2016 Southern Sound Series Line-up

For immediate release

December 2, 2015



Marie Cheek

Community Relations Coordinator

Culture & Heritage Museums





Culture & Heritage Museums Announces McCelvey’s 2016 Southern Sound Series Line-up


YORK, SC – Showcasing the unique cultural influences of the Carolina Piedmont’s musical heritage, the 2016 Southern Sound Series rings in the new year at the McCelvey Center’s Lowry Family Theatre. The series commences on January 15 with the Jerry Douglas Band, followed by Rhiannon Giddens on February 27, Drew Holcomb and the Neighbors on March 19, and concluding the series on April 30 with Iris DeMent.


The Jerry Douglas Band:

World-renowned Dobro master Jerry Douglas is a recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Americana Music Association, was named Musician of the Year three times by the Country Music Association, 11 times by the Academy of Country Music, and twice by the Americana Music Association; and was awarded a National Heritage Fellowship in 2004 from the National Endowment for The Arts for his artistic excellence and contribution to the nation's traditional arts.  The accolades go on with numerous International Bluegrass Music Association awards and 14 Grammy Awards. The 2015 Grammy award for Best Bluegrass Album went to the Earls of Leicester, a tribute band to legendary bluegrass artists Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs, which was assembled, organized and produced by Jerry Douglas.


Rhiannon Giddens:

Rhiannon Giddens’ escalating success includes various collaborative musical projects that have set her on course as a contemporary showstopper with a powerhouse voice. Giddens has performed at the McCelvey Center twice before with the Grammy-winning Carolina Chocolate Drops. Giddens returns in honor of Black History month with guitar-playing songwriter Bhi Bhiman and cellist Leyla McCalla to lead the new “Swimming in Dark Waters: Other Voices of the American Experience” tour. A native of Greensboro, North Carolina, Giddens attended the Oberlin Conservatory of Music where she performed as a lyric coloratura soprano. In February 2015, Giddens released her debut solo album, “Tomorrow is My Turn.” 


Drew Holcomb and the Neighbors:

Drew Holcomb is an emerging singer/songwriter from Memphis who leads the Nashville based band - The Neighbors. Holcomb’s music has been featured on numerous television shows and commercials. The band, which includes Nathan Dugger and Rich Brinsfield, has played alongside groups such as the Avett Brothers, Ryan Adams, Los Lobos, and NEEDTOBREATHE. Drew Holcomb and the Neighbors have gained recognition in the music industry as independent recording artists selling more than 75,000 records. Their latest studio album, “Medicine,” was released in January 2015 and is available on CD and vinyl. Drew Holcomb was recently described by the East Nashvillian as a “true working-class musician” who has paid his dues and relies heavily on his faith and love for family.


Iris DeMent:

Iris DeMent is considered by many in the music industry as a national treasure; NPR called her “one of the great voices in contemporary popular music.” DeMent’s Pentecostal upbringing seeps through in her piquant voice with her music tapping into the rusty places of our hearts. DeMent’s 1992 debut, “Infamous Angel” was noted as “an essential album of the 1990’s” by Rolling Stone.  DeMent’s “My Life” was nominated for a Grammy Award for best contemporary folk album, as was her collaboration with John Prine - “In Spite of Ourselves.” Her latest recording released in 2015, “The Trackless Woods” is a collection of poems by 20th century Russian poet Anna Akhmatova adapted to music.


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 McCelvey Center, one of Culture and Heritage Museums’ four York County, SC venues, is the original site of the 1852 Yorkville Female Academy and includes the 500-seat Lowry Family Theater. The historic theater was restored and outfitted as a state-of-the-art performance venue in 2008 and is noted for its remarkable acoustics and charming 1920s ambiance. McCelvey Center’s Lowry Family Theater hosts the annual Southern Sound Series and the Grand Ole McCelvey 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.


Concerts start at 7:30 p.m. and are general admission. The 2016 Southern Sound Series is presented by the Friends of McCelvey in the McCelvey Center’s Lowry Family Theater. Friends of McCelvey get preferred seating and other benefits. Contact Alison Gray at 803/909-7242 for more information on becoming a Friend of McCelvey.


The McCelvey Center is located on 212 East Jefferson Street York, SC 29745


TICKETS: $25 CHM Members, $30 General Admission

Season Pass until January 15, 2016

Season Pass Member: $90 (10% disc.)

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

Tickets are available online at http://chmuseums.org/southernsoundseries/

or call 803.909.7313 or 803.909.7488


For more information about Culture & Heritage Museums please visit http://chmuseums.org


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