GREENE — Southern Rail, a bluegrass musical group from Watertown, Mass., will perform at Araxine Wilkins Sawyer Memorial on Friday, July 16.

Southern Rail’s performances are high-energy, with banjo and mandolin solo work, riveting harmonies and irreverent humor. The group’s reverence for the traditional is demonstrated throughout its concerts and recordings, and is reflected in its prolific songwriting.

The band is celebrating its 30th anniversary with the release of its CD “On the Road From Appomattox.”

Southern Rail’s recordings have climbed to No. 11 on Bluegrass Unlimited’s Top 30 Singles Chart and have hit No.1 on a number of radio stations across the country. The band’s songs have been on Bluegrass Unlimited’s Top Thirty Singles Chart for a combined total of 32 months, receiving heavy national airplay.

One of Southern Rail’s earlier CDs, a bluegrass/gospel compilation titled “Glory Train,” was nominated for Best Gospel Recording of the Year by the International Bluegrass Music Association. The group has been selected for inclusion in the New England Foundation for the Arts’ prestigious Touring Roster.

Band members are Jim Muller, guitar, lead vocals; Sharon Horovitch, acoustic bass, harmony and vocals; Jon Roc, mandolin, harmony vocals; and Herman McGee, banjo player from the White Mountain Bulegrass Band and Old Time Radio Gang.

Performances will be at 2 and 7 p.m. Admission is free; doors open one hour before the shows. Sawyer Memorial is at 371 Sawyer Road. For more information, call 946-5311 or visit www.sawyer-foundation.com.


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