The Kickin Grass Band • Jamie Dawson, Lynda Dawson, Pattie Hopkins, Hank Smith, Patrick Walsh • The Kickin Grass Band from Raleigh, North Carolina takes the stage, and suddenly you’re captivated by pure, strong voices telling true‐to‐life stories spiced with innovative bluegrass instrumentation.
North Carolina Bluegrass Favorite to Host 10th Anniversary Show at the Carolina Theatre of Durham on January 14, 2012 • Durham, NC – One of the Triangle’s most well-loved bands, The Kickin Grass Band, celebrates ten years of signature Americana-style bluegrass with a special hometown concert and celebration on Saturday, January 14, 2012 at the Carolina Theatre of Durham. The show is a co-presentation of The Carolina Theatre of Durham and Pinecone – the Piedmont Council of Traditional Music. The show will be recorded by F/Stop Grooves and 5×5 Photography for video production.
The Kickin Grass Band 10th Anniversary Show will feature the current lineup performing favorites from three acclaimed albums over the past decade, as well as new material slated for a 2012 release. The audience will also be treated to appearances by past members and old friends, including the world-renowned Apple Chill Cloggers.
“The past ten years have been a true joy for us, playing and introducing our rootsy-Americana style of bluegrass to new fans around the world,”says lead singer and songwriter, Lynda Dawson. “We‘re thrilled to share the stage with old friends and celebrate this milestone with hometown fans who have played a huge role in our success!”
The Kickin Grass Band formed in early 2002 as the accompanying band for the Apple Chill Cloggers and went on to release three albums of original and traditional music showcasing their grasp of tradition as well as a spirit of adventuring into the new frontier of an ever-evolving Americana genre: Backroads (2003), On the Short Rows (2006), and The Kickin Grass Band (2008). A fourth album is slated for 2012 featuring the current lineup and an array of new material to keep listeners along for the adventuresome ride.
The Kickin Grass Band takes the stage, and suddenly you’re captivated by pure, strong voices telling true‐to‐life stories spiced with innovative bluegrass instrumentation. You fall in love with the rootsy, Americana style, and can’t wait for more. Fortunately, their third release, simply titled The Kickin Grass Band, displays all the chops, emotion and effusive energy of the band’s live show.
The group’s fan base continues to expand and grow, as does their talent and musicianship. “I have had my eyes (and ears) tuned to this wonderfully innovative band from its very beginnings almost 7 years ago,” says Barry Poss, founder of Sugar Hill Records. “I’ve seen them rehearse, watched their live shows and critiqued their recordings. Now, with this superb third release, Kickin Grass’s artistry has taken a giant leap forward. They are in a whole different league now. ”
The Kickin Grass Band’s songs – some mournful, some jubilant – reflect the depth and breadth of the human experience. Dave Higgs from Nashville Public Radio raves: “Lynda Dawson is a truly gifted songwriter who writes intelligently crafted lyrics, which she marries to unforgettable melodies.”
The band’s prior releases, On the Short Rows and Backroads, were praised by Jack Bernhardt of the News & Observer as “a delightful display of hard‐driving, lyrically nuanced bluegrass.” The album’s have caught the attention of the Associated Press, Bluegrass and Americana publications, as well as established and new media outlets and have received international radio airplay and placement on the Roots Music Radio Chart.