Festival to benefit Cloudland Elementary music classes

By Greg Miller

   The Stevens Sisters (Beth and April Stevens) will perform in a program to benefit Cloudland Elementary School's music classes.
   Raising the Roan Music Festival will be held at the new Cloudland Elementary School in Roan Mountain on Saturday, April 20, at 7 p.m. The Stevens Sisters will perform, along with Tim White and the VW Boys, the ETSU Bluegrass Band, and the Spivey Mountain Boys. Tim Cable will be the emcee.
   The Stevens Sisters have recorded three projects: "Tennessee Bound," "Sisters," and their latest project, "Little by Little." April 23 is the scheduled release date for "Little by Little."
   The sisters have recorded a song entitled "Blue" on the "Oh Brother," and "Oh Sister" CDs featuring various artists.
   April and Beth have performed on Dolly Parton's upcoming recording project and sing backup vocals on seven songs. The project has not yet been released. They have also completed a 10-day tour with the Bellamy Brothers.
   Beth and April will perform on the Grand Ole Opry stage on May 3. "We've performed there probably 30 or 40 times," Beth said. "Even though we've performed there several times, each time we go it's like we're performing for the first time. We love it."
   The Stevens Sisters will perform at about 25 shows at Dollywood over the summer. Their first date is May 22. They will also be opening some future shows for John Anderson.
   Gary Wayne Laws, Butler, is now the new bass player for the Stevens sisters. Other band members include their father, who sings and plays the guitar, and Robbie Siever, who plays the dobro.
   The daughters of Douglas and Betty Stevens, Beth and April attended both Cloudland Elementary School and Cloudland High School.
   Ticket prices are $5 for adults and $2.50 for children age 12 and under. The project is funded under an agreement with the Tennessee Arts Commission, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Johnson City Area Arts Council.
   For more information, call 772-5310 or 772-4801.