2015 Southern Sound Series Line-up

Culture & Heritage Museums Announces McCelvey’s 2015 Southern Sound Series Line-up

YORK, SC – The musical line-up for the 2015 Southern Sound Series was announced on October 14 during a Kick-off event at the McCelvey Center’s Lowry Family Theatre. The series will commence on January 16 with the first nationally touring all-female bluegrass band - Della Mae. On February 7, mega-talented Ruthie Foster returns to the McCelvey stage with her special mix of blues, folk, and gospel. Grammy-winning Steep Canyon Rangers are back by popular demand on March 7. On April 3, Sarah Jarosz will close down the series with her delivery of Americana roots music rendered with youthful zest.

About the Southern Sound Series:

“The Carolina Piedmont is the birthplace of a number of different styles of American folk music, including country, bluegrass, blues and gospel. European, African and Native American musicians from the Carolinas learned from each other and influenced each other, and in so doing created the unique musical forms of American music that are now famous throughout the world.”- Michael Scoggins, Historian for Culture & Heritage Museums. The multi-cultural origins of the musical genres of blues, folk, bluegrass, country and gospel came together in the early history of the Carolinas. These musical roots are an essential component in telling the story of the Carolina Piedmont. In alignment with the mission of Culture & Heritage Museums, the Southern Sound Series brings today’s contemporary Americana music to the regional community. The McCelvey Center came into the fold of Culture & Heritage Museums in 2001; the historic Lowry Family Theater was restored and outfitted as a state-of-the-art performance venue in 2008 and has been the gleeful home of the Southern Sound Series since the series’ inception in 2012.

More about the 2015 Southern Sound Series line-up:

Della Mae - Friday, January 16

The first nationally touring all-female bluegrass band, Della Mae take their name from an old tune called “Big Spike Hammer,” a song about a chain-gang man who can’t please his woman, Della Mae. In 2009 Della Mae came together to specifically represent women in a genre of music that the band referred to as ‘man-grass.’ The Nashville based band was nominated for Best Bluegrass Album at the Grammy’s in 2014 with “This World Oft Can Be.” Cultural ambassadors for the 2012 American Music Abroad program, Della Mae delivers true Americana roots with a contemporary voice and relevant songwriting. Each of the five members has earned valid recognition for their musical expertise. Before joining Della Mae, bassist Shelby Means from the bluegrass state of Kentucky had toured across America and abroad in Europe, China, & Israel with her big stand-up bass named Buddha. Guitar player Celia Woodsmith has opened for such artists as Taj Mahal, Leon Russell, and Janis Joplin’s Big Brother and the Holding company. Founding member Kimber Ludiker is a fourth generation-fiddler who won the title of Grand National Fiddle Champion in both 2009 and 2010. Lead guitarist Courtney Hartman has won numerous guitar flatpicking championships; Courtney is currently studying on a scholarship at Berklee College of Music and is the first recipient of the American Roots Music Scholarship at the college. Mandolin player Jenni Lyn Gardner is a South Carolina native and an in-demand session player and songwriter who has performed everywhere from the Cornish Bluegrass Festival (Newquay, England) to the Grand Ole Opry. http://dellamae.com/news Listen to Della Mae performing live on NPR’s Mountain Stage in June 2014: http://www.npr.org/event/music/318555427/della-mae-on-mountain-stage?ft=1&f=1039

Ruthie Foster - Saturday, February 7

Ruthie Foster returns to the McCelvey stage on the heels of her album “Promise of a Brand New Day” released in August 2014. The 50 year-old singer/songwriter sets the table for a feast in blues, folk, and gospel with her soul-filled voice and Texas-church-upbringing. In 2013 Foster’s “Let It Burn” was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Blues Album and in 2009 “The Truth According to Ruthie Foster” was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Blues Album. Foster was named as Best Female Vocalist in 2007, 2008 and 2013 from the Austin Music Awards. The Blues Music Awards presented Foster the Koko Taylor Award for Traditional Blues Female Artist of the Year in 2013, 2012, and 2011. The Blues Music Awards named Ruthie Foster as Contemporary Blues Female Artist of the Year in 2010 and “Live at Antone’s” won DVD of the Year in 2012. Also in 2012, she won Living Blues Magazine’s Critics’ Poll for Female Blues Artist of the Year. In 2011 Foster was featured artist at the Byron Bay Bluesfest in Australia. The mega-talented Ruthie Foster last performed at the McCelvey Center in 2013 and has been a highly requested encore. http://ruthiefoster.com/

