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Riverbend acts serenade downtown during side stage previews

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"Blue" was the theme of Sunday's Riverbend side stage previews.

Bluegrass and soulful blues filled the downtown area Sunday afternoon.

The Church Sisters Band fiddled, strummed, and harmonized for the first time as a part of the Riverbend festivities.

 "This is our first time at Riverbend; we're excited to be here," said lead singer and fiddle player Savannah Church.

The Church Sisters are actually twin sisters. Savannah talked about what it's like working with her siblings and cousin in the band and having their mom as the band's manager.

"We love it a lot. We get to spend more time with each other and bond. It's a great experience to play with these guys."

As a young and up-and-coming band, she says playing at the festival is very exciting. 

"We're excited to get out there and see the crowd and everything"

The Church sisters played at the Creative Discovery Museum at 2:00 p.m. and Scotty Bratcher was at the 212 Market at noon.

Bratcher's quick hands on the guitar captivated many of the customers.

Riverbend patron EricSanders says he drives 600 miles just to discover new music like Scotty's.

"This is my fifth visit. I love coming here."

Both Sanders andBratcher enjoy the intimate setting of the side stage preview.

"It's kinda tough to get up in front of a bunch of people with an acoustic, but in a small setting like this it's actually really cool."

But Bratcher says he has a lot more in store for Sunday night.

"We're really excited to get up there and play and have a good time and it's different every night"

The Church Sisters will play on the Unum Stage at 8:00 p.m. and Scotty Bratcher will play on theTennessee Valley Federal Credit Union Stage at 9:30 p.m..

For more information on Riverbend artists, go towww.riverbendfestival.com.

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