The Crooked Road: Virginia’s Heritage Music Trail presents the UVa-Wise Bluegrass Band in concert on Thursday, February 8th from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. at Heartwood in Abingdon, VA. This concert is part of The Crooked Road Music Series at Heartwood.
The UVa-Wise Bluegrass Band had humble beginnings. During the concluding performance by the East Tennessee State University Bluegrass Band as part of the UVa-Wise 50th anniversary celebration, some questioned why the college did not have a bluegrass band of its own. Richard Galyean, the college’s band director and instructor of music, decided that night that there would be a bluegrass band in the near future. A few short years later, with only a few students, the band began. They played several concerts and enjoyed a receptive audience. The next year, UVa-Wise Guitar Instructor Chris Rose was brought in to oversee the ensemble, and the group grew by leaps and bounds.
In 2016 the group recorded their first full length CD “Pass It On” which received great reviews and was featured on several radio programs. In May of 2017 the band attended and performed for the Transatlantic Dialogue Conference in Luxembourg. The group played several concerts and toured the American Embassy. In 2018 the group added, eleven year old banjo player, Jacob Sturgill. Rose states “He is an honorary member or the Fifth Beatle if you will”.
The Crooked Road Music Series takes place each Thursday at Heartwood. The series features youth artists each 2nd Thursday along with open jams on the 1st, 3rd, 4th (and 5th) Thursdays to showcase Southwest Virginia performers. The Crooked Road Music Series is sponsored by Heartwood, Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development, Virginia Commission for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts.
More information can be found at The Crooked Road website, www.thecrookedroad.org, and at www.heartwoodvirginia.org. For additional information, please call (276) 492-2409 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.