BIG STONE GAP, Va. — The Southwest Virginia Museum Historical State Park will host its First Saturday Community Coffee House from 7-9 p.m. on Dec. 5. Tyler Hughes will serve as the featured host for this month’s Coffee House.
Tyler Hughes hails from Big Stone Gap, Virginia, where he began learning the traditions of mountain music and dance at age 12. He performs regularly but also dedicates time to teaching through private lessons and a variety of music programs as an adjunct professor at Mountain Empire Community College in Big Stone Gap.
Tyler is skilled in square dance calling and also took the third place ribbon in clogging/flatfooting at the Morehead Old-Time Festival in 2014. As a vocalist and multi-instrumentalist, he has performed all across the southeast of the United States both as a soloist and with several bands including ETSU’s Old Time Pride Band, Fifthstring, and the Empty Bottle String Band. He graduated East Tennessee State University in 2015, where he received a degree in bluegrass, old time, and country music studies.
Tyler has also worked in Wise County with the after school music program Junior Appalachian Musicians (JAM) to incorporate the teaching of traditional music and dance to youth in the public school system. Hughes released his first full-length album at age 19, titled Wise County Jail. Hughes has also been featured on the East Tennessee State University Bluegrass Pride Band’s album, Testing Tradition, Home Craft Days Festival 40th Anniversary album, Legend & Legacy, and recently on Chesky Records’ new release From the Mountaintop. He has studied traditional music at home in the Appalachians and across the Atlantic in Ireland and Scotland. Tyler has appeared nationally on NPR’s Mountain Stage, PBS’s Song of the Mountains, and at Jazz at the Lincoln Center in New York City.
The First Saturday Community Coffee House is an open-mic event and is open to all family-friendly performers. All interested musicians, storytellers and poets should arrive by 6:30 p.m. for sign-up and scheduling. Admission is free to this program. Refreshments will be available for purchase.