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Runaway Home at Story & Song on August 1

Jul 13, 2015 02:00AM
You're invited to another wonderfully entertaining Story & Song evening when Gary Culley and Mark Elliott return with Malinda Fields, three intrepid dreamers and schemers who share a love for music and the places it takes us all. Their new group, "Runaway Home," has blended their vocals into carefully crafted and soulful three part harmonies that invite you to sit back and connect with the music. Gary Culley, Mark Elliott, and Malinda Fields have cultivated a sound that speaks from past experiences and life lessons, through the present, and into the great unknown. The differences in their musical backgrounds have strengthened the sound of Runaway Home into raw rhythm guitar with a hint of bluesy mandolin wrapped in the soothing strains of a mountain fiddle. The group has blended their vocals into carefully crafted and soulful three part harmonies that invite listeners to sit back and connect with the music.

It’s no accident that the ultimate panoramic-Americana soundtrack for the road is consummated by a travelling band who enjoy their time on the road and the experiences they have along the way. The three vagabonds have been delivering their infectious messages with smiles, sincerity, and a sort of child-like glee since 2011. The band’s early mantra has been “It’s the music that makes us smile.” True that and doubly true for friends and fans they have connected with in venues like The Dosey Doe Café outside of Houston, the Clayton Opera House in upstate New York, or the Bluebird Café in Nashville, TN. Their good-for-the-soul, rootsy vibe caught the attention of Marcia Campbell of Nashville’s WSM Radio who said, “Runaway Home delivers a gem with their timeless collection of music that takes you to another place. Great songs, strong vocals, and sweet harmonies!” Story & Song is held at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, in Burns Hall, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $20 and reservations are suggested. Call (904) 415-1388.