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First Listen: Little Feather mixes it up with release of new single ‘Hillbilly Love Song’

If you took a salt shaker and threw in some Loretta Lynn, Patty Loveless and Little Big Town and shook it up, what just might come out is the sound of Curb Records’ newest act, Little Feather.

I have the pleasure of releasing the award-winning group’s debut single today, right here, right now.

“Hillbilly Love Song (Hey Y’all)” at first listen is an upbeat, fun tune that showcases lead singer Liz Sharpe‘s vintage-modern vocal skills along with the band’s organically optimistic acoustic playing.

The almost jauntiness of the genre-defying tune, however, belies the sadness and longing reflected in the lyrics and the rich harmonies. “I was born a miner’s daughter, how did i lose the girl I used to be?…Tonight i want to hear a hillbilly love song. I’ve been an uptown girl for way too long … I want to dance with nothing but my boots on.

Makes you want to listen, doesn’t it? And you’re in luck because you can hear it first here.

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FloydFest 2017 tickets increase July 1

FloydFest 17 — experience FREEDOM, July 26-30, 2017!  is the latest annual offering from the Southeast’s premier summer outdoor music festival at Milepost 170.5 on the Blue Ridge Parkway just outside Floyd, Virginia.

Tickets are available now at www.floydfest.com for five days of music, magic and mountains, featuring outdoor adventure, vibrant and varied vendors, quality brews and chews, healing arts, workshops and whimsy, children’s activities, art installations and a lineup featuring more than 100 artists on nine+ stages. That said, why pay more than you have to? Ticket prices increase at 12:01 a.m. Saturday, July 1, 2017. Buying now saves you $25 per ticket over gate prices on a 5-Day GA ticket. Buy NOW! (Some ticket types are almost sold out!)

This year’s event lineup includes Michael Franti and Spearhead, St. Paul and The Broken Bones, Railroad Earth, Shovels and Rope, White Denim, Turkuaz, Fruition, Nicola Cruz, The Steel Wheels, HONEYHONEY, BIG Something, Shook Twins, Baskery, Zach Deputy, The Lil Smokies, Rebekah Todd and The Odyssey, Jack Broadbent, Urban Soil, Honey Island Swamp Band, The Mantras, Edward David Anderson, Dead 27s, DAVY KNOWLES, McLovins, Hayley Jane and the Primates, The Drunken Hearts, Kansas Bible Company, Trae Pierce & the T-Stones, Liver Down the River and Broccoli Samurai.

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YEP ROC 20: Storied record label celebrates 20th anniversary with three nights of music in North Carolina on Oct. 19-21

From the good folks over at Yep Roc Records: 
The artist-driven label that proudly refuses to be labeled, will celebrate its 20th anniversary with Yep Roc 20, a three-night concert blowout to be held October 19, 20 and 21, in Carrboro, North Carolina, and its new hometown of Hillsborough, North Carolina.

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Brevard Music Center kicks off 81st season with performances by Sarah Siskind and Sunliner, Lee Ann Womack, Ricky Skaggs

Some of my favorite artists are part of the Brevard Music Center’s 81st season, which kicks off with an opening night performance of Beethoven 5, conducted by Brevard Music Center’s Artistic Director Keith Lockhart on Thursday, June 22.

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People’s Blues of Richmond to perform at Pop’s Farm home to Rooster Walk Music and Arts Festival on Friday, June 30

The Ninth Annual Rooster Walk Music and Arts Festival is in the books but that doesn’t mean the music at its location at Pop’s Farm in Axton, Virginia, has to stop. In fact, on Friday, June 30, you can catch Rooster Walk regular the People’s Blues of Richmond  performing on the Pine Grove Stage beginning at 7:30 p.m.

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The Kruger Brothers to headline Wayne Henderson Music Festival & Guitar Competition on June 17

The Kruger Brothers are headlining the annual Wayne Henderson Music Festival & Guitar Competition set for noon on Saturday, June 17, at  Grayson Highlands State Park. Tickets are $20 plus parking fee. Kids 12 and younger are free with a paying adult. Continue reading


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Wolf Hills Brewing to host The Howling Craft Beer and Music Festival June 2–3

If you’re in Abingdon, Virginia, or headed to the area the first weekend in June, check out
Wolf Hills Brewing’s The Howling Craft Beer and Music Festival on June 2-3, 2017. The brewery is located at 350 Park St SE. The festival will feature Drivin N Cryin, The Trongone Band (fresh off some amazing sets at Rooster Walk 9), Time Sawyer, Sarah Shook and the Disarmers, Dave Eggar, Amythyst Kiah and many more.