The Floyd Radio Show

March 2013 choir smLast Radio Show of the Season with WAYNE HENDERSON, DEAN REED AND NII ANANG ***THIS SATURDAY***

April 13, 2013 Radio Show to Host Fort Vause, Liam Kelly, Ryan Fitzpatrick and Bukuru Celestin

THE FLOYD RADIO SHOW: Live from the heart of downtown Floyd Virginia! The next show up is Saturday, April 13, 2013, 7:30 PM. Hosts Anna Roberts-Gevalt and Elizabeth LaPrelle bring together a new variety show every month. They write and perform original radio plays, comedy bits, ads, jingles, music and more. Each show features three of the area’s finest old-timey musical acts, from storytelling banjo players to flatpicking guitarists to hard-driving stringbands.

Guests for April’s show include Fort Vause, Liam Kelly, Ryan Fitzpatrick and Bukuru Celestin. Fort Vause is a collection of musicians based in Montgomery County, Virginia, that performs in a variety of configurations. Depending on how they divide up, the band can play bluegrass, old time, gospel, traditional country and even
what some folks call folk music. The options range from duos to a gospel quartet to the seven member big band.

Liam Kelly is no stranger to song, but don’t call him a singer-songwriter. He’s been around the block more times than he can count, taking laps past punk rock, Irish music, Appalachian old-time, alt-country, nautical music, and French chansons. The arsenal is vast — banjo, guitar, accordion, drums, harmonica, fiddle, and kazoo are
all fair game.

Bukuru Celestin is originally from Burundi Africa and moved to the United States in 2008. Bukuru writes, records and performs gospel music in the Afrobeat style. He is often joined by his sisters, Furaha, Elvanie, and Ephrasie who sing background vocals on many of Bukuru’s recordings and live performances.

The Floyd Radio Show is an hour followed by a bonus concert with guest musicians and co-hosts. The first hour of The Floyd Radio Show only, is streamed live over the internet at, and is now available as a podcast.

Tickets for the Floyd Radio Show are $10.00, on sale now. Tickets are available online at, phone at 540-745-4563 and at the store. The Floyd Radio Show appears on the stage of the Floyd Country Store, a traditional and historic live music destination for locals and out-of-towners alike.


What: The Floyd Radio Show
When: Saturday, April 13, 2013, 7:30 PM
Who: Public welcome. Tickets Necessary. $10.00 individual shows available online at, Phone 540-745-4563 or at the Store.
Where: Floyd Country Store, 206 South Locust Street, downtown Floyd, VA

ONEBEAT lands in Floyd Virginia

OneBeatSM is an international music exchange that celebrates musical collaboration and social engagement through innovative people-to-people diplomacy. From September 10 – October 7, a group of exceptional young musicians from around the world will collaboratively write, record, produce, and perform original music in venues ranging from concert halls to city parks to rock clubs.  In addition to creating new work, OneBeat Fellows will partner with community organizations, schools, and socially-engaged local musicians to offer workshops, performances, and public dialogues.

OneBeat is divided into two segments, a residency and a tour. During the residency, OneBeat Fellows will spend two weeks at the Atlantic Center for the Arts in central Florida, immersed in a process of collaborative music creation and experimentation. During the two-week tour, OneBeat ensembles will collaborate with local musicians to give public performances and lead workshops with youth and community groups. OneBeat Fellows will also work with a diverse group of expert Collaborating Artists—including luminaries of classical music, hip-hop, jazz and more—to develop and deepen the scope of their collaborative work.

OneBeat is a musical journey like no other. It is a chance for adventurous musicians from an incredible diversity of traditions to seek common ground by creating new musical combinations, pushing the boundaries of music technology, and finding ways to involve all members of society in the process of musical creativity.  OneBeat endeavors to be the nexus of a new way of thinking about how music can connect people from across the world and around the block.

Floyd Virginia Welcomes Kevin Jones Songwriter

Thursday September 20th 2012 – 6:00 – 8:00 pm Free Admission. At the Floyd Country Store. Kevin Jones – Songwriter Showcase.

The Hotel Floyd Concert Series welcomes Kevin Jones and the Songwriter Showcase to the stage.
Local musician Kevin Jones plays acoustic country and more. For a sampling of some of Kevin’s music, visit: – All shows are free.
For more information about Floyd Country Store, visit: or call: 540-745-4563.

