There is a great show planned for the McKinney Performing Arts Center 6:00 P.M. on Saturday November 7th. The Southwest Bluegrass Club, funded in part by the City of McKinney thru the McKinney Arts Commission and by Staff Force, Inc, presents Masters of Bluegrass featuring “Blue Highway” and “The Karl Shiflett and Big Country Show”. Not only are both bands totally incredible in all regards, but they have the credentials to substantiate this claim. They are bone fide.
Highly esteemed bluegrass band Blue Highway has earned a collective 24 IBMA Awards, 6 SPBGMA Awards, one Dove Award, and two Grammy nominations. Tim Stafford recently received honors as 2015 SPBGMA Guitar Player of the Year and 2014 IBMA Songwriter of the Year. Rob Ickes reigns as the Most Awarded Instrumentalist in the history of IBMA with 15 Dobro Player of the Year Awards, and was recently nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Folk Album for his collaborative album “Three Bells” with Jerry Douglas and the late great Mike Auldridge. Blue Highway received the Most Radio Airplay of any Bluegrass Artist for 2014, per the 2014 Bluegrass Radio Airplay Chart released byBluegrass Today. Blue Highway’s chart-topping The Game sent three songs soaring into the Top 30 for the year with a total of 12,115 spins.
Among the most beloved and respected entertainers in the music industry today, The Karl Shiflett & Big Country Show continues to keep the spirit of the past alive with their authentic delivery of Bluegrass and Classic Country Music. “Real Music”as they like to put it. They bring the best of the past to the present with their high energy single microphone stage show. Their most recent recording project “Take Me Back” on Pinecastle Records received rave reviews and widespread airplay. It was ranked as number 8 in Bluegrass Music Profiles top 10 albums for 2012. Their frequent guest appearances on RFD-TV has further enhanced the groups popularity, giving them world wide exposure and making them a household name among many viewers of the rural network.
Each band offers a show jam-packed with extraordinary talent and variety that you do not want to miss. Put them together and you have an evening that will take you to the heights of what Bluegrass music, or music of any genre, can offer an audience. It is suitable for all ages and tailor-made for bluegrass enthusiasts as well as for those attending their first bluegrass event.
All seats are reserved. Order on-line at tickets.mckinneyperformingartscenter.org or call 214-544-4630.
Submitted by James O. Rozell