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This week the Off The Rails Summer Music Series welcomes 50 Shades of Hay with opening act, Bluestastic Fangrass. Concerts take place on the stage at Beautiful Burr Performing Arts park located right in the heart of Historic Downtown, Dalton. This event is FREE for everyone, so bring your friends, family, lawn chairs, and come enjoy the show. 

Instrumental prowess showcases both traditional and original material based in bluegrass, swing, & swampy blues. From haunting to barn-burning, the show features Lou’s incredible dobro and slide talents plus a band of players that can go there with him. Lou is a 30+ year veteran of the bluegrass stage, having toured with such nationally known acts as James Monroe & the Midnight Ramblers and Blue Moon Rising. Wamp’s band of hot pickers also includes Brad Frazier on lilting lead vocals and guitar, the legendary Jim Pankey on banjo, amazingly talented fiddle champ Meredith Goins, 3-time National Flatpicking Champion Roy Curry on lead guitar, and Lynn Wamp rockin’ the bass. It’s a slightly dyslexic look at Fantastic Bluegrass. And if it’s true “there’s no money above the fourth fret” then these guys are bound for the poorhouse, but it’ll be a wild ride!

50 Shades Of Hay plays country, western swing, bluegrass, blazing solos and, as the band says with a wink, “songs about pain for your pleasure.”
With singer/songwriter Wendy Newcomer on lead vocals, the boys bring the harmony like the Jordanaires did to Patsy Cline. When Eamon McLoughlin takes the lead on fiddle, mandolin and vocals, he imparts his bluegrass & country passions while singing songs of Ricky Skaggs, Earl Scruggs and Willie Nelson. Multi-instrumentalist/vocalist Rory Hoffman brings magic and creativity to anything he plays, including accordion, mandolin, harmonica and guitar. Bassist/singer David Spicher brings the rhythm low end on a big upright bass. He along with guitarist/singer Paul Kramer — also impressive on mandolin and fiddle — provide the rhythm bed.