ETSU bluegrass music students to release album

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (AP) -- Students in the Bluegrass, Old-Time and Country Music Studies program at East Tennessee State University are releasing an album.

The ETSU Bluegrass Band's "Testing Tradition" features 12 original compositions by students.

It is being released Friday at a free concert the band is giving in conjunction with ETSU Pride Week. The album is $15 and features 31 student performers, several of whom also tour with professional bluegrass bands.

The Bluegrass, Old-Time and Country Music Studies program at ETSU was founded in 1982. It is the oldest of its kind at any four-year institution and was the first anywhere to offer a Bachelor of Arts degree in the subject.

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