Lincoln Memorial University and the Abraham Lincoln Library and Museum will welcome some of the nation’s top bluegrass artists for a benefit concert on Friday, Feb. 22.
The concert, held in the Sam and Sue Mars Performing Arts Center in LMU’s Duke Hall of Citizenship, will celebrate the Feb. 12 release of Rural Rhythm Records’ “God Didn’t Choose Sides: Civil War True Stories about Real People.”
The proceeds will benefit ALLM and help fund a documentary on the project that is currently under development.
The album release intentionally coincides with the anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s birth.
The concert and CD feature artists including: Steve Gulley, Dale Ann Bradley, Marty Raybon, Carrie Hassler, Brad Gulley, Tim Stafford, Rickey Wasson, Dwight McCall, Dave Adkins and the Gap Creek Quartet.
Supporting musicians include Sierra Hull on mandolin, Jason Burleson on banjo, Brandon Godman on fiddle, Phil Leadbetter on dobro, Bryan Turner on bass and vocals by Debbie Gulley.
Mark “Brink” Brinkman will also provide a special songwriter segment at the concert.
Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the show will begin at 7 p.m.
Two ticket options are available: VIP tickets are available for $100 and general admission tickets are $35.
A VIP experience includes a reception at the LMU President’s House before the concert, a copy of the CD, VIP seats at the show and a meet and greet with the musicians after the show.
Tickets can be purchased online at alumni.lmunet.edu/concert.
The album, “God Didn’t Choose Sides: Civil War True Stories about Real People,” includes 12 original songs inspired by Civil War era journals, stories and artifacts from soldiers, civilians and politicians.
Also included on the recording is the traditional song “There is a Fountain” performed by the Gap Creek Quartet.
It focuses on the common men and women who were thrown together into the realities and horrors of war: people who displayed amazing acts of kindness, selflessness, faith, love and brotherhood.
All tracks on the album, other than “Legend of Jennie Wade,” were recorded in part or wholly at Steve Gulley’s The Curve Studio in Cumberland Gap, Tenn.
Accompanying the music is an extensive 16-page booklet filled with historical notes, photographs and lyrics.
LMU and ALLM archivist Michelle Ganz provided historical content, supervision and materials from the ALLM collection.
ALLM Program and Tourism Director Carol Campbell provided additional assistance and Jamie Lynn Brinkman provided the historical booklet notes.
Rural Rhythm Records has set up a dedicated site for the album that includes interviews, additional content relating to the history behind the songs, songwriters, performing artists and musicians. Visit RuralRhythm.com for more information.
The Abraham Lincoln Library and Museum is located on the historic campus of Lincoln Memorial University in Harrogate, Tennessee.
Housing one of the top five Lincoln and Civil War private collections in the world, the museum is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
For more information about this and other programs at the Abraham Lincoln Library and Museum, call 423-869-6235.