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Franklin County artist to perform Saturday
Crooked Road Youth Festival highlights the future of mountain music
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Photo by Leah Prater: Travis Starkey of Franklin County will be performing with Cheryl Lunsford on the Heartwood Stage Saturday from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m.

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

The Crooked Road region is well known for its musical history, but the future looks just as bright.

The second annual Crooked Road Youth Music Festival at Heartwood on Saturday, May 11 will present some of the most talented young performers in the region.

Franklin County's Travis Starkey will be among 15 bands to be featured in performances on two stages throughout the day.

Other festival performers include Adam McPeak & Mountain Thunder, New Spring Valley Boys, Loose Strings Band, Tyler Hughes, Cathrine Conner & Friends, Raisin' Cain, Yates Family Band, Butcher Family, Valley Grass, and Kitty Amaral.

The festival will also highlight groups representing area traditional music programs, including Mountain Music School String Band, Honaker FFA Bluegrass Band, WiseJAMS String Band and Virginia Highlands Community College Old Time String Band.

"With youth artists, you are often finding out about talented performers you didn't even know about. That's what makes it especially exciting," said said Jack Hinshelwood, executive director of The Crooked Road. "Sometimes they are learning so fast that ones who don't attract much attention one year are dropping jaws the next year."  

A beginner Contra Dance Workshop with caller Phoebe Williams from Blacksburg will also take place from 6 to 7 p.m. with music by New Spring Valley Boys.

 The Crooked Road Youth Music Festival is sponsored by Heartwood, Abingdon Convention and Visitors Bureau, Capo's Music Store, the D'Addario Foundation, Dominion, the Foundation for Bluegrass Music, Guest Services Inc., Pepsi, Virginia Commission for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts, Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development, and the Wayne C. Henderson Scholarship Program. 

Heartwood: Southwest Virginia's Artisan Gateway is located off I-81 at Exit 14 in Abingdon, and features food, music, and craft of Southwest Virginia.

The festival will be held from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Admission is $5 for adults, $2 for children 6-12, and kids 5 and under are free.  

For more information, call (276) 492-2409 or email

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