Let's Give a Party:
Celebrating the Life & Music of
Carl Martin


Saturday, April 2nd, 2022

6:00 PM

Goodloe Center, MECC

Big Stone Gap, VA

In partnership with the Southwest Virginia Museum, this musical and historical event celebrates the life and legacy of Piedmont Blues musician and Big Stone Gap native Carl Martin. Martin made his earliest recordings as a member of several groups, including the Four Keys, the Tennessee Chocolate Drops, and the Wandering Troubadours. He also performed in the trio Martin, Bogan, and Armstrong, helping keep alive the African-American old-time music string band tradition in Appalachian music.


In celebration, Sparky & Rhonda Rucker will perform the music of Carl Martin. For over fifty years, the duo has performed throughout the U.S. as well as overseas, singing songs and telling stories from the American folk tradition. They are internationally recognized as leading musicians, authors, and storytellers. They accompany themselves with fingerstyle picking and bottleneck blues guitar, blues harmonica, old-time banjo, piano, spoons, and bones. Sparky and Rhonda have performed at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. and the Smithsonian Folklife Festival as well as NPR's All Things Considered, Prairie Home Companion, Mountain Stage, and Morning Edition. Their recording, Treasures & Tears, was nominated for a W.C. Handy Award, and their music is also included on the Grammy-nominated anthology, Singing Through the Hard Times.


Tickets are $10 at the door and all children and students are free to attend. Pro-Art Season Tickets will be honored. This performance is part of the W. Campbell Edmonds Concert Series. For the safety of everyone attending, Pro-Art requests patrons to wear a mask for the duration of the performance.

Pro-Art partners with a variety of venues, therefore individuals with mobility issues are encouraged to call 276-376-4520 or email the Pro-Art office at pro-art@uvawise.edu to make arrangements for parking.