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This is the 22nd season for the Corsair Concert Series in Tawas City, Michigan - presenting nationally-renown Bluegrass and Americana music in an old-time, up close atmosphere.
Presented by the Corsair Trail Council, proceeds from the concert series are used to maintain and operate the Corsair Skiing and Hiking Trails in the Huron National Forest.
Events are held at the Tawas United Methodist Church Family Center, on highway M-55, in Tawas City. Showtime is 7:30 pm. For further information please contact Gary Nelkie (989) 362-2001

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January 25, 2014
Corsair Concert Series presents

Formed in the tradition of such legendary duos as Flatt & Scruggs and the Osborne Brothers, Tom Feller and Chris Hill are also heavily influenced by classic country greats such as Buck Owens and Ray Price. Feller's solid, expressive lead vocals blend seamlessly with Hill's razor tenor.
The stellar vocals are matched with great instrumental work from Glen Inman on bass, Steve Day on fiddle and Mark Poe on guitar. Feller plays acoustic and pedal-steel guitar; mandolin and upright bass, always right on top of the beat; and Hill plays some masterful banjo,
culminating in an exciting, crowd-pleasing show. If it's traditional bluegrass and country music you're looking for, you'll love Feller & Hill and the Bluegrass Buckaroos.
Admission : $15

March 15, 2014
Corsair Concert Series presents

The iconic Marty Raybon has a voice to be reckoned with. Founder and former lead singer of the Grammy, CMA and AMC award-winning hit group Shenandoah, Marty offers a full spectrum of vocal entertainment. His talents are unmatched, whether he's singing country, gospel or his personal favorite, bluegrass. He has become one of country music's busiest artists, performing over 100 shows per year between the United States and Canada. Marty Raybon led Shenandoah to 22 singles on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts, including thirteen number one singles, such as:  The Church on Cumberland Road (1989), Sunday in the South (1989), Two Dozen Roses (1989), Next to You, Next to Me (1990), If Bubba Can Dance (I Can Too) (1994) and Butterfly Kisses (1997).
 The members of Marty's band, Full Circle, are Chris Davis on mandolin & fiddle, Jayd Raines on bass, Daniel Grindstaff on banjo & guitar, and Glenn Gibson, dobro.
admission: $15

May 3, 2014
Corsair Concert Series presents

Volume Five is blazing their own red-hot trail on the bluegrass scene, blending Americana music and progressive bluegrass with their soulful singing, perfect harmonies and excellent instrumentation. They will be performing in Tawas City on Saturday evening, May 3rd, as part of the Corsair Concert Series. The 7:30 pm concert will take place at the Tawas United Methodist Church Family Center.

Volume Five is a Mississippi group that started as a casual jam band in 2008 and has grown into one of bluegrass music’s most unique new acts.  Lead singer and fiddler Glen Harrell has surrounded himself with a talented group of effective musicians and formed an ensemble with a strong emphasis on creating a distinctive band sound. They perform a catalog of songs combining some traditional bluegrass standards with more contemporary material written by the talented band members.

Listen to Volume Five song samples by clicking on the CD cover photo on the right :

The faces of the members of Volume Five might look familiar to anyone who follows bluegrass. Each band member comes to the table with a strong pedigree, having served tenure nationally with such well-known artists as Marty Raybon and Full Circle, Randy Kohrs and The Lites, The Roys, Tony Rice, and Mountain Heart. They all have unique talents and experiences which make Volume Five so successful. The band features the talents of ring-leader Glen Harrell on fiddle; Harry Clark on mandolin; Jeff Partin on guitar and dobro, Patton Wages on banjo, and Chris Williamson on bass. Their earthy, soulful singing, spot on harmonies, and precision picking set them apart from others.

On March 25th the band released their 4th album on the Mountain Fever Records label with a well crafted Southern gospel tinged bluegrass album, titled The Day We Learn To Fly. The album release takes the band to a new level. It lives up to the quality that the band produces time and time again. The title cut “The Day We Learn To Fly” was written by long time friend and fellow musician Stacy Richardson and has been making a rapid impact on radio programming nationally.

One thing fans can count on with Volume Five is that they will never be let down with the live performances that are just as impactful as their recorded music. “I love these guys,” says Mark Hodges of Mountain Fever. “They have a signature sound and their music says something. You know who they are in the first two or three notes and that’s a rarity with bands today. They play quality bluegrass.”

Volume Five’s souful singing and tight harmonic structures are worth seeking out. They have received critical acclaim for their recorded albums, with several of their songs climbing to the top of the National Bluegrass Charts. Having just released their 4th album, they are already recording their 5th CD for Mountain Fever Records called "Voices." which will introduce you to many more styles of their music and will definitely leave you wanting to hear more.

Advance tickets ($15) for the Saturday, May 3rd concert are available at Nordic Sports in East Tawas. Proceeds from the concert series are used to maintain and operate the Corsair Skiing and Hiking Trails in the Huron National Forest. For advance tickets and further information call (989) 362-2001, or visit the band's website by clicking on the Volume Five band photo at the top of this story.

What is “Americana Music”?

American folk music, also known as Americana, is a broad category of music that includes Native American music, bluegrass, country music, gospel, old time music, Appalachian folk, blues, zydeco and cajun. The music is considered "American" because it is either native to the United States or the music varied enough from its origins that it struck musicologists as something distinctly new. For example, traditional bluegrass instrumentation consists of the banjo which originated on the African continent, guitars from Europe, fiddling styles which have their roots in traditional Irish and other Gaelic fiddling techniques, and yodeling from the alpine regions of Europe. It is also considered "roots music" because it served as the basis of music later developed in the United States, including rock and roll, rhythm and blues, and jazz.

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