In the year 2000, the Coen brothers movie “O Brother, Where Art Thou?” brought traditional country, shape-note and bluegrass music to the ears of a new generation of fans and sparked the second great flowering of string band music.
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Ralph Stanley and His Clinch Mountain Boys, along with such acts as the Packway Handle Band and the High Strung String Band, at the Fifth Annual Classic City American Music Festival. 4-11 p.m. July 4. $25; $20 in advance; $15 students with a valid student ID; ages 12 and under free. The event will take place rain or shine at The Melting Point inside the Foundry Park Inn and Spa, 295 E. Dougherty St., Athens. 706-254 -6909, www.MeltingPointAthens.com
To see Ralph Stanley performing “Wayfaring Stranger” with Pretty Lights, see www.youtube.com/watch?v=XqMGKf4qSSw