Free Concerts and Workshops Included in Fiddler Convention Admission

ATHENS, Ala. - The 46th Annual Tennessee Valley Old Time Fiddlers Convention held on October 5 and 6 on the campus of Athens State University will be offering fiddle and dobro workshops on Saturday free to attendees.

Hoot Hester will offer a free fiddle workshop at 2:00pm on Saturday, October 6.  The workshop will be held in the Classroom Building, first floor.

Fiddle player Hoot Hester has played backup for a number of country music recording artists, among them Alabama, Hank Williams Jr., Conway Twitty, Randy Travis, Bill Monroe, and Ricky Van Shelton. He has also recorded with Manhattan Transfer and Ray Charles. Hester is a member of the Grand Old Opry's staff band, as well as the fiddler for a Nashville-based Western swing outfit called the Time Jumpers. He appears on the band's debut album, On the Air.

Tim Graves will host a free dobro workshop at 3:00pm on Saturday, October 6.  The workshop will be held in the Classroom Building, first floor.

Tim Graves is a dobro player and vocalist who was recently awarded the title of Dobro Player of the Year at the 2012 Bluegrass Music Awards. Tim is the nephew of legendary bluegrass dobro player ‘Uncle’ Josh Graves.

In addition, Tim Graves, Daryl Mosely and Farm County will play on the main stage in front of Founders Hall at 5:00pm on Saturday, October 6.  This ensemble creates a sound that is both rooted in tradition, and fresh and exciting. They feature new songs as well traditional classics that will keep your toes tapping, your face smiling, and your heart closer to home. 

Headlining the 46th annual Tennessee Valley Old Time Fiddlers Convention will be Riders in the Sky.  The group will perform on the Founders Hall stage at 4:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. on Friday, October 5.

               Riders In The Sky is made up of four character musicians:  Ranger Doug, Joey, Woody Paul and Too Slim.  The group is based in Nashville.

               Admission price for the Convention is $8 for Friday, $10 for Saturday and $15 for both days. Children ages 12 and under are admitted free with a parent.  Advance tickets are available from the Athens State Business Office located in Founders Hall at 300 N. Beaty Street.

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Guy McClure

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September 19, 2012