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Adam McPeak & Mountain Thunder and Changing Lanes Featured at Heartwood

Abingdon, Virginia – The Crooked Road: Virginia’s Heritage Music Trail presents Adam McPeak & Mountain Thunder and Changing Lanes in concert on Thursday, September 10th from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. at Heartwood in Abingdon, VA. This youth music concert is part of The Crooked Road Music Series at Heartwood. 

In the 1970s, the McPeak Brothers from Wytheville left a lasting mark with their recordings of contemporary material in a bluegrass format. In a great example of what heritage music is all about, young mandolinist Adam McPeak is carrying forward the family tradition with his own band, Adam McPeak & Mountain Thunder. Mike McPeak now plays the proud father in his son’s band, and the music is as dynamic as ever, featuring excellent harmony vocals and interesting repertoire that fans have always associated with the family’s music. 

Changing Lanes is a bluegrass band from Carroll County, VA, that has been performing live together for four years. Their members include Jesse Allen (guitar and vocals), Alan Young (banjo, mandolin and vocals) and Ethan Edwards (banjo, mandolin, and vocals). The band has performed their unique blend of traditional and contemporary arrangements to high acclaim at festivals and venues throughout the region.

The Crooked Road Music Series takes place each Thursday at Heartwood. The series features youth artists each 2nd Thursday and showcases venues of The Crooked Road region each 4th Thursday. These events, along with open jams on the 1st, 3rd, (and 5th) Thursdays showcase Southwest Virginia performers. The Crooked Road Music Series is sponsored by Heartwood, Virginia Commission for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts.

 Heartwood: Southwest Virginia’s Artisan Gateway is located off I-81 at Exit 14 in Abingdon, VA, and features food, music, and craft of Southwest Virginia. Admission to the concert is free and donations will be accepted for Crooked Road Traditional Music Education Program (TMEP).

 More information can be found at The Crooked Road website,, and at For additional information, please call (276) 492-2409 or email:

Adam McPeak & Mountain Thunder (photo–Debbie Frye) and Changing Lanes (photo-Tabatha Norman) are pictured above.


Contact: Jonathan Romeo
The Crooked Road: Virginia’s Heritage Music Trail
(276) 492-2401