Bluegrass Festival Returns To Ronceverte, WV – Pt. 2

The original Skyline Bluegrass Festival was formed to preserve and advance the tradition of Bluegrass and Newgrass music in WV.  New Skyline Productions, Inc., a non-profit organization, is committed to embracing and continuing this purpose, and was formed to bring this widely popular event back to the River City in its outdoor Amphitheatre situated on the beautiful Greenbrier River. The stage is covered, but there is a nearby rain location (Clifford Armory in Ronceverte) secured in case of inclement weather.

The day will feature five high- energy groups that are comprised of local and regional musicians.  They include award winning

bluegrass bands High Fidelity (based out of Nashville, Tennessee) and Coaltown Dixie ( an all female band out of the Appalachian hills of East Kentucky).  Newcomers to the national scene is Troubadour Blue, composed of siblings Brenna and Eli Wheeler (of Nashville, Tenn.) and Daniel Kim Ethridge (Austin, Texas).  Award winning and Mill Point, WV native Richard Hefner, and The Black Mountain Bluegrass Boys have

been playing together for over 50 years.  This bluegrass quartet features Dave Bing, Blaine Sprouse, and “Black Mountain Bluegrass Girl” Joanna Burt-Kinderman.  All hail from and are proud to be West Virginians.

Rounding out the roster will be the Ramp Supper Band

Formed back in the 70’s, members include David and Henrietta Crandall, Buffalo “Bob Foster” and WV’s celebrated son, Richard Hefner.  In addition, the festival is proud to present special guest violinist extraordinaire, Adam DeGraff.

Ronceverte, a historical river and railroad community, has embarked on a well thought out restoration plan to transform the town into an important cultural and historical destination.  Ronceverte believes this event will play an important part in the town’s ongoing

revitalization.  Decisions are to start slow, be successful, and then grow the event with each year.

Food and beverages will be available for purchase by local vendors.

Story By

Scott Smith

Scott Smith is the General Manager for Allegheny Mountain Radio and Station Coordinator and News Reporter for WVLS. Scott’s family has deep roots in Highland County. While he did not grow up here, he spent as much time as possible on the family farm, and eventually moved to Highland to continue the tradition, which he still pursues with his cousin. Unfortunately, farming doesn’t pay all the bills, so he has previously taken other jobs to support his farming hobby, including pressman/writer for The Recorder, and Ag Projects Coordinator for The Highland Center. He lives in Hightown with wife Michelle and son Ethan. In his spare time, he wishes he had more spare time, especially to ride his prized Harley-Davidson motorcycle.

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