I wasn’t really focused on the melody of the song, but more the story. This song represents the transformation we take throughout our lives vs. our expectations and what we make of the outcome. In this case the caterpillar (person) doesn’t end up becoming what he thinks his destiny is. Bummer. I can relate. Guess that’s why I wrote the song. However, I believe that our destiny is what we make of it. Let’s do our best. Peace and love – Kevin

The Mantras Performing at the Sun Music Hall in Floyd VA

Thursday September 27th 2012 – The Mantras’ music is a high-energy collaborative of funk-rock, electronica, metal, and fusion that will shake your knees and rattle your toes.  Hailing from Greensboro, North Carolina, the band has been playing to ever-increasing sold out crowds in their home state during 2011.  The Mantras continue to impress their peers and win over new fans at every turn with their instrumental prowess, solid lyrics, and unending drive to put on an amazing show every night.

BIO: Forming only six years ago, The Mantras continue to hone their direction and precision show by show. Building a reputation as go-for-broke live act, the quintet has been playing to consistently larger and larger crowds in their home state, including a number of sold-out shows.  They have been steadily building a following both regionally and nationally with music that is a high-energy collaborativ…

e of funk-rock, middle-eastern, electronica, metal; a fusion that will shake your knees and rattle your toes.  This rising profile has resulted in an incredible year so far, seeing The Mantras and their members in numerous festival performances and sharing stages in double-bills and direct support for the likes of Umphrey’s McGee, Eoto, Kyle Hollingsworth Band, Papadosio, Zoogma, The Werks, and many more. Tracking of the Mantras next studio release is currently taking place at Jake Cinninger’s (Umphrey’s McGee) personal studio, Boondock Studios.  The Mantras are now making HQ multi-track recordings of all their live shows available to the public.  In 2011, The Mantras began compiling a large archive of HQ live recordings via their new mobile tracking unit, lovingly named R2.  Sound engineer Matt Gordon set out to build this archive so that can be made available to the fans in early 2012.  When launched, will allow fans to purchase every show recorded by the band.  Copies of the night’s show are now available to fans in attendance, and for now, all recordings are being made available to the fans on the night, for FREE.  The Mantras have also released a small series of select shows on, again for FREE to the fans. The Mantras, together with Stanlee Ventures of the famous Camp Barefoot Music and Arts Festival, are proud to present MANTRABASH 2012 June 21st-23rd, at the breathtaking High Country Motorcycle Camp in Ferguson, NC.  This sure to be amazing festival will feature 3 nights of The Mantras, two huge stages, and no overlapping sets.  Other acts on the bill include Robert Walter Trio, Particle, The Werks, Brothers Past, and many, many more! Booking Inquiries: Contact Owen Gray at

The Long Branch Ramblers Old Time Trio LIVE in Floyd

Thursday, September 6 at the Floyd Country Store.

Old-Time and early Country Music from some of the funnest and finest musicians out there, with Aaron Lewis on fiddle, banjo, vocals and Sabra on guitar, feet and vocals.

Aaron Jonah Lewis is a multi-instrumentalist, performer and educator. He has won awards at the Clifftop Appalachian String Band Festival, including First Place Neotraditional Band in 2008, and at the Galax Old Fiddlers Convention, including First Place Bluegrass Fiddle in 2007, and he has performed at major festivals from the US to the UK and from Italy to Finland. Lewis has appeared on dozens of recordings from bluegrass and old time to swing jazz, modern experimental and Turkish classical music projects. He has taught workshops at the the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama in Glasgow and at the English Folk Dance and Song Society in London. He also plays and teaches banjo, mandolin, guitar, and bass and is currently based in Berlin, Germany.

Simply put, he’s a fiddlin’ and banjoin’ genius. Aaron is well known for taking audiences at concerts and festivals by storm both in the USA, the UK and in Europe. He’s rapidly becoming iconic, not just on account of his virtuosity but because of his rapport with his audience. Skills in abundance, passion and presence. All that then in addition, charisma, pure creativity and SOUL.

Sabra Guzmán has been a resident of the Virginia hills since 2007, where she has become a fully entrenched member of the burgeoning old-time and country music scene of the Appalachians and beyond. A founding member of the award winning old-time band Old Sledge, Sabra is well known for her solid guitar and bass skills, her unique vocal stylings, and her captivating stage presence. She has been seen on stage at many prestigious venues and festivals – Freight and Salvage, Club Passim, The Los Angeles Old Time Social, The Ark, Floydfest, Bristol Rhythm and Roots – and received a coveted first place Traditional Old Time band at the Clifftop Appalachian Stringband Festival. Sabra Guzmán brings a musicianship and her unique approach to all projects, regardless of genre or instrumentation.

