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Texas Hill

Sounds of Summer Concert Series 25th anniversary kickoff set

May 29, 2022

On Saturday, June 4, one of Bristol’s longest-standing music traditions returns as the Sounds of Summer Concert Series kicks off its 25th anniversary season with country super trio Texas Hill.

Band members Craig Wayne Boyd, Adam Wakefield, and Casey James each rose to notoriety through their fan-favorite performances on The Voice and American Idol. What started from an impromptu jam session between James and Boyd, who later brought Wakefield into the musical conversation, has emerged as a perfect storm of harmony borrowing from the traditions of country, gospel, Americana, bluegrass and the blues. Texas Hill’s debut album “Heaven Down Here” was released in January.

Like Texas Hill, the Sounds of Summer was born from a collection of local musicians who gathered to pick and jam together in downtown Bristol. Today, more than a quarter century later, the series brings the best of country, bluegrass, southern rock and uncanny tribute acts to the Downtown Center twice each week throughout the summer.

The celebration begins at 7 p.m. with a special ceremony to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the series and an opening performance by local bluegrass staple Breaking Tradition. Additional details will be announced in the weeks leading up to the event. Admission to Sounds of Summer events is free.

Sounds of Summer, presented by the Bristol, Tennessee Department of Parks and Recreation, is sponsored by Tennessee Hills Distillery, Eastman Credit Union, and Delta Blues BBQ.

For additional information, contact Angie Rutherford at arutherford@bristoltn.org or 423-764-3463, and visit bristoltn.org/sounds to preview this summer’s full lineup.