DSC_000313th Annual Ocean Lakes Bluegrass Weekend – August 26 & 27, 2011! Featuring: Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out, Lonesome River Band, Junior Sisk & Ramblers Choice, The James King Band, The Bluegrass Strangers, Kenny & Amanda Smith and more!


2011 Tickets and Reservations…
Wristbands include two outstanding days of bluegrass bands! The concert will begin on Friday at 4 PM until 10 PM, and again on Saturday from 2 PM until 9 PM. It is held in the air-conditioned Recreation Building, and will feature several premier bands (see below). Due to nearly sold out events, wristbands must be prepaid. Advanced for concert wristbands are $40 for both days in addition to your site fee ($20 for children 6-12, under 6 are free). Tickets at the door will be $45 for adults ($20 for children). Many guests make reservations for Thursday, August 25th, 2011 (to participate in the fun) and depart on Sunday, August 28th, 2011.

Call Ocean Lakes, for campsite reservations dial toll free, 1-877-510-1413, for rental reservations dial 1-800-845-2229. This show is exclusively for Ocean Lakes’ guests (campers, renters and Annual Lease holders) – there are no wristbands for the general public. Seating is limited. When you call to make your reservation, let us know you are coming to hear bluegrass and we’ll take care of the rest!

Book Tickets online and print ticket at home – here.

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2011 Band Schedule
Friday, August 26, 2011 (Concert is 4 PM – 10 PM)
9:00 AM Mini-Golf Tournament
1:00 PM Golf Car Poker Run
4:00 PM – 4:45 PM The James King Band
4:45 PM – 5:30 PM The Bluegrass Strangers
5:30 PM – 6:15 PM
6:15 PM – 7:00 PM Lonesome River Band
7:00 PM – 7:45 PM The James King Band
8:30 PM – 9:15 PM
9:15 PM – 10:00 PM Lonesome River Band
Saturday, August 27th, 2011 – (Concert is 2 PM – 9 PM)
11:30 PM Golf Car Poker Run
2:00 PM – 2:45 PM Kenny & Amanda Smith Band
2:45 PM – 3:30 PM The Bluegrass Strangers
3:30 PM – 4:15 PM Junior Sisk & Ramblers Choice
4:15 PM – 5:00 PM DRussell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out
5:00 PM – 6:00 PM Dinner Break
6:00 PM – 6:45 PM Kenny & Amanda Smith Band
6:45 PM – 7:30 PM The Bluegrass Strangers
7:30 PM – 8:15 pm Junior Sisk & Ramblers Choice
8:15 pm – 9:00 PM Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out

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The Bands

Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out

Success for ‘Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out’ was nearly an overnight occurrence for this group after its forming in 1991. Led by the International Bluegrass Music Association’s (IBMA) 2-time “Male Vocalist Of The Year”, Russell Moore, IIIrd Tyme Out, consisting of Moore (guitar), Steve Dilling (banjo), Justen Haynes (fiddle), Wayne Benson (mandolin), and Edgar Loudermilk (bass), has walked away with IBMA’s “Vocal Group Of The Year” award 7 consecutive years. All in all, the band has garnered 50 industry awards since their inception in 1991. Their a cappella renditions of many songs, featuring one of the most respected lead vocalists of all time, can rarely be matched and their superb instrumentation, from some of the best musicians in the business, provides even more quality sound to their rich vocal blend. All this along with a heavy touring schedule, including many performances on the Grand Ole Opry as well as GAC and RFD channel programs, over 14 recordings to date, and a desire to present their fans with the best music possible, makes this “supergroup” one of bluegrass music’s most recognized and in-demand bands in the genre’s history.

‘Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out’ – Where did such a name have its origin? The name wittingly references that this was the third time out for founding member Moore, and consequently the third professional bluegrass band association for him. No doubt, the third time has proven to be a charm.

Respected writer and musician Chris Stuart, in his perceptive liner notes for Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out’s Rounder records release ‘Footprints: A IIIrd Tyme Out Collection’ writes, “IIIrd Tyme Out has their own brand of bluegrass: unmatched quartets and trios, masterful lead singing, dead-on rhythm, tasteful fills, lyrical solos, and great songs. From stage left to right they are a complete band – perhaps the most complete band of the past two decades.”

