Historic Appomattox Railroad Festival
October 12-13, 2019
We have an amazing line-up for our 46th year!
Sammy Kershaw and The Embers featuring Craig Woolard, performing on the Courtland Festival Park Stage!
Saturday - 11:30 am .......Main Street Stage....... Music Box Karaoke & DJ
The Music Box will be at the Main Street Stage all day,following the Parade, taking a break at 2 and 4 pm. They provide music for weddings, birthday parties, family get togethers, and just about any event where you want music. With their mobile unit, The Music Box too, they can go just about anywhere.
Saturday - 12 noon .......Courtland Festival Park....... Bo-Zac
Bo-Zac is a Classic Country Duo featuring Zach Burnette and Bo Heatherley. You will here a unique blend of country music with an occasional twist thrown in.
Ricky Van Shelton had retired from performing and touring in 2006 and had become a recluse by the time he and Bo formed a strong friendship in 2014. It was Bo’s passion for singing that rekindled Ricky’s love of great music that had been buried for almost 10 years. In 2015, thru Bo, Ricky met Zach and felt an immediate connection with him. This summer, after an 11-year hiatus, Ricky Van returned to Nashville to introduce these two entertainers to music industry executives. This showcase resulted in BO-ZAC being invited to perform at several Nashville clubs, open for Pam Tillis and Lorrie Morgan in August, and with Ricky Skaggs in September.
“I believe in Bo and Zach. Bo is one of the smoothest singers that you will ever hear. Zach has the most unique voice and power I’ve heard in years. They are both friends of mine, and I believe in them and their talent.” Quote by Ricky Van Shelton
Saturday - 12 noon .......Abbitt Park Stage....... McKinley Cardwell
McKinley Cardwell, is a born and raised Appomattox native. He has been a live entertainer and performer since September 2017. His days of being a singer and performer started when he was 6 years of age.
Behind JE Jamerson, formerly the last house on the left, a performer was being brought up attending Appomattox Public Schools. He also attended Appomattox Christian Academy between 6th and 9th grade. McKinley took on the challenge of being unique.
McKinley's accolades go from 22 live acting productions, Regional Theatre Nominee for Best Actor, Allstate Choir (Virginia) Placing 8th best bass in the state for 2015, 250+ Live performances from Corporate Events, Nursing Homes, Weddings, Revivals, and Reunions. He has donated over 1,500 hours of community service through various groups over the last 10 years including singing for Governor Terry McAuliffe. McKinley is a #1 Overall Award-Winning Actor from the (Worldwide Talent Agency) ARTS Institute in Los Angeles, California.
Thanks go out to God, and also to the people who helped him become the entertainer he is today; Mark and Sandra Landry, Doug Hall, Shawn Lee, Erin Bromley, Brenda Barringer, Valerie Daughtery, Robin Wolfskill, Marie Kidd, Grandparents Shorty and Peggy Kidd, and his mother Michelle Romanac.
He hopes everyone has a great time at this year’s Railroad Festival and God bless!
Saturday - 3:00 pm........Courtland Festival Park.......Sammy Kershaw
The music business is an ever-changing model, and Sammy Kershaw has seen it all. From consolidations with radio and record companies to the digital era that we are now in, he admits that he wondered if there was still a place for his Pure Country sound. “I don’t know if the fire ever left,” he says, “but I had some doubts for a while if people still wanted to hear my music, or if radio would still play my music anymore.”
Then, one day, it all became as clear to Sammy as the first time he had ever heard George Jones or Mel Street sing. “One Saturday morning, I’m sitting on my bus listening to the radio, and this old Johnny Paycheck song comes on called “Old Violin.” That’s how I felt–like an old violin, fixin’ to be put away and never played again.”
Hearing that song was a surreal moment for Sammy. “Then,” he recalls, “the last line in the song came on, and it said “We’ll give our all to music, and we’ll give our life.” That took me back to when I was twelve years old, and in a bar room singing my first Country song, which was “Is Anybody Goin’ To San Antone.” It took me back to that time in my life, and that line changed my mind set in an instant.” It wasn‟t about the charts or the record label—it was about the creative spark. “I thought to myself, radio might not ever play me again, and people might not want to hear me, but I need to do some new music—for me.”
So, Sammy returns to the fold with his first album in four years, Better Than I Used To Be. Longtime fans will find the music is very comparable to his string of hits that started in 1991 with “Cadillac Style.” One similarity between the classics and the new album is the songs, which are all about real life. “I started when I was twelve years old in the honky-tonks and bar rooms. I grew up early. My dad died when I was eleven, and I was the oldest of four kids. I didn‟t really have a childhood.” Those experiences helped to shape his sound, and helped him relate to the lyrics he was singing about.
Saturday - 8:00 pm......Main Street Stage...... Rare Form will be rocking the Street Dance!
Rare Form is Central Virginia's premier modern country cover band, also covering rock and dance hits. They committed to bringing you the best live show with the newest current country hits on the radio!
They have opened for many national artists including Confederate Railroad, John Michael Montgomery, Chris Cagle, Tracy Lawrence, Joe Diffie and others.
Rare Form has also played in Nashville, Tennessee at The Cadillac Ranch for CRS week.
They were voted Best of Lynchburg, Top Local Band for 2018. With their Rock Hard/Play Hard attitude, the guys of Rare Form are one of a kind when it comes to entertainment. Each musician uses their own personal technique that is interconnecting with one another to create a scene that can be called nothing less than “a show stopper”. Growing rapidly in Virginia and North Carolina, these guys have created a loyal fan base that follows them with great support. With originality and uniqueness, they give a performance that will bring you to your feet!
Mike Roach- Lead Vocals,Acoustic guitar
Tim Wilson- bass guitar,vocals
Sunday - 12 noon .......Abbitt Park Stage....... Mountain Highway
Mountain Highway® is a young family band that thrills audiences with classic traditional bluegrass songs they sing in crisp, family harmony. With music originally performed by Flatt & Scruggs, Bill Monroe, Ralph Stanley and others, Mountain Highway® assures audiences the bluegrass music they love will live on for at least another generation. The four sibling singers, age 12 to 17, play banjo, fiddle, mandolin, and guitar, while their father plays upright bass.
Sunday - 12 noon .......Main Street Stage....... Music Box Karaoke & DJ
The Music Box is back at the Main Street Stage all day. They provide music for weddings, birthday parties, family get togethers, and just about any event where you want music. With their mobile unit, The Music Box too, they can go just about anywhere.
Sunday - 2:00 pm........Courtland Festival Park.......The Embers featuring Craig Woolard
There are many bands or groups today yet few that are considered a musical institution. The Embers have solidified their position as a thriving musical entity leaving their mark on listeners for decades.
The Embers boast numerous albums and single releases that span decades and all the crazes continuing to exhibit top quality showmanship, musicianship and professionalism. The Embers are widely considered a musical MARVEL and have laid the groundwork for what has become known as ‘Beach Music’ in the Carolinas, Virginias, the gulf coast region of North America and every beach in between. They are a true musical tradition with which many Americans have listened to from childhood to adulthood. The Embers consider the genre of Beach Music as “music with a memory” and have been creating lasting memories since its inception in 1958. Simply put – Heart and Soul, Rhythm and Blues, Feel Good Music.
The Embers are truly one of the finest entertainment experiences of our lifetime. Come to their show and they will put JOY in your step, LOVE in your heart and BEACH MUSIC in your soul!