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McCelvey Center Announces the 2012-2013 Southern Sound Series

Acclaimed songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Darrell Scott is like a musical force of nature.   As one of Nashville’s most in-demand session musicians, Darrell Scott has collaborated with renowned artists Sam Bush, Emmylou Harris, Jimmie Dale Gilmore, Tim O’Brien, Lucinda Williams, Joan Baez, Robert Plant, and countless others.  Also a gifted songwriter, Scott has written hit songs for Nashville’s finest – Garth Brooks, Tim McGraw, Faith Hill, and Brad Paisley, to name a few – and, in 2003, he was nominated for a Grammy Award® for Best Country Song in 2003 for “Long Time Gone” performed by the Dixie Chicks.  The Kentucky native won the 2007 “Song of the Year” award from the Americana Music Association for his song “Hank Williams’ Ghost” from his 2006 album The Invisible Man. His latest solo album is Long Ride Home, released in 2012. Scott has performed at the Newport Folk Festival, Sundance Film Festival, The Kennedy Center, MerleFest, and The Grand Ole Opry.

Real-life sisters Laura and Lydia Rogers grew up in Alabama surrounded by country music, singing with family and honing their stunning harmonizing skills in their hometown church.  The sister’s music has been compared to artists like The Everly Brothers and Doc Watson.Their self-titled album – a collection of standards and traditional songs, with a few originals tossed in the mix – illustrates their passion for “the pure music of yesterday” and evokes images of days gone by.  It debuted in October 2010 on celebrated musician/producer T-Bone Burnett’s label Beladroit and, since that time, their song, “Tomorrow Will Be Kinder,” has been featured on the soundtrack of The Hunger Games.

From Gause, Texas, much-admired American singer-songwriter of blues and folk music, Ruthie Foster has made a name for herself. From humble church gospel choir beginnings to Top 40 cover tunes with the US Navy Band, Foster’s eclectic musical history forms the foundation for her combustible blend of soul, blues, rock folk and gospel.  This extraordinary songwriter has been compared to Ella Fitzgerald and Aretha Franklin. She was nominated for a 2010 Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Blues Album for “The Truth According To Ruthie Foster”. She is a multiple Blues Music Award winner, receiving the Koko Taylor Award for Traditional Female Artist of the Year in 2011 and 2012.  Foster’s latest album, Let it Burn, was released in January 2012 and features The Blind Boys of Alabama and soul legend William Bell.

A regular on NPR’s A Prairie Home Companion, Suzy Bogguss has emerged from her platinum-record and award-winning career in country music as a Grammy Award®-winning folk artist, winning the prestigious award for Traditional Folk Album in 2005 for Beautiful Dreamer: The Songs of Stephen Foster.  Bogguss released The American Folk Songbook, a CD and companion songbook, in 2011.  Filled with songs that form the very fabric of American musical history, Bogguss breathes new life into these classics with contemporary arrangements that are fresh and beautiful.

Abigail Washburn pairs respected folk elements with far-flung sounds; the results feel strangely familiar yet unlike anything anyone’s ever heard before.  After time spent living in China, the aspiring-lawyer-turned-clawhammer banjo player and singer-songwriter found herself in Nashville and hit the music scene with the old-time band Uncle Earl before going solo in 2005.  Alongside old-timey originals, her debut album, Song of the Traveling Daughter, incorporates songs written in Chinese, as well as an instrumental that weaves together an old-time banjo tune with a traditional Chinese folk song.  Washburn, along with acclaimed banjo virtuoso Bela Fleck, cellist Ben Sollee, and Grammy Award®-winning fiddler Casey Driessen, formed the Sparrow Quartet in 2005.  Washburn has toured in China and North America, with appearances at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, New Orleans Jazz & Heritage, Merlefest, and Bonnaroo Music Festival, and Vancouver Folk Festival.