Blue Ridge Travel Association of Virginia (BRTA) recently selected HoustonFest 2011 as the “Best New Event of the Year.” The presentation was made during the Tourism Awards Ceremony at the BRTA Annual Conference. Shown in the photo left to right: Debbie Robinson, Director – HoustonFest 2012, Kenneth & Tess Caldwell, Parents of Houston Caldwell, Ray Kohl, Tourism Director – Galax.
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(CD liner notes)Title: Streak O’ Lean, Streak O’ Fat“We’re a dance band and we love when the dancers hit the floor”, that’s the motivation behind the fourth CD recorded by Mountain Park Old Time Band. This new project could very well be called the “People’s Pick”, as the song selection was inspired by the fans who dance to the music. Fans and followers of Mountain Park Old Time Band spoke, the band listened and the result is a top-notch record. The lively, high spirited performances on this project are bound to compel the listener to move their feet. The band’s talent, versatility and deep regard for old time music shines through in every song. Mountain Park Old Time Band has been creating a stir in old time music circles for a number of years now. Whether it’s a live stage performance, porch jam or a recording session, the band aims to please with superb fiddle playing, hard driving, upbeat and thoroughly entertaining music in pure Appalachian Mountain style. Just as their live performances bring joy and fun to old time music enthusiasts, this splendid recording will be a favorite for years to come. - Debbie Robinson“We’re delighted that Mountain Park Oldtime Band will bring their lively and entertaining show to the Rex and appreciate their generosity as they’ve agreed to donate a portion of the proceeds to support HoustonFest. HoustonFest is a brand new festival, with a mission to continue the legacy of banjoist, Houston Caldwell by celebrating Houston’s young, giving life and his contribution to this region’s musical heritage,as well as his commitment to community service. The festival was well received during its inaugural presentation last year. The support and outpouring of the community and bands like Mountain Park is encouraging, as this non-profit strives to continue presenting a premiere event for our region.” Debbie Robinson, HoustonFest Director.