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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: June 05, 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 Pocahontas State Park, Saturday, June 30

(CHESTERFIELD, Va.) - Are you ready for a unique musical experience? SteveBassett's Blowin' the Dust Off Tour rolls into Pocahontas State Park, Saturday,June 30, at 7 p.m. Tickets are $4, and children 12 and younger are free.The Pocahontas Premieres season pass does not apply to the Steve Bassettshow.

Richmond's own singer-songwriter Steve Bassett, probably best known forhis "Sweet Virginia Breeze," recently released his 18th CD, Blowin'the Dust Off. The CD features traditional music played on Civil War-era musicalinstruments as well as a long list of guest singers and artists, rangingfrom Delbert McClinton, Gary Gerloff and Robbin Thompson to Amber Collinsand Ryan Blevins of 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. Kincaidprovides an impressive collection of more than a dozen instruments, includinga bugle, fife, guitar, mandolin, zither, violin and squeeze boxes. The workshopis from 2-4 p.m.

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

Pocahontas State Park and the award-winning Virginia State Park system aremanaged by the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation.

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