The Feastival at St. Paul: History, Heritage, and Revitalization with Dori Freeman


Western Front Hotel

3025 Fourth Street, St. Paul VA

Crooked Road Concerts


5:00 PM

Dori Freeman, a native of the Crooked Road region, is making a name for herself as a talented roots-based singer-songwriter, with her reputation spreading well beyond Southwest Virginia. While growing up in Galax, she was immersed in that community’s rich music scene, and she often joined in jam sessions led by her talented father, Scott Freeman, and her legendary grandfather, Willard Gayheart.

In 2011 Dori Freeman released a self-produced album Porchlight. Then in late 2014, a demo of her music found its way to producer Teddy Thompson, who oversaw her self-titled 2016 album on Free Dirt Records. The album, funded through a Kickstarter campaign, has received glowing reviews from a range of periodicals, websites, and radio programs, from The New York Times to No Depression to National Public Radio. Rolling Stone Countrycalled Freeman’s album "a strong contender for Americana debut of the year."

While influenced by many types of music, Freeman, in an interview with The Bluegrass Situation website, admits that Appalachian regional music has had a significant impact on her life and her music: “I was brought up here and have spent the better part of my adult life here.... My experience living here is one of meeting genuine, honest people who don’t have any affectation and are really proud of their culture. I’m really proud of my culture as a result of that.”
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