A large percentage of the Appalachian area is powered by the dedicated work put in by coal miners.
Bell Theater, in conjunction with Jeff Clair and Half Past Lonesome, will be saying “thanks” with a Christmas concert on Dec. 8.
Jeff Clair and Half Past Lonesome are a four-man bluegrass band with close ties to the area. They joined together last year to form the band but have been playing gospel, contemporary and traditional bluegrass music together for nearly 20 years.
The band has recently signed to national record label Lonesome Day Records and will have CD’s for sale at the show.
Their sound joins mountain bluegrass with the sound of Ralph Sparks, Merle Haggard, Sam Bush and Conway Twitty.
“The sound has gelled really well for us as a band. Of course the sound fits really well in this area too,” said musician Jeff Clair.
Also performing at the Coal Miners Christmas concert will be Common Strings, Cumberland River Academy Students and Bridge to Nowhere.
These local bands play music from contemporary bluegrass and folk music to contemporary country and vocals.
“We wanted a way to pay our respects to those people who work so hard down in the mines. It’s going to be a great day and we’re really looking forward to it,” said Clair.
The concert will begin at 2:30 p.m. at the Bell Theater in Pineville.
Coal miners tickets are free of charge.
General admission tickets are $10 and can be purchased at the door.
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