Oklahoma band Horseshoe Road – Kyle Dillingham, Peter Markes and Brent Saulsbury – has been selected for the American Voices’ American Music Abroad 2013 program.
The band, which was selected out of more than 300 other groups, will begin its tour on March 11 in Washington, D.C.
The 35-day world tour will focus on younger and underserved audiences with little or no access to live American musical performances, according to a news release. The tour will include performances in Korea, Taiwan, Burma and Russia.
Horseshoe Road performs a genre of music it has dubbed “Heartland Acoustic” that incorporates a variety of styles, including blues, bluegrass, country, rock and gospel. In 2011, the band was the winner of the International Acoustic Music Awards in the country/bluegrass category.
Prior to the concert in Washington, D.C., Horseshoe Road will perform compositions that will be shared with the world at the American Voices’ American Music Abroad 2013 World Tour Kick-off Concert at 8 p.m. Feb. 22 at 8 p.m. at the Oklahoma Judicial Center in Oklahoma City.
The kick-off concert will feature a sampling of the music the band will play on the tour, including a chamber orchestra performance of Oklahoma composer Callen Clarke’s romantic composition, “Normandie”; a specially commissioned arrangement of a traditional Taiwanese song, which the group will perform with the Taipei Symphony Orchestra while in Taiwan; and favorite Horseshoe Road tunes like “Faded Love” and “Orange Blossom Special.”
“We are so thrilled to find out that we’ll be sharing Oklahoma symphonic and roots music with the people of Korea, Taiwan, Burma and Russia,” Dillingham said in a news release. “It’s quite an honor to represent our country, along with our great state.”
American Voices administers the American Music Abroad program on behalf of the United States Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. The American Music Abroad program is designed to communicate America’s rich musical contributions to the global music scene as it fosters cross-cultural communication and people-to-people connection to global audiences.
For more information about the American Music Abroad program, go to www.amvoices.org/ama.
To learn more about Horseshoe Road, go to www.horseshoeroad.net.