The 2018 High Knob Music Festival will be held on Saturday, June 16, at the High Knob Recreation Area in the Jefferson National Forest, outside of Norton, Virginia. The event will start at 12 noon and go until 8:00 PM. The festival is free to the public. We kindly ask that you bring 3 can food products to donate to the local food bank.
The festival is in it’s 5th year growing from a small group of musicians playing for and with each other to an all day event featuring both local and regional artist showcasing their talents and unique styles of music. This years line-up offers the following artist.
Opening up the event at 12:00 will be Tyler Hughes & Sam Gleaves, two local artist that have been playing music together for some time. In 2017 they released their first album which features old time country music and newly written songs from the Appalachian mountains. The next band to take the stage on High Knob will be 49 Winchester. A local band that hails from Castlewood, Virginia. The five member band describes their style of music as heartfelt Appalachian folk songs meets heavy country blues. Their self titled debut album, came out in 2014, and they recently recorded the closing track from the album “1927 Jubilee: The New Bristol Sessions. Next on the stage will be Waynesville, North Carolina’s own Young Mister. Young Mister is singer/song writer Steven Fiore, who will be performing as a solo artist for the festival. Steven spent 6 years as a songwriter for Universal Music Publishing Group, before stepping out as Young Mister. He describes his music as melodic slacker rock. In 2016 he release his first, self titled, album. On to the next act, Adam Graybeal’s Hillbilly Soul, a Bristol, Virginia based band. Adam Graybeal has been on the music scene since 1998, making his debut at the age of 14 at “The Down Home”. He formed the Hillbilly Soul in 2016 and since has created a blending of bluegrass and blues to create a unique blues/mountain-grass sound that has been described as “blue-eyed mountain soul”. Featuring a full horns section this is a band to see.
Our final, and headliner band is The Whiskey Gentry. Originally from Atlanta, Georgia. A five piece band that has been on the music scene since 2009. They released their debut album in 2011, Please Make Welcome. Since then they have released 3 additional albums, Holly Grove, Live From Georgia and Dead Ringer. Their music has been described as a “toe-tapping, steamrolling kind of band, its fingers picking deep into fields of bluegrass…with a punk-inspired kick drum”. You will not want to miss this band!
We hope to see you on the mountain June 16, for a fun filled day of music.