Berline to head Country Jazz Fusion '97

For Immediate Release -- Oct. 28, 1997

Fans of bluegrass music have a treat in store for them when Byron Berline and his band headlines Country Jazz Fusion '97, Cameron University's 17th annual jazz festival, Nov. 6 in the Cameron University Theater.

Berline is the latest notable entertainer to perform at the event, which features a fusion of western swing, jazz and bluegrass music. Other entertainers who have performed at the fusion, which began in 1981, include fiddler Johnny Gimble, keyboardist Keith Stegall, the Buddy Emmons Swing Shift Band and guitarist Phil Baugh.

This year's concert is sponsored by the Cameron University Lectures and Concerts Committee, the School of Liberal Arts' music department, Miller Sound Services, Cameron University Friends of Jazz and KLAW-FM.

Berline, 53, is becoming increasingly hard to miss. He has appeared on the covers of Oklahoma Today and Acoustic Musician magazines earlier this year and was the subject of a recent Daily Oklahoman feature.

A three-time national fiddle champion, an International Bluegrass Music Association award winner and Grammy nominee, Berline operates Byron's Double Stop Music Hall and the Double Stop Fiddle Shop in historic downtown Guthrie.

His recording credits read like a who's who of modern rock and country entertainers. He's played in sessions with the Byrds, the Eagles, the Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, the late John Denver, Rod Stewart, Alabama, Joe Diffie, Vince Gill, Willie Nelson and Doug Stone, just to name a few. He has also played on the soundtracks of such motion pictures as "Star Trek," "Blaze," "Back to the Future III" and "Basic Instinct."

Lending support will be the Guthrie-based Byron Berline Band, which features John Hickman on banjo, Jim Fish on guitar, Gregg Kennedy on bass and keyboards, and Erik Dalton on drums. Also appearing will be the Cameron /Lawton Community Jazz Ensemble and the Cameron University Jazz Ensemble under the direction of John Moots.

Previous Country Jazz Fusions have been sell-outs, prompting university officials to encourage music fans to purchase tickets before the night of the concert and arrive well before the 8 p.m. curtain.

Tickets are available at the Cameron Ticket Office in the Administration Building. General admission is $10 per person, with reduced rates available for Cameron faculty and students. No will-call seating is available, nor are telephone credit card purchases accepted.

For more information, contact the university at 405/581-5501.

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Editors & News Directors: For more information or interviews, contact Mr. Moots at 405.581.2432.