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). 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 band’s sound has been described as “eclectic-Americana.”
The Rose Sisters are a duo based out of Johnson City. Karla Diller and Jamie Collins are best of friends who met at college. Karla is from Canyon City, Colo., and Jamie is a native of Bristol. They play a set that’s grounded in Appalachian and Western music. Though they are from opposite sides of the country, their harmonies and styles blend together like sisters.
Both bands are local favorites and have appeared at venues such as Bristol Rhythm and Roots and the Down Home in Johnson City. The Rose Sisters will open the show, followed by Wise Old River.
The concert is free and open to the public; however, the College’s Students in Action group is asking patrons to bring a toy for distribution to needy children during the Christmas season. The toys can be for children of any age.
The Kingsport Center for Higher Education is located at 300 W. Market St. in downtown Kingsport. Doors will open at 7:30 p.m.
For more information, contact jlbarnett@NortheastState.edu or 423.354.5340.