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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: May 29, 2007
Contact: Jim Meisner Jr., DCR Public Relations Specialist, (804) 786-8442, jim.meisner@dcr.virginia.gov

Steve Bassett's Blowin' the Dust Off Tour rolls into Staunton River State Park, Saturday, June 16

(SCOTTSBURG, Va.) - Are you ready for a unique musical experience? SteveBassett's Blowin' the Dust Off Tour rolls into Staunton River State Park,Saturday, June 16, at 7 p.m. Tickets are $4, and children 12 and youngerare free.

Richmond-based singer-songwriter Steve Bassett, probably best known forhis Sweet Virginia Breeze, recently released his 18th CD, Blowin the DustOff. The CD features traditional music played on Civil War-era musical instrumentsas well as a long list of guest singers and artists, ranging from DelbertMcClinton, Gary Gerloff and Robbin Thompson to Amber Collins and Ryan Blevinsof No Speed Limit and Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine.
From the success of the CD, a concert tour of 16 Virginia State Parks wasborn.

In addition to an evening concert, there will be an afternoon display andworkshop featuring historic instruments of collector Chuck Kincaid. Kincaidwill provide an impressive collection of more than a dozen instruments, includinga bugle, fife, guitar, mandolin, zither, violin and squeeze boxes. The workshopis from 1-3 p.m.

Sharing the stage with Bassett will be Virginias own Michelle Nixon & Drive.With her unique blend of traditional, gospel, contemporary and classic bluegrassmusic, Nixon is joined by Patrick Robertson (guitar, lead and harmony vocals);Jamie Harper (mandolin, fiddle); Jeremy Boling (five-string banjo); and TravisGreer (bass). Drive also serves as Bassetts backup band.

Nixon was named the 2006 Female Vocalist of the Year in the Traditionalcategory by the Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music of America(SPBGMA). She also was part of the Daughters of Bluegrass album, Back tothe Well, which received the 2006 Recorded Event of the Year award from theInternational Bluegrass Music Association.

For more information visit www.dcr.virginia.gov , www.stevebassettmusic.comor www.michellenixon.com , or call 1-800-933-PARK.
Staunton River State Park and the award-winning Virginia State Park systemare managed by the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation.

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