PRESS RELEASE Aug. 24, 2015
Buddy Merriam to receive the Long Island Music Hall of Fame “Long Island Sound” Award on Sunday Sept. 13 at the Fiddle & Folk Festival at Benner’s Farm in Setauket,NY. The award is presented “for Outstanding Contributions to Long Island’s Musical Heritage.”
Celebrating his 35th year leading his bluegrass band Buddy Merriam & Back Roads with his 7th CD “The Farm” and his 2nd book of original mandolin music “Back Roads Mandolin Vol. 2”.
Buddy is the voice of bluegrass for the last 24 years hosting his popular radio program “Blue Grass Time” every Wed. night on WUSB 90.1 fm in Stony Brook.
The group has performed up & down the East coast, at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, the International Bluegrass Association World of Bluegrass shows in Owensboro & Louisville, KY and two successful tours of Ireland, England and Scotland.
Buddy Merriam & Back Roads have entertained at most of the the major bluegrass festivals in the North East including Grey Fox, Joe Val, Podunk and Delaware Valley festivals. He was featured in a PBS “Jubilee” program filmed at the KY Lakes Bluegrass Festival.
Buddy performed over a dozen times with his friend & mentor, the Father of Bluegrass Music Bill Monroe and learned his powerful mandolin style directly from the music’s creator. He is proud to help carry on this wonderful American music style, bluegrass!
Sept. 19 The Garlic Festival, Garden of Eve Organic Farm, Sound Ave, Riverhead, NY
Sept. 26 & 27 The Long Island Fair, Old Bethpage Village, Old Bethpage,NY
Buddy Merriam PO Box 862 Sound Beach, NY 11789