2017-11-09 / Local & State

Paisley Bringing Award-Winning Talents To FCMC’s Annual Mid-Winter Event Jan. 20

Benefits Foundation’s scholarship program

Danny Paisley Danny Paisley The third annual Bluegrass and BBQ on Sat., Jan. 20, promises to be a toe-tapping event for Fulton County Medical Center Foundation’s scholarship fundraiser.

Legendary bluegrass musician Danny Paisley and his band, The Southern Grass, will perform at the McConnellsburg United Methodist Church’s Faith and Life Center. The event begins at 5 p.m. and will feature a delicious BBQ meal by Smokin’ D’s. Tickets are now on sale for $33 and include a complimentary piece of drink glassware. Tickets can be purchased in person at FCMC in the foundation office or The Corner Gift Shop, online at www.fcmcpa.org or by phone at 717-485-6322. The event is presented by The Alexander Financial Group.

Paisley was named the 2016 Male Vocalist of the Year by the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA). He brings a deeply rooted tradition of bluegrass music, mixed with a dash of old country tunes, to the stage. “We’ll do a mix of old timey bluegrass and old timey country songs, fiddle tunes and banjo tunes,” Paisley said about what attendees can expect. “We keep the show lively. We want it to be a fun evening. Sometimes, somebody will yell out a request – if I know’em, I’ll try’em. We always anticipate a cross mix of an audience, meaning some folks like old-timey country songs and some like hard-driving bluegrass. We aim to please.”

In mid-October he was in the studio recording a new album due out next summer. Paisley said he will feature a few songs from that new project. “We’ll stir up a little interest,” laughed Paisley.

Paisley grew up listening to the music his father, Bob, played and enjoyed hearing the sounds of classic bluegrass like Red Allen, Mac Martin, Bill Monroe, the Stanleys, Reno and Smiley and the Osbornes, as well as old-time mountain music and traditional country music. “My father was a big influence on me in so many ways,” explained Paisley. “I started playing in his band in 1974 until his death in 2004. He was not only a great musician, but a wonderful person. He cared about people, was genuine and always had a big smile on his face. I’m trying to carry on the tradition musically that he carved out.”

Paisley and The Southern Grass have made their own niche in the bluegrass world. Their album earned accolades and significant chart action. Their song, “Don’t Throw Mama’s Flowers Away,” won the 2009 IBMA Award for Song of the Year. Additionally, the group has received several IBMA nominations for Emerging Artist of The Year, Male Vocalist of the Year, and Album of the Year throughout the years. In 2016, Paisley won the Male Vocalist of the Year award, a moment revered by his peers who gave him a standing ovation.

“I was overwhelmed, to be honest with you,” said Paisley. “I try to record good music. It shows in the body of work you do that people still appreciate what you do. The award meant a lot to me. The industry is moving in a more progressive up-to-date style of music, yet so many people still appreciate what I’ve done.”

His band members include his 18-year-old son, Ryan, who plays mandolin. Mark Delaney is the banjo picker, T.J. Lundy plays the fiddle and brother Bob plays the bass. Don Eldreth plays guitar and helps sing. “Our band has been together for a long time,” said Paisley. “We’re all friends and our families are all connected.”

“My family moved from North Carolina to Pennsylvania when I was young. I live in Chester County, just east of Lancaster, so I’m familiar with your area,” said Paisley. “We’re looking forward to performing for your folks.”

Business sponsorships at various levels are available, as are reserved tables of eight ($350). For more information, call the foundation at 717-485-6322.

“This is our main fundraiser for our scholarship program,” said Mike Straley, executive director of the FCMC Foundation. “It’s an opportunity to enjoy an evening of music and delicious food with family and friends, while supporting a wonderful cause. It’s not every day that we have the IBMA Male Vocalist of the Year performing in our backyard.”

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