Youth helps preserve bluegrass & traditional music

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Aila Wildman belts out a song at Chantilly Farms Saturday, backed up by brother Eli.

Some might claim that bluegrass and traditional country music serves the older generation but spending two days at the Chantilly Farms Bluegrass & BBQ Festival disproves that belief.

One needs only to see strong performances by young groups like Gravel Road, The Wildmans, the Church Sisters and others to know that it will most likely be the kids who keep the music alive into future generations.

Yes, we have the veteran performers like Sammy Shelor, Junior Sisk and others but the kids are the ones who show us that the music of our area and culture remains with us as we head into the future.

Gravel Road at Chantilly
Gravel Road at Chantilly
The Church Sisters, who hail from Haysi but now call Galax home.
The Church Sisters, who hail from Haysi but now call Galax home.
And the veterans: Sammy Shelor and Lonesome River Band.
And the veterans: Sammy Shelor and Lonesome River Band.

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