Canceled: Leroy Jodie Pierson at the Blue Ridge Music Center


Friday, June 19, 2020 - 7:00pm


Blue Ridge Music Center
700 Foothills Road
milepost 213 on the Blue Ridge Parkway
Galax, VA 24333


In accordance with Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam's Stay at Home Order (Executive Order number 55), issued on March 30, 2020, which includes restrictions on gatherings of more than 10 people through June 10, the Blue Ridge Music Center is canceling the Show for Joe concert with Leroy Pierson and The Buckhannon Brothers on June 19. 

Ticket-holders will receive an e-mail update, so please check your inbox, or e-mail Marianne Kovatch at with questions.


Playing music that ranges from blues to reggae, Leroy Jodie Pierson has been one of the St. Louis blues scene’s most active and productive participants. A guitarist, record producer, and blues historian, Pierson learned to play guitar from brilliant musicians such as Mance Lipscomb, Johnny Shines, Robert Wilkins, and Mississippi Fred McDowell. Pierson made long and frequent trips to rural Mississippi to study with his mentors, who held him in great esteem. McDowell even willed Pierson his treasured guitar, which he still uses today on appearances in St. Louis and around the world.

The Buckhannon Brothers open the show. Dennis and Curtis Buckhannon are committed to preserving traditional old-time mandolin and fiddle music indigenous to Missouri and the Midwest. As youngsters, they listened to their father’s bluegrass and country music recordings, and taught themselves to pick tunes on guitars. Curtis took up the mandolin, and the brothers began learning old-time tunes from older fiddlers in rural Missouri and Illinois, as well as from field recordings of area musicians. The brothers have been instrumental in several projects dedicated to the preservation of old-time string band music, including albums of field recordings produced by the Missouri Friends of the Folk Arts.

The show is hosted in honor of Joe Wilson, who was instrumental in the creation of the Blue Ridge Music Center and served as Director of the National Council of Traditional Arts for 28 years. In 1976, he visited the Missouri Friends of the Folk Arts to collaborate on the National Folk Festival, which was held in St. Louis at that time, and to encourage the group’s work documenting the work of traditional musicians from Missouri and the surrounding region.

Tickets are $15. Children 12 and younger are admitted for free.


Since 2013, the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation has supported musical programming at the Blue Ridge Music Center to help preserve the cultural heritage of the mountains.