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Boy Golden

Boy Golden

Farm and Fun Time is on stage at Birthplace Museum

October 30, 2023

Farm and Fun Time, the Birthplace of Country Music Museum’s live variety show, is Nov. 9 at 7 p.m. at the museum, Bristol, Virginia.

Hosted by Kris Truelsen and his house band Bill and the Belles, Farm and Fun Time is a re-imagining of the classic WCYB Radio program of the same name that aired in the 1940s and 1950s. Radio Bristol’s Farm and Fun Time broadcasts before a studio audience and is recorded for television syndication on Blue Ridge PBS, East Tennessee PBS, and PBS North Carolina. It can be accessed on 100.1 FM in the Bristol area, or online at ListenRadioBristol.org and on Radio Bristol’s free mobile app. Viewers may also watch through Radio Bristol’s Facebook page.

Musical guests include Boy Golden, The Resonant Rogues and Bill and the Belles.

When listening to Boy Golden’s music, it feels easy to dissolve into the ether. Everything flows. From classic country to psych-folk, alternative to roadhouse pop to Appalachian bluegrass, his music is easy, breezy, warm and gritty.

Since releasing his debut album, “Church of Better Daze,” in 2021, he’s played every summer festival on the list, produced albums with friends, released a dozen videos, curated and directed an art show and music video for “KD & Lunchmeat”, the Seth-Rogenesque hit single that charted to #1 on Alternative Radio, and toured more than 60 venues across North America with The Sheepdogs.

Rooted in the mountains of Western North Carolina, The Resonant Rogues are fronted by songwriting duo Sparrow and Keith Josiah Smith, who share a passion for movement and sound. Before meeting, falling in love, and forming the band in 2013, both traveled extensively throughout the U.S. - Keith by hopping freight trains, Sparrow with a circus troupe. In addition to their holler homestead, New Orleans and Nashville are their other musical homes, and the influences of both can be felt on The Resonant Rogues self-titled fourth album. The sounds of Appalachian old-time, classic country, and vintage soul all make appearances.

Based in Johnson City, Tennessee, Farm and Fun Time house band Bill and the Belles is known for combining a stringband format with their signature harmonies, candid songwriting, and pop sensibilities. Composed of Kris Truelsen on guitar, fiddler Kalia Yeagle, banjo/banjo-uke player Aidan VanSuetendael and bassist Andrew Small, the group has a knack for saying sad things with a bit of an ironic smirk and revels in the in-between.

Tickets are $40 and can be purchased at www.birthplaceofcountrymusic.org.