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Abingdon Crooked Road Music Fest Announced

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Abingdon Crooked Road Music Fest 2014Abdingdon, VA -- From September 25th-28th, 2014, the third annual Abingdon Crooked Road Music Fest will fill the grounds of Heartwood in Abingdon with the sounds of rich history and musical heritage of Southwest Virginia, home to The Crooked Road: Virginia’s Heritage Music Trail. The four-day event includes performances and workshops that illustrate the wide variety of heritage music forms the region is known for, including old time string band music, hard driving bluegrass, guitar virtuosos, duets, and more. “We always try to provide a nice mixture of the traditional music forms that have been preserved in Southwest Virginia for generations,” said Jack Hinshelwood, Crooked Road executive director. “People not that familiar with traditional music are often pleasantly surprised at just how diverse it is.”

On Thursday evening, September 25, the Allen Hicks Jam and the Smyth County Jam, two of the most popular jams along the entire Crooked Road, will combine forces for a “super” jam featuring some of the areas finest musicians. Friday evening, September 26, is devoted to bluegrass and the hard driving sounds of Hollow Ground and Raisin’ Cain bands in concert.

On Saturday, September 27, a full day of performances will be presented on two stages including a workshop by guitar masters Claiborne Woodall and Wyatt Rice, and a workshop exploring the production of Close Kin: Our Roots Run Deep, a landmark recording project that brought together some of the region’s most talented youth performers of traditional music.

“Through our work with traditional music education, we have come to appreciate the diversity and depth of musical styles among these youth performers. The music is definitely in good hands,” said Jonathan Romeo, Crooked Road program manager for music education. The Saturday lineup also includes performances by the Blue Ridge Entertainers, Wayne Henderson & Helen White, Close Kin, Johnny Williams & Friends, Wyatt Rice & Claiborne Woodall, and the Dry Hill Draggers. The high energy Darrell Webb Band will close out the day’s music with a concert on the lawn from 5:30 to 7:00 pm.

The festival ends on Sunday, September 28, with Heartwood’s Sunday Gospel Brunch with music by guitarist and singer Ron Ireland performing from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm. 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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