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Steep Canyon Rangers, Dori Freeman Perform June 17

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Steep Canyon RangersThe Blue Ridge Music Center is proud to welcome back the Steep Canyon Rangers to the outdoor amphitheater on Friday, June 17, at 7 p.m. Rising local artist Dori Freeman opens the show. The concert is a featured presentation of The Crooked Road’s Mountains of Music Homecoming.

After 15 years together, the Steep Canyon Rangers are instantly recognized as one of the most successful bluegrass bands touring today. The group’s recordings and dynamic live performances have earned them many accolades, including Grammy and IBMA Awards. These talented musicians play progressive bluegrass music firmly rooted in tradition, with smart, original songs. They are seasoned and dynamic, never failing to thrill audiences with instrumental dexterity and speed, tight harmonies, and the fun they have on stage. Their 2015 concert at the Music Center marked the release of the group’s latest album, Radio.

Dori Freeman is a 24-year-old singer and songwriter from the southwestern hills of Virginia. While her style subscribes to no single genre, the influence of her Appalachian upbringing lies at the core of her music—heard especially in the lulling mountain drawl of her voice. She sings without affect and with striking clarity, delivering each song carefully and earnestly. Her early introduction to musicians like Doc Watson, The Louvin Brothers, and Peggy Lee heavily influenced her modern yet timeless sound. Freeman’s recently released eponymous CD has received widespread critical acclaim as one of the most anticipated roots/country albums of the year by Rolling Stone, No Depression Magazine, NPR’s World Cafe, The New York Times, Twangville music blog, and Blue Ridge Outdoors.

Before the concert, the Music Center is hosting Taste of the Mountains from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Luthiers Shop. The ticketed reception will feature bites and beers from Creek Bottom Brewing, plus wine. Tickets are $30, $15 for season passholders.

During the concert, The Galax Smokehouse will be on site serving its signature barbecue, down-home sides, drinks, and dessert.

The show is also sponsored by Virginia is for Lovers, Winston-Salem Journal, and The Law Offices of Timothy D. Welborn.

The Crooked Road's second annual Mountains of Music Homecoming, June 10-18, celebrates the rich traditional music heritage, cultural amenities, history, and outdoor environment of Southwest Virginia. The Mountains of Music Homecoming region includes 19 counties, four cities, and more than 50 towns during the nine-day festival. Concerts range from the Crooked Road All-Star Bluegrass Band in Critz to the Larry Keel Experience in Bristol. Guests are invited to come for the evening shows and stay for a wide variety of cultural experiences, including community meals, gallery exhibits, history walks, artisan demonstrations, outdoor adventures, scenic drives, workshops, educational opportunities, and more. For a complete list of performances, experiences, and ticket prices, visit www.mtnsofmusic.com.

Steep Canyon Rangers & Dori Freeman + Taste of the Mountains reception takes place from 5-7 p.m., Friday, June 17. Concert 7 p.m. at the Blue Ridge Music Center, 700 Foothills Road, Galax, Virginia 24333, or Milepost 213 on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Tickets are Concert $25, Reception additional $30 and are available at the www.BlueRidgeMusicCenter.org or (866) 308-2773, ext. 245. Season passes also available online or by phone.

The Blue Ridge Music Center, milepost 213 near Galax, Virginia, celebrates the music and musicians of the Blue Ridge Mountains. The site includes an outdoor amphitheater and indoor interpretive center used to highlight an important strand of American musical culture, which still thrives in the region. Midday Mountain Music performances are offered free from noon to 4 p.m. daily. In the summer, its beautiful outdoor amphitheater at the foot of Fisher Peak comes alive through a vibrant and diverse concert series. The Music Center also offers scenic trails for the novice and seasoned hiker, educational programs, and the interactive Roots of American Music Museum. The visitor center and museum are open May through October and admission is free. The site is operated through a partnership between the National Park Service and Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation. For more information, visit www.BlueRidgeMusicCenter.org.

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