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2/19/2013
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Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out
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Contact: Kim Williams
Communications Writer
k.williams@wingate.edu 704-233-8320

Wingate, N.C. – As the International Bluegrass Music Association’s (IBMA) most awarded male vocalist, Russell Moore is truly at the top of his game and fronting a stellar bluegrass band. For seven consecutive years, the band was IBMA’s Vocal Group of the Year and they are bringing their award-winning sound to Austin Auditorium on the Wingate University campus on Saturday, March 2, 2013 at 6 p.m.

Featuring special guests Deeper Shade of Blue and The Hinson Girls, this special concert is a fundraising event co-presented by Music for A Cure Union County and The Batte Center at Wingate. Going on its fifth year, this concert has become a signature event for the Union County bluegrass community. Organizers Doc and Norma Ward invite everyone to come early and get a plate of barbecue, participate in the raffle and help raise money to fight cancer. Proceeds will benefit the Levine Cancer Institute.

“Playing music is the easy part,” said Russell Moore, as he looks back on more than thirty years of doing what he grew up wanting to do. “By the time we put this band (IIIrd Tyme Out) together, I was realistic enough to know that bands come and go,” he said. “Being able to stay together is the hurdle that everyone faces. So I didn’t have a preconceived notion that someday I’d be celebrating twenty years with IIIrd Tyme Out—but I did feel like I would be playing music for the rest of my life.”

As it turns out, while many bands have come and gone since that May in 1991, Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out endured. They managed to climb to the top not just once, but twice—winning a slew of IBMA vocal awards, including two Male Vocalist of the Year honors, in the mid and late 1990s, persevering through rough times to see Moore recapturing the Male Vocalist trophy for the past three years. Showing no signs of slowing down, their Feb. 2013 release “Timeless Hits From The Past… BLUEGRASSED” by Cracker Barrel Old Country Store debuted at #1 on the Billboard Bluegrass chart and stayed there for four weeks so far. The quintet is clearly hitting its stride.

Yet IIIrd Tyme Out is hardly a one-man show. Banjo man Steve Dilling has been with the band nearly as long as Moore, and his hard-edged drive, signature endings, strong vocals and quick-witted between-songs commentary have become integral parts of the group’s sound. Wayne Benson, who started in the band around the same time as Dilling and stayed for nearly a decade before taking a job with the John Cowan Band, returned in 2007; his tasteful, influential approach to the mandolin is a focal point of the group’s instrumental prowess even as he continues to contribute in the vocal department.

Though he’s the youngest member of the band, fiddler Justen Haynes has been a member for nearly a decade. He is a second- generation bluegrasser who’s earned the admiration of peers and fans alike for his supple melodic lines and tasteful vocal support. And though bassist Edgar Loudermilk is the newest member of the group, he was already known to fans for stellar work with the likes of Marty Raybon and has been making major contributions as a compelling vocalist in his own right.

The band's name “Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out" was chosen because this was the third time out for founding member Moore and consequently the third professional bluegrass band association for him. No doubt, the third time proved to be a charm for these artists.

Tickets are $25 and $20 and can be purchased online at battecenter.org or by calling the Batte Center Box Office at 704-233-8300 or Carolina Tix at 704-372-1000. To learn more about Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out, visit http://iiirdtymeout.com or www.battecenter.org .

The Batte Center
Opened in 1999, the George A. Batte, Jr. Fine Arts Center presents events in the McGee Theatre, Plyer-Griffin Recital Hall and Austin Auditorium. Located just a short five minute drive from Monroe, The Batte is just 2 blocks off of Highway 74 and only 30 miles east of Charlotte. Free parking is plentiful and all three performance spaces offer full wheelchair accessibility.

Wingate University
Wingate University, ranked as the 6th "best value" in the South by U.S. News & World Report, serves nearly 2,700 students on three campuses in Wingate, Matthews and Hendersonville, N.C. Founded in 1896, the University offers 35 undergraduate majors, 37 minors and career concentrations, numerous pre-professional programs, graduate degrees in business, accounting, education, physician assistant studies and sport administration, and doctorates in pharmacy and education. With a 14 to 1 student/teacher ratio, Wingate students gain the tools and support needed to excel in academics and apply that learning toward an extraordinary career and life.

In addition to a robust intramural athletics program, Wingate student athletes compete in 22 NCAA Division II sports. The University has won the South Atlantic Conference Echols Athletic Excellence Award for the past six years. For more information, go to www.wingate.edu.