Learn more at: www.iiirdtymeout.com

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Lonesome River Band

Lonesome River Band has been one of the most popular and influential acts on the bluegrass festival and concert circuit since the release of their breakout CD, Carrying The Tradition, back in 1991. That band line-up included current LRB band leader Sammy Shelor, as well as Dan Tyminski, Ronnie Bowman and Lonesome River Band founder, Tim Austin. They recorded a second project for Rebel Records, Old Country Town, before Tyminski accepted a gig with Alison Krauss & Union Station, and Austin decided to leave the road to focus on his recording studio, Doobie Shea. During his years with LRB, Sammy Shelor has enjoyed performing with such stellar musicians as Kenny Smith, Don Rigsby, Ron Stewart, Rickie Simpkins and Mike Hartgrove (who returned in 2005) – each of whom had moved on to pursue other musical endeavors. With each personnel change, Shelor looked for new musicians who could not only fill a spot that had been left vacant, but also bring in an artist with talents of their own. The year 2001 brought a lot of new changes with the addition of Brandon Rickman and Jeff Parker along with fiddler Mike Hartgrove who had just left IIIrd Tyme Out, along with bassist Irl Hees. The band was rewarded rave reviews for Window of Time, the first recording with that band configuration. John Wade soon replaced Hees on bass, and the group the recorded Head On Into Heartache CD. In 2005, Hartgrove left to join Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, and Rickman chose to give up touring to spend more time focusing on songwriting, but more importantly much needed time with his family. With Jeff Parker’s contributions on mandolin and tenor vocals, this took LRB into the next generation returning to the bands aggressive, four piece sound that had brought them to prominence years earlier. Shelor brought on a strong picker and a distinctive singer, Barry Berrier on bass who had made a name singing lead and playing guitar with The Lost & Found. Shannon Slaughter then came onboard after initially being hired to fill in during the search for a new guitar man.

Courtesy of www.lonesomeriverband.com

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The Bluegrass Strangers

The Bluegrass Strangers have been a favorite among past years’ concert goers and are back by popular demand! The Bluegrass Strangers is one of the most exciting, straight ahead, traditional bands performing today! They come to Myrtle Beach from Kentucky and Ohio. Dick Webb from Franklin Furnace, Ohio doesn’t have to take a backseat to anyone when it comes to playing a traditional five-string banjo. He also does a fantastic job playing old style claw hammer. Dick also sings baritone and low tenor in the trios and bass in the quartet. Jimmy Lykins, from Garrison, Kentucky is lead singer with songs straight from the heart with soul and feeling like no one else. He also plays a strong rhythm Guitar. Band member Dick Webb will also handles the sound for the Ocean Lakes’ Premier Bluegrass Weekend. Bryan Tackett on vocals and lead guitar, Jamie Shannon on mandolin, and Dean Whitaker on bass.

See more at www.bluegrass-strangers.com.

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Junior Sisk & Ramblers Choice

Junior Sisk And Ramblers Choice are gaining great recognition as one of the best traditional bluegrass bands to hit the scene in decades. Junior’s soulful and sometimes haunting vocals, reminiscent of the late, great, Carter Stanley, who happens to be his hero, have captivated audiences for years. With the brand new release of their sophomore project on Rebel Records, “Heartaches And Dreams”, the band has once again captured something magical. The pleasant mix of old and new is sure to offer something here for everyone. Joining Junior is long time singing partner and cousin Timmy Massey on bass, along with band members Jason Davis on banjo, Jason Tomlin on mandolin, and Billy Hawks on fiddle.

