December 7, 2019 | 7 pm
The Southwest Virginia Museum Historical State Park hosts its First Saturday Community Coffee House Saturday, Dec. 7, from 7-9 p.m. Tyler Hughes serves as the featured host for this month’s Coffee House.
Hugheshails from Big Stone Gap, Virginia, where he began learning the traditions of mountain music and dance at age 12. Hismusic isreminiscent of the traditions of early country music groups like The Carter Family andalso pays tribute to the world influence on Appalachian music, especially those influences from the British Isles. He performs regularly, but also dedicates time to teaching through private lessons, camps and a variety of music classesas an adjunct professor at the Mountain Empire Community College in Big Stone Gap. Hughes is an accomplished square dance caller and flat foot dancer. He graduated from East Tennessee State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Bluegrass, Old-Time, and Country Music Studies in 2015.His touring experience has taken him across the United States and recently, the Czech Republic. Hisrecordingsinclude"Wise County Jail" released in 2012 and "Travelin' Man" with the Empty Bottle String Band. He is working on a new album featuring coal mining music from across Southwest Virginia to be released in the spring.
The First Saturday Community Coffee House is an open-mic event and is open to all family-friendly performers. All interested musicians, storytellersand poets should arrive by 6:30 p.m. for sign-up and scheduling. Admission is free to this program. Refreshments will be available for purchase.
For more information, call the Southwest Virginia Museum Historical State Park at 276-523-1322.