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Dirty Grass Soul

VALDESE — The Valdese Family Friday Nights summer concert series will continue its season with Dirty Grass Soul, beginning at 7 p.m. on Friday night in the Wells Fargo/town parking lot in downtown Valdese.

Proudly hailing from the musically rich foothills of Cleveland County near Shelby, Dirty Grass Soul has been entertaining audiences across the Carolinas and beyond since its formation in 2011. With a sound that draws much influence from traditional music of the North Carolina foothills, Dirty Grass Soul manages to bring a new, refreshed and re-energized sound to its music that falls somewhere between country, bluegrass and southern rock and roll, reminiscent of acts like The Charlie Daniels Band and The Marshall Tucker Band.

Rather than simply relying on heavy guitar leads, Dirty Grass Soul offers instrumentation that mixes in a heavy dose of fiddle, pedal steel guitar and banjo, in addition to the guitar. Dirty Grass Soul is led by founding members Kevin Dedmon (fiddle, vocals, guitar) and Lance Watson (bass, mandolin). They are joined by Tommy Smith (electric guitar), Kris Dedmon (banjo), Glenn Miller (pedal steel guitar) and Jared Miller (vocals and percussion).

After touring the Carolina's behind their self-released debut album, "The Long Way," as well as shows with the likes of many of premier national bands under their belt, Dirty Grass Soul has earned a reputation as one of the southeast’s emerging southern rock and alternate country bands. Following up the 2016 release of “The Long Way,” Dirty Grass Soul released its newest project, "New Day of Work," in August of this year.

Whether it is the hint of bluegrass, outlaw country, or rock and roll you hear in each song, the band’s sound is uniquely Dirty Grass Soul. From Dedmon's down-home, working-class lyrics to the blazing instrumental breaks, Dirty Grass Soul is sure to offer a little something for everyone.

Concessions will be available for purchase and a 50/50 raffle will also be held with one lucky winner being announced at 9 p.m. A cruise-in at Myra’s Diner will be held during the evening, as well.

For more information about events in Valdese and the full Valdese Family Friday Nights summer concert series schedule, go to visitvaldese.com or call 828-879-2129.

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