Legends on the Crooked Road
Loretta & Patsy * The Statler Brothers * Johnny & June
3 Days | Aug 27-29, 2019 | Abingdon
Starting At $419.00
This is a celebration of Country Music History, a Spectacular Event is set in the beautiful mountains of SW Virginia where country music was born. Follow us onto “The Crooked Road,” a 300 mile long Heritage Trail that crosses the frontier of the recording industry, with the memory of Virginia’s Country Music Legends.
All Concerts are performed by Tribute Artists
Per Person Prices (Net):
$419 Double . . . $399 Triple . . . $379 Quad . . . $549 Single
Special Event – Limited Availability:
- Groups blocking space must deposit $10 per person in October the year before.
- Second deposit $100 per person is due 90 days prior.
- Final Payment and Rooming List are due 45 days prior.
- Full Refund 90 days prior.
- $100 per person penalty 90-45 days.
- 50% per person penalty until 44 days to 14 days,
- No Refunds with less than 14 days notice.
- Hotel Assignments are made on receipt of second deposit.
- Seating assignments are made on receipt of final payment.
- Space is limited to 500 people.
Motorcoach Transportation and Professional Tour Managers are available
Day 1 Abingdon, VA – Music of the Statler Brothers Dinner Show
On arrival in Abingdon, VA you’ll find that an exciting night of musical history awaits you. Following hotel check-in you join our other groups at a local events center for a dinner show that begins with Virginia Country Cooking and ends with a tribute to Grammy Award winning Statler Brothers.
This evening’s musical feature is a concert by American Pride a group that performs the music of The Statler Brothers, native sons of Virginia. You’ll hear their tribute song to Johnny Cash, (who discovered them) “We Got Paid by Cash” and many other originals such as “Flowers on the Wall” and “My Only Love.” (D)
Day 2 – Bristol, VA & TN – Honky Tonk Girls – Patsy & Loretta – Johnny & June
Today you visit the Birthplace of Country Music Museum. A Smithsonian affiliate it is dedicated to the telling of one story only, an event that Johnny Cash called The Big Bang of Country Music. In 1927 a talent scout for the Victor Talking Machine Company had four men carry a portable recording device into a Bristol hat factory and invited local musicians to record the music of the Appalachians. Through this museum, because of “The Bristol Sessions” the region’s rich music legacy sings loud and proud today. The legendary Carter Family and Jimmie Rodgers, were among the first artists ever recorded.
You’ll also visit the Bristol Motor Speedway; tour the private skyboxes; see Pit Road and the Bristol Dragway known as “Thunder Valley” and do a lap on the high-banked track known as “The World’s Fastest Half-Mile!”
You have free time in downtown Bristol where State Street separates Virginia from Tennessee. You will find quaint shops, antiques, boutiques, fine art and more. You can take a selfie with the famous Bristol sign, stand in Two States at once, and buy yourself a milkshake at the Burger Bar (rumored to be where Hank Williams ate his last meal).
This afternoon at the historic Cameo Theater you enjoy a matinee concert featuring the Music of Patsy Cline, a native of Winchester, VA who had such hits as ““Honky Tonk Angel,” “Walking After Midnight,” “Crazy,” “Sweet Dreams,” and “I Fall to Pieces.” This show also features a tribute to Patsy’s friend Loretta Lynn and you will hear some of her greatest hits such as “Coal Miners Daughter,” “Don’t Come Home a Drinkin’,” “Louisiana Woman, Mississippi Man,” “I’m a Honky Tonk Girl,” and many more. Did you know that Loretta recorded “I Remember Patsy” ? It was an album dedicated to Patsy Cline after she died in a plane crash in 1963 and Loretta covered some of Patsy’s biggest hits including “She’s Got You” and “Why Can’t He Be You.”
Dinner this evening is included at a local Abingdon restaurant. Your second historic venue today is the Barter Theatre. It opened its doors on June 10, 1933, proclaiming “With vegetables you cannot sell, you can buy a good laugh.” The price of admission was 40 cents or an equivalent amount of produce. Four out of five Depression-era theatre goers paid their way with vegetables, dairy products and livestock. Can you imagine a live hog for the price of admission?
To the surprise of many, all the seats for the first show were filled. The concept of trading “ham for Hamlet” caught on quickly. At the end of the first season, the Barter Company of Performers cleared $4.35 in cash, two barrels of jelly, and a collective weight gain of over 300 pounds.
Tonight you enjoy a show by Gray Sartin, a tribute artist who will make you believe you are at a live concert with Johnny Cash in 1968. He will introduce his band the Tennessee Three, who are not just playing instruments but who are playing the parts of Johnny’s original band members. You will also see and hear an actress playing the part of June Carter, Johnny’s wife as they perform classics such “Jackson,” “Long Legged Guitar Pickin Man” and “Ring of Fire.” This group performs in a 90 minute musical show that will allow you to be caught up in the nostalgia of the moment. (B,D)
Day 3 – Depart for home
“The Crooked Road” is said to be a path that crosses the frontier of Country Music and that is certainly where you will have traveled. Our event features a place and a time where we could bring the music of these Country Legends down the path to you. We hope you enjoyed these shows and wish you safe travel on your way home. (B)