Steep Canyon Rangers – Saturday, March 7

Another highly requested encore for the McCelvey stage is the Steep Canyon Rangers; these fine young men from Brevard, NC performed to a sold-out concert in January 2014. Representing the musical genre of bluegrass in a respectful and authentic way, the Steep Canyon Rangers guide their listeners on a contemporary course. Their songwriting is crafty and their agile picking is laced with sprightly harmonies. The Steep Canyon Rangers album, “Nobody Knows You,” won a 2013 Grammy for Best Bluegrass Album. The band’s most recent release, “Tell The Ones I love,” was recorded almost entirely live, reflecting the spirit of their concerts. In 2011, the Steep Canyon Rangers collaborated with comedian/banjo-picking Steve Martin on the album “Rare Bird Alert,” which debuted at #1 on Billboard’s Bluegrass Chart and earned a Grammy nomination. After touring with Martin that year, the band was presented with the International Bluegrass Music Association’s Entertainer of the Year Award. Charles R. Humphrey III plays upright bass and studied at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, where Steep Canyon Rangers was formed. Graham Sharp on banjo has penned more than thirty Steep Canyon Rangers songs. Michael Ashworth, a close friend to the Rangers since their inception, joined the band full time in the spring of 2013 as a percussionist. Mike Guggino plays mandolin, his unique compositions have become signature Rangers tunes, and received the inaugural Arts Achievement Award from UNC Asheville’s Arts and Ideas Program in April 2014. Nicky Sanders plays fiddle, served as concertmaster of the Young People’s Symphony Orchestra, and attended Berklee College of Music. Woody Platt plays guitar and founded the Mountain Song Festival in 2006 as a fundraiser for the Boys and Girls Club of Transylvania County. http://www.steepcanyon.com/

Sarah Jarosz – Friday, April 3

Sarah Jarosz is a young singer-songwriter from Austin, Texas who is widely recognized in the music industry for her skillful talent and blend of contemporary folk, Americana and roots music. Her latest album, 2013’s “Build Me Up From Bones,” garnered two Grammy nominations for Best Folk Album and Best American Roots Song and was nominated for Americana Music Association’s 2014 Album of the Year. Jarosz was also been nominated for Americana Music Association Award for New/Emerging Artist of the Year in 2010, Instrumentalist of the Year in 2011, and Song of the Year in 2012. “Mansinneedof” a song from her debut album “Song Up In Her Head,” received a 2010 Grammy Nomination for Best Country Instrumental Performance. New York Times wrote that Sarah Jarosz is “widely regarded as one of acoustic music’s most promising young talents: a singer-songwriter and mandolin and banjo prodigy with the taste and poise to strike that rare balance of commercial and critical success.” Accompanied by stellar instrumentalists Alex Hargreaves on fiddle and Nathaniel Smith on cello, Jarosz has toured the United States extensively, as well as Canada and the UK; and has appeared on “Austin City Limits,” the BBC Series “The Transatlantic Sessions” and “A Prairie Home Companion.” http://sarahjarosz.com/ http://youtu.be/IfYhP_exLSc

About the McCelvey Center:

The McCelvey Center is the original site of the Yorkville Female Academy founded in 1852 and includes the 500-seat Lowry Family Theater. Noted for its remarkable acoustics, the historic theater has a lovely 1920s ambiance and hosts the annual Southern Sound Series and the Grand Ole McCelvey summer concert series. The mission of the Lowry Family Theater is to present the unique heritage of the Carolina Piedmont through the performing arts while maintaining a quality venue for community enrichment. The 2014 Southern Sound Series is presented by the Friends of McCelvey in the McCelvey Center’s Lowry Family Theater. The McCelvey Center is located on 212 East Jefferson Street York, SC 29745


$25 CHM Members
$30 General Admission Season Pass until January 16

2015 Season Pass Member: $90 (10% disc.)
Season Pass Non-Member: $108 (10% disc)

GET TICKETS ONLINE at chmuseums.org/southernsoundseries

Questions? Call 803.909.7313 or 803.909.7488