Gene Autrey’s “Have I Told You Lately That I Love You” is just one of many songs featured in the Grand Ole McCelvey
Local bluegrass and country songwriters and musicians gather at the McCelvey Center,
212 East Jefferson Street, York, SC for a Songwriters Special and the “Grand Ole McCelvey” Concerts
on Saturday, June 16, 2012
York, S.C.,- The McCelvey Center is pleased to announce that it will host a Songwriters Special Concert along with the “Grand Ole McCelvey” this coming Saturday, June 16, 2012 from 4-9 p.m. These concerts are held in conjunction with the opening of New Harmonies: Celebrating American Roots Music, a traveling exhibit from the Smithsonian.
The Songwriters Special Concert will begin at 4:00 p.m. in the Lowry Family Theatre and will feature local songwriters and musicians live on stage, performing their own original music. Songwriters and groups being featured include Natalie Royal, Herschel Brown, Wild Heart, Turkey Creek Volunteers, The Flowers Family Band, and The Flat Possum Hoppers. The Songwriters Special will go until 6:30 p.m. with a short intermission.
Following the Songwriters Special Concert will be the “Grand Ole McCelvey” concert. This will be a tribute to live radio shows of the Grand Ole Opry in the 1930s and will feature local country and bluegrass bands performing period music from the 1930s. The stage will be reminiscent of the old Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, where the original Grand Ole Opry was held on Saturday nights. The show begins at 7:00 p.m. and ends at 9:00 p.m. Admission for both shows is free.
Performers from the Songwriters Special concert will play old favorites including Gene Autry’s, “Have I Told You Lately That I Love You,” Jimmie Rodgers’, “In the Jailhouse Now,” Blind Willie McTell’s, “Statesboro Blues,” and “You Are My Sunshine.” The Grand Ole McCelvey finale will end the evening with all musicians singing the Carter Family Classic, “Will the Circle Be Unbroken.”
For more information about the Songwriters Special and the Grand Ole McCelvey concert, please contact Michael Scoggins at 803.684.3948, ext 31 or www.chmuseums.org.