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01/23/2013 Ninth Annual ACEF to Feature New and Established Artists with Ties to Muscle Shoals

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ACEF_logo_color-300x267Moulton, Ala. (January 15, 2013) – The Alabama Chicken and Egg Festival (ACEF) has announced the entertainment lineup for its ninth annual event set for April 12-14 in Moulton. More than fifteen performers will take to the stage during the three-day celebration of everything arts and agriculture.

Three stages will boast live music representing a variety of genres including Americana, bluegrass, and southern rock ‘n’ roll. Previous festivals have featured a wide range of musical talent, but most of the artists slated to perform at the 2013 festival are from or have a connection to Muscle Shoals, Alabama. “Serious music fans from all over the world have always known about the Muscle Shoals sound,” said ACEF Event Coordinator Vicki Morese. “With the resurgence of music coming from this area, we felt it is important to highlight local artists who are earning a name for themselves while placing northern Alabama on the entertainment map once again.”

The Goat Hill String Band (www.goathillstringband.com) will open this year’s festival on the Logan Pharmacy Stage on Friday evening. The band features banjo/guitar player/lead vocalist, Patrick Reed, who was born and raised in North Alabama. This self-taught musician studied Entertainment Media Production at the University of North Alabama in Florence. The Goat Hill String Band performs acoustic string band music ranging from modern pop covers of artists, such as Michael Jackson, the Bee Gees, and even 80’s one-hit wonder A-Ha, to R&B classics from artists such as Stevie Wonder and Bill Withers, to traditional bluegrass favorites like the venerable “Uncle Pen” and the wildly popular “Man of Constant Sorrow.”

Hailing from Moulton, the Muddy Walker’s Band has been playing together for four years and has honed their sound playing festivals, private parties and other venues. Festival goers can expect straight forward rock-n-roll with influences ranging from 60s southern soul and garage rock to today’s Americana.

Friday’s headliner on the Logan Pharmacy Stage is legendary Muscle Shoals group Shenandoah with a guest appearance by Marty Raybon (www.shenandoahband.com). Shenandoah was founded in Muscle Shoals in 1984 and has released nine albums, with several certified gold. The band’s sound is defined by country, bluegrass and gospel influences and it’s been said they forged its reputation on a soulful gospel-and-bluegrass, with lead singer Marty Raybon’s searing sincerity making even the most trivial song about small-town Southern values memorable.

The music continues on Saturday on the Logan Pharmacy Stage beginning with the The Pollies (www.polliesband.com). They recently released their debut album “Where the Lies Begin”, which is a collection of songs that defy categorization and signals the arrival of this group from Muscle Shoals that is causing a buzz all over the nation. They continue to tour extensively and will be appearing in Austin, Texas at South By Southwest (SXSW) later this year.

Performing music they consider to be “dead” in the modern world, the Pine Hill Haints (www.thepinehillhaints.com) will bring their “Ghost Music” to the Logan Pharmacy Stage on Saturday. They have released over 20 recordings and some examples of the genres they perform include, but are not limited to, gospel, rockabilly, rock and roll, Celtic music, blues and bluegrass.

Emerging out of Muscle Shoals in 1994, the Fiddleworms (www.fiddleworms.com), who take their name from night crawler catfish bait, are known for fat chops, meaty grooves and original rock. They play a wide array of original songs as well as several covers and are featured each year as a regular act at the W.C. Handy Music Festival in Florence. Their music includes elements of original and traditional rock, southern alternative, jazz, reggae, and folk.

Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit (www.jasonisbell.com) is slated to headline on Saturday evening on the Logan Pharmacy Stage. Born in Greenhill, Ala., the lead singer and songwriter of the headline act joined the Drive-by Truckers in 2001 where he recorded and wrote for the band over their next three albums, authoring some of their more popular songs. He left the Truckers in 2007 and quickly released his first solo album “Sirens of the Ditch”. Since then he and his group, the 400 unit, has released three more albums and have performed at music venues everywhere and has appeared on many music-related television programs. He continues to write and perform to critical acclaim and just recently won an Americana Music Award for Song of the Year for “Alabama Pines”, a song about his North Alabama home. Their latest release is called Live from Alabama.

On Sunday, the Logan Pharmacy Stage will feature Wildwood Ruminators, a new group emanating from the fertile musical soil of the Muscle Shoals area. The trio is composed of veteran singer/songwriter and independent producer Eddie Martin, Tony Lee (formerly of the celebrated Celtic band, Full Moon Ensemble) and John Jackson (leader of the pop/punk band, Jessica’s Mistake). All three members are Shoals-area natives.

The festival concludes on Sunday with a performance by Jake Leg Stompers, a group that presents Pre-War Roots Music on period instruments in lively, authentic styles. They capture the rebellious spirit of pre-1941 American music from Memphis Jug bands to Appalachian Hillbilly to Fats Waller when folk music was still considered dangerous. Their third release “Hill Country Hoodoo,” was produced and recorded by Jimbo Mathis in Como, Mississippi.

