Country rockers Pure Prairie League took their name from an obscure 19th century Temperance Union mentioned in the 1939 film Dodge City. But this distinctly American band, with its 40-year career and long line of top hits, escaped obscurity long ago. Although fan favorites right out of the gate it took a number of years before Pure Prairie League, formed by vocalist/guitar player Craig Fuller, had its first hit. But it couldn’t have picked a better way to start, and “Aimee” not only put PPL on the map, but went on to become perhaps the most well-known and beloved country rock songs of all time, according to the High Point Theatre website.
The 31st annual Lexington Barbecue Festival is set for Saturday, Oct. 25. Organizers of the festival are expecting some 150,000 people to attend this weekend’s festivities that include music, food, craft vendors and children activities. Among the free performers will be Sugarland’s Kristian Bush and 2014 American Idol winner Caleb Johnson, who is a native of Asheville. Find the entertainment schedule here.
Following is an interview with Bush that I wrote for The Fayetteville Observer in April 2007.
MARTINSVILLE, Va. — The roar of stock cars and trucks racing around the Martinsville Speedway aren’t the only sounds that are going to be heard this race weekend in Southwest Virginia. Continue reading
MARTINSVILLE, Va. — The third annual Turn 5 Concert Series means two nights of free outdoor music, Oct. 24-25, during Martinsville Speedway race weekend.
On the heels of last night’s International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) Awards, you can catch many of the winners performing today, Oct. 3, and Saturday, Oct. 4, in Raleigh at Wide Open Bluegrass, part of the IBMA’s World of Bluegrass annual event.