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Sunday, June 26, 2011

Liars Bench Southern Appalachian variety show to play "On the Wings of a Snow-White Dove" Religious theme at WCUs Mountain Heritage Center

Well folks, you knew it had to happen. The Liars Bench is moving to larger "summer quarters" at WCUs Mountain Heritage Center. Here's the release:

“An Authentic Traditional Southern Appalachian Storytelling, Music, Poetry, Dramatic, and Folk Arts Live Variety Show”

Artistic Director Of The Liars Bench Announces Premier Show at WCUs Mountain Heritage Center.

Liars Bench Southern Appalachian variety show to play “On the Wings of a Snow White Dove” Religious theme at July Mountain Heritage Center show.

On Thursday July 7 at 7:00 pm The Liars Bench moves to WCUs Mountain Heritage Center in Cullowhee with an “On the Wings of a Snow-White Dove” religious show theme. July’s presentation will be the premier of the Liars Bench show at the prestigious Mountain Heritage Center auditorium and a first with an old-time religion through stories and song motif.

Dr. Gary Carden, artistic director and host of the Liars Bench performs “Go Down Death” with musician Steve Brady. The White Sisters, a Franklin Gospel group, perform “On the Wings of a Snow-White Dove,” among other Gospel favorites. Will Peebles, head of WCUs music department, will demonstrate shape note singing (with audience participation). Mary Fowler, a spiritual singer from Liberty Baptist Church on Scotts Creek, performs “The Goodness of Jesus.” Paul Iarussi, recently featured on Larry the Cable Guy’s “Made in America” will perform old-time claw hammer guitar numbers guaranteed to get your toes tapping. And a mystery guest or two just might put in an appearance—wait and see.

Carden said “the Liars Bench is a special cultural event and an opportunity for the audience to learn about religion in our southern mountain history.

Regular cast members include Gary Carden, Lloyd Arneach, Paul Iarussi, Barbara Duncan, Dave Waldrop, Steve Brady, and the show’s mascot Bodine. The Liars Bench recognizes established regional artists and performers and encourages new talent also. The Liars Bench has been a crowd pleaser from the very first show in June of 2010 promoting any and all aspects of Appalachian culture.

“The Liars Bench is a unique blend of culturally accurate mountain Americana with traditional Southern Appalachian entertainment for everyone. We attempt to treat Appalachian culture with integrity and authenticity and to be an accurate reflection of the Southern Highlanders and their ways. This show is one you will not want to miss” said Carden.

The Liars Bench was created in the early summer of 2010 by Gary Carden to promote Southern Appalachian storytelling, music, poetry, drama, and folk arts.

Coming Thursday August 4 at 7:00 pm at the MHC: “Cherokee in a Changing World: Traditional and contemporary legends and lore.”


Come visit with us, set a spell, tap your toes,  and enjoy great authentic traditional Southern Appalachian storytelling, music, poetry, drama, and folk arts live at the Mountain Heritage Center Thursday July 7 at 7pm. Hope to see you all there!

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Anniversary Liars Bench Show a Huge Success!

The first anniversary show of The Liars Bench Saturday night at City Lights Bookstore was a huge success.

Playing before a packed house Paul Iarussi had everyone tapping their toes and clapping their hands with "Willy Poor Boy" and "The Long Black Veil."

Lloyd Arneach, who's been with us from the beginning, really entertained the audience with his "Bear who walked like a man" story and his short offering about his daughter's dog chasing people on a bicycle (not really).
Steve Brady did a humorous sketch on Swan Lake.

 Our creator and executive producer, Gary Carden kept everyone in their seats, smiling, and wanting more from his signature story, "Blow the Tannery Whistle," a story about the end of the world on November 28, 1940 in Jackson County.

 Dave Waldrop finished up The Liars Bench first anniversary show with "Sweet Country Music."

The staff of the Liars Bench would like to give a big thanks to performers who have played on the show this past year: Lloyd Arneach, Glenda Beall, Tom Bennett, Steve Brady and Family, David Brewin, Kay Byer, Gary Cardin, Jim Casada, Marvin Cole, Barbara Duncan, Perry Eury, Jill Gottesman, Paul Iarussi, Marion Jones, Saundra Kelley, Eric Legge, Marie Lehigh, Brent Martin, Victoria Casey McDonald, Benny Messer, Jack Parris, Jack Pyle, Taylor Reese, John Quinnett, Nancy Reeder, William Ritter, Newt Smith, Smoky Mountain Choral Ensemble, Dave Waldrop.
And an even Bigger thanks to our sponsors: City Lights Bookstore, Jarrett House, Bill Lee, Melrose, Seago, and Lay, P.A., Joan and Nathan Mickleson, Mountain Heritage Center, Signature Coffee, Stansberry Insurance, Edna Waldrop, Chris Wilcox, Hoopers Restaurant.
Of course the biggest thanks of all goes to you, our loyal fans. Without you none of this could have happened.
See you Thursday July 7, 7:00pm at the Mountain Heritage Center for "On the Wings of a Snow-white Dove."
Carl Iobst
Public Relations
The Liars Bench

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Gary on the Radio!

Earlier today (Thursday) I met Gary at WRGC 680 AM. News Director John Gurtler interviewed Gary. John opened a microphone for me despite me not 'cracking' a mic on the radio in over ten years.
Everybody at the Liars Bench is looking forward to seeing you Saturday evening at 7pm at City Lights for 'the end of the world' in Jackson County! Well folks, not really the end of the world but at least a story about it.
See ya.