Roxy theater to host ‘old time’ music concert Nov. 9

By Cheri McCain

For the FCT

Today it is hard to find musicians that still play music once heard in the foothills and rural areas of the South – music that was sung and heard before the term bluegrass and country music was made popular on radio and television.

That’s why the historic Roxy Theatre is proud to announce that old-time musicians Matt Kinman, Jonathan Feller, and Moses Nelligan will join The KGB for a concert on Saturday night, Nov. 9 at 7 p.m. on the stage of the historic Roxy Theatre in downtown Russellville. Doors will open at 6 p.m. All general admission tickets are $10.

Matt Kinman has been called “The Little Hobo” and “The Traveling Troubadour” since his teenage years when he found an interest in learning about old time music, crafts, stories, and people as he traveled around the United States, especially in the southeastern regions.

He is an accomplished banjo, fiddle, and guitar player. He is a fixture on festival circuits all over the southern U.S. His two full–length recordings are called “When the Works All Done This Fall” and “Matt Kinman and the Old Time Serenaders.”

“The Back Porch of America with Matt Kinman” is a current video project featuring Matt at his best. A video production crew from Los Angeles travels with Matt as he meets interesting people, plays music, and learns about the crafts and stories of long ago.

Visit to learn more about this preservation project and to see some of the videos, songs, and stories that have been recorded.

Joining Matt at the Roxy will be Jonathan Feller and Moses Nelligan. Nelligan is the 2013 Weiser Banjo Contest Winner in the Old Time Division. He is from Stone Mountain Georgia.

Old time music can be described as a genre of folk music that pre-dates bluegrass and country. The roots are in the traditional ballads and stories of England, Scotland, and Ireland although many tunes are purely of North American origin.

Old time music is sometimes referred to as old-timey or mountain music. Bluegrass and country music was derived from Old Time music. Typical instruments in this genre are the fiddle, guitar, banjo, harmonica, and dulcimer.

Old time music preserves the traditions found in the music in isolated rural areas of the South before pre-video and mass media. A resurgence of interest was seen in this music during the late 1960s and early 1970s and then again after the 2002 release of the movie “O’ Brother Where Art Thou?”

The Roxy Theatre and The Franklin County Arts and Humanities Council are proud to host these authentic musicians along with The KGB on November 9 at 7 p.m.