By Dulcy B. Hooper

Photo courtesy of Dana Voorhees

Photo courtesy of Dana Voorhees

Photo courtesy of Dana Voorhees

Mark your calendars! American Roots Revival (formerly American Roots Revue) is returning for a second season of performances at historic Buchanan Hall in Upperville, Virginia. This is welcome news to the hundreds of fans who were present for last year’s sold-out performances.

Following on that success, Amy Potter (From the Earth Creative) is again producing the series. She and husband Jamie Potter (The Crooked Angels) will perform at the opening party as well as at the final performance. Potter describes herself as “a creative—I create things, lots of things. I arrange flowers; I design parties and special events; I write songs, and I produce concerts. Being creative isn’t simple—it’s magical.”

Each of the four performances will have a different theme: alt-country, Americana, blues and folk. According to Potter, the series has been designed to showcase “predominantly female songwriters and performers—women who rock the roots.” Potter is pleased that this year’s series will include “locally sourced opening acts. In fact, many of the bands this year are local, too.”

American Roots Revival is again sponsored by Slater Run Vineyards. Kiernan and Chris Patusky, owners of Slater Run Vineyards, said that they “are thrilled to support again this fun and important roots concert series in historic Buchanan Hall. We want to thank Amy Potter for using her exceptional talents and energies to bring this to the community.”

“As musicians, Jamie and I fell in love with Buchanan Hall when we looked at it 10 years ago for our wedding,” said Amy. “I immediately said, ‘This stage needs music.’ I joined the board the following year and have been involved in bringing music to the Hall ever since.”

Amy left the Buchanan Hall board several years ago, but she says her love of Buchanan Hall and passion for American Roots music are stronger than ever. ML

Performances are as follows:

July 15 – FOLK

THE FLY BIRDS with Jiamie Pyles

September 23 – BLUES

PATTY REESE with Bess Putnam

October 21 – ALT-COUNTRY


November 11 – AMERICANA

THE CROOKED ANGELS with the Butcher’s Family Band

For additional information and to purchase tickets, go to or VIP series tickets are $100/person. