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Mountain Park Old-Time Band Plays Carter Fold

Mountain Park Old-Time BandMountain Park Old Time Band was formed six years ago as a group of friends who happened to enjoy old time music got together to have a good time. Over the past several years, the Mountain Park Old Time Band has been creating a stir in old time music circles. The group has five members, all of whom are very versatile and talented musicians. Saturday, March 1st, 2014, at 7:30 p.m., the Carter Family Fold in Hiltons, Virginia, will present a concert by the Mountain Park Old Time Band. Admission to the concert is $10 for adults, children 6 to 11 $1, under age 6 free.

Carter Family Fold Christmas Show Dec 21

Carter Family ChristmasHiltons, VA -- Saturday, December 21st, 2013, at 7:30 p.m. the Carter Family Fold in Hiltons, Virginia, will present a special Christmas program. In lieu of admission, please bring a donation of canned goods for the local food bank (suggested amount $8 per person). Those not bringing a canned goods donation are asked to make a donation of $8 for adults with all proceeds going to the Food Bank. Anyone under 12 will be admitted free of charge. Those attending are asked to bring finger foods, two-liter drinks, and cups, plates, or napkins. Christmas music will be performed as refreshments are served. Afterwards, we’ll have music by the Town Branch Bluegrass Band. Musicians donate their time for this special Christmas show. The Fold’s toy drive for needy children will also continue to the 21st. If you would like to contribute, please bring an unwrapped toy.

Gravel Road and Pike City Featured in Youth Music Series

Gravel Road, Photo by Chelsa YoderAbingdon, Virginia – The Crooked Road: Virginia’s Heritage Music Trail proudly presents a The Crooked Road Youth Music Series at Heartwood concert on Thursday, December 12th from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Heartwood: Southwest Virginia’s Artisan Gateway in Abingdon, Virginia. The concert will feature the up and coming youth groups Gravel Road and Pike City.

Big Country Bluegrass Performs Carter Fold Bluegrass Nov 16

Big Country BluegrassBig Country Bluegrass was formed by husband and wife Tommy and Teresa Sells in the late 1980s and took its’ name from Tommy’s coon-hunting buddy Jimmy Martin’s instrumental Big Country. The group delivers their own hard driving and heartfelt style of bluegrass music, and it makes them crowd favorites wherever they perform. Whether it’s at a festival in Missouri, on the stage of the Grand Ole Opry, or at a small, intimate concert in their hometown of Independence, Virginia, the band brings back memories reminiscent of the early days of bluegrass music. Saturday, November 16th, 2013, at 7:30 p.m., the Carter Family Fold in Hiltons, Virginia, will present a concert by Big Country Bluegrass. Admission to the concert is $10 for adults, $1 for children 6 to 11, under age 6 free.

Albert Hash Memorial Band Featured in Crooked Road Youth Music Series

Albert Hash Memorial BandAbingdon, VA -- The Crooked Road: Virginia’s Heritage Music Trail presents a Youth Music Performance Series concert on Thursday, November 14th from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. at Heartwood: Southwest Virginia’s Artisan Gateway in Abingdon, Virginia. The concert will feature the Albert Hash Memorial Band Program. The Albert Hash Memorial Band Program, directed by Emily Spencer, is an in-school traditional music program at Grayson County High School and Grayson Highlands School. This unique music program has its roots in the mountain music program that was started at Mt. Rogers Combined School in Whitetop, Virginia in 1982.

Mountain Music School Stringband Featured at Heartwood

Mountain Music School StringbandAbingdon, VA -- The Crooked Road: Virginia’s Heritage Music Trail presents a Youth Music Performance Series concert on Thursday, October 10th from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. at Heartwood: Southwest Virginia’s Artisan Gateway in Abingdon, Virginia. The concert will feature the Mountain Music School Stringband. Mountain Empire Community College has long been one of the region’s leading institutions in preserving and promoting traditional mountain arts, crafts, and music. It was nine years ago that their effort to celebrate Old Time music was kicked into high gear with the summer program, Mountain Music School.

Abingdon Crooked Road Music Fest to Feature Franklin County Performers

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.

Whitetop Mountain Band Returns to Carter Family Fold Oct. 6

Whitetop Mountain BandHiltons, VA -- Whitetop Mountain Band is a family-based band from the highest mountains of Virginia. Whitetop is an area rich in old time music tradition, and this band has deep roots in mountain music. The band’s members have worked tirelessly to preserve the region’s style of old time fiddling and banjo picking and are legendary musicians and teachers of the style. Their shows are high energy and unlike any other show you have ever seen. There’s everything from fiddle and banjo instrumentals to powerful solos and harmony vocals on blues, classic country, honky tonk, traditional bluegrass numbers, old timey ballads, originals, four-part mountain gospel songs – and some flat foot dancing. Well-known for their charisma on stage and their ability to engage audiences of all ages, this group has been performing at the Carter Fold since shows first began at the A.P. Carter Grocery in the 1970s.

