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‘Live at the Rives Theatre Concert Series’ kicks off with Love Canon on Saturday, Jan. 30

Updated with local musician Chris Wood opening for Love Canon.


The historic Rives Theatre in uptown Martinsville, Virginia, will kick off its annual fundraiser “Live at the Rives Theatre Concert Series” 2016 season with Love Canon on Saturday, Jan. 30. Fans of Rooster Walk Music and Arts Festival and FloydFest won’t want to miss this show to get a preview of one of the acts that will be featured at FloydFest 16 and hopefully at Rooster Walk 8.

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Red Wing IV Roots Music Festival announces initial lineup

Red Wing Roots Music Festival announced this week the initial lineup for its fourth festival set for July 8-10, 2016, at Natural Chimneys Park  near Staunton, Virginia.
Along with The Steel Wheels, the festival host, the first 10 bands scheduled to perform at the 2016 event are Shovels & RopeSteep Canyon RangersAoife O’DonovanChris SmitherThe Dustbowl RevivalAmy HelmYarnMountain HeartThe Black Lillies and The Hollering Pines.

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Phuzz Phest adds London garage-pop band Yuck to 2016 lineup

The full lineup for Phuzz Phest 2016 will be announced soon, but organizers have announced three bands so far. From the Facebook page today:

“We’re excited to announce another A++ act from this year’s lineup, London garage-pop outfit Yuck!! Check out the single from their upcoming album, and see them this April at Phuzz Phest!” Continue reading

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Five Questions with Nanci Griffith in 2007

In February 2007, Nanci Griffith played at The Carolina Theatre in Greensboro, North Carolina. I had the opportunity to do a phone interview with her to preview the concert for The Fayetteville Observer. Nearly a decade, later Griffith fans are eager to hear any news about the singer-songwriter, who has gone eerily silent. Her most recent album, “Intersection,” released in 2012 is available for streaming to Amazon Prime customers. Continue reading

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PhuzzPhest 2016 adds Sunflower Bean to lineup

The folks at Phuzz Phest announced today the following addition to the 2016 lineup: “Rolling Stone named Sunflower Bean as one of the most anticipated bands of 2016, and we’re excited to have them at the festival this April! Check out their new single via Stereogum,”  festival organizers announced on Facebook.

Winston-Salem’s Premier Music Festival, returns to the Camel City for its sixth annual event with 50-plus bands and much more the weekend of April 15-16, organizers report.

Weekend wristbands are on sale now. The full lineup and more information White Denim, coming soon at

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MerleFest adds Brandi Carlile, Tim O’Brien, Sam Bush Band and Jim Lauderdale to 2016 lineup

This just in from the folks at MerleFest:

“MerleFest, presented by Window World and slated for April 28-May 1, 2016, is proud to announce four more additions to the 2016 lineup: Brandi Carlile, Tim O’Brien, Sam Bush Band and Jim Lauderdale. These artists join over 100 other artists already announced, including John Prine, Old Crow Medicine Show, Dave Rawlings Machine, The Wood Brothers, Alison Brown, Peter Rowan, Doug Seegers, Steep Canyon Rangers and more! The four-day event, the largest roots and Americana music festival in the nation, takes place on the campus of Wilkes Community College in Wilkesboro, North Carolina, in the heart of Appalachia. MerleFest continues the legacy of Doc Watson and is a benefit for the college. This homecoming of roots music artists and fans draws nearly 80,000 participants every year. Continue reading

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Lettuce, Sam Bush Band added to Rooster Walk 8 lineup

This just in from the folks at Rooster Walk Music and Arts Festival:

Organizers of the Rooster Walk Music & Arts Festival announced the addition of eight bands to the lineup, led by co-headlining acts Lettuce and the Sam Bush Band. Continue reading