This guide is published by The Mountain Eagle as a public service to help keep readers informed about entertainment events within driving distance of Letcher County. All dates are subject to change. Always check with the venues listed before traveling long distances. ROCK, POP, BLUES RAP, CHRISTIAN JACKSON BROWNE; Fri., March 14 in Knoxville, Tenn., at Tennessee Theatre (604 South […]

Twisted Sister singer going country?

Dee Snider among those competing in CMT's 'Gone Country'

NASHVILLE, Tenn. Dee Snider, the tough-talking frontman for the metal band Twisted Sister, probably didn’t endear himself to country fans when he proclaimed over a spread of fried chicken and biscuits that he doesn’t like country music on the new Country Music Television reality show “Gone Country.” But that was before Snider, one of six contestants on the show vying […]

Tom Petty talks about Super Bowl, tour

NEW YORK Tom Petty says he’s not much of a football fan, but playing the Super Bowl halftime show was an offer he couldn’t refuse. “The most significant thing about it is the people watching worldwide … it’s probably the biggest audience you can have I would imagine,” the 57-year-old singer told The Associated Press. “It’s quite an honor to […]

Ralph Stanley, Doc Watson to headline Bristol festival

BRISTOL, Tennessee Ralph Stanley and Doc Watson, two pillars of bluegrass music, will headline this year’s Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion. It will be the first time either has performed at the annual festival celebrating the Appalachian region’s musical heritage. The festival runs Sept. 19-21 in downtown Bristol. Stanley, 80, a native of southwest Virginia, is a member of the […]

Services are held for Margaret Day

Former Letcher County resident Margaret Gault Day, 94, of Cereda, W.Va., died January 22. She was the daughter of J.G. Gault, who owned the Coca- Cola Bottling Plant and Ford dealership in Whitesburg. Mrs. Day was a member of the Methodist Church and often played the piano for many famous singers who passed through Whitesburg. She was the widow of […]

Rachel Fields, 91, buried at Redstar

Former Redstar resident Rachel Fields, 91, died January 24 at her home in Brownsburg, Ind. A daughter of the late Benjamin and Martha Susan Miller Whitaker, she was the widow of Sam Fields. She was also the mother-in-law of the late Bobby G. Collins. Mrs. Fields was a member of the Jeremiah Missionary Baptist Church. Surviving are two sons, Bobby […]

Services are held for Gary Collins

Funeral services for Gary Wayne Collins, 57, of Kona, were held January 28 at the Millstone Missionary Baptist Church. Burial was in family cemetery at Thornton. A son of the late Troy and Opal Holland Collins, he died January 25 at Jenkins Community Hospital. Survivors include his wife, Loretta Stallard Collins; three sons, Gary Dale Collins, Payne Gap; Jr. Collins, […]

Purnia Francis dies in Indiana

Purnia M. Francis, 88, of Versailles, Ind., died January 9 at King’s Daughters Hospital in Madison, Ind. Born in Whitesburg, she was a daughter of the late Arthur and Maude Taylor Sergent. She was the widow of John Francis, and the sister of the late Benton Sergent, Andrew Sergent, Paris Sergent, and Alida Fields. Mrs. Francis was a member of […]

Services are held for Cynthia Baker

Funeral services for Cynthia Baker, 86, were held January 24 in Wise, Va. Burial was in the Wise Cemetery. A daughter of the late Virgil and Sarah Jane Church, she was married to the late James “Tate” Hylton, the late Jack Johnson, and the late Samuel Baker Sr. She was the mother of the late Joe Hylton, the stepmother of […]


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