Keep the July 4th weekend rolling with an evening of eclectic and pure Americana music when local band Wise Old River takes the stage at Northeast State’s Wellmont Regional Center for the Performing Arts Theater at 7 p.m. on Friday, July 5.
The free and public performance is part of the College’s Hot Nights, Cool Music Summer Concert Series. The performing arts center is located at 2425 Highway 75, adjacent to the Tri-Cities Regional Airport.
Wise Old River blends a variety of influences and instruments that combine tradition with originality. The group features vocalist/guitarist Jamen Denton (formerly of Virginia Ground and winner of best male vocalist by the GoTriCities.com Music Awards in 2005). Jeanne Denton provides well-crafted harmony vocals and occasional percussion. Jim Denton adds acoustic lap steel, 12 string slide guitar, and bouzouki. Bassist Stephen Marshall joined the band in fall 2010 and plays with an Americana focus bridging musical styles with his honest sound and harmonic vibe.
The group has performed on local and national television programs such as the PBS syndicated show “Song of the Mountains,” which is taped at the Lincoln Theatre in Marion, Va. The show airs on over 90 PBS stations across the United States.
Other venues and events include the Bristol Rhythm and Roots Reunion, Virginia Highlands Festival in Abingdon, Hungry Mother Park Arts and Music Festival in Marion, Va., the Little Chicago Blues Festival, the Home Grown Show Case at the Down Home in Johnson City, The Pickin’ Porch in Bristol, the Tim White Blue Grass Radio Show, Studio One (WETS 89.5 FM) at East Tennessee State University, and many other local and regional events and venues.