Three-day country music festival features Top ACM Awards’ Nominees

Rapid Jams Logo

Nashville, Tenn. (Tuesday, February 1, 2011) – With the unveiling of the 2011 ACM Awards nominations today comes the announcement of the inaugural Rapids Jam Music Festival line-up for their June 16-18 event taking place in Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina.  Top names in entertainment such as Willie Nelson, Darius Rucker, and three-time 2011 ACM nominee Lady Antebellum, three-time 2011 ACM nominee Lee Brice, two-time 2011 ACM nominee Sugarland, two-time 2011 ACM nominee Jamey Johnson, 2011 ACM Top New Solo Vocalist nominee Randy Houser and first-time ACM nominee Colt Ford are confirmed for this year’s music festival.  For a limited time, the summer’s best entertainment value is available with three-day General Admission (GA) only $99 and single day tickets available for $50 by visiting www.rapidsjam.com.

Rapids Jam Seating

In order to really get attendees excited, Rapids Jam is the first-ever festival to offer Party Pit passes for each artist!   Beginning February 21, Party Pit passes will be made available for purchase in addition to the GA ticket.  The Party Pit Pass is the fans’ chance to get up close and personal with the artists in front of the stage (see diagram).

Rapids Jam Music Festival Line-up is as follows:
Thursday, June 16, 2011
4:15 – 5:15 PM                   Lee Brice
5:45 – 6:45 PM                   Randy Houser
7:15 – 8:30 PM                   Jamey Johnson
9:00 – 10:30 PM                 Willie Nelson

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Raised in Altamahaw-Ossipee, North Carolina

By Seth Walker

Seth Walker

I was raised in rural North Carolina in a town called Altamahaw-Ossipee. Yes – hard to pronounce and hard to find.

My parents and another couple, Jim and Susan Walton, met at a Quaker retreat and made a plan to live communally in a log house built with their own hands.

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Three Time Winners!

By Bill Lyerly

Bill at Kafe Antzokia

Bill Lyerly at Kafe Antzokia

I grew up in Grifton, a small rural town located in Eastern North Carolina.  When I was 12 years old my first rock & roll band, The Vagabonds, appeared on a local TV show called Talent Hunt.
The band had been together for about a year and we proudly played covers of Beatles, Stones, Kinks and Ventures songs – and NOW was our BIG chance!  Talent Hunt was broadcast on the new ABC affiliate, WCTI Channel 12, located in New Bern, about forty miles away.  Until recently we had had only CBS and NBC to watch- that was it- two stations.
A large viewing audience watched Talent Hunt each week and voted for their favorite act by sending in a postcard with the name of that act (this was 1965 and postcards cost a penny each- including postage).  If you won 3 weeks in a row you were a champion and went on to appear on a 3 Time Winners Show.
It was total variety and our competition could be anything from a juggler to four kids lip-syncing Alvin and The Chipmonk songs.  I remember on our first appearance we played “Tired of Waiting” by the Kinks and an instrumental by the Ventures.
I have never liked the idea of losing, so each week that we performed I would buy 500 postcards and take them to school to get signatures.  I wasn´t very good at math either because Grifton School, grades 1-12, didn´t have 500 students even if you included teachers, custodians and lunchroom staff.  Now that I think about it I am pretty sure there weren´t 500 people in all of Grifton and the surrounding area, but I was not about to let a little hiccup like that stop me.
I already had the TV station address written on all of the postcards plus, “I vote for the Vagabonds!”  In my enthusiasm, and need for additional names, I got carried away so I studied all the Beatles´ signatures on Beatle cards and learned to copy all of them pretty well.  I would write things like, “I vote for the Vagabonds because they are better than us!” signed – George Harrison etc.
Anyway, thanks to my craftiness, we ended up being 3 Time Winners and later appeared on a Three Time Winner Show!  We Were The Champions – The Vagabonds!

I grew up in Grifton, a small rural town located in Eastern North Carolina.  When I was 12 years old my first rock & roll band, The Vagabonds, appeared on a local TV show called Talent Hunt.
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