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Smyth County Performers Perform at Crooked Road Youth Music Series Concert

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Raisin' CainThe Crooked Road: Virginia’s Heritage Music Trail proudly presents a Crooked Road Youth Music Series concert on Thursday, September 13th at 6:00 p.m. at Heartwood: Southwest Virginia’s Artisan Gateway. The concert will feature the Yates Family Band and Raisin’ Cain. Acoustic, mountain and bluegrass music will be performed throughout the concert series.

The Yates Family Band features Molly Yates (age 12) performing on mandolin and Sadie Yates (age 10) performing on banjo and dojo (half banjo half dulcimer). 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, the group has performed at regional festivals and including the Konnorack Fall Festival, and Whitetop Festivals. For this performance, the girls will be joined by their grandmother, Lorene Ball, on guitar and their uncle, Greg Yates, on bass.

Raisin' Cain is a bluegrass band made up of members Courtney Wright (banjo & vocals), Ricky McReynolds (mandolin & vocals), Crystal Shipley (fiddle & vocals), Randy Blevins (guitar & vocals) & Aaron Tipton (bass & vocals). Raisin' Cain was formed in 2011 and plays a mixture of progressive & traditional bluegrass music. The group’s unique sound features vocal harmonies and showcases the musical talent of each band member.

“The Youth Music Series provides an avenue for highlighting outstanding youth performers from throughout the region” said Jonathan Romeo, Program Manager for The Crooked Road’s Traditional Music Education Program. “The level of talent among these young musicians is astounding”.

The Crooked Road Music Series will continue through 2012 and will feature youth music performers, as well as showcasing Venues of the Crooked Road region. Heartwood features open jams on the 1st, 3rd, (and 5th) Thursday of every month. A complete schedule for the music series is available on The Crooked Road website at

The music series is sponsored by The Crooked Road, Heartwood, Appalachian Regional Commission, Virginia Tobacco Indemnification and Community Revitalization Commission, Virginia Commission for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Admission is free and donations will be accepted for The Crooked Road Traditional Music Education Program (TMEP). Heartwood: Southwest Virginia’s Artisan Gateway is located off I-81 at Exit 14 in Abingdon, Virginia and features food, music, and craft of Southwest Virginia.

For more information on The Crooked Road Music Series call (276) 492-2409 or email:

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