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Randy Waller and the Country Gentlemen to headline 42nd annual Dock Boggs and Kate Peters Sturgill Festival

Randy Waller and the Country Gentlemen is the featured act at this year’s Dock Boggs and Kate Peters Sturgill Festival, one of the region’s most time-honored music traditions.
The festival begins on Saturday, Sept. 11. All events are held at the Country Cabin II in Norton.  Appalachian Traditions, Inc. sponsors the festival.

The Whiskey Bent Valley Boys, The Tillers, The Dust Busters, The Mountain Music Makers, Mountain Empire Community College Mountain Music School, The Cowan Creek Youth String Band from the Cowan Creek Music School, “Papa Joe” Smiddy, Lonesome Pine Cloggers and Country Cabin Line Dancers also will perform at the festival.

Gates open at 10:30 a.m. and the festival begins at noon.  Admission is $10. Students with valid college IDs are admitted free. Children 12 and under are admitted for $2. Traditional mountain food will be available for purchase.

The festival honors Moran Lee “Dock” Boggs, a Norton native who recorded traditional mountain songs. Boggs, who died in 1971, received more fame when folk musician Mike Seeger came to Norton to record the retired coal miner’s music in the 1960s. Seeger brought Boggs’ music to the national stage once again in 1997 when he released some of the Norton native’s recordings.

Kate Peters Sturgill, a ballad singer and songwriter, is honored for her lifelong work with traditional mountain music. She helped A.P. Carter collect traditional mountain music. Sturgill and her band, “The Lonesome Pine Trailers,” performed on Norton radio station WNVA.

The event has drawn large crowds since its debut in 1969 on the campus of The University of Virginia’s College at Wise as a class project by Jack Wright, a student at what was then Clinch Valley College.

The festival is co-sponsored by UVa-Wise and is supported by the Birthplace of Country Music Alliance, the Virginia Commission for the Arts, The Crooked Road: Virginia’s Heritage Music Trail, Smithsonian Center for Folk Life and Cultural Heritage, Wise County Board of Supervisors, City of Norton, Wise County Office of Tourism and Marketing and the Virginia Tourism Commission.

Appalachian Traditions, Inc. is a nonprofit corporation dedicated to the preservation, promotion and perpetuation of traditional Appalachian culture.

For more information, contact Appalachian Traditions, Inc., at 276-328-8740 or 276-431-3338.