February 2009
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Alabama Chicken and Egg Festival Announces Music Line-up

Organizers for the Alabama Chicken and Egg Festival (AC&EF) are pleased to announce the music line-up for the 2009 event. The line-up includes emerging and established artists representing a variety of genres from bluegrass to banjo to a combination of rhythm and blues and rock ‘n’ roll.

Headlining the 2009 Chicken Stage is the Paul Thorn Band. His latest CD, "A Long Way From Tupelo," is a summation of blues, country, gospel, rhythm and blues, and rock ‘n’ roll. His distinctive voice and poetic lyrics have carried him from Tupelo, Mississippi, to across the United States. For more information, visit www.paulthorn.com.

Renowned for his saxophone and keyboard ability, Randall Bramblett is set to perform. Bramblett released a pair of acclaimed solo albums in the ‘70s, and then joined the jazz-rock band Sea Level as their principal songwriter and vocalist. He has also performed or recorded with the Allman Brothers Band, Bonnie Raitt, Atlanta Rhythm Section, Widespread Panic, just to name a few. For more information, visit his web site at www.randallbramblett.com.

The line-up includes The Carolina Chocolate Drops, a group of young African American string band musicians playing fiddle and banjo music. Visit www.carolinachocolatedrops.com for additional information.

Representing the bluegrass field, David Davis and the Warrior River Boys will be performing on the new Bluegrass Stage. More information is available at www.daviddavisandwrb.com.

Also appearing on stage will be Moulton’s Robert Montgomery. His pre-WWII style country music earned him the 2004 National Old-time Banjo Championship along with placing or winning other numerous regional and national contests. For more information, visit www.robertmontgomerymusic.com.

A crowd favorite from last year’s event is set to perform, Blue Eyed Grass and TomFoolery, an acoustic music trio from Tupelo. As additional artists are confirmed, a complete entertainment line-up will be available at www.alabamachickenandeggfestival.com.

The 5th annual AC&EF is scheduled for April 18-19, 2009, at the Lions Club Fairgrounds in Moulton. Offering poultry-related food and entertainment, the AC&EF highlights include a chicken clucking contest, where the audience selects the winner; egg toss competition, a favorite among children; and eating contests where contestants stuff their faces with chicken wings and hard-boiled eggs.

Other activities scheduled for the AC&EF include: a live bantam chicken display, motorcycle chicken run, BBQ chicken cooking contest, Little Chick Beauty Walk, chicken bowling, Egg Drop for Future Engineers competition, a "Guitar Hero" competition and the Alabama Farmers Cooperative Agriculture Photography Contest. New for 2009 will be an Egg Roulette competition and the "Down on the Farm" area featuring a bluegrass music stage, agriculture exhibits, state of the art farming equipment, antique tractors, chickens, cows and southern folk life art exhibits like quilters, saddle makers, farrier, potters, blacksmith, and basket and broom makers. Admission to the festival is only $3 per person and free for those under five years old. Festival organizers are also allowing re-entry where attendees may leave and return on the same day during the 2009 festival.

For the latest updates or more information, visit the Festival’s website at www.alabamachicken andeggfestival.com. To request a media kit or for an assortment of poultry-related photography, call Vicki Morese at (256) 905-0700.