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Iron Horse and The Fiddleworms

MUSCLE SHOALS --The Northwest-Shoals Community College Foundation presents a Metallica Scholars Initiative Benefit Concert. The benefit features Iron Horse and The Fiddleworms on Thursday, October 21, outdoors on the Shoals campus.  Gates will open at 5:30pm with music starting at 6pm. 

Iron Horse calls Killen, Alabama home. The bluegrass band consists of Vance Henry, who plays guitar and is a lead vocalist for the 

group; Tony Robertson, lead vocalist and mandolin player; Ricky Rogers, bassist and lead baritone vocalist; and Anthony Richardson playing the banjo. Cassidy Koonce takes part when a fiddle player is needed.  Iron Horse creates much of its own music with an innate ability for cross-genre arrangements. Three self-produced albums contain previously un-released compositions and Iron Horse-composed originals. Included in that is the 2011 release, Small Town Christmas.

Iron Horse was approached in January 2003 by Los Angeles-based CMH Records to record a bluegrass tribute album to the heavy metal band, Metallica, which was released in October 2003 (Fade to Bluegrass).  Since then Iron Horse has recorded eleven similar tribute projects for CMH Records, including Led Zeppelin, Ozzy Osbourne, Modest Mouse, The Shins, Guns & Roses, The Goo Goo Dolls, Hank Williams, Black label Society.  

The Fiddleworms are a well-known Shoals area rock music band which consists of Russell Mefford on vocals and guitar, Rob Malone and Mitch Mann on guitar, David McKay on bass, and John Tombyll on drums. The band plays a variety of original songs and several covers. Their music includes elements of original and traditional rock, southern alternative, jazz, reggae and folk music. 

Tickets are on sale now! General admission tickets are available for $10, $20 for reserved seating.  Student tickets are $5 with proof of a college ID.  Children 12 and under are free. Tickets are available online at https://bit.ly/3o3bRjB. 

Food and beverages will be available for purchase.

All proceeds will directly benefit NW-SCC students in career technical education programs. For sponsorship opportunities, please contact Katie Smith at katie.smith@nwscc.edu. 

 NW-SCC was one of nine schools chosen for the 2021-2022 Metallica Scholars Initiative, funded by legendary rock band Metallica’s All Within My Hands Foundation. This program supports NW-SCC students in advanced manufacturing and construction majors.