Courtesy of www.juniorsiskandramblerschoice.com

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The James King Band

James King was born Sept. 9, 1958, in Martinsville, Va., and grew up in Carroll County — one of the most fertile breeding grounds for bluegrass and old-time musicians. James’ father, Jim, and his uncle, Joe Edd, were both musicians of note. As James entered his teens, he began to take the music seriously too, particularly the music of his fellow Virginians, the Stanley Brothers. One of James’ closest mentors was Ted Lundy, whose raw and heartfelt brand of bluegrass exerted a particularly strong influence on his music. Following a stint in the Marine Corps, King relocated to Wilmington, Del., where he started a band with Lundy’s sons, T.J. and Bobby. The Lundys introduced King to legendary bluegrass deejay Ray Davis, who paired King with Ralph Stanley for two mid-’80s releases, Stanley Brothers Classics and Reunion (also with George Shuffler), on his Wango label. In 1988, King released his first record under his own name, James King Sings Cold, Cold World. In the 1990s, Dudley Connell of the Johnson Mountain Boys brought King to the attention of Rounder’s Ken Irwin. Irwin brought together Connell and a band of bluegrass all-stars to back up King on 1994’s These Old Pictures and 1995’s Lonesome and Then Some. King began to tour steadily, gradually assembling the James King Band. The group was named emerging artists of the year by the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) in 1997. 1998’s Bed by the Window was the recording debut of the James King Band, and its gripping, bittersweet title track — about a man in a nursing home with a vivid imagination — was nominated for IBMA’s 1999 song of the year award. King is also a member of the bluegrass supergroup Longview, along with Connell, Don Rigsby, Joe Mullins, Glen Duncan and Marshall Wilborn. Their self-titled 1997 debut was named recorded event of the year by the IBMA. The second Longview album, High Lonesome, arrived in 1999, followed by Lessons in Stone in 2002. King released 30 Years of Farming in 2002. The album featured the James King Band as the supporting instrumentalists, with a potent blend of classic bluegrass, hard core country and contemporary song craft. Including the country classics “Saginaw, Michigan” and “Carroll Country Accident,” King released The Bluegrass Storyteller in 2005. In April 2009, James married Julie Lillard of Cascade, Virginia, and now resides in Danville, Virginia.

Courtesy of www.jameskingband.com

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Kenny & Amanda Smith Band

Winners of the International Bluegrass Music Association’s prestigious Emerging Artist of the Year award in 2003, the Kenny and Amanda Smith Band combines gutsy, heartfelt vocals, brilliant instrumental talents and a powerful, contemporary sense of song choice and arrangement into one of the most compelling new sounds in bluegrass today.

A creation of the intensely personal musical and romantic connection between Kenny and Amanda, the band shares an all-too-rare sense of intimacy and cohesion where each musician feels an almost telepathic connection. Musicians call it being in the groove, where the group collectively accents each beat in precisely the same way. With Kenny leading the way on guitar, this band never has trouble finding the groove.

Originally from Nine Mile, Indiana, Kenny is widely considered one of the most important and influential flatpicking-style guitarists of his generation. A two-time IBMA Guitarist of the Year award winner, his professional credits include six years with the popular Lonesome River Band and an exceptional solo CD, Studebaker, released on Sugar Hill Records in 1997.

Kenny is in great demand at guitar workshops and master classes, teaching at the renowned Roanoke Bluegrass Weekend series and at guitar workshops at major events such as IBMA. He has just released a two-DVD instruction set on AcuTab Publications.

Born in the small town of Davisville, West Virginia, Amanda grew up singing in church choirs and participating in talent contests at local fairs. “I always sang, my mom and dad said, even before I can remember,” she says. She started playing guitar in high school to accompany herself, and soon discovered bluegrass music through female artists such as Rhonda Vincent and Alison Krauss.

Amanda met Kenny at a Lonesome River Band concert, and the couple began dating and playing music together almost immediately. “I wouldn’t say it was love at first sight, but there was definitely something there,” she says. Their shared Christian faith, love for bluegrass and desire to perform together led them to record a debut CD, Slowly But Surely, in 2001. Recruiting several of their favorite players for the session, the album surged up the bluegrass charts on the strength of their hit song, “Amy Brown.”

Winning IBMA’s Emerging Artist Award came as an unexpected thrill for the band. “We were blown away just to be nominated; we didn’t know whether anyone was even paying attention to what we were doing” says Kenny. “So to hear our names called and to go up on that stage was just amazing.”

Learn more at: www.kenny-amandasmith.com

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