz1liwWA

Congratulations to our Artist in Residence, Brittany Haas, on the release of her new album today...Brittany, we are so proud of you! ❤️

Re-gram from @brittfiddle:

Hey friends, 'Impromptu Sessions No. 1: Brittany Haas' is out today on @padiddlerecords! Get a digital copy on the www.padiddlerecords.com store or on @bandcamp (liner notes come with your download), stream it from all the places. I hope you like the music.

Thanks to everyone involved - Paul @arkansausage Kowert & Mike @mgaisbacher Gaisbacher, musicians; @laurenrioux, co-producer; Chris @crittereldridge, recording and photos; Dave @sinkysy Sinko, mixing and mastering; Tom Rozum, art; @lorenwitcher, design; @freedirtrecords, digital distribution.

'Impromptu Sessions No. 2: Dominick Leslie & Ric Robertson "Trust in Most"' is also out today! Get that in the same places. @domles @ricrobertsonmusic

#banjo #bass #basses #oldtimemusic #mandolin #mandola #acousticmusic #impromptusessions

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Performed Vivaldi's Mandolin Concerto in C Major back in October during my Masters at SJSU and here's the footage! (It's not in G, thats a typo..) Hope yall enjoy and thanks especially to Lee Bidgood for the opportunity during my undergrad to perform in the Mandolin Orchestra. It definitely inspired me to learn this momentous Vivaldi work!
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Our Scott County, Virginia JAMs (Junior Appalachian Musicians) program is in need of three instructors to teach fiddle and clawhammer for students from 4th through 12th grade at Shoemaker Elementary in downtown Gate City, Virginia. This is a great opportunity to pass on to the next generation your knowledge and skills and get paid for doing it! Perhaps you can get also satisfy some ETSU Old Time and Country Music Studies requirements at the same time? Dan B***r or Roy Andrade will know if that is possible. If you are interested, or know of someone who IS interested, please contact me via private messenger and I will be glad to explain our JAMs program and other details to you. Our first semester of JAMs will begin shortly after September 20. Thank you!
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Dear ETSU family, students and fellow faculty: I hope you'll vote for me and our work on the album Old Trails, New Beginnings and all the fabulous players on it for IBMA awards...first round voting closes Friday. It was recorded for you to enjoy ... from us with love and talent. There are many original songs. Mostly ETSU faculty and alums. Free download of the entire album if you email me at [email protected] or message me. Please give it a listen: New Artist of the Year-Tricia Ann Eaves Female vocalist of the year- Tricia Ann Eaves Guitar player of the year- Dan B***r Collaborative Recording- Free To Burn (Adam Steffey, Becky Buller, Dan B***r, Hunter & Sally Berry, Brandon Green, Ben Bateson, Jaime Carter, Aynsley Porchak, Louisa Branscomb... Mandolin Player- Tricia Ann Eaves Banjo player- Brandon Green Instrumental Performance- Tricia Ann Eaves twin mandolin with Adam Steffey (original Squirrel Dance) Album of the Year- Old Trails, New Beginnings Song of the Year- Just My Heart In My Hand (Louisa Branscomb) I really appreciate my musical family and hope you'll give us a chance! liner notes/review by Chris Jones. Click to listen to 5 cuts... Listen to Old Trails, New Beginnings by Wistwo #np on #SoundCloud
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