Mountain Heart to sing at Martinsville

Mountain Heart - Aaron Ramsey, Barry Abernathy, Josh Shilling, Clay Jones, Jason Moore, Jim Van CleveMountain Heart has been selected to perform the National Anthem before the NASCAR TUMS Fast Relief 500 race at Martinsville Speedway on October 25. This is a major event is southwestern VA and throughout the racing world, which will be broadcast live on ABC Sports.

The race starts at 1:30 p.m. (EDT), with ABC coverage beginning at 1:00 p.m.

Manager Brian Smith told us that this was an appearance that took a lot of work to secure, and the guys are very excited about the opportunity.

“We are still discussing the arrangement but everyone will appear even if they don’t all sing. It will be a big homecoming for Josh Shilling, who hails from nearby and cut his teeth in that music market.”

This will be a big day for bluegrass music and sports. October 25 will also find Rhonda Vincent singing the anthem before the NFL’s Chiefs-Chargers game in Kansas City.

Way to go Mountain Heart and Rhonda – more please!

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