Bluegrass with a 21st century flair coming to CACGA

The Dixie Bee-Liners will perform at The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen, 2880 Mountain Rd., on Friday, Oct. 28 at 7 p.m. Combining blues and folk-rock influences with bluegrass and old-time mountain music, this award-winning ensemble creates a sound steeped in tradition, but with modern tones and rhythms. At their performance, the audience will hear many of the band's original repertoire – bluegrass barn-burners, ballads, and instrumentals – as well as Appalachian standards that have become true American classics.

In 2008, The Dixie Bee-Liners quickly garnered praise for their ground-breaking album RIPE, which dazzled critics and fans alike and earned the band four #1s on the bluegrass charts. Later that year, The Dixie Bee-Liners were named Roots Music Associations' Bluegrass Artist of the Year, plucked from among such luminaries as Alison Krauss and Merle Haggard, who also shared the nomination.

Building on the tremendous success of RIPE, The Dixie Bee-Liners blazed a bold new trail in 2009 with SUSANVILLE - a concept album that takes listeners on a musical road trip along America's highways and byways. This album looks into the cars and trucks in America's cities and towns, bringing to life 19 incredible musical moments along America's interstates and byways. The band employs its signature blend of harmonies while exploring themes such as escape, adventure, memory, and regret.

The co-founders Buddy Woodward and Brandi Hart started the band in New York City. After living in New York for five years they moved to Abingdon, Virginia when Buddy was selected for a role in a play at the Barter Theater. Other members of the band include: Sav Sankaran - vocalist and multi-instrumentalist; Sara Needham – vocalist and fiddler; Zachary Mongan – banjo player; and Leah Needham – vocalist and dobroist. Sara, Zachary and Leah all are affiliated with the bluegrass program at East Tennessee State University.

Reserved seat tickets are $25 for adults ($23 for seniors 65+) and can be purchased by calling the box office at 261-ARTS (2787). For details, visit

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