Mount Savage Music Festival will bring Whiskey Falls, The Dirt Drifters to Moss Cottage site on Aug. 30

Wiskey Falls

Cumberland Times-News

MOUNT SAVAGE — Mount Savage Music Festival 2008 will be held on Aug. 30 at Moss Cottage, state Route 36, with gates opening at noon.

As in past years, proceeds from the event will benefit the Greater Mount Savage Athletic Association. Admission is free for children 13 years old and under.

Local talent will begin performing at noon, with Whiskey Falls taking the stage at 4 p.m. and The Dirt Drifters entertaining at 6:30 p.m.

Tickets will be available at the gate, but discounted advance tickets now are available at The Book Center in Cumberland, Jerry’s Pizza and Subs in LaVale, Dunnigan’s Bar in Mount Savage, The Corner Market and Sand Springs Saloon in Frostburg and Annette’s Bar and Grill, Zihlman. Tickets also may be obtained online at www.mtsavage

A pig roast is included in the ticket price. Also available for sale will be hamburgers and hot dogs, roast pork pizza, nachoes, sno-cones, soft drinks and beer.

Those attending should bring lawn chairs for the festival.

When the four members of Whiskey Falls first heard the blend of their voices, they immediately knew what they wanted to do — take their combined passion for music and blend it into one unique sound.

Having musical influences that range from The Eagles, Alabama, Journey, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Johnny Cash, U2 and Queen, just to name a few, their “Cala-Bama” music — which they describe as “Hotel California” meets “Sweet Home Alabama” — certainly caught the ears of many record labels in Nashville.

Seven Williams and Wally Brandt began making music together early on in their youth and eventually became proud co-founders of We 3 Kings — an acclaimed film and television music production company out of California.

They soon found themselves back and forth to Nashville where they teamed up with some of the town’s top writers including Don Schlitz (“The Gambler”), Frank Meyers (“I Swear”) and Stephanie Bentley (“Concrete Angel”). Raised on the music of the South — gospel, country, bluegrass, blues and southern rock — Buck Johnson grew up singing gospel music with his family.

Years later he ventured into the world of songwriting where he found a new level of success when Carlos Santana recorded “Just Feel Better” — a tune which Buck wrote with now bandmate Damon Johnson.

Johnson, who grew up playing Merle Haggard and Hank Jr., knew from an early age to be as diverse as possible when it comes to music. That paid off for him throughout his musical career, particularly as the singer, songwriter and guitarist for southern rock band Brother Cane.

After taking the suggestion of a mutual friend, Buck and Damon, who knew each other from the Birmingham music scene, met up with Seven and Wally in California where the four were introduced.

When they heard the blend of their voices, they knew they were sitting on something bigger than life.

“It was magical and we felt it,” Williams said. “A lot of times we say it is like singing in one breath when we sing together. There’s something very similar in the way that our tones and voices kind of match.”

With no record label involved, Whiskey Falls, named after a national park in northern California, began writing and recording their songs with no intentions but to record the music pouring from their hearts. After seeing the band perform live as unsigned artists at an industry event, independent label Midas Records signed Whiskey Falls and put them on the road only three days later.

Their first single “Last Train Running” scored the band immediate success at radio which landed them a slot performing on the prestigious stage of the Grand Ole Opry only weeks after its release.

In the short 14 months as a band, Whiskey Falls was named 2008’s “Breakout Band of the Year” by Nashville’s Music Row, has been featured in many major publications such as People Magazine, USA Weekend, Billboard Magazine, Country Weekly and more.

They have also made appearances on national television including performances on The Early Show Extra!, GAC and at several NASCAR pre-race events, as well as being featured in TV commercials for AAMCO Transmissions.

Their unreleased song “Load Up The Bases” was selected as the official theme song for Fox Sports South Network’s coverage of Major League Baseball and continues to be played in MLB stadiums nationwide.

The band plans to continue building upon that fan base as it continues to tour coast to coast in 2008 with over 200 dates already in the books.

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