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May 31, 2013

Runaway Home to headline Fultondale's Black Creek Arts Festival

FULTONDALE — Nashville’s Runaway Home will headline this year’s Black Creek Arts Festival on June 8 at Black Creek Park in Fultondale. 

Runaway Home was founded by three Nashville music veterans who specialize in the Americana sound.

The founding members of the band include Oklahoma native Mark Elliott, who has toured with Neal McCoy and Chris LeDoux; guitarist Gary Culley, who was an integral part of the Country Music Hall of Fame’s Word and Music Program; and vocalist Lisa McCarter, who toured with such acts as Brooks & Dunn and Dolly Parton.

Other members include a percussionist, a bassist and a Scottish fiddler. They will take the stage around 2:30 p.m.

Leading off the musical entertainment will be Cletus and the Old Timers, which includes Fultondale City Councilman Tommy Loden as a member, followed by Rick and Jilda Watson of Empire.

Performing before Runaway Home will be Donita Gwyn Newman of Warrior and Cory Johnson of Nashville with surprise guests.

“We have a wonderful musical line-up this year, as well as musical surprise guests in store for the festival,” said Linda Holt, vice chair of the Fultondale Arts Council and assistant branch manager and associate vice president of IberiaBank. “Our board and festival committee have worked hard on making the festival enjoyable for the whole family.”

More than 50 artists will participate in the Black Creek Arts Festival this year, and they are coming from all over the state.

“We have a very creative and talented group of artists who will have their work displayed for people to purchase,” Holt said. “We also will recognize the artists for their talent and creativity by awarding prizes as part of the juried portion of the festival.

In addition, children will have the opportunity to create their own artwork to take home with them at the festival. The event is free for the public.

The musical line-up includes:

  • 10:30-11:30 a.m.: Cletus and the Ole Timers Band, Fultondale
  • 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.: Rick and Jilda Watson
  • 12:30-1:30 p.m.: Donita Gywn Newman of Warrior and Corey Johnson of Nashville
  • 2:30-4:00 p.m. Runaway Home

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