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Volume 26, Number 5 — May 2019


About the Cover Stories

This issue of A! Magazine profiles the winners of the AAME Arts Achievement Awards.

Burrisses have supported the arts for 50 years

For more than 50 years, Bill and Rose Marie Burriss have supported the arts first as ticket holders and later as patrons, board members and volunteers.

Anita Coulthard provides arts to community

Anita Coulthard has made a career of providing opportunities for people to connect with the arts.

Samantha Gray leads the Theatre Bristol family

Samantha Gray’s relationship with the arts revolves around family, her family and her theater family.

Morison believes music can change lives

Jane DeLoach Morison grew up in a small farming community near Jonesborough, Tennessee.

Folk Arts and Music helped Olson confront chaos

Ted Olson began studying Appalachian folk arts and playing folk music when he was a teenager and started writing poetry and prose at an even younger age.

Eugene Wolf’s passions are music and theater

Greeneville, Tennessee, native Eugene Wolf can trace his life onstage back to a local commercial and his grandmother.

Thursday Night Jams begin in Abingdon

Abingdon Music Experience announces the seventh annual Thursday Jams concert series, featuring Americana and roots music.

Arts for Youth: Emily Cai

Emily Cai has a list of recent awards to encourage her to continue playing the piano.

Rhythm & Roots changes festival dates for 2020

Located in Historic Downtown Bristol, Tennessee-Virginia, the Birthplace of Country Music, parent organization of the Birthplace of Country Music Museum, the annual Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion music festival, and Radio Bristol, has announced a date change for the 2020 Bristol Rhythm, which celebrates its 20th anniversary that year.

Seymour headlines Barter fundraiser

Barter Theatre, Abingdon, Virginia, presents Emmy and Golden Globe winning actress Jane Seymour on the Gilliam Stage May 8 at 7:30 p.m.

Catte speaks in Abingdon

The final speaker in this year’s “Sunday with Friends” literary series is public historian Elizabeth Catte who has written the most talked-about book in Appalachian studies this year, “What You Are Getting Wrong About Appalachia.”

Paramount Chamber Players present chamber music concert

In their final performance of the 2018-19 season, the Paramount Chamber Players present a program featuring compositions of historical importance.

Richard Leigh Songwriters Festival held in Abingdon

Songwriters from the region will be competing for a $300 cash prize and an opportunity to perform with Nashville’s songwriting greats as part of the seventh annual Richard Leigh Songwriters Festival at Virginia Highlands Community College, Abingdon.

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