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RiddleFest 2015

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David Holt

Lesley Riddle Historical Highway Marker

LarryandRonThe Traditional Voices Group of Burnsville with help from the North Carolina Arts Council has secured approval for a prestigious historical highway marker to be placed just west of Burnsville on Highway 19. The marker will commemorate the contributions native son Lesley Riddle made to the music of the Carter Family, to Maybelle Carter's guitar style and the development of early country music.

TVG chairman Larry Howell along with his fellow musician Ron Powell appeared before the North Carolina Historical Highway Marker Advisory Board in Raleigh on December 16. Chris Beachum with the NC Arts Council did much of the ten minute presentation with Larry and Ron performing two of Lesley's songs.

Pictured: Ron Powell (left), Larry Howell (right) and Chris Beacham (center) with the NC Arts Council at the Mountain Heritage Center Lesley Riddle Recording Studio.

The 2015 RiddleFest Announced


The primary mission of the TVG is to promote the legacy and music of Lesley Riddle and to that end each year sponsors the RiddleFest. The RiddleFest features performers doing the music of Lesley Riddle and also that of the Carter Family. Past nationally known acts appearing at the RiddleFest are: Mike Seeger, Bill Clifton, Michael Reno Harrell, Dale Jett, the East Tennessee State University Bluegrass Band and the Old Time Band, the Appalachian State University Gospel Choir,Laura Boosinger, Scott Ainsle, Kathy Bullock as well as many local musicians.

The eighth annual RiddleFest will feature David Holt accompanied by Josh Goforth. The RiddleFest will be on July 3rd and will be held at the Parkway Playhouse. David Holt is an internationally known musician, story teller and TV host. He has several Grammy nominations and awards to his credit. Josh Goforth is a talented multi-instrumentalist with much recording session work in Nashville.

Tickets will be sold through the website of the Playhouse.

"Esley: The Life and Times of Lesley Riddle"

The Parkway Playhouse will again present the highly acclaimed stage production of Ésley: The Life and Times of Lesley Riddle." The play, written by Jeff Messer of Asheville, was first staged in 2010 to full houses each night and will run in 2015 from June 27 to July 11.

Video and Audio Interviews

On Friday, Jan. 9, Larry Howell and Ron Powell appeared on Jeff Messer's daily talk show on WPEK-AM (880) in Asheville. Jeff wrote the highly acclaimed stage production "Esley: The Life and Times of Lesley Riddle." The play was first staged in 2010 to full houses each night and will run in 2015 from June 27 to July 11.

Listen to the live interview as Larry Howell and Ron Powell discuss Lesley Riddle

Two Traditional Voices Group board members, Terry McKinney and Danny McIntosh, were interviewed for a recent piece about Lesley Riddle. WRAL, a TV station in Raleigh highlighted the Lesley Riddle story, with a little history lesson from Terry and Danny.

To view the story, use the link below:

The Mission of the Traditional Voices Group is to collect, document and preserve the cultural and musical heritage, and the traditions that are unique to the communities of the Toe River Valley, but not excluding the surrounding areas that are a part of the Appalachian Mountains of Western North Carolina.

The gathering of oral histories, documentations, art and music will be available through the use of text, audio and video recordings for the purpose of scholastic pursuits, pride and unity of community and for present and future generations to understand the significance of what and how these areas have contributed to society.