Country singer/guitarist/songwriter, Dan Perkins will be performing for pre-show performances on Trail of the Lonesome Pine. Dan will perform "When the Last Train Leaves appalachia", "Highway 23", and other songs. Join him as he be opens the stage on July 21 and again on August 25. The Trail of the Lonesome Pine is the longest continually running outdoor drama in the Commonwealth of Virginia, and is now the official Outdoor Drama of Virginia.
Perkins grew up near the coal mining town of Grundy, Virginia. Dan developed an early interest in music and began playing the guitar and singing around the age of ten. Music has been a part of his life for as long as he can remember. He formed a band in high school, called "The Vindets" and after college formed a band called "Phoenix", which played throughout VA, KY, TN, WV and even as far north as Michigan. One of the highlights of his time with "Phoenix" was performing for Lady Bird Johnson, former first lady and wife of President Lyndon Johnson.
During the past twenty years, Dan has concentrated on performing solo as a folk/country singer, guitarist/harmonica player and songwriter while appearing at festivals, county fairs, and corporate events.
Dan has written several songs, which he includes on his CDs and live performances. His latest CD, "Country/Folk" contains five original songs featuring "When The Last Train Leaves Appalachia". Dan plays all the instruments, sings all the vocals, and did all the engineering work on the CD. A video of "When The Last Train Leaves Appalachia" as well as a video of "Highway 23" can be viewed on Youtube.
Dan has performed thouthout southwest Virginia, east Tennesee, southern West VA, eastern Kentucky, Ohio and Michigan.
Dan has been the opening act for such perfomers as Ralph Stanley, Cowboy Crush, Trent Tomlinson, Blue Highway and Jason Michael Carroll. Visit our Tour Dates to find us in your area or visit our Contact page for bookings and CDs.
There can be no greater sense of wonder than that of a young person viewing a Trail of the Lonesome Pine production for the first time and sharing in the struggles, the humor, the feuding, the love and the adventure of the fast paced action which characterizes the exciting heritage of these strong-minded mountain people. The outside world crashed in upon their secure simple lives in a dramatic way that changed them forever.
It is the objective of the Lonesome Pine Arts & Crafts, Inc. to provide an exciting entertaining and accurate accounting of the story made famous in the early 1900's by the noted author John Fox, Jr. It depicts the effect that the discovery of coal in the Appalachian Mountains had on the people of this beautiful mountain region.