The Crooked Road: Virginia’s Heritage Music Trail proudly presents a Youth Music Series Concert on Thursday, March 14th at 6:00 p.m. at Heartwood: Southwest Virginia’s Artisan Gateway. The concert will feature the New Spring Valley Boys from Grayson County. The New Spring Valley Boys grew out of the Albert Hash Memorial Band Program, directed by Emily Spencer, in Grayson County Public Schools. The band’s distinctive style merges the driving sounds of the Galax, VA, fiddle styles; the Round Peak, NC, styles of clawhammer banjo; and the rhythmic sound of old time guitar.
Fiddler Levi Funk's main goal is to keep some of the old Galax, VA, fiddle styles alive, such as that of Otis Burris. The mostly self-taught, award winning banjo player, Daniel Boyer, has a style that is influenced by that of Kyle Creed of Round Peak, NC. With his clean, note-filled playing, he is an essential part of the band’s blues-filled sound. Guitarist "Uncle Joe" Farmer, with his bass runs and driving back-up rhythm, is one of the old-time music world’s finest, and rounds out the band’s unique sound.
The Crooked Road weekly Thursday Night Music Series features 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 www.thecrookedroad.org.
The music series is sponsored by Heartwood, Appalachian Regional Commission, Virginia Tobacco Indemnification and Community Revitalization Commission, Virginia Commission for the Arts, and the National Endowment for the Arts.
Admission to the concert is free and donations are 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, VA, and features food, music, and craft of Southwest Virginia.
For more information on The Crooked Road Music Series or the Traditional Music Education Program call (276) 492-2409.