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Larry CordleBack Roads Music Festival incorporation with a Visit Wise County Tourism Production; is pleased to announce the outdoor music event of this year Back Roads Music Festival. Friday and Saturday September 5th & 6th 2014. Location for the event will be the Wise County Fair Grounds in Wise, VA. Weekend pass including free camping with your car! (no pets, no glass bottles).

Featured will be over 21 local, regional, and national bands including: Larry Cordle and Lonesome Standard Time, Scott Miller w/ Rayna Gellert and Bryn Davies, Nick Stump, Bone Pony, Ras Alan & the Lions, Brett Ratliff & the Giant Roster Side Show, Mike, Brandon Maggard, Corbin Hayslett, Foddershock, Craigs Street Ramblers, Parts Department, Katie Did-it, Nobody Famous, Ron Short, Gene Cole, The Tadcaster, Neal Spears and Unit 31, and T-Bone.

Master of Ceremonies is the world renowned poet and radio personality Wiley Quixote (aka) Jim Webb!

Cost is $50.00 if purchased before Sept 1 st. If purchased at gate $60.00. Both prices include parking and camping. For all weekend. Limited RV access for additional cost.

Larry Cordle was born and raised on a small family farm in eastern Kentucky. Cordle fondly remembers this early influence by pointing out, “we lived so far away from everything, that we had to make our own entertainment. Papaw would get the fiddle out in the evenings sometimes and play and dance for us.” After graduating from high school, Larry spent four years in the Navy and after being honorably discharged, attended Morehead State University, receiving a bachelor’s degree in accounting.

At last count, Cordle’s songs had appeared on projects that had to date sold a combined total of more than 55 million records, by artists such as Skaggs, Alison Krauss, Rhonda Vincent, Garth Brooks, George Strait, Trisha Yearwood, Reba McEntire, Diamond Rio, Alan Jackson, Trace Adkins and many others. Cordle has the perfect platform to share his music with fans everywhere.

Mike Williams is a country music singer, songwriter and record producer. Founded the B.F. Deal record label in Austin, TX in the mid-seventies, which released Nanci Griffith's debut album in 1978. Mike Williams also produced albums for Allen Damron, Austin TX musician and Kerrville Folk Festival aficionado.

Larry Cordle and Mike Williams will also be conducting a singers/songwriters workshop Saturday morning.

Appalachian folksinger Ras Alan mixes old-time and bluegrass music with reggae! Equal parts Doc Watson and Bob Marley, The Carter Family and Burning Spear, Ras Alan has been blending old time Appalachian music with reggae rhythms and Rastafari spirit for over 15 years. His self-styled “reggabilly” has won Alan wide acclaim; he has toured Jamaica numerous times with his band, The Lions, has been profiled on programs on both CMT and PBS, was a featured performer at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival during their Year of Appalachia in 2003, and three of his albums are now permanently housed in the Smithsonian Archives.

Scott Miller once said “Growing up, my family was isolated just by mere location. Turns out that doesn’t insulate you from any of the troubles all of us have…” Steve Earle has declared Miller a "world class" songwriter - signing him and his former band The V-Roys to his record label E-Squared and producing their two bedrock Americana albums. BIG BIG WORLD is the third release on Miller's record label F.A.Y. Recordings. "I really was ahead of the curve by starting my own label years ago" said Scott.

For more information on the Back roads Music Festival, and/or to purchase tickets & sign-up for workshops and see the complete line-up including videos of the bands please visit us at one of the following, and find us on Facebook, VIP Tickets. For questions or more information. Please contact Marlena Doka (606) 237-4482 / (304) 687-5563

Ticket availability in person at the following locations

  • Railroad Street Mercantile- Whitesburg KY.
  • Juste Music- Norton VA.
  • Clapboard House –Wise VA
  • Machiavelli's- Bristol TN
  • Acoustic Coffeehouse – Johnson City TN
  • The Willow Tree Coffeehouse and Music Room –Johnson City TN

On site catering will be provided by The Oaks BBQ. A portion of proceeds from this event will go towards reprinting the 2 CD set of coal mining music including 68 pages of liner notes entitled THE MUSIC OF COAL ( ).

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