2019 Southern Sound Series

For Immediate Release:

Contact: Marie Cheek, Community Relations for Culture & Heritage Museums

803.818.6767 mcheek@chmuseums.org


McCelvey Center announces 2019 Southern Sound Series line-up

Online tickets available Oct. 31

YORK, S.C. – Culture & Heritage Museums announced the new Southern Sound Series lineup on Oct. 13 at the McCelvey Center’s Select-your-Seat Party. The 2019 Southern Sound Series is presented by Rock Hill Coca-Cola and supported by stage sponsor Founders Federal Credit Union.

New for the 2019 Southern Sound Series is “Vittles & Fiddles,” a pre-show affair. Featuring a food truck and live music, Vittles & Fiddles is a time to catch up with friends, listen to live music and enjoy a meal outdoors on the McCelvey lawn. Beginning two hours before show time, food will be available for purchase for concert-goers and non-concert-goers alike.

2019 Southern Sound Series lineup:

Jan. 12 - The Travelin’ McCourys With bluegrass in their DNA, brothers Ronnie and Rob McCoury push the genre forward in the tradition of their legendary father, Del McCoury. Fiddler Jason Carter, bassist Alan Bartram, and guitarist Cody Kilby joined the brothers in 2009 to form the Travelin’ McCourys. Each member is an International Bluegrass Music Association award-winning musician; Ronnie was awarded IBMA Mandolin Player of the Year for eight years in a row. The Travelin’ McCourys were awarded Instrumental Group of the Year in 2018 by IBMA. The band released their self-titled debut album in May 2018.

Feb. 15 - The Gibson Brothers The Gibson Brothers have received an endless number of awards as songwriters, vocalists, instrumentalists and entertainers from the International Bluegrass Music Association and from the Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music in America. Since their studio debut in 1994, the band has 14 albums including “Mockingbird,” which is to be released in November 2018. Brothers Leigh and Eric Gibson, along with fellow band members, continue to keep the world of bluegrass fresh by appealing to the past and the present. Rolling Stone magazine says “This ain’t your grandfather’s bluegrass music.”

Mar. 9 - The SteelDrivers “Bluegrass with a rock-n-roll edge” is how the SteelDrivers’ singer, songwriter and fiddler Tammy Rogers describes their music. With new singer and guitar picker Kelvin Damrell on board, the SteelDrivers return to the McCelvey stage after a sell-out performance during the 2017 Southern Sound Series. Since their first release in 2008, the band’s discography includes several Grammy Award nominations in both country and bluegrass categories. The SteelDrivers won a Grammy Award for Best Bluegrass Album in 2016 for "The Muscle Shoals Recordings.”

April 13 - Sierra Hull A virtuoso mandolin-player with a lustrous voice, Sierra Hull returns for an encore Southern Sound Series performance. A child prodigy who was born and raised in Tennessee, Hull was mentored by Alison Krauss and awarded a Presidential Scholarship to study at the Berklee College of Music. Hull’s “Weighted Mind,” produced by Bela Fleck, received a Grammy Award nomination for Best Folk Album. In 2016, Hull was the first female to be named Mandolin Player of the Year by the International Bluegrass Music Association; she’s received that honor twice since.

IMAGES: for high resolution images of each performing act contact Marie Cheek

The McCelvey Center is located at 212 E. Jefferson St., York, S.C. 29745

All concerts begin at 7:30 p.m.

Vittles & Fiddles begins at 5:30 p.m. on day of concert.

Tickets: 2019 Southern Sound Series tickets will be available for the general public on Oct. 31. Tickets available online at http://www.chmuseums.org/southernsoundseries/

Friends of McCelvey can reserve seats now. Email agray@chmuseums.org or call 803.909.7242 to become a 2019 Friend of McCelvey.


Friends of McCelvey: Friends of McCelvey get first dibs on reserved seating for the Southern Sound Series before concert tickets are available to the public. An annual giving program for Culture and Heritage Museums, Friends of McCelvey support the Lowry Family Theater and the Southern Sound Series. Benefits include CHM membership, which provides free general admission to all CHM sites, and preferred seating at concerts. For more information on becoming a Friend of McCelvey, email agray@chmusuems.org

About the McCelvey Center: The McCelvey Center is the original site of the Yorkville Female Institute 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. The McCelvey is a community venue managed by Culture and Heritage Museums of York County. CHM produces the annual Southern Sound Series; comprised of four concerts from January through April, the series is reserved seating only. Dedicated to providing the regional community with authentic contemporary performances, the Southern Sound Series showcases musical genres that are steeped in the multi-cultural origins of the Carolinas. 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 theater and other facilities at the McCelvey Center are available for rental. For more information about Culture & Heritage Museums please visit http://chmuseums.org