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Abingdon Crooked Road Music Fest to Feature Franklin County Performers

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The Crooked Road Music FestivalAbingdon, VA -- On October 3rd-6th, 2013, Heartwood will be filled with the sounds of rich history and musical heritage of Southwest Virginia at the Abingdon Crooked Road Music Fest, an annual music festival devoted to telling the story of The Crooked Road: Virginia’s Heritage Music Trail.

The Lost and Found from Franklin County will perform on Saturday October 5th at 1:30 p.m., The Lost and Found Band was formed in 1973 and first recorded in 1975, then achieved wider fame after it signed with Rebel Records in 1982. The band became popular playing bluegrass festivals, with Allen Mills' exceptional songwriting contributing much to the group's fame. Today, the band is made up of Allen Mills on bass, Dan Wells on Guitar, Ronald Smith on banjo and Scott Napier on Mandolin.

The festival features a songwriter’s workshop at 2 p.m. on Saturday that includes Allen Mills as well as Shawn Lane and Wayne Taylor from the award winning Blue Highway. All three have written songs that have become standards in the bluegrass repertoire.

The four-day festival includes music performances, jams, the songwriting workshop, and more! The music begins on October 3rd at 6:30 p.m. with The Crooked Road Thursday Night Jam, followed by a Youth Music Concert on Friday, Oct. 4th from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. with the Loose Strings Band, Tyler Hughes and Kitty Amaral & Friends. Saturday is a full day of music on two stages with Blue Highway, Rebecca Frazier, Bluegrass Kinsmen & Billy Baker, Crooked Road Ramblers, Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen, Betse Ellis, Country Boys, and Tune Town Old Time String Band. Sunday, October 6th, the Sunday Gospel Showcase will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. with Bill and Maggie Anderson performing.

All festival events take place at Heartwood: Southwest Virginia’s Artisan Gateway off I-81 at Exit 14 in Abingdon, Virginia. Heartwood features food, music, and craft of Southwest Virginia. For more information on the performers, the full schedule and to purchase tickets: visit or call the Abingdon Convention and Visitors Bureau at 1-800-435-3440.

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