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Mile Twelve Benefit Concert at Clemson United Methodist Church
Thursday, November 16th, 2017
Mile Twelve Bluegrass Band Live at Clemson United Methodist Church (UMC) - A Concert to Benefit Local Charity Helping Hands. Thursday, November 16, 2017. 300 Frontage Road, Clemson, SC. Doors at 6:30PM, music at 7:00 PM. Tickets $15. Boston-based band Mile Twelve captures the many shades of bluegrass, bringing their music to The Southeast States this fall. Boston may seem an unlikely hub for music born in Appalachia, but it’s long been a bluegrass hot spot. Home to a lively folk revival in the 60s, the city has a strong bluegrass scene that thrives in all sorts of unexpected places, from dark bars and house parties to the rehearsal rooms and lecture halls of prestigious music schools. It’s launched the careers of many bluegrass, Americana, and roots-inspired artists. This scene brought together guitarist and Boston native Evan Murphy; Manhattan raised bassist Nate Sabat; BB Bowness, a stunning banjo player hailing from New Zealand; Bronwyn Keith‐ Hynes, an award-winning fiddle player from Virginia; and the young South Carolina master of the mandolin, David Benedict. Fast gaining recognition since their start in 2014, Mile Twelve recently received the 2017 Momentum Award from the International Bluegrass Music Association. Their music is in rotation on the Bluegrass Junction Sirius XM channel, their rendition of the Stanley Brothers classic “Our Last Goodbye” was featured on a Spotify "Fresh Bluegrass” playlist, and the band has opened for the world-renowned artists such as Tim O’Brien, The Steep Canyon Rangers and Tony Trischka. “From the start, we’ve been interested in writing fresh, original material,” reflects Keith-Hynes. “Evan and Nate bring great song ideas to the table, and BB, David and I bring original tunes to the group. Our editing and arranging process is highly collaborative, so by the time we have a finished product, the piece of music feels very co-written.” “Bluegrass can feel all over the map because there’s no clear sense of who owns it, is it traditional or progressive? It can be polarizing at times,” muses Murphy. “We try to ask ourselves, what can we write that’s authentic? What’s something that we connect with? When you take a form of music like bluegrass seriously and learn to love it, then you can take some liberties with it. I think if you want to push something you're better off doing it from the inside. We’re not rewriting the book, but we’re trying to take the story somewhere new.” Mile Twelve has performed extensively throughout the U.S., Ireland, Canada, New Zealand, and Australia, and now in your home town. Come see this exciting young band in action and help benefit a great cause. Part of the proceeds to be donated to local charity Helping Hands. www.miletwelvebluegrass.com "In recent years, Boston’s Berklee College of Music and New England Conservatory have added extra fire to that city’s already churning cauldron of traditional string players. Out of this spicy soup jumps Mile Twelve, a group of five accomplished bluegrass musicians who write, sing, and play like the wind. Serious players who have serious fun, Mile Twelve is a group to watch in the coming decade." - Tim O’Brien