Steve Virginia comes home
The Harvest House is opening its doors for the first time to present a returning son of the area, when Steve Virginia performs Saturday, March 20.
Virginia grew up in the Watauga area, fishing in the streams with his grandfather and going to Appalachian State football games.
"We're really excited to come back and do a full-band show in Boone, because it's something that I haven't done since I graduated from college at Appalachian State," said Virginia, who graduated from ASU in 2002.
Since then, he's been living and making music in Nashville, Tenn.
"Boone is by far one of the prettiest places in the world," he said, "no matter what time of year it is. I grew up 13 years old and started working at Tweetsie Railroad as a singing cowboy."
Virginia is still singing today, and from the heart.
"A lot of what I write about now comes from that," he said. "The first single that's going to come out is about growing up in Boone. It's called 'Country Kind of Life' ... what I went through when I was there, playing music and playing with all my friends, sun bathin' and bass fishin'."
Virginia looks forward to coming back to what he knows.
"Boone is like that place where when you leave it, it's like an old pair of shoes," he said. "You leave it because you say I need a new pair. But then when you put them back on, you say 'Gosh, these fit better than the new pair of shoes.'"
Virginia said that Boone will always be his home.
"All of our friends and all of our family pretty much still live there," he said. "I don't think that people expect me to come back and play music in Boone. I'm hoping that people come out and forget about the horrid winter and think about the spring and have a good time with us."
Virginia will be playing for the High Country on Sunday, March 20, at 7 p.m., at the Harvest House Performing Arts Center, located at 247 Boone Heights Drive in Boone. Cover costs $5.
Living Water Christian Fellowship recently converted its sanctuary into a performing arts center, the Harvest House, and Virginia said his is one of the first acts playing there.
For more information on Steve Virginia, visit http://www.myspace.com/stevevirginia.