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The Floyd Radio Show - April 7, 2018

The Floyd Country Store
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Live from The Floyd Country Store in the heart of downtown Floyd, Virginia! The Floyd Country Store brings together a new variety show every month. A series of guest hosts perform original radio plays, comedy bits, ads, jingles, music and more. Each show features the finest old-timey musical acts, from storytelling banjo players to flatpicking guitarists to hard-driving string bands. Tickets for The Floyd Radio Show are $12.00 in advance or $15.00 the day of the show. They are available online, at the store, or by calling 540-745-4563.

Tyler Hughes and Sam Gleaves

Sam Gleaves & Tyler Hughes play old time country music and newly written songs from the Appalachian mountains.

Sam and Tyler's programs feature fiddle and banjo hoedowns, close mountain harmonies, stories of all kinds, Carter Family-inspired autoharp and guitar, country gospel songs, lonesome ballads and flatfoot dancing. As a duo, Sam and Tyler also write and perform contemporary songs that tell stories from present day Appalachia. Sam and Tyler have performed at venues and festivals throughout the United States, including the Philadelphia Folk Festival, the Old Songs Festival, The State Fair of Virginia, Bristol Rhythm and Roots Reunion and others. They have appeared on West Virginia Public Radio's Mountain Stage and Lexington, Kentucky's Red Barn Radio (broadcast on Kentucky Educational Television). The duo released their first record SAM GLEAVES & TYLER HUGHES on the Community Music, INC label in June 2017. Two-time Grammy award winner Cathy Fink produced the recording which has been featured by The Old Time Herald, No Depression, The Bluegrass Situation, fROOTS Magazine and others.

Southwest Virginia natives Sam Gleaves and Tyler Hughes transport listeners to the hills of contemporary Appalachia. The duo blend their close vocal harmonies with expert accompaniment on banjo, guitar, autoharp, fiddle and mandolin and a deep respect for their traditions. Like their ancestral neighbors of the Carter Family, Sam and Tyler choose songs rooted in their region that are genuine and varied. Produced by two-time Grammy winning artist Cathy Fink, this record presents heartfelt country duets, fiddle and banjo hoedowns, comedy songs, rousing gospel numbers

and labor movement anthems. "Stockyard Hill" and "When We Love" are two thoughtful songs written by the duo that challenge Appalachian stereotypes.

Curtis Eller and The Bipeds

Curtis Eller is a banjo player, songwriter and rock & roll singer. A twenty-year show business veteran, Eller and his band The American Circus have developed a devoted international following based on dynamic, highly physical stage performances and an extensive catalog of curious phonographic recordings. The iconoclastic musician has spent more than a decade relentlessly touring the club, theatre and festival stages of a dozen countries in North America and Europe.

Eller is a gifted and prolific songwriter who's banjo-driven songs describe a dreamlike vision of American history where all points in time have collapsed into one. The American Circus is diligently at work on a new full-length album on which they have augmented their indelicate, rock & roll rhythms with a tempestuous cloud of horns and an graceless choir of backsliders in their quest to bring Eller's historically evocative compositions to vivid, cinematic life.

Since its inception in 2015, The Bipeds Dance Company, under the direction of dancer/choreographer Stacy Wolfson and banjo player/songwriter Curtis Eller, has thrived in its pursuit of a collaborative ideal; bringing together performers of various disciplines to seek out the elusive flashes of inspiration that flare up where their disparate techniques intersect.
Wolfson and Eller have devised a unique compositional approach that seamlessly combines movement, music and lyrics to create a peculiar and compelling hybrid of dance and song. They cast the finished pieces with dancers and musicians possessing the curiosity, technical proficiency and requisite disdain for boundaries to delve into one another's mediums. Musicians become dancers, dancers become singers, and unhinged howls of wild abandon are briefly and inevitably reconciled with harmony and grace.

Eller's collaboration with Wolfson and The Bipeds marks an exciting new direction for a performer who has long embraced movement as a vital expressive tool. The unique musical and choreographic requirements of the project have sparked a renewed focus for the seasoned composer and lyricist.

Amber Collins & Branch House Pavilion

Branch House Pavilion was initially thought of as a way to branch away from bluegrass but it was more about exploring originality in songs that we love no matter the genre. Whether it be an interesting back story on how the song was written or a heartfelt display of emotion singing it, Branch House Pavilion has a focus more on the song rather than individuality. Having a singer as dynamic as Amber, the versatility that Abe has on mandolin or guitar, and the songwriting passion that Scott carries with him, all on one stage with 3 part harmony, it creates a close and comfortable musical journey at each show that will feel like a private concert in your own living room!