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Rooster Walk 10 announces initial lineup featuring JJ Grey & Mofro, Marcus King Band, Billy Strings and Jerry Douglas

Rooster Walk Music and Arts Festival fans, listen up:

The Axton, Virginia, Memorial Day weekend music festival set for May 24-27 turns 10 in 2018 and the initial roll out of artists in the lineup doesn’t disappoint.

J Grey & Mofro,, a southern soul and funk band from Florida, and The Marcus King Band along with  Billy Strings will return, both of whom were big hits at Rooster Walk 9. MerleFest favorite and dobro master Jerry Douglas and his jazz-grass band including guitarist Mike Seal and drummer Doug Belote, will make their Rooster Walk debut.

Also announced were Rooster Walk staples Americana/alt-country rockers Yarn  and R&B rockers Commonheart.

Of these acts, The Marcus King Band, Billy Stirngs, Yarn and The Commonheart are slated to play two sets each.

Early bird tickets are now on sale at this link.
The family friendly festival is held at the idyllic Pop’s Farm music venue located just outside of Martinsville.
Rooster Walk 10 will feature some 50 bands as well as arts/crafts/food vendors, kids’ activities, outdoor activities, on-site camping and more.

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Time is running out to get tickets to Doc Watson tribute ‘Docabilly’ featuring Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder

From the good folks at Acoustic Routes Concerts:

ANN ARBOR, Michigan – Acoustic Routes Concerts has announced Docabilly! – a celebration of the music of Arthel “Doc” Watson on what would have been his 95th birthday – is on track to sell out with fewer than 100 tickets remaining. Continue reading

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Six questions with Robert Earl Keen, who kicks off his ‘Merry Christmas From the Fam-O-Lee’ holiday show tour on Monday, Nov. 27

If you haven’t bought your tickets for Americana icon Robert Earl Keen’s annual holiday show tour, “Merry Christmas From the Fam-O-Lee,” that kicks off Monday, Nov. 27, at the Tivoli Theatre in Chattanooga, Tennessee, it’s not too late. And if you’ve never experienced it’s sure to become a favorite family tradition. Continue reading

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Lowland​ ​Hum​ ​releases​ ‘S​ongs for Christmas Time’ just in time for the holidays

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It’s a week before Black Friday, but you can start easing into the holiday spirit today with ​Lowland ​Hum’s ​”Songs ​for Christmas ​Time,” a ​collection of low-key holiday tunes “f​or ​those ​who ​need ​something ​a little ​less ​triumphantly ​cheerful ​during ​their ​holiday ​season.” Continue reading

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Leftover Salmon to perform at The Rives Theatre in Martinsville, Virginia

Rooster Walk Music and Arts Festival and FloydFest fans, listen up: You can catch a rare acousticLeftover Salmon! set beginning at 9 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 16, at the historic Rives Theatre in Martinsville, Virginia. Continue reading