First honing her musical chops in the musical era of the 1990’s post-punk era (Pixies, Minutemen, Palace), Guzmán was first drawn to the rawness and DIY stylings of old time music. Learning equally from her peers and from old recordings, she specialized in rhythm guitar and bass, working to develop a style that drives a band without overpowering the melody instruments. She takes her instrumental and vocal cues from Mother Maybelle Carter, Alice Gerrard, The Louvin Brothers and many others, and has spent time working on traditional ballad singing with Tracy Schwarz and Ginny Hawker.

While much of her time has been spent in the world of traditonal and neo-traditional old time music (Mercury Dimes, Crooked Jades, Flat Iron Stringband, Old Sledge), Sabra Guzmán is currently pursuing projects that span the musical spectrum from old-time to honkytonk (Joe Overton & Clear Blue Sky) to pop-rock (We Are Star Children). Besides these projects, she is additionally slated to perform at the 2012 Brooklyn Old Time Festival with two of Kentucky’s most important young purveyors of old time music, Jesse Wells and Brett Ratliff; and she will be touring with Evie Ladin intermittently throughout 2012-2013.

West Virginia native Ben Townsend grew up amidst Hampshire County’s rich musical heritage. At a young age he learned to play banjo and guitar in the old-time way. Encouraged by such local fiddlers as Paul Roomsburg, Joe Herrmann and Israel Welch, he has gone on to amass a great catalog of traditional fiddle tunes, banjo pieces and songs. While in college at Shepherd University, Ben used his summers to study banjo from stalwarts such as Riley Bogus and Jimmy Costa at the Augusta Heritage Center in Elkins, WV. Upon graduation, again with the help of the Augusta Heritage Center’s apprenticeship program, he went on to study the traditional fiddle styles of Central West Virginia and Kentucky from Dave Bing of Roan County, WV and John Harrod of Owen County, Kentucky. Having spent time learning both banjo and fiddle in the styles of both West Virginia and Kentucky, Ben’s knowledge is not quick to run out.

While traveling and learning traditional music, Ben also took the time to join The Fox Hunt, a string band from the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia and tour with Floyd VA’s band, Old Sledge. In the Fox Hunt’s four years playing, they have managed to produce two albums of original music and one album of traidional music along with an EP combining the two. They have shared the stage with such bluegrass greats as Ralph Stanley, Bobby Osburne and John Cowan, as well as newer string bands such as the Hackensaw Boys and the Hillbilly Gypsies. Ben is also a member of a more traditional string band called the Iron Leg Boys with fiddler Andy Fitzgibbon and guitarist Matt Metz.

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The Long Branch Ramblers play Old Bunch of Keys, in a March 2012 recording

Hamilton Loomis brings his Guitar to Floyd Virginia

Saturday, September 8th at The Sun Music Hall, Floyd Virginia – “If blues, soul, and rock can be said to form a triangle, you’ll find Hamilton Loomis right in the center of it”, says Guitar Player Magazine. An apt description, as young Loomis is one of the young artists at the forefront of bringing blues based American music into the 21st century and redefining it for a contemporary audience. Spanning youth and tradition, Loomis bridges the gap between generations of music-lovers both in the U.S. and around the world.

Whereas similar aged acts like Black Keys, Robert Randolph and White Stripes play American rock music with heavy blues influences, Loomis plays the inverse. His is an undeniably blues based artist escalating into what All Music Guide calls “…a mixed bag of modern blues, modern funk, and slick soul.”

Much like fellow funkster Lenny Kravitz, Loomis played every instrument on his debut and ‘Ain’t Just Temporary.’ The debut entitled ‘Hamilton’ was under Grammy consideration, an impressive feat for a self-released debut indie record.

Sure, Black Keys songs are in Levi’s commercials, but Hamilton landed a part in a VH-1 movie playing opposite Gene Simmons.

Think about it. In a genre admittedly confined, how many blues artists claim to be Prince fans? How many blues artists today listen to metal and gypsy jazz from the 40s along with their B.B., Buddy, Kings and Collins? In a recent hometown Houston Chronicle feature Loomis and his band were succinctly labeled “blues-rock-funk-groove-soul band.”

Hamilton Loomis’ December 1, 2009 Live In England release captures Loomis masterfully blending his myriad of influences into his live performance, at once forging ahead into hip musical territories while maintaining a strong connection to the blues legends that took him under their wings at a young age.

