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Appalachian Fair will be "a homecoming" for one local band

Jonathan Roberts • Aug 19, 2019 at 12:00 AM

When Folk Soul Revival takes the stage at the Appalachian Fair on Saturday night, it’ll be more than just another show — especially for guitarist, pedal steel and banjo player Chad Light.

“We’re extremely excited,” said Light. “One of my earliest memories of music, was I saw Don Williams (at the fair) as a kid, so it means a lot to me personally to just play there at all, much less on the closing night.”

Folk Soul Revival’s roots in Bristol, Virginia, are essential to who they are and their music, with the city described as their “birthplace, home and muse,” on their website. That influence can be found throughout their most recent self-titled album, from which Light says they’ll be playing most of during their set.

“We’re going to play a heavy dose of the new album, and we have just recently started playing all the songs on the new album so we hope to kind of spotlight and feature it Saturday night,” he said.

And regardless of which songs they decide to perform of their 12-track album, their Appalachian Fair set will be a bit more special than most.

“It’s kind of like a homecoming for us,” Light said.

Of course, the six-day affair that is the Appalachian Fair has more than just music, with dozens of events, activities and shows for attendees to catch when things get started at 3 p.m. today.

“We’re always excited about our entertainment, and we seem to have a pretty good lineup this year,” said Fair Manager Phil Booher. “We’ve got a great lineup, we think people will enjoy mega-truck racing, of course we’ve got the ever-popular demolition derby and the monster trucks will be back.”

“We think we’ve got a great time for entertainment this year,” Booher continued.

Booher noted that they’ve also already sold out or nearly sold out reserve seating for several concerts, and that they expect a lively week of fun at the fair.

“We’ve got a lot of things people will want to see,” he said.

Among other events of note are the opening day ceremony, the “Fairest of the Fair” contest, “Little Miss” contest, a look-alike contest, a truck pull competition and a concert on each night of the fair.

For more information and a full schedule for the fair, visit www.appalachianfair.com.

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