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Crooked Road's Mountains of Music Homecoming June 12-20

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The Crooked Road’s Mountains of Music HomecomingThe Crooked Road’s Mountains of Music Homecoming is a nine-day, region-wide celebration of the communities in Southwest Virginia – their traditional music, and all their many cultural and natural assets. The event includes Crooked Road concerts in over 30 communities, dozens of cultural experiences throughout the region, and over 70 existing traditional music related concerts, jam sessions, and festivals.

Tuesday, June 16 features the Lonesome River Band, Dale Jett & Hello Stranger at Bristol's Paramount Center for the Arts. Descendents of families who played at the 1927 Bristol Sessions will share the stage, including Sammy Shelor of the Lonesome River Band and A.P. Carter’s grandson Dale Jett with his group Hello Stranger. Check the Homecoming schedule for a complete list of Bristol events.

“Homecomings are an annual, time-honored celebration of families, churches, and communities in the Appalachian mountains,” said Crooked Road president John Kilgore. “For generations, folks have been coming home each year to sample the patchwork of local color and family traditions that make our small towns unique and special.”

“Our music is the heartbeat of those gatherings,” Kilgore continued. “The songs, the voices and the heartwarming lyrics have inspired musicians worldwide to draw on this exceptional heritage and style. The Mountains of Music Homecoming is an extraordinary opportunity and invitation to people from all over to come home to the magical place where this heritage music was born; to sit and spin with the best of authentic traditional artists while discovering the heart of the mountains that have shaped those sounds.”

Known internationally as a mecca of old-time, bluegrass, and gospel music, The Crooked Road connects the home places of some of the most cherished figures in American music – the Carter Family, the Stoneman Family, the Stanley Brothers, and bluegrass pioneers, Jim and Jesse McReynolds, among others – and spans a region celebrated for its beautiful landscape and seminal contributions to the nation’s art and music.

Over the nine-day festival, Crooked Road Concerts will present an outstanding array of artists in venues across the region including Blue Highway, Seldom Scene, John McCutcheon, Lonesome River Band, Dale Jett & Hello Stranger, Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper, Wayne Henderson & Jeff Little, Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver, Ronnie Reno and the Reno Tradition, and Ralph Stanley II just to name a few. By special arrangement, Cape Breton’s phenomenal Celtic band Còig, winner of the 2014 Canadian Folk Music Award’s Album of the Year, will play three concerts. Grammy and CMT award-winning violinist Mark O’Connor will perform at Marion, Virginia’s Lincoln Theatre for a taping of the nationally syndicated public television series, “Song of the Mountains.”

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