ACMA Presents The Blue Ridge Acoustic Uprising


Press Release
October 18, 2012
For Immediate Release

ACMA Announces Blue Ridge Acoustic Uprising

The Appalachian Cultural Music Association announces a new musical gathering
for bluegrass, old time and Americana musicians and fans to be held at the
Wytheville Meeting Center April 12 & 13, 2013.

Blue Ridge Acoustic Uprising Logo wide

This gathering titled “ACMA’s Blue Ridge Acoustic Uprising” will be an event that
brings together and recognizes the music and musicians who play what has been
coined as “The Galax Sound”. Karl Cooler, an ACMA member, who came up with
this descriptive “Galax Sound” title says, “Our region is saturated with
tremendous talent who create a unique musical experience. The ‘Blue Ridge
Acoustic Uprising’ will be a unique convention to bring together old time,
bluegrass and Americana musicians in a way that no other gathering does.”
Cooler recently released a recording on his Mountain Roads Recordings record
label titled “Close Kin” that was the beginning of the idea for the Blue Ridge
Acoustic Uprising. The regions of Southwestern Virginia, East Tennessee,
Western North Carolina, Eastern Kentucky and West Virginia have been the core
for the development of bluegrass, old time and many Americana forms of music.
Johnny Williams of Danville, Virginia, chairman of the committee organizing this
event, says, “Our event will be unique to other musical gatherings especially
noting that we will be ‘formally’ recognizing ‘old time’ musicians and their music.
Other than the Galax Fiddler’s Convention held annually there is no ‘official’
recognition of the talents and accomplishments of old time musicians past and
present. The ACMA through the Blue Ridge Acoustic Uprising will recognize and
promote old time music and musicians as well as bluegrass and other acoustic
forms of Americana Music.”

The event will be “membership driven” and bands and individuals can sign up
and become members at the ACMA website:

At the event April 12 & 13, 2013 there will be awards, workshops, children’s
activities, jam sessions, musical vendors, and a main stage for registered bands
to perform and showcase for promoters, record label executives and fans of the
music. Plans also include unveilings of artifacts to be placed in the ACMA’s
“Mountain Music Museum” to recognize pioneers who created and cultivated
these forms of music.

Tickets will be available soon as well as information on area motel and hotel
accommodations. Organizers are working with officials in Wytheville, Virginia to
finalize details for this event. Information can also be found on the Blue Ridge
Acoustic Uprising’s FacebOok page:

Inquiries concerning sponsorships and vendor applications are available at the
ACMA’s website shown above.

The ACMA is a non-profit 501c3 organization which operates the Mountain Music
Museum and Pickin Porch in Bristol, Virginia-Tennessee. and


Tim White, Publicity Chair
PO Box 750
Blountville, TN 37617-0750
(423) 383-7829

Johnny Williams, Event Chair
656 Loomfixer Lake Rd.
Danville, VA 24541
(434) 489-8080

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