Bluegrass music returns to the Pine Belt

Larry Stephenson
Larry Stephenson

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - This is a news release from the Larry Stephenson Band 

The award-winning Larry Stephenson Band of Nashville, TN is proud to announce this Friday, August 29th, he and his band will be in concert at the Petal Civic Center.  Joining the Larry Stephenson Band will be Cross-N-Jordan Band from Jackson, MS.  The doors will open at 6 PM and the performances will begin at 7 PM.  Mr. Stephenson will be bringing as members of his band, the renowned Kenny Ingram on banjo and new members, bass player Matt Wright and guitarist Kevin Richardson. They will join Larry Stephenson and Kenny Ingram in celebrating the band's 25th Anniversary this year and their upcoming new album release, PULL YOUR SAVIOR IN.  The first single is set for release later this month and will include special guests Jimmy Fortune, David Parmley, and Dale Perry.  

Matt Wright's first show with The Larry Stephenson Band was during this year's Bill Monroe Memorial Bean Blossom Bluegrass Festival in Indiana. Matt is currently a senior at East Tennessee State University in the music program and lives in Waynesville, N.C.  Matt said, "I'm very honored to be playing alongside of such legends, and such great people. And I hope to continue musical endeavors with the Larry Stephenson Band for years to come.

Kevin Richardson, from Asheboro, N.C., previously toured with Larry for four years. He will rejoin the band beginning August 29 at the Petal Civic Center in Petal, MS. Kevin was part of The Larry Stephenson Band's 20th Anniversary album on Whysper Dream Music that received the International Bluegrass Music Association's Recorded Event of the Year Award in 2010, and also part of the band's latest album, WHAT REALLY MATTERS on Compass Records.  "I am pleased to return to Larry and the group. I have many memories with Larry and look forward to making many more with his great band - and making some good music," said Kevin.

Larry Stephenson is highly regarded as one of bluegrass music's finest high lead and tenor vocalist and has been headlining concerts and festivals for 25 years. He has received numerous awards and recognitions during his impressive career including the 2010 IBMA Recorded Event of the Year Award for his album, GIVE THIS MESSAGE TO YOUR HEART – 20TH ANNIVERSARY.Larry is a 5-time winner of the Contemporary Male Vocalist of the Year Award from the Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music.  He can also be heard singing baritone on Donna Ulisee's 2014 IBMA Gospel Recorded Performance of the Year Award Nominated song, "Wait A Little Longer Please Jesus."

Current member, Kenny Ingram has been with The Larry Stephenson Band since 2009. His first professional job was with James Monroe and The Midnight Ramblers, before joining Jimmy Martin and The Sunny Mountain Boys in 1972. Kenny later joined Lester Flatt & The Nashville Grass which gained him world wide acclaim from their appearances each week day morning on The Martha White Show broadcast on Nashville's WSM radio. Later, Kenny rejoined Jimmy Martin, before touring with Curly Seckler and also Rhonda Vincent & The Rage.

For more information on The Larry Stephenson Band and to view their entire schedule, please visit their website and join them on Facebook.

The Cross-N-Jordan Band hails from Mississippi's capital city and is led by multi-instrumentalist, Jason Boone. Jason is one of the Magnolia State's most respected musician, vocalist, guitarist, and band leader.  Petal Night of Bluegrass is a ticketed event.  More information is available from Bertie Sullivan, 601-408-5965.  Mrs. Sullivan has won numerous awards as Promoter of the Year for the Society for Preservation of Bluegrass Music in America at their International Awards Shows in Nashville, TN, she is the 2014 Promoter of the Year.  She also has won Promoter of the Year for the Magnolia State Bluegrass Association and serves on the association's Board of Directors.