The Highland County Arts Council will bring two of The Crooked Road’s outstanding artists to the Highland Center on Saturday, June 15. The 7 p.m. concert will feature Erynn Marshall and Carl Jones.
The duo are old-time musicians and inspired tunesmiths from Galax, Virginia. They are married – in life and music. They sing southern song-duets and play powerful fiddle, guitar, mandolin, banjo tunes. While rooted in the traditional sounds of older players, they stay true to their own muse by composing new, tradition-rooted music. Carl’s song, Last Time on the Road was featured on the grammy-award winning album “Unleashed” by the Nashville Bluegrass Band. They have won many awards for their playing including Erynn’s 1st place fiddle and Carl’s 2nd place banjo win at Clifftop, WV and Carl’s 3rd place guitar win at Winfield – both premier festivals in the United States. They have 15 recordings between them including their duet CD Sweet Memories Never Leave. Erynn and Carl have recently toured in the US, Canada, Europe, Australia and China.
The Crooked Road is Virginia’s Heritage Music Trail. It celebrates the traditional music of Southwest Virginia. The settlers of this mountainous region brought various ingredients – a cappella gospel music from German tradition that lives in the Old Regular Baptist churches today; spirituals, emotive singing and a musical gourd we now call a banjo from African tradition; and ballads and fiddles brought by the Scots-Irish and English. Mixed together, these ingredients have produced one of the richest musical traditions. It is this mixture that has produced performers like Erynn Marshall and Carl Jones.
“Thanks to the Virginia Commission for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Community Foundation of the Central Blue Ridge, the Council is able to bring these nationally recognized performers to Highland,” said the Council’s president, Jason Canze. “Without that support it would be impossible for us to offer the concert at the minimum admission we charge.”
Doors open at the Highland Center at 6:30 for the 7 p.m. concert. Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for students 15-18 and free for those under 15.