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Legendary Dale Ann Bradley to Play Carroll County High School

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Dale Ann BradleyHillsville, VA -- Bluegrass singer-songwriter Dale Ann Bradley will play Carroll County High School in Hillsville, Virginia on Wednesday, June 17, 2015 at 7 p.m. as part of the 2015 Mountains of Music Homecoming. She will be joined by Willard Gayheart and Friends. Dale Ann Bradley embarked on her musical journey in the coalfields of southeast Kentucky. She joined the all-female bluegrass band The New Coon Creek Girls and played with them until 1997. Her first solo release propelled her onto the Billboard Charts and into national (and international) attention. Since then, she has played all over the world and earned the IMBA Female Vocalist of the Year award an impressive five times. Her newest recording “Pocket Full of Keys” will be released in June of 2015.

Well known and celebrated pencil artist Willard Gayheart is also an accomplished guitarist and singer, having played as a member of The Highlanders. He is equally adept at capturing life of Appalachian people and communities in either his original songs or drawings. Willard will be joined by banjo players Edwin Lacy and Bobby Patterson, granddaughter Dori Freeman, and son-in-law Scott Freeman. Yes, it’s a family affair.

Tickets for the June 17th concert are on sale now and available locally at the Blue Ridge Plateau Regional Visitor Center, 231 Farmers Market Drive, Suite 5, Hillsville, Virginia; at Food City Stores; and online at

A nine-day celebration of Southwest Virginia’s heritage and music, The Crooked Road’s inaugural Mountains of Music Homecoming will take place June 12-20, in cities and towns across the 8,600-square-mile Crooked Road Region. Over 200 artists will perform 34 different Crooked Road Concerts. The Homecoming will feature over 260 additional cultural experiences presented by local communities and organizations highlighting the culture of scenic Southwest Virginia.

Known internationally as a mecca of old-time, bluegrass, and gospel music, The Crooked Road connects the home places of some of the most cherished figures in American music – the Carter Family, the Stoneman Family, the Stanley Brothers, and bluegrass pioneers, Jim and Jesse McReynolds, among others – and spans a region celebrated for its beautiful landscape and seminal contributions to the nation’s art and music.

Travelers seduced by the sweet sound of all that music will also discover first-rate wineries, outstanding cycling, fly-fishing, hiking, theater, galleries and museums, community picnics, pancake breakfasts, and a wealth of unforgettable experiences to wile away the hours between concerts along The Crooked Road.

For a complete listing of all Mountains of Music cultural events and ticketing for the 34 Crooked Road Concerts, visit

Mountains of Music Homecoming has been made possible through the generous support of the Virginia Tobacco Commission, Virginia Tourism Corporation, the National Endowment for the Arts, Food City, Your Local Farm Bureau Insurance Agents, Emory & Henry College, Barter Theatre, Blue Ridge Beverage, Virginia Commission for the Arts and many other organizations and businesses.

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