Sunday, July 30, 2017 – 1:00 to 9:00pm
The Crooked Road: Virginia’s Heritage Music Trail concert celebrates the traditional music that has been kept by families and communities of Southwest Virginia since colonial times. Settlers of this mountainous region since the 1700’s have brought various ingredients – a cappella gospel music from German tradition that lives in the Old Regular Baptist churches today; spirituals, emotive singing and a musical gourd we now call a banjo from African tradition; and ballads and fiddles brought by the Scots-Irish and English. Mixed together, these ingredients have produced one of the richest musical traditions on earth. The variety of it is amazing – old time string bands, a cappella gospel, blues, 300 year-old ballads, bluegrass, and more! It is a music tradition that is as vibrant today as it has ever been. We hope you enjoy a day of Music from The Crooked Road at the Virginia Highlands Festival. For more information about The Crooked Road, visit www.thecrookedroad.org or call 276-492-2409.
In between sets, learn how to make traditional Appalachian crafts from ‘Round the Mountain artisans who will demonstrate hewing, quilting, spinning, weaving, and woodworking under the Pavilion from 12:30-6:00 PM. Artisans include: Gary Carroll, Rodney Hopkins, Katie McLaughlin, Joan Bear Minnick, Jennifer Newcomb, and Laura Post.
1:00pm & 3:00pm – Gravel Road
Gravel Road is a youth bluegrass band hailing from the Floyd/New River Valley area of Southwest Virginia. Since their formation in January of 2013, this talented group of young pickers has developed into a powerful vocal and instrumental group whose reputation and demand continues to grow throughout the region. Firmly rooted in tradition, with a fresh style appealing to audiences of today, Gravel Road is proud to help represent the face and future of bluegrass, gospel, and traditional string band music.
2:00pm & 4:00pm – The Yates Family
The Yates Family features Molly Yates (age 16) performing on guitar and mandolin and Sadie Yates (age 14) performing on dojo (half banjo, half dulcimer) and bass. The girls have been on stage with their parents, Tim (guitar) and Debbie (banjo), since early ages. A family based old time and bluegrass band from Smyth County, Virginia, the group has performed at regional festivals and including the Konnarock Fall Festival and the Whitetop Festival.
5:00pm & 7:00pm – Hollow Ground
Hollow Ground is a Bluegrass and Gospel music group from East Tennessee and Southwest Virginia. They have recorded 2 Albums, one is Bluegrass, the other Bluegrass Gospel. Most of the material on these recordings is original songs composed by the band members. They have performed on the nationally televised “Song of the Mountains” and many festivals, concerts, and churches throughout the region.
6:00pm & 8:00pm – Tune Town
Tune Town has been enjoying playing their energetic style of music for years. They are known for their dance melodies and mountain songs. The band features the twin fiddling of Joy Patton and Jeaneane McKinnon along with Mark Handy on the claw hammer banjo, Mitchell Funk on guitar, and keeping them together is bassist Jeff Jones. Get ready for some toe tapping music!