‘Lunch on the Lawn’ to feature Tyler Hughes


Courtesy photo Tyler Hughes will be the featured artist at the weekly Lunch on the Lawn series slated Friday at Southwest Virginia Museum Historical State Park.

BIG STONE GAP, Va. — Southwest Virginia Museum Historical State Park will host its weekly “Lunch on the Lawn” series beginning at noon on July 3, featuring Tyler Hughes.

Tyler Hughes, a recent graduate from ETSU’s bluegrass, old time and country music studies program, has been performing traditional old time and country music for a decade now. He performs regularly with the Johnson City-based Empty Bottle String Band, and he has appeared on television programs such as Song of the Mountains and the Mountain Music Showcase.

Hughes also has an extensive background in recording. His works include his solo album, Wise County Jail, the Empty Bottle String Band’s Travelin’ Man and appearances on the ETSU bluegrass album Testing Tradition. Tyler spent the last four years with the ETSU Old Time Pride Band performing at such venues as jazz at the Lincoln Center in New York City, NPR’s Mountain Stage and the Carter Family Fold.

Hughes is also an accomplished dancer, winning third place last year in the Moorehead Kentucky Flat Footing Competition. Along with his flat footing skills, Tyler has studied the art of square dance calling and calls for dances in the region. Tyler spends a large amount of his work teaching people to continue passing on the traditional arts of the mountain south.

He is currently an instructor at Mountain Empire Community College where he teaches courses on banjo and co-directs the successful summer camp, Mountain Music School.

The “Lunch on the Lawn” event is free and open to the public. Visitors may bring their own lunch or pre-order one from the museum for $5 each. This week’s featured menu is hot dogs with chips, fruit, dessert and choice of beverage. Orders must be made in advance by 4 p.m. each Thursday by calling the park at 276-523-1322.

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