Born and raised in Galveston, Texas, Loomis was first hooked on music through his parents’ extensive collection of blues, rock, and soul records. Loomis honed his multi-instrumental chops early, learning drums, piano, guitar, bass and harmonica by his early teens, and toured regularly as part of his family’s doo-wop group.

At age sixteen he went backstage to meet Bo Diddley, and before the night was over Loomis was onstage playing alongside the legend. Since that meeting, Diddley quickly became a friend, mentor, and supporter. “INNOVATE, DON’T IMITATE”…Diddley’s words continue to inspire Loomis and fuel his desire for originality. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member said of Loomis, “You got to put some seasonin’ in what you’re doin’, and this boy’s got the whole salt shaker!”

One of the young artist’s fondest memories was when Diddley took his iconic hat off mid-show and crowned it on his head, as if figuratively passing on the torch and proudly declaring Loomis as the legitimate heir in line.

Bo Diddley first appeared on Loomis’ debut. And Diddley’s last ever recorded song is “You Got To Wait,” from Loomis’ 2007 Blind Pig release ‘Ain’t Just Temporary.’ The co-written track featured both Diddley’s unmistakable voice and tremolo guitar for the last time.

Other Texas blues legends such as Joe Hughes, Johnny Copeland, Gatemouth Brown and Albert Collins schooled Loomis early on in the finer points of the music, recognizing the youngster’s talent and potential. By the time he turned eighteen, Loomis had performed in front of thousands at the Delta Blues Festival, and he was writing, arranging, and performing his own material. A series of self-released CDs followed, including 1996’s ‘Just Gimme One Night,’ 1999’s ‘All Fired Up,’ which the UK’s Blues Matters said was “so strong and confident that it has your vote two bars in.” Loomis’ 2002 release, ‘Live-Highlights,’ captured what his crowd-pleasing show “is all about, and that is powerful Blues, Funk and Soul,” according to Twelve Bar Rag magazine. “There is not enough room here to point out all the good things about ‘Live-Highlights!’”

Loomis’ first Blind Pig Records release, ‘Kickin’ It,’ released in 2003, presented his innovative approach to an audience hungry for something new in roots music. Said Blueswax, “Loomis really gets it, and he is only in his twenties! Don’t just dust off those old hackneyed Blues, create your own style of funkified soulful music.” Southland Blues raved, “’Kickin’ It’ is one of the best CDs of the year. This kid’s got most all of it and then some. More than worth a listen.” And the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel noted, “Loomis displays a polished vocal, guitar and songwriting knack that could win him the sort of crossover audience that Robert Cray and B.B. King enjoy.”

Within Loomis’ live show and thus the new record, listeners will enjoy funky rhythms, booming horns, powerful yet refined harmonica and Loomis’ soulful vocals coupled with his stellar guitar work. As has been his trademark, it’s another refreshing approach that manages to avoid blues clichés while staying true to the heart of the music.

Touring non-stop since 2001, Loomis has brought his funk-i-fied Texas music to audiences all over the U.S. and the world, recently earning two “Best Artist” awards in England and Wales.

Live In England captures Hamilton Loomis’ deft balance of his blues roots and exciting penchant for experimentation and originality. Loomis has guaranteed his place at the head of the pack of young artists changing the face of modern blues from within.

Windfall Original Americana LIVE in Floyd Virginia

Thursday, September 13 at the Floyd Country Store. Dave Fason has been writing and performing for over 35 years. His strong lead and harmony vocals were honed playing on the road as a member of national and regional bands that headlined and also opened for groups like New Riders of the Purple Sage, Allman Brothers, Atlanta Rhythm Section, Goose Creek Symphony, Wet Willie and others. Dave brings a strong vocal style to the group coupled with his ability to play many different styles of guitar, pedal steel and banjo. From flat-picking to jazz to blistering blues/rock riffs, Dave adds a dynamic instrumental complement to the group. Dave also owns Windfall Studios in Floyd, VA. Visit him online at Windfall Studios is an intimate studio providing a full range of recording services.

Michael Kovick was listening and learning harmonica from the best when the great Chicago rhythm and blues players toured through Madison, Wisconsin in the late 60’s. Later in N. Carolina, the syncopated rhythms of Old Time Music caught up with him and he became a mandolin and fiddle player in search of the Holy Groove. With Windfall, he brings it all into focus. Michael’s voice is distinctive and adds to the vocal versatility that is a Windfall trademark. His energy and enthusiasm for the music comes through in any performance as he dances with his instruments.

