|Travis Starkey is the member of The Spiritual Seven|
Photo by Leah Prater:
Franklin County’s Travis Starkey is a featured artist in the Crooked Road Youth Music Series concert on July 12.
Wednesday, July 11, 2012
Franklin County's Travis Starkey will be featured in The Crooked Road Youth Music Series concert on Thursday, July 12 at 6 p.m. at Heartwood.
The concert will also feature Loose Strings from Galax.
Starkey, a 15-year-old guitarist, has been playing since age 7 and performs a variety of music. He's the lead guitar player for gospel group Larnell Starkey & The Spiritual Seven of Virginia.
Starkey and Cheryl Lunsford will pay tribute to the great Doc Watson with some of Doc's signature songs, like "Windy & Warm" and "Deep River Blues."
Loose Strings has been playing music together for five years -- performing at area fiddler's conventions and festivals, benefits and churches. In 2010, they won the Appalachian Idol contest, sponsored by Joy Ranch Home for Children with performances following at Nashville Palace in Nashville and the Alabama State Festival.
The band members include Ashley Nale (vocals and banjo), Lindsey Nale (vocals and fiddle), Grace Wilson (vocals and bass) and Channing Russell (vocals and guitar).
"The Youth Music Series provides an opportunity for highlighting outstanding youth performers from throughout the region," said Jonathan Romeo, program manager for The Crooked Road's Traditional Music Education Program. "These young performers are key to the future of music of their home communities."
The Crooked Road Music Series will continue through 2012 and will feature youth music performers, as well as showcasing venues of the Crooked Road region. A new Heartwood Jam Session features open jams on the 1st, 3rd and 5th (when applicable) Thursday of every month. A complete schedule for the music series is available on The Crooked Road website at www.thecrookedroad.org.
The music series is sponsored by The Crooked Road, Heartwood, Appalachian Regional Commission, Virginia Tobacco Indemnification and Community Revitalization Commission, Virginia Commission for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts.
Admission is free and donations will be accepted for The Crooked Road Traditional Music Education Program (TMEP). Heartwood: Southwest Virginia's Artisan Gateway is located off I-81 at Exit 14 in Abingdon, Virginia and features food, music and crafts of Southwest Virginia.