Published on Wednesday, 30 November -0001 00:00
Marty Raybon has produced a remarkable list of musical career accomplishments including: multiple number one singles; top selling albums; CMA, ACM, IBMA and Grammy awards; along with scores of other accolades.
Collectively, his contributions to the recording industry have sold well into the millions and he has performed literally thousands of live concerts around the globe. He is best known for his role as lead singer of the country band Shenandoah and for his award-winning performance on "Butterfly Kisses." Marty Raybon, along with his band Full Circle, will be just one of the featured performers at the 2012 Minnesota Bluegrass & Old-Time Music Festival Aug. 9-12, at El Rancho Mañana near Richmond.
Highly regarded as one of bluegrass music's finest high lead and tenor vocalists, Larry Stephenson has been a bluegrass headliner for more than 20 years. He credits the rich music scene of Virginia for much of his musical success, having seen and heard the first generation bluegrass performers at festivals, shows, and on the radio. Since moving to Nashville In 1992, the Larry Stephenson Band has toured widely and recorded frequently, nurturing its own sound based on Larry's crystal clear, easily recognizable tenor voice, and provided a musical home for some of the finest sidemen in contemporary bluegrass history. Many appearances on the Grand Ole Opry and RFD TV have made The Larry Stephenson Band a fan favorite all across the U.S. and Canada. He is also a member of the Virginia Country Music Hall of Fame and the Southern Legends Entertainment & Performing Arts Hall of Fame.
Both of these highly respected musicians will be featured at the Minnesota Bluegrass & Old-Time Music Festival, and even though they have never met previously, they will be getting together on Saturday afternoon on the festival's showcase stage for what is being billed as "Together Again For The First Time: Marty Raybon & Larry Stephenson." Marty will bring his guitar and booming baritone voice and Larry will contribute his mandolin and soaring tenor vocals. They will share this intimate stage for an impromptu jam session which could turn out to be one of those once in a lifetime events not to be missed. In addition, Larry Stephenson will be featured with three main stage performances on Friday night and Saturday, and Marty Raybon with two main stage performances on Saturday afternoon and evening.
The Showcase Tent is just one of several side venues at the MBOTMA Festival, and it features daytime collaborations like the Raybon/Stephenson event, as well as nightly dances with old-time, Cajun, and honky-tonk bands. There will also be more than
20 workshops in the Workshop Area, a glimpse of the up and coming on the Young Talent Stage, children's activities with music, contests, crafts and games in the Family Area, 30 food and merchant vendors in the Marketplace, and another 20 groups providing more than 30 hours of concerts on the Main Stage. The Minnesota Bluegrass & Old-Time Music Festival is the largest event of its kind in the Upper Midwest, attracting some 5,000 guests each year, and has been nominated three times as "Event of the Year" by the IBMA in Nashville (2005, 2007, & 2010). It takes place annually on the second weekend of August at Minnesota's largest campground, El Rancho Mañana in Stearns County (20 mi W of St Cloud, I-94 exit #153 at Avon, 9 mi S on County 9, left on Mañana Rd). Festival goers can attend for a day, evening, afternoon, or camp on the grounds all four days and the week prior too. More information about the festival, including detailed schedules of all the various stage areas, is available at www.Minnesota
Bluegrass.org, or by calling (800) 635-3037.