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DelFest Announces Initial Lineup for 2020

By BRO Admin | 25 Nov 19
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DelFest, the festival brainchild of Del McCoury and his extended McCoury family now in its 13th year, in partnership with High Sierra Music, announced an initial star-studded lineup today. Held at the Allegany County Fairgrounds in beautiful Cumberland, MD, DelFest originated from the desire to create a family-friendly music festival celebrating the rich legacy of McCoury…

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Trail Mix: On the Rise

By Jedd Ferris | 25 Sep 19
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Four Southern Artists, You Need to Hear If you’re searching for new tunes this fall, check out the sounds of these four emerging regional acts. Kelsey Waldon Listen If You Like: Loretta Lynn, Nikki Lane  The Sound: Originally from the small community of Monkey’s Eyebrow, Ky., Waldon possesess a classic country voice and wry wit…

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A Walk in Nature with Victor Wooten

By Road Team | 22 Aug 19
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Just as Telluride Jazz Fest was kicking off, Victor Wooten, the legendary bass guitarist, and five-time Grammy winner, met with thirty music enthusiast for a walk in the woods. He started out the stroll with an easy conversation: “Share with me a word that describes mother nature.” Peace, Nurturing, Harmony, Vibration, Mystical, Beauty. “Now share…

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Leading the Charge

By Addie Oldham + Ellie Bowen | 14 Aug 19
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Photo of Lauren Hughes by Tyler Allen Meet 16 Young Athletes and Outdoor Entrepreneurs who are changing the face of Adventure  In a time where our environment faces threats from every angle, it is encouraging to learn that not all hope is lost. We searched high and low for young environmentalists, athletes, musicians, and outdoors…

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Confluence: Where Music Gathers

By BRO Admin | 31 Jul 19
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Above Photo Courtesy of The U.S. National Whitewater Center WHAT: Whitewater Center has created a new festival that aims to highlight, celebrate, and support the Charlotte music industry and community. Confluence is part festival, part conference, and part platform. It will feature two days of live performances and panel discussions covering a range of topics from…

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Trail Mix: Groundhog Gravy & The Gauley River

By Dave Stallard | 16 May 19
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Groundhog Gravy swings by the Trail Mix blog to chat up music and whitewater rafting.

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Fest Finds

By Jedd Ferris | 03 May 19
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Music Finds & Festival Gear Finds Part of the fun of festivals is finding new favorite bands. Check out these four acts playing music bashes in the region.   The Allman Betts Band Fans of the Allman Brothers Band should take notice of this family offshoot carrying the legacy forward of the Southern blues explorers.…

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Festival Guide 2019: Do Your Fest

By Jedd Ferris | 30 Apr 19
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100+ Essential Blue Ridge Festivals Call your friends, grab tickets, and get ready to go. Within our yearly guide of more than 100 Blue Ridge festivals we’ve highlighted outdoor galas for all interests, bringing you the nitty gritty on the region’s best experiences in music, craft beer, art, and adventure. Virginia Creeper Fest  Abingdon, Va.…

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Trail Mix – Zaq Suarez

By Dave Stallard | 15 Mar 19
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Regrettably, I hopped on the Zaq Suarez train a bit late. I fell in love with the former Asheville based songwriter’s last band, The Hermit Kings, just before they disbanded. Since then, I managed to catch him live just once, though it was a terrific songwriter showcase that so aptly put on display Suarez’s songwriting…

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Music Festival: Red Wing Roots Headliners Annouced

By BRO Admin | 20 Feb 19
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Red Wing Roots Announces Headliners for Seventh Annual Festival Harrisonburg, Va. – The Red Wing Roots Music Festival will return to Natural Chimneys Park in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley for the seventh time this summer – featuring, as always, local favorites and festival hosts, The Steel Wheels. The 2019 festival will take place from July…

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Trail Mix: Amy McCarley

By Dave Stallard | 08 Feb 19
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On the morning of April 14th, 1981, my third grade classmates and I packed on to buses and headed to the dry lake bed that was home to the flight line at Edwards Air Force Base, California, to witness history. That morning, Columbia – the first Space Shuttle – landed in the Mojave Desert, marking…

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Trail Mix: New Albums and Rhiannon Giddens

By Jedd Ferris | 07 Feb 19
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New Albums by the musicians you want to listen to. Rhiannon Giddens Returns with New Collaboration, Our Native Daughters Rhiannon Giddens first emerged in the Grammy Award-winning Carolina Chocolate Drops, a popular acoustic trio that revived the underappreciated traditions of black string band music in the South. She’s since pivoted to a solo career and…

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Trail Mix – February 2019

By Dave Stallard | 01 Feb 19
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Trail Mix smacks that polar vortex right in the kisser with brand new tunes from Ryan Bingham, Darlingside, Dale Watson, Liz Brasher, Galactic, The Way Down Wanderers, and many more!

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Music Fest: Getting Down at the South Hill Snowdown

By Shannon McGowan | 07 Jan 19
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Maybe it was the bear and raccoon jamming on banjos in the ad that got you to the South Hill Snowdown. Or maybe you’re an avid folk/bluegrass lover, and the headliner Railroad Earth grabbed your attention. Or maybe you live for a merry and bright Christmas party and wanted an excuse to wear some funky…

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Top Southern Spins: Best Albums of 2018

By Jedd Ferris | 01 Dec 18
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Check out our list of the year’s best records from acts who hail from our Blue Ridge footprint. Lucy Dacus • Historian This emerging Richmond-based indie rock singer-songwriter sounds more assured than she did on her excellent 2016 debut No Burden. Throughout Historian, Dacus uses swells of strings and emotive horns to add sonic punch…

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