(Marion, VA) – Song of the Mountains will launch season 19 on Saturday February 4th at the historic Lincoln Theatre in Marion, Virginia by paying tribute and memory to the “Queen of Country Music”, the late & great Loretta Lynn. Emily Portman will sing and perform the songs of the late country music icon backed by Loretta Lynn’s actual band “The Coalminers” who provided the music for her the last 27 years of her career. “We are very fortunate to have this show in our area and be able to tape it for later broadcast on public television”, says Tim White, the show’s host and executive coordinator. “This promises to be a very entertaining night of music and nostalgia for all country music and Loretta Lynn fans”, states White. Having “The Coalminers” who were Loretta Lynn’s band adds a very special flavor to the evening. Emily Portman truly brings to life Loretta Lynns hits such as, “You’re Lookin’ At Country”, “You Ain’t Woman Enough (To Take My Man)”, “Don’t Come Home A’Drinkin’”, “Coal Miner’s Daughter” and more.
Two great groups will open the show on February 4th. Becky Buller will make a return appearance on Song of the Mountains. Becky Buller is a multi-instrumentalist, singer, and songwriter from St. James, Minn., who has traversed the globe over performing bluegrass music to underwrite her insatiable songwriting habit. Her compositions can be heard on records by Ricky Skaggs, Rhonda Vincent and Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, to name just a few. Becky has written songs for Grammy award-winning albums: she co-wrote “Freedom,” the lead-off track of The Infamous Stringdusters 2018 Grammy-winning album Laws of Gravity as well as “The Shaker” on The Travelin’ McCoury’s self-titled release that brought home the 2019 Best Bluegrass Grammy. Equally passionate about bluegrass music education, Becky has over 20 years experience teaching fiddle, singing, and songwriting, both privately and at workshops and camps around the world.
She currently serves on the board of the IBMA Foundation. Becky proudly calls Manchester, Tenn., her adopted hometown, where she lives with husband, Jeff Haley, and daughter, Romy. The ETSU Bluegrass Progression Band is directed by Jason Leek who is a veteran of bluegrass and voice. He performed in the past with the legendary Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver as bassist and vocalist.
The ETSU Bluegrass Progression Band is comprised of extremely talented student performers, who also tour the world playing music professionally and are highly sought-after musicians. With the Progression Band’s high standard for tight vocal harmonies and impeccable musicianship, audiences are amazed at the quality of music from such a young band. When attending a show with the ETSU Progression Band, be sure and buckle up for a fast paced, high-energy performance you are sure to enjoy!