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Jeff Brown and Still Lonesome to play Jackson Park Friday

Jeff Brown and Still LonesomeJeff Brown and Still Lonesome are scheduled to hit the stage tonight at Jackson Park in downtown Pulaski. The park will open at 5 p.m., and like all other shows in the Jackson Park Concert Series, is free and open to the public.

Brown, talented former sideman for bluegrass music legend Larry Sparks, along with his band, Still Lonesome, have released their new album Blue Side of Me on Mountain Fever Records. The single “These Old Blues” was released in April, according to a release from Judy Ison, the Director of the Fine Arts Center for the New River Valley.

The members of Still Lonesome include Jeff Brown, Austin Brown, Meredith Goins, Josh Blankenship and Josh Underwood, who have all gained recognition for adding their own unique flair to the group’s music.

Guests on the album include Tina Steffey along with Wyatt Rice.

“Jeff Brown & Still Lonesome are amazing!” Rice was quoted saying in the release, “I had the chance to play on three cuts of this new CD, and it was a real pleasure to do so. Their song selection and arrangements bring them into a sound of their own. Anyone who is into bluegrass should have this one in their collection. Superbly done!”

In addition to the single “These Old Blues,” released in April and co-written by Brown’s former boss, Larry Sparks and his sister Bernice, the album also includes tracks such as “Little Country Town,” “Hickory Switch,” “These Old Blues,” “The Water and the Mud,” “Virginia I Hear You Calling Me,” “Last Day At Gettysburg,” “These Ole Mountain Ways,” “Come to Me,” “Coal Mining Town,” “Weary Pilgrim Welcome Home,” and “Lonesome Fugitive.”

“I’m excited about how the project turned out. I wanted to release songs that are about life; songs with feeling and a story,” Brown said regarding the new release. “I believe we were able to capture the emotion of that on this project. I hope folks can be brought back to the simpler things and the way it used to be.”

While fairly new as a music unit, Still Lonesome plays bluegrass music that showcases the years of musical experience spearheaded by Brown, who started playing with Sparks as a bass player and tenor singer in 1993. Brown worked as a Lonesome Rambler from 1993-1996 and continued to play various dates and recording projects until forming Still Lonesome.

He has also toured with The Charlie Sizemore Band as well as pulling fill-in duties with Blue Highway and Dr. Ralph Stanley and the Clinch Mountain Boys, according to the release.

According to the release, Brown is a seasoned performer with a long history. He has performed on some of country music’s greatest stages, including the Grand Ole Opry, the Ryman Auditorium as well as television shows like Austin City Limits and PBS’s Song of the Mountains.

Jeff Brown is known for his understanding of music from the Stanley Brothers to Larry Sparks. Jeff did the tenor singing and played bass in my band for some time and continues to record some with me to this day.

Our music needs someone to help keep it alive and I believe Jeff is one of those who can do just that. I hope to hear more from Jeff and his band in the future.

The youth of the group positions them to be a future favorite in the genre. Meredith Goins handles fiddle duties and has studied violin at UTCs Cadek Conservatory, Vanderbilts Blair School of Music and East Tennessee State University. She is a two time National Champion of Country Music Beginners at the Smithville Fiddlers Jamboree and first place winner of the 2011 Galax Fiddlers Convention.

In 2003, she performed on the Grand Ole Opry with fiddle extraordinaire Aubrey Haynie, Vassar Clements, and Daniel Carwile at only the age of 14, and has since performed as a guest with The Boxcars, Roland White, Vassar Clements, Buddy Spicher, Wayne Henderson, and Melvin Goins, to name a few.

Floyd native Josh Blankenship has a reputation as a talented mandolin player, songwriter and vocalist, who has performed with Statement and Ashlee Blankenship and Blades of Blue. Banjo player, Josh Underwood is also from Floyd VA and brings his skills to the band as well as being a formidable songwriter and vocalist.

He has performed with bands such as Statement, Makeshift, No Speed Limit, Ashlee Blankenship and Blades of Blue. Austin Brown, on acoustic bass, is fifteen years old and sites musical influences such as Stanley, Tony Rice, Barry Bales, Mike Bub, and more.

The concert series is co-sponsored by the Fine Arts Center for the New River Valley and the Town of Pulaski. The concerts are held in Jackson Park, located across from the municipal building, from 6:30 to 8:30 pm.

The concerts are free and open to the public, and attendees are encouraged to bring their lawn chairs and blankets.

Donna Jones and Main Street Bistro provide concessions with her great homemade food. The Pulaski Theatre will be the rain location for the concert series, and times will remain the same.

For additional information, please call 540-980-7363.

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