Welcome to this world, one month early, Ella Jean Dawson. Born 2:35am on Janurary 19th weighing in at a whopping 5lbs. 13oz. and 20″ tall. She took us all by surprise, as she came in early (we think she will be a banjo player) but mom and baby are doing great!
It was an eventful Saturday night and Sunday morning…Lynda and Jamie had just spent a wonderful and rare evening out watching the inspiring Tim O’Brien and Darrell Scott (we can’t think of a better soundtrack to the beginning of a new life!) and 4 hours after the encore, Ella made her appearance.
Needless to say, Lynda and Pattie’s appearance at the Rooster’s Wife in Aberdeen on January 26th will be rescheduled, anyone heading to Aberdeen this weekend will be highly entertained by Little Country Giants and John Howie Jr.with Billie Feather. Lynda’s looking forward to spending a couple of months with her growing family before returning to the stage in mid-April with the Lynda & Pattie duo for the start of the festival season and their new duo recording is still on track for an April release. We’ll keep you posted with updates.
We are very proud to announce a new musical project by the Lynda & Pattie duo! Lynda Dawson and Pattie Hopkins of The Kickin Grass Band were inspired to form a female bluegrass duo just over a year ago performing both original material and new interpretations of older songs, and will be heading into the studio in early January to record their first duo album! Lynda plays guitar, Pattie plays fiddle and they both sing…lots of sweet duet harmony. This recording will pay homage to their musical role models and explore heartfelt songs from the past. Lynda and Pattie set a realistic budget and timeline for their project, and to reach this goal they are asking for your help!
Please consider a contribution to the Kickstarter campaign this week. You can help fund Lynda and Pattie’s new album here or by searching for “Lynda & Pattie” at www.kickstarter.com. Kickstarter is a platform and resource to help independent artists fund creative projects. In exchange for contributions, backers receive rewards—fun things like copies of the album, t-shirts, homemade apple pies and chocolate cakes! Funding on Kickstarter is all-or-nothing—if they don’t meet their goal they won’t receive any funds.
The girls really appreciate your support! If you’d like to learn more about the Lynda and Pattie duo project click here.
This week KGB’s hometown of Raleigh, NC is hosting the Internationl Bluegrass Music Association’s World of Bluegrass! Yesterday was only day one of the week-long events, and the band has had a blast so far welcoming friends from around the world to Raleigh, playing two official showcases, catching some wonderful seminars on the music business and seeing lots of amazing music in the downtown clubs. The trend will continue tonight with a 7:00pm performance at The Pour House Music Hall! If you live in the Triangle area or are visiting for the first time we invite you to come catch our show and stay for a wonderful night of music. There are 8 stellar bands on the Wednesday night lineup, music starts at 6pm and goes until 2am and it’s only $10 at The Pour House door if you don’t already have a Bluegrss Ramble wristband or conference registration.
We hope to see you in Raleigh this week! Check ut our Tour page for a list of all of our shows!
We are happy to announce the release of our new ‘Live at the Carolina Theatre’ album! We recorded this in 2012 for our 10 Year Anniversary show. It’s an amazing album that captures the energy of our live show! We hope you enjoy!
Thanks to Dan Schram for writing a wonderful article on MerleFest for The Independent Weekly and including a video of The KGB! MerleFest was Amazing this year and certainly a highlight of our musical careers! Thanks to everyone who made MF’13 such a huge success and we hope to do it again next year.
Next on the Agenda is the release of our Live Album that was recorded at our 10 Year Anniversary Show. We expect it to be released in early Summer, just in time for our Summer 2013 Tour! We kick off the tour June 14th in our hometown of Raleigh, NC at The Pour House Music Hall then it’s off to Asheville, NC on Saturday the 15th to play the Isis Music Hall. We are working on a Father’s Day show for Sunday the 16th and will have details soon! After that we head up to the North East for some great shows including a house concert in NYC a show in Lynda’s hometown of Basking Ridge, NJ and two days at Grey Fox! Check out all the upcoming and Summer Shows on our Calendar, we hope to see you real soon!
We are proud to announce that The Kickin Grass Band has been added to the line-up for Grey Fox 2013. This is an amazing, award-winning festival in Upstate New York. We will be sharing the stage with some stellar artists such as Del McCoury, Jerry Douglas, Tim O’Brien, The Gibson Brothers, Carolina Chocolate Drops, Chris thile, The Dhuks and many, many more! The festival will kick off our 2013 East Coast Tour so keep checking our schedule for added shows. Check out www.greyfoxbluegrass.com for more information on this awesome festival.
Happy New Year to you all! The Kickin Grass Band is proud to announce new shows for the 2013 season. Take a look below to view our calendar. We are excited about the touring season and are looking forward to seeing you on the road.
In other news, The International Bluegrass Music Association annual conference, World of Bluegrass, will be held this fall in our hometown of Raleigh, NC! We hope that you will support this wonderful event and visit our fantastic city for any or all of the conference, awards show and festival…there’s something for everyone at this awesome week of bluegrass! Feel free to contact the band if you have any questions about the Wold of Bluegrass in Raleigh or visit the IBMA website at https://ibma.org/
We are thrilled to announce that The Kickin Grass Band will be performing for the second year in a row at MerleFest, one of the largest music festivals in North America located in Wilkesboro, North Carolina. The band will perform on Friday April 26th and Saturday April 27th, 2013. Lynda was also asked to judge the Chris Austin Songwriting Contest. This is a wonderful festival and we are so excited to return! Thanks again to our fans and to the MerleFest staff!
The Kickin Grass Band would like to say THANK YOU to all of the wonderful DJ’s across the world that have been playing tracks from our new album, ‘Walk With Me’. The feedback has been terrific. If you are longing to hear some KGB then give your local radio station a call or email and request your favorite song! Or, better yet, you can purchase your very own copy of our albums by visiting our website, www.kickingrass.com or by going to www.amazon.com . And if that’s not good enough, you can see the band perform live this Friday night at The Haw River Ballroom in beautiful Saxapahaw, NC. This will be an amazing show with the band playing the entire album ‘Walk With Me’ from start to finish for the first set and then finishing the night up with all of your Kickin Grass favorites. We hope to see you there!