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This opening day double bill includes two of the leading vocal groups in bluegrass, one celebrating its 25th anniversary and the other vaulting from IBMA Emerging Artist of the Year in 2014 to receiving Vocal Group, Album and Song of the Year Awards in 2016.

Fronted by five-time International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) Male Vocalist of the Year Russell Moore, IIIrd Tyme Out is celebrating their 25th year of recording and performing bluegrass music. Also featuring Wayne Benson on mandolin, Justen Haynes on fiddle, Keith McKinnon on banjo and Jerry Cole on bass, the acclaimed North Georgia bluegrass ensemble returns to Savannah following their SMF debut in 2012. Music journalist Jon Weisberger recently wrote that “it’s more than just longevity that gets Russell Moore’s name out front. The man is, to put it simply, one of the finest singers you’ll ever hear, and he makes it seem positively effortless.”

Flatt Lonesome is fronted by three siblings, Kelsi Robertson Harrigill, Buddy Robertson and Charli Robertson, who all performed with their parents’ gospel band, Sandy Creek Revival. They are joined by banjo player Paul Harrigill, dobro player Michael Stockton and bassist Dominic Illingworth. Enjoying early success from multiple awards within the bluegrass industry, the members of Flatt Lonesome have become darlings of the historic Grand Ole Opry. They have made seven Opry appearances since their debut in August of 2015, and were called “one of the most compelling and entertaining groups I’ve seen in bluegrass in a long time” (Sirius XM “Bluegrass Junction”).