Kari Thomas Kovick is renowned for her stunning soprano voice. It has incredible range and texture, shining with angelic clarity in the high end, and natural rich earthiness in the low end. She is a versatile performer at home with folk, classical, jazz, roots and even children’s music. Always at ease on stage, Kari found her natural love for performing when she was in Kindergarten, and has not stopped since then to delight audiences with her pure pleasure at sharing the songs she loves. She has performed in Europe, where she was featured on Vienna Radio, and in the eastern United States. In her hometown of Floyd, VA, she has a reputation for her place as the dancing Djun-djun player in the all women’s group Chicks On Drums. She also has a special place in the hearts of the 6 and under crowd, since she teaches her own Early Childhood Music Program of Floyd to babies, toddlers, and preschoolers. It is a delight for her to take a place in Windfall as back up percussionist and lead and harmony singer, with husband Michael singing in one ear and Dave in the other, and stellar instrumentals all around — Kari feels she has arrived. Who knew that making great music could be so easy???!!!

Rusty May holds down the bottom end of the rhythm section with his acoustic bass. Equally comfortable in country, jazz, swing, and folk genres, Rusty’s experience goes back thirty years, spanning a variety of bands. He was a founding member of No Strings Attached, a nationally prominent new acoustic music group blending jazz with world beat music. More recently, Rusty pulled out his bow to put down classic bass lines on A Pretty Gal’s Love, the most recent CD by The New Roanoke Jug Band (Copper Creek Records). When he’s not backing the tight vocal harmonies of Windfall, Rusty can sometimes be seen getting in touch with his cowboy side, as he fills in as the bassist for the western swing band, Cacti Delicti.

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The Funky Seeds LIVE in Floyd County

 Saturday September 15 at the Sun Music Hall Floyd Virginia –

Biography: The Funky Seeds were planted in June of 2009 in the Burgs of St. Pete. The Funky Seeds blend several genres into what is now called “Plant Driven Funk”. “With rollicking guitars and keyboards, the group lives up to its name, in that they’re incredibly funky and boogieable!” –Sean Daly, Tampa Bay Times
You can expect an infectious blend of funk, reggae, blues and beach rock at any live show that will definitely make your booty shake! You will never see the same show twice with the Funky Seeds and can be witness to amazing drum jams if you are lucky.

The Seeds have been busy in the studio too! They have recently released their second studio length album ‘Taking Root’. The Funky Seeds released their first album ‘Germination’ in 2010 featuring the hit singles ‘Pressure’ and ‘Shrink’. ‘Pressure’ and ‘Shrink both made it to the #1 spot on the Tampa Bay music charts and ‘Pressure’ was also one of the TOP TEN songs of 2010 on

Since the release of their first album, the Funky Seeds have been featured on WMNF 88.5, Rukus Radio, Indie 104 iRadio L.A., Indie Life Radio, New Music Tampa Bay,, and The Bay Buzz.

The Funky Seeds have also played several festivals including SUNFEST, Orange Blossom Jamboree, Jambando, Farm to Family and Bay Buzz Fest. The Funky Seeds have big plans for the future and look forward to seeing you at the next show!!

Doors 7:00

Cover $10.00


Plant Driven Funk!

Band Interests for show dates!!!

Former Champions Performing at the Sun Music Hall

Saturday, September 15 at the Sun Music Hall.

Matt Walton – Guitar & Vocals
Ben White – Keys & Vocals
David Ashby – Bass & Vocals
Geoff Bakel – Drums & Electronics

Former Champions are an electro rock band based out of Richmond, Virginia.  Their music showcases vocal led compositions intermixed with an array of instrumentally driven electronic pieces.   A sonic blend of synthesized keys mixed with sub-bass, distorted guitar, harmonized vocals, samples, and a multitude of drums, cymbals and percussion combine to create what the band describes as “street music.”

2011 has been an exciting year for Former Champions as they released their self titled debut album and made appearances at several festivals including Camp Bisco, FloydFest, and Camp Barefoot.  They have shared the stage with artists including The New Deal, Perpetual Groove, Conspirator, EOTO, Zappa plays Zappa, Papadosio, Brothers Past, Hackensaw Boys, Tea Leaf Green, and many others.  FC is now gearing up for an extensive touring schedule for 2012 and are currently working on their second studio album targeted for a mid-year release.