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BRISTOL – A line-up of fiddle stars and bluegrass bands will join forces to pay tribute to the late Gene Boyd, owner of Star Barber Shop and longtime host of local bluegrass and fiddle jams, this weekend in Bristol .

“The Tribute to Gene Boyd: Bristol’s Fiddling Barber,” presented by The Crooked Road as part of the Mountains of Music Concert Series, opens Saturday, February 26 at 7 p.m. at the Cameo Theater.

Becky Buller, the ETSU Bluegrass Pride Band with Dan Boner, Duty Free and Hunter Berry will come together to celebrate Boyd’s legacy with a rousing evening of bluegrass.

Doors open Saturday at 6 p.m. with pre-show tunes from Fiddling Leona at 6:30 p.m. Tickets for the show are available online at


Buller is a multi-instrumentalist, singer, and songwriter from St. James, Minnesota who has traveled the world performing bluegrass music to support her insatiable habit of songwriting. His compositions can be heard on records by Ricky Skaggs, Rhonda Vincent and Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, to name a few.

She has written songs for Grammy Award-winning albums. She co-wrote “Freedom,” the first track on The Infamous Stringdusters’ 2018 Grammy-winning album “Laws of Gravity,” as well as “The Shaker” on The Travelin’ McCoury’s self-titled release, which won Best Bluegrass Grammy in 2019. . She has won 10 IBMA awards, including 2016 Violinist and Vocalist of the Year. She won 2020 Collaborative Recording of the Year for “The Barber’s Fiddle” and 2020 Song of the Year for co-writing and played violin on “Chicago Barn Dance” from Special Consensus. She was nominated in 2020 for SPBGMA’s Violinist of the Year and has been involved as a musician and songwriter on three 2020 Grammy nominated albums. She was nominated for IBMA Songwriter of the Year 2021. She does extensive touring with the Becky Buller Band and has just released “Distance and Time”, her third album for the Dark Shadow Recording label, which was nominated for IBMA Album of the Year 2021.

The ETSU Bluegrass Pride Band is made up of talented, award-winning student performers with many years of musical experience for each member. As one of more than 40 bands on the Bluegrass, Old-Time and Country Music program, the group has performed in seven foreign countries and notable venues including the Smithsonian National Folklife Festival, NATO Headquarters in Brussels and the Kennedy Center. The group performs by invitation at bluegrass festivals and performing arts centers across the country.

Duty Free is a Bristol bluegrass favorite with Hal Boyd (bass), Charlie Powers (guitar), Bobby Love (mandolin), Chad Love (banjo) and Tim Laughlin (fiddle). The local band has a devoted following and is an amazing example of bluegrass masters playing their best music together.

Berry, originally from Elizabethton, learned the violin (from age 4) with Benny Sims and David Yates. In 2001, at age 17, he joined Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver and played with the band for nine months before joining Rhonda Vincent and the Rage in 2002. He was a finalist for IBMA Fiddle Player of the Year and won several SPBGMA Fiddle Awards Player. honors of the year.

Fiddling Leona is an international television personality, performer, singer, classical violinist, food truck owner and fiddler from Tokyo, Japan. Currently living in Appalachia in East Tennessee, she is also a violin and violin teacher. In 2009 and 2010 Leona was invited to perform on the American Bluegrass Master’s Tour. She released three featured solo albums, received national airplay, and toured her native Japan. As a featured member of International Netflix’s new original series ‘Swap Shop,’ she searches for old Americana artifacts in the mountains of East Tennessee that she can return for profit when she returns. in Tokyo.


The Crooked Road is a 330-mile driving trail through the mountains of southwestern Virginia. It connects nine major venues and over 60 affiliate venues and festivals.

Founded in 2004, Virginia’s Heritage Music Trail: The Crooked Road is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization designed to support the economic development of Southwest Virginia by promoting the region’s rich traditional music heritage. .

The performance is part of The Crooked Road’s Mountains of Music Concert Series, supported by the Virginia Commission for the Arts, which receives support from the Virginia General Assembly, the National Endowment for the Arts, and Blue Ridge Beverage. Visit, email or call 276-492-2400, ext. 2409, for more information.


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