Organization aims to boost Virginia country, gospel, bluegrass

A new organization promoting country, gospel and bluegrass music in Virginia will also promote the artists who are adding to the state’s rich musical heritage.

“We think there’s a whole lot more stars to come from Virginia. If you think about it, all the way from Winchester down into Bristol, Nashville knows that this is one talented area,” said Tim Spears, the founder and president of the Virginia Awards for Country Music, which is accepting applications for membership and nominations for its inaugural awards in 2012.

Individual artists and bands can qualify for awards across the country, gospel and bluegrass genres.

Spears, the host of “Virginia Dreams Center Stage,” which will be debuting on RFD-TV in January, said country-music artists in Virginia “deserve to have their talents put out in front of people.”

“There’s a lot of talent around. What we want to do, our mission, is to bring this talent out, and not only that, but award them for what they do,” Spears said.

Online at www.VirginiaCountryMusicAwards.com.


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