Crooked Road Music Festival Presents Youth Music Concert on Oct. 4th

Loose StringsAbingdon, VA -- The Crooked Road, in partnership with the Town of Abingdon, will present a Youth Music Concert on Friday, October 4th at 6:30 p.m. at Heartwood: Southwest Virginia’s Artisan Gateway as part of the 2nd Annual Abingdon Crooked Road Music Festival. The concert will feature some of the finest youth talent in Southwest Virginia: The Loose Strings Band, Tyler Hughes, and Kitty Amaral & Friends.

Virginia’s Musical Heritage Spread Over 4 Day Festival Oct 3rd-6th

Loose StringsAbingdon, VA- The Crooked Road, in partnership with the Town of Abingdon, will hold the 2nd annual music festival devoted to telling the story of The Crooked Road: Virginia’s Heritage Music Trail. On October 3rd-6th, 2013, Abingdon will be filled with the sounds of rich history and musical heritage of Southwest Virginia.

Tennessee Mafia Jug Band Frolick at Carter Fold Aug 24

Tennessee Mafia Jug BandFrom the pastoral hills, hollers, shopping malls, and interstate highways of Goodlettsville, Tennessee - home of Bill Monroe, Bashful Brother Oswald, Stringbean, Grandpa Jones, Keith Whitely - and some living country music performers - comes the most entertaining blast from the past since Lester Moran and the Cadillac Cowboys. They’re the Tennessee Mafia Jug Band – five guys and a scrubboard with roots like wisdom teeth. Saturday, August 24th, 2013 at 7:30 p.m. the Carter Family Fold in Hiltons, Virginia, will present a concert by the Tennessee Mafia Jug Band, an old time and bluegrass style band. Admission to the concert is $15 for adults, $1 for children 6 to 11, under age 6 free.

The Blackberries Featured at Heartwood

The Blackberries by Jonathan RomeoAbingdon, Virginia – The Crooked Road: Virginia’s Heritage Music Trail proudly presents a Youth Music Performance Series concert on Thursday, August 8th from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. at Heartwood: Southwest Virginia’s Artisan Gateway in Abingdon, Virginia. The concert will feature the Blackberries.

The Crooked Road Music Series at Heartwood to feature Historic 1908 Courthouse Jam

Historic 1908 Courthouse JamGrayson County is a place where traditional music seems to bubble up out of every nook and cranny. Places like Fries, Elk Creek, and Independence are synonymous with authentic old time music and the musicians who live there have a tremendous respect for tradition. Travelers along The Crooked Road seeking the authentic old time sounds of the region would do well to visit the Wednesday night old time jam at the Historic 1908 Courthouse in Independence. At 7:00 pm on Thursday, July 25, 2013, the Historic 1908 Courthouse Jam will be featured at Heartwood in Abingdon as part of The Crooked Road’s popular Venue Showcase music series.

Ralph Stanley II at Carter Fold July 6, 2013

Ralph Stanley IIHiltons, VA -- Being the son of a living legend isn’t easy. Despite the opportunities and public attention, there’s tremendous pressure to fill your father’s shoes. Your success or your failure in doing so is a matter of public record. Most artists get the opportunity to grow in relative anonymity. Ralph II didn’t have that luxury. When your father is Ralph Stanley, your course is pretty much mapped out at birth. Saturday, July 6th, 2013, at 7:30 p.m., the Carter Family Fold in Hiltons, Virginia, will present a concert by Ralph Stanley II. Admission to the concert is $10 for adults, $1 for children 6 to 11, under age 6 free.

Mountain Park Old Time Band Stirs Up The Carter Fold June 29th

Mountain Park Old-Time BandOver the past several years, the Mountain Park Old Time Band has been creating a stir in old time music circles. The group has five members, all of whom are versatile and talented musicians. Johnny Gentry plays guitar, dobro, and fiddle as well as doing vocals for the band. Nancy Gentry plays upright bass and sings. The only thing better than one fiddler, is two fiddlers. Roger Stamper also plays the fiddle. C. T. Janney plays the washboard – an “instrument” rarely played today. Dr. Mark Handy plays banjo and does vocals. When he’s not playing old time, Dr. Handy practices medicine in Abingdon, Virginia. Saturday, June 29th, 2013, at 7:30 p.m., the Carter Family Fold in Hiltons, Virginia, will present a concert by the Mountain Park Old Time Band. Admission tothe concert is $8 for adults, children 6 to 11 $1, under age 6 free.

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