Gospel, bluegrass series returns

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Jason Crabb makes his third AMT appearance at 3:30 p.m. May 19.

Jason Crabb makes his third AMT appearance at 3:30 p.m. May 19.

ELKINS — American Mountain Theater will once again be bringing the best Southern gospel and bluegrass music to the mountains of West Virginia with its special series of shows.

The eight special performances in the Southern Gospel and Bluegrass Concert Series, one a month from March to October, are presented in addition to AMT’s other award-winning performances, the Premier 2-Hour Show, History of American Music Show, and Christmas Spectacular.

The 2013 lineup includes returning favorites Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver, The Hoppers and The Isaacs, plus five other acclaimed groups.

“We’ve been truly blessed by the support our fans have given to our Southern Gospel and Bluegrass Concert Series, and we’re so pleased to bring outstanding performers back again this year,” AMT President and Producer Kenny Sexton said. “I can assure people we’ve never had a better lineup than this year’s groups.”

Getting the series under way will be Dailey and Vincent, who make their appearance in AMT’s 527-seat theater at 7:30 p.m. this Saturday, March 9. Their exceptional vocals and skillful musicianship make them one of the most acclaimed acts in bluegrass. Among their 30 awards are three consecutive “Entertainer of the Year” citations by the IBMA, holding the title from 2008-2010.

Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver follow up on April 21 at 3:30 p.m. with a mix of bluegrass and gospel. Lawson is a music legend, as his legions of fans prove every time he takes the stage in Elkins.  This group’s performances have sold out every time they have appeared at AMT.

Jason Crabb makes his third AMT appearance at 3:30 p.m. May 19. The vocalist has won both Dove and Grammy awards, providing a voice of authentic ministry set to music.  He’s a personal favorite of many of the AMT cast and staff, and they are excited to welcome him back to their stage.

At 3:30 p.m. June 16, The Bowling Family will return to perform with a refreshing style that reminds us of a time when “all-night singings” were the norm. These people love great songs and know how to deliver them.

AMT’s own Sexton Trio will be joined by The Diplomats for a July 14 show at 3:30 p.m. The two groups will bring traditional sounds with an attractive vocal mix.  The Diplomats bring with them multiple top 10 singles and are a National Quartet Convention favorite.

Local favorites The Hoppers return to American Mountain Theater at 3:30 p.m. Aug. 18. The family’s sounds have made them one of the most acclaimed gospel groups in America, and have proven to be an AMT favorite year after year.

Another returning act takes the stage at 3:30 p.m. Sept. 15 when Gaither Homecoming series fixtures The Isaacs visit Elkins. The band’s contemporary acoustic sounds appeal to a wide variety of audiences, which is why they fill the house every time they visit.

Wrapping up the 2013 series will be Karen Peck and New River, making their first AMT appearance on Oct. 13 at 3:30 p.m. Winners of two Dove Awards and nominated for three Grammys, Karen Peck and New River have made their way into the hearts of gospel music lovers across the country.

The American Mountain Theater itself is a winner of four awards from the West Virginia Division of Tourism, which has cited AMT’s “excellence in programming” and “imaginative and innovative development efforts.”

More details, links to all the acts, tickets for performances and vacation package information are available on the website, www.americanmountaintheater.com, or by calling the box office at 1-800-943-3670.

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