Family band to be featured in Crooked Road Series

The Yates Family Band (by Dawn Waters)

The Crooked Road: Virginia’s Heritage Music Trail presents the Yates Family Band in concert on Thursday, Jan. 9, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Southwest Virginia Cultural Center & Marketplace (formerly Heartwood) in Abingdon. This concert is part of The Crooked Road Music Series.

The Yates Family Band features Molly Yates (age 19) performing on guitar, mandolin, and banjo and Sadie Yates (age 17) performing on the doghouse bass and guitar. The girls have been performing on stage with their parents Tim (guitar) and Debbie (banjo/fiddle) since they could hold an instrument in their hands. This family based old time and bluegrass band from Smyth County, VA has performed at The Carter Fold, the International Bluegrass Music Association festival, and many more venues. Tim and Debbie have combined their lives, talents, and musical roots to create one of the area’s most entertaining musical groups in the region.

The Crooked Road Music Series takes place each Thursday at the SWVA Cultural Center & Marketplace. Visit the SWVA Cultural Center & Marketplace and experience Southwest Virginia’s creative and authentic culture. Located off I-81 at Exit 14 in Abingdon, the Cultural Center features youth artists each 2nd Thursday along with open jams on the 1st, 3rd, 4th (and 5th) Thursdays to showcase Southwest Virginia performers.

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, call (276) 492-2400, ext. 2409 or email: