Title: Flatt Lonesome to continue Bluegrass Spartanburg series

SPARTANBURG, SC November 28, 2017—Flatt Lonesome continues Bluegrass Spartanburg series on December 9. The concert will be at the Chapman Cultural Center starting at 8pm. Doors open at 6:45pm where drinks and food will be available for purchase. Two food trucks (Amazing Pizza Food Truck and Appalachian Smoke BBQ) will be stationed in the West parking lot serving Pizza and Barbeque respectively. A bluegrass jam session will begin at 6:45pm in the plaza before the concert. Tickets are $30 each and can be purchased by telephone — (864) 542-2787 — or in person at Chapman’s box office Monday-Friday afternoons. Tickets are also available anytime online at BluegrassSpartanburg.com.

Since their debut in 2011, Flatt Lonesome has enjoyed a nearly unprecedented trip to place them among bluegrass’ elite. Bluegrass Today calls them "the sort of band bluegrass needs right now" and says their brand of original bluegrass is "some of the freshest our genre has been offered in a while."

Flatt Lonesome has already reached success levels comparable to bands that have been playing for decades. Their whirlwind ride has included being named Emerging Artists of the Year by the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA), releasing a trio of successful albums, being heard on bluegrass radio across the country and world, and playing some of the biggest bluegrass events on the continent.

Kelsi Robertson Harrigill (mandolin), Buddy Robertson (guitar), and Charli Robertson (fiddle) founded Flatt Lonesome in 2011 along with neighbor, Dominic Illingworth (bass) and longtime friend, Michael Stockton (dobro). Paul Harrigill (banjo) joined in early 2012.

Flatt Lonesome released their self-titled debut album in early 2013 and drew high acclaim from both critics and fans. The album's opening track, "You'll Get No More Of Me" scored the band their first number one hit. The band followed up their successful premiere with Too, released in July 2014 on Mountain Home Records. Flatt Lonesome's sophomore album debuted in the Top 5 on Billboard's Bluegrass Album charts and produced eight charting singles across four major radio charts, with "So Far" reaching number one in the fall of 2014. Flatt Lonesome also won their first IBMA award in 2014, being named Emerging Artists of the Year at the IBMA Awards Show in Raleigh, NC.

The major success of their second release has since been eclipsed by the overwhelming enthusiasm surrounding Flatt Lonesome’s third album, Runaway Train, released in October 2015. Runaway Train highlights the band’s evolution into a bluegrass tour-de-force. The album features seven original compositions, including the band’s first recorded instrumental, alongside tasteful renditions of songs from the catalogs of Gram Parsons, Merle Haggard, and Dwight Yoakam. Runaway Train received Album of the Year honors at the 42nd Annual SPBGMA Awards in early 2016, where Flatt Lonesome was also named Best Overall Bluegrass Band.

Join us on Saturday, December 9th to experience Flatt Lonesome’s mastery for yourself. This concert is sponsored by WNCW 88.7, Harper Corporation,The City of Spartanburg and the Chapman Cultural Center. Series concept and organizing is being provided by Andrew Babb.

###About Flatt Lonesome

From the moment of their brilliant self-titled debut in 2013, it’s been clear that Flatt Lonesome is a musical force to be reckoned with. Multiple International Bluegrass Music Association, Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music of America, and Dove nominations and awards, top charting songs, Billboard charting albums, countless media appearances (including becoming familiar faces on the legendary Grand Ole Opry stage), and a demanding tour schedule, all combine in testimony to the phenomenon that is Flatt Lonesome. In the wake of three top IBMA honors in 2016, (Vocal Group, Song, and Album of the Year), and Vocal Group for the 2017 awards, Flatt Lonesome has emerged from the studio with their latest album, Silence In These Walls. This band of six awe-inspiring musicians dug deep into a well of emotion, to expressive vocal and instrumental performances, to increasingly sophisticated songwriting, and to inventive arrangements. With a clear sense of direction, these young artists keep raising the bar on their own creative game. Flatt Lonesome owns this material through the commanding individual and collective performances of Charli Robertson, Buddy Robertson, Kelsi and Paul Harrigill, Dominic Illingworth, and Michael Stockton.

###About Spartanburg Philharmonic Orchestra

The Spartanburg Philharmonic Orchestra’s mission is to enrich, inspire and educate the Spartanburg community through live performances of high quality music.  Founded in 1948, the SPO is comprised of professional musicians from diverse backgrounds who form an ensemble capable of performing a variety of musical styles and repertoire. www.spartanburgphilharmonic.org