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The Connection Band

June 5 music line up:

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Eric Dunlow

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Christopher Pierce

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Christopher Pierce is 20 years old.  He is from Colerain NC.  He graduated from Bette Early College!.  He loves hunting, fishing, and most of all his music! He started singing 4 years ago!  He plays at festivals, weddings, parties and special events! He loves country music and dreams of moving to Nashville and become a country music artist.  Christopher loves the lord and his family!

Cecil Edwards

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Ariel and the High Wheels

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Ariel & The HighWheels
Founded 2019 as a 5 piece collaboration of songwriters musicians joined in the studio to create what they feel, regardless the genre without setting boundaries.   The result is an entertaining show of creative musicianship and intriguing lyrics powerfully presented with flavors of Rock, Americana, Country, and Soul.   Ariel’s powerful lyrics speak to so many women with songs like “Out of My Life” a song written of her own life’s experience with a drug dependent partner…   Three of Ariel & The HighWheels' members wrote and performed with Grammy nominated Will Hoge and have worked together on several studio projects prior to founding the High Wheels.   Based from Bowling Green Kentucky just North of Nashville Tennessee Ariel & The HighWheels are currently playing openings for acts including Mercy Shine as well as headlining smaller shows.   If you enjoy catching that band that doesn’t sound like everyone else, that truly has a vibe of their own, that each song makes you want to hear their next, don’t miss Ariel and The HighWheels.

Mercy Shine

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Award winning & Official Grammy Ballot selected CCB Nashville recording artist Mercy Shine is sure to bring a new and fresh feel to the country-rock scene. Comprised of Jason Clark and Matt Barfield, Mercy Shine is unapologetically honest and true to themselves. 

Born and raised in the tidewater area of Virginia. Jason and Matt spent years in the rock arena, playing shows with some of the biggest names in the industry such as; KISS, Godsmack, Fuel, Saliva and Deep Purple, just to name of few. Playing for sold out crowd's.

 

In August 2019, they released their debut feel good single "Curves” along with their self-titled EP. In July 2020 they released their follow up single "That's Where You'll Find Me". In December 2020 the duo released their follow up EP Mercy Shine 2 along with the current radio single titled "Why Can't It Be Tonight" with their label CCB Nashville & producer Kimo Forrest; guitarist for the Country Music Hall Of Fame group Alabama.

 

​Mercy Shine isn't wasting any time pulling in some very prestigious nominations in 2019 & 2020 at the Josie Music Awards. The Josie Music Awards is a brand of The Josie Network, LLC and is the largest independent artist awards show in the world. The nominations were for Duo of the Year and Fan Choice of the Year (Winning the Duo of the Year Award in 2019). Mercy Shine was also nominated for two KICMA Awards in 2019 for Duo of the Year and Single of the Year. They also won the SB Productions Rising Star Of The Year Award in 2019. In September 2020 Mercy Shine was notified that they were placed on the Official Ballot for the 2021 63rd Grammy Awards for Record of the Year & Best Country Duo or Group Performance.