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Gravel Road and Pike City Featured in Youth Music Series

Gravel Road, Photo by Chelsa YoderAbingdon, Virginia – The Crooked Road: Virginia’s Heritage Music Trail proudly presents a The Crooked Road Youth Music Series at Heartwood concert on Thursday, December 12th from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Heartwood: Southwest Virginia’s Artisan Gateway in Abingdon, Virginia. The concert will feature the up and coming youth groups Gravel Road and Pike City.

Gravel Road is a bluegrass band hailing from the Floyd/New River Valley area of Southwest Virginia. Since their formation in January of 2013, this talented group of 10 to 13 year-olds has developed into a powerful vocal and instrumental ensemble 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.

From the heart of the Blue Ridge, Pike City performs a variety of music from bluegrass to new grass, to gospel. This dynamic group consists of four exceptional musicians - Becca Miller, 16 (fiddle and vocals); Zeb Hicks, 17 (banjo and vocals); Tony Hicks,15 (guitar and vocals); and Karissa Hayden,17 (bass and vocals). Pike City has performed at venues and festivals throughout the region, and the group and its members have won numerous contests and competitions. Pike City recently released their debut CD, titled "Ready to Go”.

The Crooked Road Music Series features youth music performers, as well as showcasing venues of the Crooked Road region. These events along with open jams on the 1st, 3rd, (and 5th) Thursday of every month are hosted at Heartwood. A complete schedule for the music series is available on The Crooked Road website at www.thecrookedroad.org or at www.heartwoodvirginia.org. The music series is sponsored by The Crooked Road, Heartwood, Virginia Commission for the Arts, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

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. Admission to the concert is free and donations will be accepted for The Crooked Road Traditional Music Education Program (TMEP).

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