RTE 23 Music Festival, Lineup Change - Birthplace of Country Music

The Golden Age Added to RTE 23

Free Event at UVA-Wise

Wise, Va. (August 14, 2019) – The nonprofit Birthplace of Country Music (BCM), parent organization of the Birthplace of Country Music Museum, Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion music festival, and WBCM Radio Bristol, has announced a lineup change to its RTE 23 Music Festival. 

“C2 & the Brother’s Reed had to back out due to an unforeseen conflict in scheduling,” said Dave Stallard, event organizer and BCM Music Committee member. “We are proud to announce that The Golden Age will step in on their behalf.”

The Golden Age is Bryan Simpson and Matt Menefee, founding members of Cadillac Sky. The duo is now back together making bluegrass music that is equal parts preservation and rebellion. RTE 23 will be the band’s debut performance.

“Your fest is the first one we’ve said yes to,” said Simpson. “Its gonna be a moment for sure.” 

RTE 23 will take place on Saturday, August 24, 2019 from 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. on the campus of the University of Virginia’s College at Wise. The festival is a free family event and open to the public. The complete lineup now consists of The Fritz, The Golden Age, and 49 Winchester.

The Fritz is a soul-driven dance rock band hailing from Asheville, North Carolina. The group’s aggressive approach to funk, soul, and rock creates a sound that is uniquely their own. With powerful vocals, climactic solos, and tight grooves, The Fritz has built a devoted following and is captivating audiences everywhere. 

49 Winchester hails from the mountain town of Castlewood, Virginia, and their roots are planted in the music of Appalachia with equal parts country and soul, along with powerful vocals, hard-hitting songs, and heavy country-blues guitars. Singer and guitarist Isaac Gibson’s songs are poetically straightforward, and his stellar vocals shine through during live performance. 

RTE 23 will also offer the very best in local food offerings, craft beer vendors, and more. 

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