Willard Gayheart and Ricky Cox performing "Old Favorite Songs of the Blue Ridge"
Venue: Floyd United Methodist Church, Floyd
Organizations: Willard Gayheart
Date: Sunday, March 26, 2023
Time: 2:30 - 3:30 PM
Event Types: Music
Cost: Free
The Floyd County Historical Society presents an encore performance of Willard Gayheart and Ricky Cox performing "Old Favorite Songs of the Blue Ridge" on Sunday, March 26, 2023 at Floyd United Methodist Church.

Willard Gayheart is a pencil artist and musician from Southwest Virginia. He is originally from Eastern Kentucky, working mostly from the theme "Nostalgic Glimpses of the Appalachians". His works are positive images of Appalachian Culture, presenting the region as a place alive with interesting personalities.

Besides his artistic talent with the pencil, Willard is also an accomplished bluegrass musician having played as a member of the bluegrass band The Highlanders. He not only picks the guitar and sings, but writes many of the songs himself. On one album, 5 out of the 10 songs were written by him. All the songs written by Willard reflect his experiences and love for the mountain way of life.

Link: http://www.mtnlaurel.com/arts-and-crafts/266-willard-gayheart-pencil-artist-a-remarkable-gift.html

Indian Valley’s Ricky Cox has been entertaining and educating many of us for decades. Throughout his teaching career at Radford University he shared the history and culture of our region through his music and writing, earning a number of special recognitions along the way. Ricky contributed his photographic talents to the second of two books featuring Willard Gayheart’s drawings.

Ricky’s friendship with Willard Gayheart also goes back 35 years. This shows in the programs they present together, harmonizing and appreciating one another’s contributions as they delight their audiences.

The is a free public event. All are invited and encouraged to attend.

Note: The event was originally scheduled for Sunday, March 12th, but had to be postponed due to inclement weather.

Floyd United Methodist Church is located at 417 East Main Street in Floyd, VA.

To view the event flyer, visit: https://i.postimg.cc/jq1tbS0N/image.png.

For more information on the event, visit: https://www.floydhistoricalsociety.org/willard-gayheart-and-ricky-cox-old-favorite-songs-of-the-blue-ridge/ or https://www.facebook.com/floydcountyhistoricalsoc or https://www.facebook.com/events/580731047019388/.

For more information on Floyd United Methodist Church, visit: https://www.facebook.com/FloydUMC or call 540-745-4121.
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