Norton Virginia’s Popular Music Venue Country Cabin II Will Soon Be Getting Some Major Improvements, Thanks To An Over 40 Thousand Dollars Grant From The Department Of Mines Minerals And Energy. The Money Will Be Used To Make Improvements To An Outdoor Stage, Insulate And Panel The Building So The Venue Can Be Used Year Round.
Big Stone Gap, VA – MECC will welcome more than 130 students to the 15th Annual Mountain Music School on campus July 22-26.
MECC’s Mountain Music School is a week-long event dedicated to the preservation and continuation of Appalachian music and culture. Students from age 10 and up learn to play an instrument of their choice, including beginning and advanced options in "old-time" fiddle, claw-hammer banjo, autoharp, guitar, mandolin, dulcimer, shape note singing, and dog house bass. In addition, a string-band class for intermediate/advanced musicians is offered for students who want to expand their skills in a group setting. A limited number of instruments are available to loan during the week.
The public is invited to join the class each day for a free concert from 1 to 2 p.m. in the Goodloe Center. The concert schedule is as follows:
· Monday, July 22 – Mountain Music School Faculty
· Tuesday, July 23 – Bill and the Belles
· Wednesday, July 24 – Whitetop Mountain Band
· Thursday, July 25 – Jim Lloyd
· Friday, July 26 – Mountain Music School Students
For more information about MECC’s Mountain Music School visit the Mountain Music School website atwww.mountainmusicschool.org or call 276.523.2400 ext. 304.
The date is set for February 4th as Ben Foy will take the morning show slot on WLSD, Ben Foy will bring over 40 years of radio experience to the table at WLSD, with a career that started in Taylorsville, North Carolina at WTLK in 1971. Ben leaves WETB 790 in Johnson City where he has served as morning show host and program director for the past 3 years. Ben's new Morning Show Jesus and Coffee on WLSD will feature a mix of Christian Hits,Interviews with Artists and members of the community! We hope that you'll make Ben Foy feel very welcomed to WLSD and be sure to wake up with Ben weekday mornings beginning February 4th with Jesus and Coffee On WLSD
New 10-track Compilation Available for Purchase Now at Amazon, iTunes
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Nashville, Tenn. (October 10, 2017) — For the first time in nearly a decade, country music duo Halfway to Hazard is back with new material. The album, appropriately titled, REDemptiOn, is available for purchase now.
Upon their debut to the country music scene in 2007, Halfway to Hazard hit with a rapid cannon fire. Suddenly the duo was opening for superstars Tim McGraw and Faith Hill and were making major label records with big time producers and engineers in famous studios. David Tolliver and Chad Warrix struggled to find balance between artistry and life, and the rigors of breaking through as a new artist. Tolliver especially struggled with the newfound success and celebrity status. Eventually, Halfway to Hazard hit a breaking point.
"We had to take a several year break from each other and the business to save our friendship," says Warrix. "The stop in momentum definitely damaged our rise to the top. But we are repairing the broken pieces of the puzzle and finding new ways because of our experience and knowledge to find success."
Following the duo's last album release in 2009, the two Kentuckians chose to take a break from their country music career. During that time, Tolliver focused on his career as a songwriter, while Warrix also kept writing songs and continued to perform on the road as a guitarist for various artists.
When Tolliver and Warrix reunited and made the decision to record new music, they didn't rush the process. Both are now in different places in their lives and wanted to draw from that. They wanted quality music that accurately reflected their current whereabouts in life.
"This new project means a lot to me," says Tolliver. "We took some time off, we had success before and we also had some heartache. Making this new album helped heal wounds and also brought back great memories of why we started doing this in the first place, to make music and play music."
Warrix adds, "The REDemptiOn album was a long time coming, I felt like we were just meant to make more music years ago but because of certain circumstances, we didn't get that chance. So, for me, it's been really important to get new music out that represents David and I not just as songwriters but also as artists."
The album's first single, "Heaven on Down The Highway" is especially important to the duo because of its message of redemption. "It's about looking forward to the future and not dwelling on a past that you can't change. This life is short and we need to 'rip off that rearview' and enjoy what is in front of us," Tolliver says.
"I'm in love with the whole concept of this album, REDemptiOn, because to me each one of these songs represents our growth as writers and artists in a town of so many gifted people," Warrix explains.
The project contains 10 all-new tracks, most of which are self-penned by the duo, and is produced by Tolliver, Warrix, and Matt McClure. The album is available via Picnic Hill Records.
REDemptiOn is available for download now at Amazon, iTunes and all digital retailers.
