Marion, VA -- Two wonderfully talented ladies from the little town of Pound, Virginia will be in concert on Saturday, June 7th at the Lincoln Theatre in Marion, Virginia for Song of the Mountains. Reagan Boggs will perform with her band as will Kaitlyn Baker and her fine group. “I think it is amazing that both these young ladies are so talented and both are from the same little town of Pound, Virginia in the coalfields of Southwestern Virginia”, says Tim White the host and executive coordinator of the award winning nationally televised concert series. “Both of these ladies have recently signed recording contracts with record labels and we are so glad to have them on Song of the Mountains on the same night”, says White.
Boggs has several recordings to her credit with her most recent CD titled Quicksand. The “quicksand” theme resonates throughout the 13 songs on the album, revealing a raw side that crosses a range of emotions from insecurity, hopelessness, loss and revelation. With her rich voice, she strips bare stark realities, feelings and situations that trap people in jobs, places and relationships.
Boggs again teams with producer / engineer Eric Fritsch (Sheryl Crow, Scott Miller) of Eastwood Studios in Nashville, TN. Quicksand features an array of talented musicians including Fritsch providing multiple parts, Dave Coleman of The Coal Men singing and playing steel guitar on the duet “You Deserve Better.”
Singer-songwriter Kaitlyn Baker’s music reflects the beauty of the Cumberland Mountains and the ruggedness of the coal-mining culture in which she was raised.
“My father and grandfather used to work in the coal mines,” she says. “People would gather around the town hall and play bluegrass music. I grew up listening to old rock and gospel. I feel as if all those things combined to give me a bluesy, country-rock style that’s a little sassy.”
This native of Pound, Virginia has co-written songs with established Nashville songwriters and has opened for such artists as Billy Currington, Doug Stone, Sawyer Brown, Rhonda Vincent, Sammy Kershaw, Brett Eldredge and Josh Gracin. With three self-produced albums behind her, Kaitlyn recently signed with Silvercreek Records in Nashville and plans to release her debut album on that label this summer, through Sony/RED.
Also on Song of the Mountains in Marion, Virginia on June 7th see and hear the fine bluegrass sounds of Mark Templeton and Pocket Change. Mark Templeton grew up in a musical family where he learned to pick and sing the "Blue Ridge Mountain" way. Throughout a career spanning more than 35 years and over 20 albums later, Mark continues to entertain crowds in the traditional Mountain bluegrass way. Mark's program includes a variety of musical styles, celebrating the finest Appalachian roots music. He is an exciting entertainer and thrills the audience with his incredible musicianship, particularly when he "Lets one go" on the banjo. Mark has recorded for Sonshine Records, QCA, ACA Records and is currently recording under the Homeland Records brand.
Rounding out the concert will be the Rose Sisters and Friends. The Rose Sisters, Jamie Collins and Karla Diller, have been playing in the southwest Virginia and Tri-cities area for the past three years. The girls released an album, America, in 2013 and have enjoyed playing music across the country; from Jamie’s homelands of the Appalachian Mountains to Karla’s journey back to the Rockies.
Jamie, from Bristol TN, has been around music her whole life. At age seventeen she struck the string of an upright bass and has yet to put it down. Jamie met Karla at East Tennessee State University in Johnson City TN in the Old Time, Bluegrass and Country Music Program in 2007 and graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Education in December 2012.
Karla grew up performing in Colorado and Wyoming. From theatre to bluegrass, she made her way to East Tennessee to partake in Appalachian Old Time tunes. She has never stopped her pursuit to experience and share music with as many people as possible and looks forward to the notes to come.
Meade Richter (fiddle) from Boone NC, Jamie’s father Tony Collins (guitar) and her brother Blake Collins (mandolin) shall be performing with The Rose Sisters. Each brings such a unique and tasty style to the tunes, it is just hard not to sit back and have fun! The most important idea this group wants to share is bringing everyone together to share in good company, music, and memories.
The Song of the Mountains concert and taping on June 7th will begin at 7:00 pm at the Lincoln Theatre in Marion, VA. Tickets and information is available at www.songofthemountains.org or by calling 276-783-6093. Tickets are $ 25 reserved seating.
The concert series is underwritten by the Town of Marion, VA, the Ellis Family Foundation including the General Francis Marion Hotel, Bank of Marion, Morehead State University, Emory and Henry College and Blue Ridge Country 98.1 WBRF Radio.
Song of the Mountain/Lincoln Theatre is a non-profit organization.