GRAMMY Museum® Mississippi will present its second annual Have Yourself a Delta Little Virtual Christmas! program on Monday, Dec. 7 at 7 p.m.—livestreamed from the Museum's Sanders Soundstage in Cleveland, Miss. Tickets for this evening of festive and inspirational holiday music are $20 and currently on sale at live.grammymuseumms.org
The program will be headlined by Delta favorites Fish Michie and Kristian Dambrino, and will also feature the Buford Sisters, brother/sister duo Variety, and singer/songwriter Tricia Walker.
Proceeds from Have Yourself a Delta Little Virtual Christmas! will support the educational mission of GRAMMY Museum Mississippi, which seeks to use music as a gateway to learning by inspiring and cultivating creativity, critical thinking and self-expression.
FISH MICHIE & KRISTIAN DAMBRINO
Jim “Fish” Michie hails from Merigold, Mississippi, in the heart of the Delta. He joined his first band in 1966 and has continued playing ever since his first gig at Morrison’s Skating Rink in Cleveland, MS. After a career with the Tangents, affectionately known as the “House Band of Mississippi,” Michie moved to Nashville, TN, where he toured with Larry Stewart of the country supergroup Restless Heart. Michie currently plays the downtown Nashville area with blues and jazz groups, accompanies classes at the Nashville Jazz Workshop, and leads his jazz quartet, Fish and the Chips.
After winning Miss Mississippi 2005 and competing in the Miss America Pageant, Kristian Dambrino completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design from Delta State University and began working as a graphic designer and a freelance photographer in Nashville. Dambrino, who holds a Masters in Music Business from Berklee College of Music, performs regularly all over the United States, and is heavily influenced as a jazz & blues singer by the music of Bill Evans, Billy Strayhorn, Duke Ellington, Peggy Lee, Nina Simone, Mavis Staples, and Ella Fitzgerald.
In 2016, Dambrino wrote and recorded a jazz / blues duet album of original compositions entitled, Bluer Than This, with Fish Michie. The album was awarded the 2017 Mississippi Institute of Arts & Letters Award for Best Contemporary Music Composition. Dambrino and Michie's follow-up Christmas album, Tidings of Comfort & Joy, was released in November 2017. Currently, Michie and Dambrino have finished writing and recording their third follow-up album, entitled Change of Heart, which will be released early in 2021.
A Mississippi singer/songwriter, Tricia Walker has become one of the clearest voices of her own time and place. Her songs have been recorded on GRAMMY-nominated discs by several artists, including Patty Loveless, Faith Hill, and Alison Krauss, whose performance of Walker’s “Looking in the Eyes of Love” earned a GRAMMY Award. Along with Pam Tillis, Karen Staley, and Ashley Cleveland, Walker was a founding member of “Women in the Round,” one of the most celebrated foursomes at Nashville’s prestigious Bluebird Café. Walker returned to her native Mississippi in 2006 to become director of the DMI entertainment industry studies program at Delta State University, and she retired from that position in 2019. She was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award that same year by the Mississippi Writer’s Guild.
THE BUFORD SISTERS
Hailing from Glendora, Mississippi, The Buford Sisters have been singing together since before they can remember. Their annual Christmas concert features three generations of Buford women—mother Gwin, four daughters, and two granddaughters. The four musically talented sisters, Lee Threadgill, Pryor Lampton, Sarah Goodwyn, and Donna Spell will share the spotlight for GRAMMY Museum Mississippi’s Have Yourself A Delta Little Christmas! show.
As the popular brother/sister duo Variety, Eric Edwards and Shara White have been performing together for more than 25 years, traveling across the country entertaining audiences with multiple styles of music, from country to R&B. Even though the sister and brother perform a “variety” of music, gospel music has always been the forefront for the duo. They are one of the initial members of the Cleveland Deep Roots music roster and together, they have recorded four gospel albums, with Eric also releasing a solo R&B album entitled, Those Vinyl Days.
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