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AirPlay Direct is pleased to introduce you to Mark Whitt’s new CD “Over You”. Mark currently heads up Mark Whitt and The True Bluegrass Band as the lead singer and guitar player. They are a strong regional band, who focus on playing traditional bluegrass and gospel. This project, includes two of his originals, "Over You" and "I heard Sweet Music Playing. In addition to performing, Mark is dedicated to writing new material geared in the traditional style.
"Bluegrass music is passionate, deep rooted and often tells stories of life experiences. This music is ingrained in my heart and soul. It allows artists to express life experiences through numbers such as my original track, “Over You” or through impactful, spiritual songs such as my other original, “I Heard Sweet Music Playing”. This is what makes traditional bluegrass and gospel music so unique and special. My goal is to continue winning fans through my passion for keeping traditional bluegrass music alive.
I am blessed to have crossed paths with two amazing individuals, Lynda Weingartz with AirPlay Direct and Robert Weingartz with Collective Evolution for sharing their amazing talent and knowledge of the industry. I am amazed with their success and impact on artists in the music industry and I am honored to be working with such talented individuals."
Extra Special Thanks: To all the super-star artists who made guest appearances on this CD: Tim Crouch, Joe Mullins, Clay Hess, Luke Montgomery. Thank you for your significant impact on my latest project. It really means a lot to have such great artists be part of this project. Radio stations may audition the new project at AirPlayDirect.com/MarkWhittOverYou.
“Mark is a very genuine and nice guy. You can hear the ‘heart and soul’ he put into his new project, ‘Over You’. There is a song on this record for everyone.”
~ Lynda Weingartz, CEO - AirPlay Direct
Hiltons, VA -- Saturday, August 27th, 2016, at 7:30 p.m. the Carter Family Fold in Hiltons, Virginia, will present a concert by the Hillbilly Gypsies. Hailing from the beautiful mountain state of West Virginia, the Hillbilly Gypsies have been making and performing their own brand of old time bluegrass and original mountain music for over a decade. Formed in 2001 from a chance meeting at the now infamous Wednesday night old time jam in Morgantown, West Virginia, the Hillbilly Gypsies have been pickin’ and grinnin’ and entertaining their loyal fans ever since.
The band is best known for their high-energy live performances and have become a crowd favorite at major festivals, fairs and concert venues all across the mid-Atlantic region and abroad. They perform in the old fashioned style, playing around a single vintage ribbon microphone. This “old timey” approach adds an authentic high-energy barn party atmosphere to their show. Watching the whole band work around the mic is like taking a trip back in time. It’ll sure make you want to get up and dance!
And don’t let the flash of their lively stage performance and choreography fool ya. These folks are highly skilled musicians and seasoned entertainers. Their lightning fast, award-winning picking skills and musical arrangements mixed with natural comedic wit and high lonesome mountain vocal harmonies are sure to catch your ear right away. Combine that with a knack for original songwriting and a strong passion for old time and traditional music, and this makes for an authentic and exciting musical experience that you won’t soon forget. One listen and you’ll know that you are getting the real deal! The Gypsies are more than a band – they are a tight-knit family, mindful of tradition but bold explorers of new and authentic styles of acoustic music and entertainment.
Some notable highlights about the Hillbilly Gypsies include:
The Gypsies have played many major bluegrass festival events around the country including the Gettysburg Bluegrass Festival, Poppy Mountain Bluegrass Festival, Delfest, Summersville Music in the Mountains Festival, the Outer Banks Bluegrass Festival, the OATS Bluegrass Festival, Mohican Bluegrass Festival, the Pickin’ in Parsons Bluegrass Festival, Appalachian Uprising, the Rockahock Bluegrass Festival, the NEPA Bluegrass Festival, the Remington Ryde Bluegrass Festival, the Homegrown Bluegrass Festival at Snowshoe, Bluegrass in the Hills, Mandolin Farm Bluegrass Festival, Smoked Country Jam Bluegrass Festival, Hickory Fest, and many more.
Trae and Jamie Lynhn Buckner, original founding members and lead singers for the band as well as husband and wife, have also performed internationally on multiple occasions. They have performed three times at the Al Ras Bluegrass and Old Time Music Festival in Barcelona, Spain – headlining the festival’s ten year anniversary. In Addition to Barcelona, they have performed in Prague, the Czech Republic, and Rome. A recent trip took them to Ireland where they made several appearances and lots of new friends. Trae and Jamie Lynn not only represent the Hillbilly Gypsies, they represent American mountain music and the heritage and culture of West Virginia and Appalachia while traveling abroad.
Current band members are:
Through the years, a dozen members of the Hillbilly Gypsies have joined the band and later moved on. Some still pop in from time to time and join the Gypsies on stage. Once a Hillbilly Gypsy – always a Hillbilly Gypsy. The group has released six CDs over the years that represent some of the best Appalachian music you’ll ever hear.
For an evening of unforgettable old time, bluegrass, and traditional music - come out and see the Hillbilly Gypsies at the Carter Family Fold. Don’t forget to bring along your dancing shoes. Their gospel tunes are reminiscent of the old time tent meetings, and there will be music to suit everyone’s taste. Be prepared for an evening of high-energy, no holes barred family fun! The Gypsies have become a Carter Family Fold favorite. To learn more about the Hillbilly Gypsies, go to their site at: http://thehillbillygypsies.com/. Admission to the concert is $10 for adults, $2 for children 6 to 11, under age 6 free.
Carter Family Memorial Music Center, Incorporated, is a nonprofit, rural arts organization established to preserve traditional, acoustic, mountain music. For further information on the center, go to http://www.carterfamilyfold.org. Shows from the Carter Family Fold can be accessed on the internet at http://www.carterfoldshow.com. Partial funding for programs at the center is provided by the Virginia Commission for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts. For recorded information on shows coming up at the Fold, call 276-386-6054. The Fold is on Facebook – page Carter Fold – and Twitter – @carterfoldinfo.