Mountain Heart to headline New River Land Trust Benefit Concert Nov. 3
On Nov. 3, award-winning acoustic-roots super-group, Mountain Heart, will be the headliner at a benefit for the New River Land Trust at Blacksburg’s Lyric Theater. This will mark Mountain Heart’s second appearance at LandJam and at the Lyric theatre. They headlined the event in 2011 and put on a truly impressive show for the near capacity crowd.
The show will also feature Johnsons Crossroad a band out of Asheville as the opening act. Johnson’s Crossroad has been described by friends and fans as everything from Appalachian Soul” to “Hillbilly Metal.” The band blends blues, roots-rock, folk, bluegrass, and Appalachian Old Time for a sound that The Daily Times’ Steve Wildsmith calls “both mournful and jubilant, breezy and graveyard serious.” He goes on to comment that frontman Paul Johnson’s voice “barely rises above a growl, but he stretches that sound to encompass the experience of a train-hopping hobo and the wisdom of an old man recalling loves lost and wars fought from the porch of a backwoods cabin.”
The New River Land Trust is a local non-profit formed to protect the farmland, forests, open spaces and historic places in Virginia’s New River region. This service area includes the counties of Bland, Carroll, Floyd, Giles, Grayson, Montgomery, Pulaski and Wythe and the cities of Galax and Radford. Since 2002, the New River Land Trust has worked hard to help conserve over 43,000 acres in the New River region. As the only American Heritage River in Virginia and one of only fourteen in the nation, the New River defines the region and supports the economy. Land conservation is critical as unprecedented development threatens the water supply, wildlife habitat, and the overall natural integrity of the region.
Widely known for their dynamic live performances, Mountain Heart continues to revolutionize the way acoustic music is presented and played and have been a driving force in Americana Roots and Progressive Bluegrass genres since forming in 1999. They have built a legion of fans over the years, appealing to a wide variety of musical tastes. In addition to headlining their own shows, they have shared the stage with a diverse group of performers including, The Avett Brothers, Grammy award-winning sensations, Alison Krauss and Vince Gill and Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductees, John Fogerty, Levon Helm, and Lynyrd Skynyrd. They have also played on the historic Grand Ole Opry stage more than 100 times.
All said, it should be a great evening of Appalachian music supporting conservation of the regions rural landscape and heritage!
Student tickets, $18; regular tickets, $22
Tickets available at newriverlandtrust.org, The Lyric Theatre, Lyric Theatre website www.thelyric.com or Vintage Cellar in Blacksburg.
– Submitted by Mona Charney
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