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Blue Ridge Music Center to host Amanda Cook Band, Unspoken Tradition

From Staff Reports

The Blue Ridge Music Center is presenting the Amanda Cook Band and Unspoken Tradition for an evening of bluegrass music at 7 p.m., Saturday, July 30, in the outdoor amphitheater. The Music Center is located at milepost 213 on the Blue Ridge Parkway, just south of Galax and 30 minutes from Sparta and Mount Airy, North Carolina.

Amanda Cook acquired a love of bluegrass from her father, who played banjo throughout her childhood. In 2007, Cook formed the bluegrass group High Cotton with her father and received her first taste of performing. That experience fueled a desire to record and tour professionally.

Determined to create her unique sound, Cook stepped out on her own and released her first solo album, One Stop Along the Road. In early 2017, she signed with Mountain Fever Records and recorded Deep Water, followed by Point of No Return. Her third full-length album, Narrowing the Gap, was released last year.

Unspoken Tradition will open the show. The group is about new, original bluegrass. Unspoken Tradition brings a sound that is both impassioned and nostalgic, hard-driving but sincere. In 2019, they released Myths We Tell Our Young. Their material reflects the ever-changing culture of Western and Central North Carolina, the regions they call home.

This concert is sponsored by the Winston-Salem Journal and The Crooked Road.

Tickets are $20 for adults. Children 12 and younger are admitted free of charge. Advance tickets are available at BlueRidgeMusicCenter.org. Tickets can be purchased on the evening of the show at the admission gates.

Parking opens at 5:15 p.m. and is free. Admission to the amphitheater begins at 5:45 p.m.

The Galax Smokehouse will offer barbecue, home-style sides and beverages for purchase during the concert.