Dori Freeman & Scott Freeman Live

February 8, 2020

Floyd Country Store

206 South Locust Street Floyd, VA 24091

Scott Freeman
Pat Jarrett/The Virginia Folklife Program

7:30 pm
Tickets: $12.00 in advance, $15.00 day of show
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The Floyd Country Store presents Dori Freeman and Scott Freeman, two of Southwest Virginia’s most beloved players. Hailing from the Galax area, Scott Freeman comes from a long line of musicians. His grandfather, from Ivanhoe, Virginia, played the clawhammer banjo; his father was an award winning flat-foot dancer and musician. “There were always instruments around the house,” he remembers. His three brothers all played music, so he seemed destined to play as well. “They always needed a mandolin player,” Scott remembers. He took up the mandolin as well as its close cousin, the fiddle, and has become one of the most sought-after players in the region. Scott is also a prolific teacher, and has taught countless young people in the region to play old-time and bluegrass music, including his daughter, nationally recognized recording artist Dori Freeman.

Dori Freeman

Dori Freeman is a remarkably gifted singer and songwriter from Grayson County, on the musically rich Crooked Road. Dori learned how to play the guitar at 15 and began writing her own material a few years later. Her style is shaped by American roots music: bluegrass, rhythm and blues, and old country, and her early introduction to musicians like Doc Watson, the Louvin Brothers, and Peggy Lee have heavily influenced her modern yet timeless sound. Her Appalachian upbringing is at the core of her music—heard especially in the lulling mountain drawl of her voice. Heartache, unrequited love, and sometimes unconventional affection are common muses for her melodies and lyrics. She released her debut album in 2016 to much critical acclaim. Rolling
Stone named her one of “10 new country artists you need to know” and called her self-titled album one of the “25 best country and Americana albums of 2016.” The follow-up Letters Never Read and the just released Every Single Star have solidified her standing as one of the most gifted Americana artists in the country.