Abingdon Music Experience and presenting sponsor Blue Ridge Beverage announce the lineup for January Jams. Six performers take the stage at the intimate Barter Theatre, performing Fridays and Saturdays, Jan. 10-25. Over the past six years, January Jams has showcased the best of bluegrass, Americana, soul, country and blues, bringing music legends and rising stars to downtown Abingdon, Virginia.
The series is funded by the Town of Abingdon, in partnership with Blue Ridge Beverage, Eastman Credit Union, First Community Bank, Food City, Bank of Marion, Express AV and JJ’s Restaurant and Sports Bar. The media sponsor is Birthplace of Country Music’s Radio Bristol.
The series has made Abingdon a music destination, drawing visitors from across the southeast and beyond. One particular draw is the chance to see these performers at Barter Theatre, an intimate, 500-seat venue with a history rooted in the Great Depression. A full-service concessions stand is available for adults 21 and up.
Lodging and dining packages are available with Comfort Suites Abingdon, the official hotel partner of Abingdon Music Experience, and discounted student tickets are available with a valid student ID; prices will vary by show.
All concerts are at 8 p.m., and doors open at 7:15 p.m. For tickets, call Barter Theatre at (276) 628-3991 or visit www.bartertheatre.com.
The lineup includes Del McCoury with The Travelin’ McCourys Jan. 10. From the nascent sound of bluegrass that charmed hardscrabble hillbilly honkytonks, rural schoolhouse stages, and the crowning glory of the Grand Ole Opry to the present-day culture-buzz of viral videos and digital streams, McCoury is the living link. The Travelin’ McCourys join Del for a double headliner of pure bluegrass royalty. $60.
Sierra Hull performs Jan. 11. Hull has been recognized from age 11 as a virtuoso mandolin-player, astonishing audiences and fellow-musicians alike. Now a seasoned touring musician nearing her mid-20s, Hull has delivered her most inspired, accomplished, and mature recorded work to date. $32.
The Collection brings their alternative indie-folk music to the stage Jan. 17. “If you love an uplifting band, The Collection is for you,” says Bob Boilen, NPR Music. $15.
Penny & Sparrow perform Jan. 18. Texas natives, Andy Baxter and Kyle Jahnke first crossed paths at UT Austin, where they developed a fast friendship and a deeply symbiotic musical connection. Jahnke was a guitarist with an ear for melody, Baxter a lyricist with a mesmerizing voice and crystalline falsetto, and the duo quickly found that their vocals blended together as if they’d been singing in harmony their whole lives. $15.
Charley Crockett performs Jan. 24. With a pawn shop guitar that his mom bought for him when he was 17, Crockett taught himself to play. Summers in New Orleans with his uncle sparked his ear, while the Dallas blues and Valley’s Tex-Mex slipped into his bloodstream. $18.
Lilly Hiatt performs Jan. 25. John Hiatt’s daughter debuts the Barter Stage with a new album set to launch in January. $20.