No fooling: “Close to Home” April 1

The buzz started in February with a cryptic email from David J. Prior Convocation Center director Christopher Davis to all “concert goers” among students and faculty at UVa-Wise.

The Close to Home concert nears its April 1 opening at the David J. Prior Center with Halfway to Hazard, Folk Soul Revival, Taylor Ray Holbrook, and Earth by Train. All performers are, as the concert name points out, close to home.

Halfway to Hazard: Chad Warrix and David Tolliver will be bringing a little bit of country and a little bit of rock to the audience on April 01. This duo is from small southeastern Kentucky towns, in which they participated in sports, fishing, ATV riding, and dirt biking.

Both eventually made their way to Music City, writing songs together and sharing ideas.

Halfway to Hazard was soon born, which references the mile marker on the paths both took to the midway point from opposite directions, the Queen City of the Mountains, Hazard, Ky.

Folk Soul Revival: Folk Soul Revival will be a crowd favorite for most local students and residents because they have played numerous small and large concerts in the town of Wise for years.

The band is based from Bristol Va./Tn., with members from the Wise County area. Songs from past and recent albums give a country and bluesy feel.

Taylor Ray Holbrook: Holbrook is a native Lee County, Va. resident and graduate from Mountain Empire Community College in police science and corrections.

After losing his job and suffering an injury on his second, Taylor began uploading videos of his musical talents on the vine app. Taylor rose to stardom through the app and then received a phone call from American Idol asking him to audition. All three judges approved him for Hollywood.

Earth by Train:  This band originates from southwest Virginia, featuring Anthony Wayne as lead singer, Rodney Twyne on the drums and percussions, and Tyler Mullins on the bass. Earth by Train’s genre is Americana Jam, and they have been on the road with bands like Soulhat, Rusted Root, and The Monsters.

Tickets are now on sale online and at the Prior Convocation Center on Monday-Friday 8 a.m. –  5 p.m.

Arena seating tickets are $22.35 (tax included), and floor tickets (standing room) are $27.35 (tax included).

UVa-Wise students will receive discount tickets. Students can buy arena seating tickets for $17.35 (tax included), or floor tickets (standing room) for $22.35.

Doors open on April 1 at 6 pm, and the concert will last from 7-11 p.m.

For more information, contact Christopher Davis at or check the UVa-Wise website.

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