Abingdon, 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.
“This concert highlights some of the outstanding musical talent of the region’s youth.” said Jonathan Romeo, Program Manager for The Crooked Road’s Traditional Music Education Program. “Each of these artists is outstanding in their field, and showcasing them together is sure to create an exciting performance!”
The Loose Strings Band from Galax Virginia is a group of all girls ranging in age from 15 to 19. They have been together for 8 years, and have performed throughout the region at festivals, weddings, benefits, and churches. Three of the band members are now in college, but still find time for their music! The band plays an eclectic repertoire of bluegrass, gospel, and country music, and are known for their tight vocal harmonies. As a highlight in their young career, they have had the distinct honor of recently working with Sammy Shelor, the banjoist and leader of the Lonesome River Band, as their mentor and producer of their two new CD's, “The Next Chapter” and “Everlasting Faith”.
Born in the coal mining town of Big Stone Gap, Virginia, Tyler Hughes has been exploring the world of old time music since age 12. Tyler found his love for Old Time banjo several years ago and continues his study of the instrument at East Tennessee State University (ETSU) where he is currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Bluegrass, Old Time, and Country Music Studies. Tyler can be seen performing with several groups including the Empty Bottle String Band, ETSU’s Old Time Pride Band, and The Generation Gap. Along with studying the traditions of Appalachian music, Tyler also teaches and promotes old time music through Mountain Empire Community College’s Mountain Music School. His most recent album, “Wise County Jail”, was released in 2012 and can be found at various retailers including Heartwood, The Post, and online at County Sales.
Kitty Amaral & Friends enjoy sharing an array of historical old time tunes from the region and beyond. Kitty is 11 years old and from Elk Creek, Virginia. She began playing the fiddle at age 5 and is presently a student of the old time fiddler, Jerry Correll. Kitty was recently awarded The Wayne Henderson and Swannanoa Gathering scholarships for old time fiddle playing, and has won numerous awards at fiddlers conventions throughout Virginia and North Carolina. Kitty has studied and played music under many fine fiddlers including April Verch, Brad Leftwich, Jerry Correll, Matt Combs, James Leva, Erynn Marshall and Shane Cook. She dreams of sharing old time music around the globe someday! Kitty heads up the band on fiddle, with Donna Correll on bass; Kyle Dean Smith, banjo; Harrol Blevins, guitar; and Jerry Correll, technical advisor.
For more information on the performers, the full schedule and to purchase tickets: visit http://www.abingdon-crookedroadmusicfest.com/ or call the Abingdon Convention and Visitors Bureau at 1-800-435-3440.T