Mountain Heart and Lynyrd Skynyrd

Mountain Heart - Clay Hess, Jason Moore, Barry Abernathy, Josh Shilling, Aaron Ramsey, Jim Van Cleve - photo by Brad HarperMountain Heart is scheduled to play three shows with southern rock legends Lynyrd Skynyrd in September.

Fiddler Jim van Cleve tells us that show promoter Kent Martin was so impressed with the band that he started talking with them about performing in other venues.

Martin knew Mountain Heart vocalist Josh Shilling before he joined the band, and Jim said that he was blown away when he saw Josh with them on stage.

“The promoter saw the high energy presentation of their show and ‘had to have us’ on these shows in front of Skynyrd.”

All three concerts are in the southwest VA and northwest NC areas in mid-September.

  • September 11 ‚Äì Danville, VA – Carrington Pavilion ‚Äì 8:00 p.m.
  • September 12 ‚Äì Boone, NC ‚Äì Appalachian State University ‚Äì 8:00 p.m.
  • September 13 ‚Äì Elizabeth City, NC ‚Äì Coast Guard Support Center ‚Äì 7:00 p.m.

Shilling is especially excited about having this chance to open for such industry legends so close to his hometown of Martinsville, VA.

“These shows are going to be a blast! Lynyrd Skynyrd has always been a huge influence on us as musicians and in general, Skynyrd is just a huge group in these areas. Jason Moore and I know this first hand because the Danville show is right in our backyards. We couldn’t be more excited to share the stage and meld our acoustic sound with these southern rock icons!”

Mountain Heart has a show with country act Diamond Rio this next weekend (8/29) and has also been scheduling a number of shows with Tony Rice. All the guys are looking forward to getting their brand of high energy bluegrass before some new audiences.

You can find details on all their live appearances on the band’s web site.

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