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Hollywood VFD to host annual bluegrass festival fundraiser

HOLLYWOOD, Md. - The Hollywood Volunteer Rescue Squad will present its annual Bluegrass Festival on Saturday May 12, 2018 at the St. Mary’s County Fairgrounds.  Gates open at 11 am and the show starts at Noon.  Weather permitting, the event will be held outside.  All proceeds from the day’s event will go toward the Hollywood Volunteer Rescue Squad Building Fund. 

“Honoring tradition through innovation”, that’s Audie Blaylocks (pictured right) motto.  His mellow, wailing tenor and lightning-fast guitar picking have made him one of the names to watch in the world of traditional bluegrass.  There’s something in a name; and Redline, the name of Audie Blaylock’s hot-shot band, could not be more fitting.  Blaylock's vision for his sound involves an occasional glance in the rear view mirror, but with a heavy foot planted firmly on the accelerator, his music has a way of driving hard into the future.

Audie Blaylock’s musical journey is a familiar one in bluegrass music, having grown up in an Appalachian musical family, his musical education started early and led to him sharing the stage with some of bluegrass’ finest and most respected artists, including first generation bluegrass character and giant, Jimmy Martin, as well as Red Allen, Harley Allen, Lynn Morris, Michael Cleveland, and Rhonda Vincent. 

Yet a true artist is never content in the passenger’s seat, and this is where Blaylock’s path diverges from the familiar, well-beaten path on this old mountain side.  Blaylock wrapped his fingers around the steering wheel a dozen or so years ago, charting his own course and earning IBMA nominations and awards including Instrumental Group of the Year, Guitar Player of the Year, Entertainer of the Year, Male Vocalist of the Year, and a Grammy nomination. 

Since beginning Redline, Blaylock has recorded five band records, traveled to three continents, nearly two dozen countries, and shows no sign of applying the brakes.  The quintessential journeyman, he continues to write, compile, gather, and arrange music as only he can.  With 20/20 vision, he continues to honor his musical past through innovation and the never ending quest to arrange the pieces of his musical puzzle:  a unique vision and voice in an increasingly homogenized industry.  One thing is for sure, when Audie Blaylock climbs behind the wheel, you better hold on:  you’re going someplace good, and you’ll get there in a hurry.

Also back by popular demand will be the Patuxent Partners from Rockville, MD.  With a name relevant to the Southern Maryland, founding member, Tom Mindte has spent a lot of time in Southern Maryland and has made many friends and fans in the area. 

With the Patuxent Partners, the high lonesome sound never goes out of style.  When they hit the stage you can feel the power and authenticity.  Rather it is a wealth of traditional songs or a country tear-jerker classic, their expressive and powerful performance is pure and true to the roots of the music. 

Each year the Hollywood Bluegrass Festival also has many local Bluegrass groups who perform throughout the day.  This year enjoy the likes of festival organizer, Jay Armsworthy and his band, Eastern Tradition, Recycled Bluegrass, 15 Strings, Bubby Abell & Spoon Creek, and California Ramblers.  Troy Jones will be doing the sound for the festival. 

The event will be held outside but if inclement weather is forecasted, the event will be held inside.  There will be food & drink available for purchase and it’s BYOB.  There will be 50/50 raffles and many vendors selling a variety of crafts and merchandise.  Tickets are available in advance for $20.00 per person by mail or online.   

To purchase using a credit card, go to: https://hvrs.brownpapertickets.com/.  By mail, send a check or money order made payable to: Hollywood Volunteer Rescue Squad along with a self-addressed stamped envelope to: P.O. Box 741, California, MD.  Tickets can also be purchased at the gate for $25.00 per person and under 12 are free with a paying adult.  The festival gates will open at 11:00 am and the event runs from 12:00 pm to 8:00 pm.  The St. Mary’s County Fairgrounds is located at 42455 Fairgrounds Road in Leonardtown, MD.  For more information, go to www.hvrs.org or call 301-737-3004.

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