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The 47th Old Time Fiddlers Convention Announce Entertainment Headliners

July 30, 2013

ATHENS, Ala. - The Tennessee Valley Old Time Fiddlers Convention Committee announce that Gary Nichols and the SteelDrivers will perform on Saturday, October 5 at 5:00 p.m. on the stage in front of Founders Hall on the campus of Athens State University.

Muscle Shoals native Gary Nichols is the next in line of the great Muscle Shoals songwriting performers. In 2003 he signed with Mercury Records and returned to north Alabama, signed a songwriting deal with Fame Music and resumed his busy session schedule. When the SteelDrivers asked him to join them, Nichols threw his hat in the ring and hasn't looked back.

Since the release of The SteelDrivers in 2008 and Reckless in 2010, The SteelDrivers have been nominated for three Grammys, four IBMA awards and the Americana Music Association’s New Artist of the Year. They were presented the International Bluegrass Music Association’s award for Emerging Artist of the Year in 2009. That same year the band spent a week in Georgia as part of the cast in the movie "Get Low". The movie, that starred Robert Duvall, Sissy Spacek and Bill Murray, featured a soundtrack that included four tunes by The ‘Drivers. In 2011 the English pop star Adele began performing the SteelDriver song "If It Hadn’t Been For Love" in her live performances. They have been invited to perform on numerous radio and TV shows ranging from The Grand Ole Opry to NPR’s Mountain Stage to the Conan O’Brien show.

This year's special guest at the Tennessee Valley Old Time Fiddlers Convention will be musical comedian Mike Snider performing Friday, October 4th at 4:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. Snider, a native of Gleason, Tennessee, made his way on the country music scene in the 1980's with his incomparable wit and stellar banjo playing. Mike first worked his way into people's hearts through his hundreds of spots on TNN's Nashville Now, and his seven-year stay in the cornfield on "Hee Haw". In addition to his television work, Mike and his band entertained crowds for seven years at Nashville's Opryland USA.

This year's Fiddlers Convention will be October 4 and 5 on the campus of Athens State University. The event has historically attracted more than 15,000 people for the two-day event, with more than 200 musicians expected to participate. Approximately 150 booths featuring old-fashioned arts and crafts are part of the convention. Convention goers will see everything from traditional artwork to coal-fired metal works.

In May, the Tennessee Valley Old Time Fiddlers Convention was named one of the Southeast Tourism Society’s Top 20 Events for the third time. The event also received this tribute in 2003 and 2007.

Gates open early on Friday, October 4 with contests beginning at 7 p.m. after Mike Snider’s performances. Contests resume on Saturday, Oct. 5 at 8 a.m. Cost is $8 for Friday, $10 for Saturday and $15 for both days. Children ages 12 and under are free with a parent.

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