REDemptiOn Track Listing:
1. Thank God That You Do
2. Heaven on Down the Highway
3. Meet Me in Vegas
4. Love It Round Here
5. Breaking Me
6. American Outlaw
7. Story of Me
8. Let's Fight
9. Girls Like That
10. Rebel Spirit
About Halfway to Hazard
Halfway to Hazard is an American country music duo composed of singer-songwriters David Tolliver and Chad Warrix. Though Tolliver and Warrix grew up in different towns in southeastern Kentucky, their group originated in Hazard, Kentucky, which was halfway between their hometowns. The group's debut album, Halfway to Hazard, peaked at #14 on the Billboard Country Albums chart, landing them a Top 20 album straight out of the gate. Byron Gallimore and country music superstar Tim McGraw co-produced the project. Included on the album was their debut single, "Daisy," which earned them a Top 40 hit on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart in 2007. As a songwriter, Tolliver has penned songs that were later recorded by Tim McGraw, Brantley Gilbert, Jerrod Niemann, and more.
For more information on Halfway to Hazard, visit halfwaytohazard.com.
The Powerball jackpot is on the upswing again, growing to more than $400 million on the Thanksgiving holiday.
The jackpot was an estimated $403 million Thursday after no winning numbers were selected in a Wednesday night drawing. The next drawing is scheduled Saturday night, and the jackpot could grow in the meantime.
The prize is on the brink of becoming one of the largest jackpots in U.S. history if it keeps rolling with no lucky winners. A record-setting $1.6 billion jackpot was reached in January.
The odds of winning the Powerball jackpot are one in 292.2 million. The popular game is played in 44 states plus Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands
NASHVILLE, TN Country singer Holly Dunn has died at age 59 after battling cancer.
A close family friend told the media that Dunn passed away at a hospice facility in Albuquerque, NM, surrounded by friends and family members.
Back in March, the singer revealed she was fighting ovarian cancer.
Dunn rose to fame in the 80s with hits like "Daddy's Hands" and "You Really Had Me Going."
Dunn eventually left the music business to pursue a career as a painter.
Big Stone Gap, VA -- Mountain Empire Community College is highlighting the best of Southwest Virginia’s youth music and the cultivator of those talents with the release of “Youth Movement: A Tribute to Miss Ellie”.
Musician and Home Craft Days Festival Organizer Tommy Bledsoe said the CD release, which includes 28 old-time, bluegrass, gospel and early country music tracks, celebrates the 45th anniversary of the festival as well as the life of festival organizer Sue Ella Boatright-Wells and her remarkable dedication to preserving mountain music. “Youth Movement: A Tribute to Miss Ellie” features performances by Bill and the Belles, the Whitetop Mountain Band, Todd Meade and family, Empty Bottle String Band, Sam Gleaves, Kelsey Rae, The Buttermilk Girls, Brett Ratliff, Brandon Maggard, Corbin Hayslett, The Childress Girls, the Scott and Wise County JAM programs, the Mountain Music School Band, and Sycamore Hollow.
Bledsoe noted that while the establishment of Home Craft Days in 1972 brought attention to traditional music and the musicians who were playing it, the latest CD release demonstrates how that same music is being carried on and reborn through younger generations.
“In making this CD, I thought about what had changed,” said Bledsoe. “The most obvious change was the incredible number of young people who were now included in the festival, mostly due to the dedication of Sue Ella. She started Mountain Music School, helped get the Junior Appalachian Musician (JAM) programs started and created an additional stage at HCD to feature our youth musicians. As a result, dozens of new groups and individual performers had been appearing at the festival and we had a lot of good recording. In addition, some of the second and third generations of our legacy performers, like Todd Meade and his family, Martha and Kilby Spencer (Whitetop Mountain Band) and others were carrying on the music. That was our focus this year.”
Preserving mountain music was a hallmark effort of Boatright-Wells and Bledsoe added that she was able to enjoy the CD and have a hand in the musical selections before her death. Tracks include, “Darlin’ Cory,” by Corbin Hayslett (winner of the 2015 Orthophonic Joy Contest); Loretta Lynn’s “I’m a Honky Tonk Girl” by Kelsey Rae and Bill and the Belles; “Skillet Good and Greasy” by Whitetop Mountain Band; and original songs, like “Grandpa’s Working Shoes” by Sam Gleaves.
Several of the musicians featured on the CD started playing at Mountain Music School and in the afterschool JAM programs, including Tyler Hughes, Beth Miller, Maggie Gatley, and the Childress Girls. Bledsoe said not only are students preserving their legacy, but they are shaping the future of our region.
“A good number of those students who started getting interested in mountain culture are going deeper, wider and with more confidence than I could have imagined 25 years ago. Once they are invested with a sense of belonging to mountain culture, everything they do is shaped or influenced by it. If mountain people don’t understand the pathway from where we have come to now, they will be easily misled in the future. And the arts are a window into that history and the ownership of it,” Bledsoe said.
“Youth Movement: A Tribute to Miss Ellie” is available for purchase at MECC’s Bookstore, located in Holton Hall, and online at www.mecc.edu/bookstore. All proceeds benefit the Home Craft Days festival and Mountain Music School program.