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The Steel Wheels announce lineup for sixth annual Red Wing Roots Music Festival set for July 13-15, 2018

The Steel Wheels have announced the first bands who will perform at the band’s sixth annual Red Wing Roots Music Festival set for July 13-15, 2018, in Mt. Solon, Virginia.. 

The already stellar lineup will include Steep Canyon Rangers,The Secret SistersDori FreemanLadamaCharley CrockettThe Way Down WanderersNicole Atkins and The War and Treaty. As festival hosts, The Steel Wheels will be there all three days. “We look forward to seeing you at our favorite weekend of the year,” the band writes on Facebook.

The full line up will be announced later this month. Tickets and info at www.redwingroots.com


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Year in Review: My favorite musical picks for 2017

While 2017 will be remembered for many things, it turned out to be a great year for new music. Artists including Steve Earle & the Dukes, Lee Ann Womack, Chris Stapleton, Rhiannon Giddeons and Jason Isbell turned out some amazing albums over the past 12 months, but you don’t need me to tell you that.

Instead, I am going to focus on my own purely subjective list that evolves mainly from music festivals I attended, interviews I conducted and stories I published online on this blog, HalfwaySouth.com or on HuffPost that features my favorite genres (primarily folk, Americana, country, rock) and up-and-coming artists that I hope you will take the time to listen to in the coming year and beyond.

And now, in no particular order, here’s my picks for the best listens of 2017. Happy listening! Continue reading


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The Steel Wheels announce full lineup for Red Wing Roots Music Festival on July 14-16 at Natural Chimneys Park

From the good folks at Red Wing Roots Music Festival:

Harrisonburg, Va. – The Steel Wheels and the Red Wing Roots Music Festival are pleased to announce a fifth consecutive year of great music and great fun at Natural Chimneys Park in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley. This year’s music festival will be held from July 14-16, 2017.

Festival hosts and hometown favorites The Steel Wheels will be joined by dozens of other artists, including Steve Earle & The Dukes, Lake Street Dive, Tim O’Brien, Sarah Jarosz, Mandolin Orange, Pokey Lafarge, The Cactus Blossoms, Darlingside, and many more! The full lineup can be viewed at http://www.redwingroots.com/2017-line-up/

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The Steel Wheels to present fifth annual Red Wing Roots Music Festival July 14-16

The Steel Wheels will present the fifth annual Red Wing Roots Music Festival on July 14-16, 2017 — three days, four stages and 40 bands at the beautiful Natural Chimneys Park and Campground in Mt. Solon, Virginia, in the heart of the Shenandoah Valley.

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Town Mountain, Caleb Caudle to perform on Saturday, Jan. 14, in Yadkinville, N.C., as part of Sounds of the Mountains concert series

The Yadkin Arts Council kicks off its 2017 Sounds of the Mountain Music Series, co-presented with Blue Ridge Music Center, with  Town Mountain  and special guest, Winston-Salem’s own Caleb Caudle , at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 14, at the Willingham Theater in Yadkinville, North Carolina. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased here.

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HoustonFest 2016 is set for June 10-11 in Galax, Virginia

HoustonFest is an annual bluegrass and old-time music festival, celebrating song and service, which is held at Felts Park, 601 South Main St., in Galax, Virginia, on the second weekend in June.  HoustonFest 2016 is set for Friday, June 10, through Saturday, June 11.

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