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Red Wing IV Roots Music Festival announces initial lineup

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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.

Stay tuned, many more to be announced soon!

Following is a letter from The Steel Wheels reprinted from the website:

Dear Red Wing Roots Family,

As we climb out from our Shenandoah Valley snow bunker, we are dreaming of July: summer warmth, longer days, and our favorite gathering of people at Natural Chimneys Park for our 4th annual Red Wing Roots Music Festival.

We are currently back on the road with a busy touring schedule and new songs in the works. We hope to spend a little time in the studio this year recording another album. It’s our favorite season in our work as musicians, the season of new possibility and creation. And although we have fresh energy with exciting new sounds and music, we also feel happy to be in a groove, where some things remain unchanged and dependable.

Similarly, we’re excited to be in a groove with Red Wing. There is a momentum that is comfortable and yet many times, has surprised us all with collective beauty and joy. We’ve benefited from so many people willing to put in their creativity, sweat, time and even tears to make this a GREAT local festival, as good as it gets anywhere! It’s nice to start feeling the consistency and dependability of traditions seeping into this gathering. BUT make no mistake, we still have some tricks up our sleeves! We won’t become too comfortable or complacent. We’re going to keep on pushing ourselves to do it better each year.

Let’s make it the best yet.

Your Friends,
The Steel Wheels
Trent, Jay, Eric and Brian


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