Mountains of Music comes to Christiansburg June 17

Scott County native and member of the legendary Carter family, Dale Jett and his trio, Hello Stranger, will perform in concert at The Celtic Hall on Main in Christiansburg on Saturday, June 17 at 7 p.m..

Joining them to present their high energy bluegrass and even higher harmonies will be the award-winning Johnny & Jeanette Williams Band. This special concert is part of the Crooked Road’s 3rd Annual Mountains of Music Homecoming and is presented jointly by The Crooked Road and the Montgomery Museum and Lewis Miller Regional Art Center.

Dale Jett, a grandson of A.P. and Sara Carter, is a prominent bearer of the Carter Family musical traditions that have significantly shaped American music. Dale performs on vocals, autoharp and guitar with his wife Teresa on bass, and Oscar Harris on autoharp, guitar, mandolin and vocals. Jett and Hello Stranger present

wonderfully authentic interpretations of the music of the original Carter Family, resulting in a true Appalachian Americana experience.

Johnny and Jeanette Williams have performed at bluegrass festivals in the US as well as abroad. They both won the Chris Austin Songwriter Contest for bluegrass at Merlefest, and Jeanette has received four Female Vocalist of the Year awards from SPBGMA. Great singing, songwriting and hard driving bluegrass are this band’s trademark.

This concert is part of the Mountains of Music on Main celebration, which starts at 3 p.m. with free concerts on Main Street in Christiansburg by Olen and Frances Gardner and Friends, Indian Run String Band, Adam McPeak & Mountain Thunder, and Mike Mitchell. Floyd Jam and Floyd Music School will also perform. A variety of food trucks, beer and wine will also be available.

Tickets for the 7 p.m. concert by Dale Jett & Hello Stranger and Johnny & Jeanette Williams are available online at or at the Montgomery Museum in Christiansburg.

The Mountains of Music Homecoming is an extraordinary nine-day music and cultural showcase event that stretches across the 333 miles of The Crooked Road, Virginia’s Heritage Music Trail. With 25 featured concerts and 130 cultural events, the Mountains of Music Homecoming invites travelers to follow the music through the heart of the scenic, culturally rich Crooked Road region. The theme for the 2017 Mountains of Music Homecoming is The Year We Sang.

Attendees to this concert can also visit nearby Windy Hill Guitarworks for impromptu jamming and to see handmade instruments under construction, or take in a one-of-a-kind exhibit on Virginia’s Forgotten Canneries at the Blue Ridge Institute at Ferrum College.

The Crooked Road’s 76-page Official Guide to the 2017 Mountains of Music Homecoming is free and available at all Virginia Welcome Centers, at Southwest Virginia public library branches, and at Southwest Virginia branches of New Peoples Bank, the Bank of Marion, and Union Bank & Trust.

The Crooked Road is grateful for the support of the Virginia Tourism Corporation, Blue Ridge Beverage, Roanoke Times, Holiday Inn Express & Suites in Christiansburg, WVTF, WDBJ-7, and Union Bank & Trust for helping to make the 2017 Homecoming possible. For tickets, schedules and more information about all Mountains of Music Homecoming concerts and cultural events, visit

— Submitted by Sue Farar

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