September 20, 2010
Burnt Bridges to play Wily's September 23

Mountain music is not all dulcimers and banjoes, tragic ballads and bluegrass rhythms. Come see for yourself this Thursday night, September 23, at Wily's Place in the Lees-McRae College Cannon Student Center. From 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. the rock and roll jam band Burnt Bridges will demonstrate a new kind of Appalachian music in their return engagement to the college.

Presented by the Stephenson Center for Appalachia at Lees-McRae College, this program of contemporary music will explore life on the reservation of the Eastern Band of the Cherokee, as well as other aspects of modern life in the mountains. But don't expect stereotypical "mountain music." Prepare yourself for a whole new experience.

"Some bands play songs. Some bands make music. Burnt Bridges crafts a crazy sonic cocktail of hard-hitting rock & roll, jam band bravado, and roots-rock rabble rousing - all with a hard-hitting aftertaste of sharp-witted political punk! Burnt Bridges is the perfect soundtrack for everyone from well-functioning bohemians to hot-headed hipsters and silver-tongued devils.

"This free-wheeling foursome puts on a live show that should not be missed - it'll have your head bopping, your toes tapping, and quite possibly your fist in the air all in rhythm to the beat!" writes Max Diablo, journalist/columnist for Hippo Magazine.

"This is a great opportunity for folks to experience the new sounds of the mountains," says Dr. Michael Joslin, director of the Stephenson Center. "Appalachian culture continues to evolve and diversify, as this band of mountain musicians shouts in their music. We welcome everyone to join us for the blast."

Bring open minds and dancing shoes to enjoy the rousing sounds of this rock and roll jam band.

Burnt Bridges will present their program of contemporary Appalachian music in Wily's Place in the Cannon Student Center on the Lees-McRae campus on Thursday, September 23, at 7:30 p.m. The Stephenson Center for Appalachia Lecture Series is open to the public and free of charge. For information call Meghan Wright at 898-8729.

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