The Walmart Bluegrass Stage fires up on Saturday and kicks off with Blackrock Station, a bluegrass/gospel group formed in 2011 and features Shoals residents Tim Muncher, Cliff Abbott, Roman Locklear and Kyle Tolbert. They are a relatively new group that is quickly gaining a big following.

Slated to perform on the Walmart Bluegrass Stage on Saturday and Sunday is The Musselwhite Family (www.musselwhitefamily.com). Performing in eight different countries over the past five years, The Musselwhite Family’s bluegrass band rarely gets away without an encore. Though they may have some of the youngest pickers around, age is not a factor when you listen to their close family harmony and hard driving instrumentals. They share their lives with their audiences and no two shows are ever alike.

The Walmart Bluegrass Stage also includes a performance by Freshwater Creek, a young up and coming bluegrass band from the North Alabama area. They have played everywhere from a string band competition to the Ryman in Nashville.
Headlining on the Walmart Bluegrass Stage is Marty Raybon and Full Circle (www.martyraybon.com). Since leading his country group Shenandoah to 22 hit singles on the Billboard Hot Country charts, Marty Raybon has enjoyed many years as an esteemed performer in the bluegrass genre. He grew up in bluegrass before he earned acclaim in country music, so it should come as no surprise that this group is in great demand and performs at over 100 shows per year between the United States and Canada.

For the children, the Bank Independent Stage will feature performances by “Riverboat John” Ferguson, Mala Patterson and performers from Moulton Middle School. Riverboat John (www.riverboatjohn.net) entertains crowds of all ages with his old stories and songs from the past. His style of entertainment is much like that of an 1800s minstrel who comes to town to tell stories and sing songs.
Performing on all three days is Mala Patterson who will be performing an energetic, entertaining, and educational program with live, acoustic old-time music and dance. She will be showcasing traditional instruments, such as the guitar, fiddle, mandolin, lap dulcimer and frailing banjo, and homemade instruments, such as the spoons and scrub board.

According to Morese, over 15 artists will take to three stages over the three-day event. Admission to the festival is $5 for adults and children 5 and under are free. The price of admission includes the above mentioned entertainment and concerts on all three stages. Stay tuned to
http://www.alabamachickenandeggfestival.com for announcements on additional bands and entertainment as they are booked.
For more information, call Morese at 256.905.0700 or follow the ACEF on Facebook, Twitter.com/alabamacef, and http://www.MySpace.com/alabamachickenandegg.

About the Alabama Chicken and Egg Festival

The Alabama Chicken and Egg Festival is an interactive agricultural experience offering old-fashioned family fun. The ninth annual event is scheduled for April 12-14, 2013 at the Lions Club Fairgrounds in Moulton, Alabama. Admission to the festival is $5 for adults and children 5 and under are admitted free. Tickets may be purchased in advance at Jamie Hood Jewelers located at 1690A Beltline Road in Decatur, Ala., and at 2504 East Avalon Avenue, Suite A in Muscle Shoals, Ala.

Highlights include a chicken clucking contest, where the audience selects the winner; egg toss competition, a favorite among children; eating contests where contestants stuff their faces with chicken wings and hard boiled eggs; and a Down on the Farm area featuring agriculture exhibits, antique tractors, and southern folk life artists such as quilters, saddle makers, farriers, potters, blacksmith and basket and broom makers. Other activities include an egg roulette competition, Motorcycle Chicken Run, and Little Chick Pageant, a preliminary to the Little Miss Alabama pageant.

Sponsors committed for the 2013 festival consist of Lawrence County Chamber of Commerce, Lawrence County Commission, Lawrence County Board of Education, Stovall Marks Insurance, Logan Pharmacy, Wal-Mart, Marshall Durbin, CB&S Bank, International Paper, Billy Mitchell Jewelry, Bank Independent, Joe Wheeler EMC, Pepsi-Cola, Golden Flake, Cackle Hatchery, Southern Printing, City of Moulton, Alabama Farmers Co-op, Huntsville Hospital, Lawrence Medical Center, The Burch Agency, Dr. Don Beach, Lewis Innovative Technologies, NHC Healthcare, Lawrence County Antique Tractor and Engine Club, Home Depot, Regions Bank, Jamie Hood Jewelers, John’s Bar-B-Que, Alabama Mountain Lakes Tourist Association, Alabama Tourism Department, Alabama State Council on the Arts, Southern Arts Federation, National Endowment for the Arts, Manna Pro, Tractor Supply, and Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries.

Education Partners are University of Alabama in Huntsville Engineering Department, Alabama Cooperative Extension System and Auburn University Poultry Science Department. Media sponsors include WAAY 31 TV, WALW 98.3, Moulton Advertiser, 100.3 The River, WDRM 102.1, WTAK 106.1, Hot Stuff, WQAH 105.7, and 103.1 WEUP.

For more information, visit http://www.alabamachickenandeggfestival.com or follow the event on Facebook, @alabamacef, and http://www.MySpace.com/alabamachickenandegg.

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Written by 49 County News.Net

January 23, 2013 at 7:07 PM

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