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Bluegrass festival starts Thursday in West Lincoln

Staff Writer

Catawba Valley Music Revival will be hosting a fundraising festival this week to bring in the fall season and the 40th Apple Festival, which is later this month. On Thursday, Friday and Saturday, the Coot Williams Road Bluegrass Festival will be in western Lincoln County for the fifth year.
Linda Hunsucker, general manager of the music revival nonprofit group, promises a family-friendly time over the next few days.
Proceeds from the event will be going toward the Catawba Valley group — designed to give senior citizens an outlet to play and listen to music. The group holds once-a-month jams sessions where those interested play music together and meet others who share similar interests.
“It’s not just about the music — what we do — it gives seniors a chance to socialize, too,” Hunsucker told the Times-News on Tuesday.
The organization also works with youth bands, which Hunsucker said have been fairly successful locally, playing at venues around the community, such as the Farmer’s Market.
Affordable food and shaded areas to watch the bands will be offered to patrons who attend this week’s festival. Ten groups will be performing along with guest appearances from the People’s Choice Winner from the Bluegrass band battle last week and Blue Ridge Holler. Among the musicians, who will be split up over the three-day event, are local favorites Balsam Grange and The Cockman Family, Hunsucker said. Different groups play each year, but a few are coming back by audience demand, she said.
Also performing on Thursday is country recording artist Leon Everette.
The long-time performer recorded his biggest albums from 1980 to 1985, with a string of top 10 hits and a No. 1 country album under his belt.
His chart-topping singles include “Midnight Rodeo,” “Hurricane” and “Just Give Me What You Think Is Fair.” He released a new album, “United States of America,” in 2010,
Everette is an addition to the roster that Hunsucker thinks will have patrons excited.
Tickets for the festival are $35 for a three-day pass, or $20 at the gate, except for Friday and Saturday when tickets will be $35 at the event. Doors open at noon on Thursday and Friday, and at 9 a.m. on Saturday. The event will be held at 5799 Coot Williams Road in southwestern Lincoln County.
For more information, call (704) 447-5090.

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