Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

Lifestyles

April 17, 2008

IIIrd Tyme Out to headline Bluegrass night at Paramount

ASHLAND — Russell Moore and IIIrd Tyme Out with Ronnie Bowman and The Committee will appear at 7:30 p.m. today at the Paramount Arts Center.

Success for IIIrd Tyme Out was nearly an overnight occurrence following its formation in 1991. In all, IIIrd Tyme Out has garnered more than 50 industry awards, the last two being Bluegrass Band of the Year and Male Vocalist of the Year for founding member Russell Moore, both from the Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music in America (SPBGMA).

Moore said the band loves playing the area because of Kentucky’s love of the genre.

“The band has done three live recordings, all at the Mountain Arts Center in Prestonsburg and it’s always a packed house,” Moore said. “If yu want to know how well Kentuckians love their bluegrass, all you have to do is listen. They’re very vocal about it.”

He said the show tonight will “run the gambut,” from heavily requested favorites such as “Erase the Miles” and “John and Mary” to a capella and instrumental arrangements.

“We couldn’t get in all the most requested songs,” Moore said. “It’s a good problem to have.”

Joining IIIrd Tyme Out on the Paramount Stage is “one of bluegrass’s most tender voices,” according to USA Today.

Ronnie Bowman balks a bit at the praise.

“I’m honored. That’s really nice for them to say,” he said. “I’ll just sing and let the audience be the judge.”

Bowman has a lifelong devotion to making music, from singing and playing as a youth with his family’s gospel group through his stints as a member of Lost and Found and Lonesome River Band into his solo career. An award-winning singer and hit songwriter, he said he loves performing in the Ashland area.

“I’m looking forward to seeing everyone and expect to have a large crowd,” he said. “We have a great time. We love the area and love the people there. I actually married one.” Bowman’s wife, Garnet, is originally from South Point. “She draws more crowds than I do,” he added.

His portion of the show, along with his band, The Committee, will include material from his solo records, some old tunes he did while performing with the Lonesome River Band and a few new songs; he’s been devoting time recently to writing.

“I’m just going to try to connect with the audience,” he said. “It’s going to be a lot of fun.”

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