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High Lonesome Senate To Play First Show in Lyceum
April 11, 2018

Bluegrass will fill the new Lyceum on the Walters State Greeneville/Greene County Campus when it welcomes to public to its first open event at 7 p.m. on Friday, April 13. High Lonesome Senate, the college’s bluegrass band, will perform a full show. The band recently opened for Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver at the Niswonger Performing Arts Center. 

The new Lyceum is a a feature of the recent enhancements at the Greeneville/Greene County Campus The 222-seat theatre is the first room of its kind on the campus. Previously, the college hosted performances in a large classroom. The new lyceum offers theatre seating and great acoustics. 

“We are so proud and happy to invite to public to come see our Lyceum and enjoy some great bluegrass,” said Drucilla Miller, dean of the Greeneville/Greene County Campus.

“Aesthetically, it’s beautiful. Right now, it’s an open stage. We do plan to add backdrops. We had a mini-concert for faculty and staff last week and the sound is wonderful,” she added. 

High Lonesome Senate is led by Chippy McLain of Rogersville. McLain, an accomplished musician, is dean of Humanities and associate professor of music. The band includes students Alex Greene of Sneedville on bass; Riley Denton of Jefferson City on banjo; Samantha Bell of Newport on fiddle and Ryan Henard of Rogersville on mandolin. Band members share vocal duties. 

“This year, we’ve got some great students. The group has worked hard and have a great sound,” said McLain.  

A group of Mike Durham, Tim Houser and Marci Nimick will sing a few songs to open the show. Nimick is an assistant professor of speech at the Greeneville/Greene County Campus.

Miller said parking should not be a problem with no Friday night classes. She recommends parking in the Main Street or College Street lots. While admission is free, donations will be accepted for the college’s Folklore Club will be accepted.

In the photo: Drucilla Miller, dean of the Walters State Greeneville/Greene County Campus, sits in the new Lyceum. The theatre will host its first public event Friday, when the bluegrass band High Lonesome Senate plays.