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Red Clay Ramblers perform Friday

Article Published: Sep. 16, 2010 | Modified: Sep. 7, 2011
Red Clay Ramblers perform Friday

The Red Clay Ramblers perform Friday at ASU.

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Appalachian State University's 2010-11 Performing Arts Series presents the North Carolina string band, Red Clay Ramblers, at Farthing Auditorium at 8 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 17.

What happens when you combine an unlikely compilation of music genres, such as bluegrass, New Orleans jazz, gospel, rock, country and the American musical?

You get a sound that can only belong to the Red Clay Ramblers. Now in their 38th year, the Tony Award-winning band has shot to international acclaim over the years and has been awarded two Drama Desk nominations, most recently for their work in the Broadway hit, Fool Moon.

The Ramblers have performed internationally, winning the hearts of audiences and critics alike. The New York Post describes them as a "country band that not only redefines 'country' but also redefines 'band'."

They have frequented Garrison Keillor's A Prairie Home Companion, who says the band is simply "wonderful!" They have also appeared nationally with Jay Leno, Harry Smith and Candice Bergen.

Over the years, they have had the opportunity to perform with such figures as Grammy winner Shawn Colvin (a former member of the Ramblers), Ralph Stanley and the Clinch Mountain Boys, Eugene Chadbourn, Ireland's Boys of the Lough, Randy Newman and Michele Shocked.

The Red Clay Ramblers will be performing a set of songs that spans their long career, including songs from their latest album, Old North State. The current Ramblers roster is made up of Jack Herrick (bass and trumpet), Clay Buckner (fiddle), Chris Frank (guitar & tuba) and Bland Simpson (piano).

They will be joined by Rick Good (banjo) and Rob Ladd (drums) for their performance at Appalachian State.

Advance tickets are $20 for adults, $18 for seniors and ASU faculty and staff, and $10 for ASU students and students 18 and under. Ticket prices increase at the door on show nights. Series subscription packages are available through Sept. 17 and offer discounts, as well as priority seating.

For tickets or information, call the Farthing Auditorium Box Office at (800) 841-ARTS or (828) 262-4046, or visit

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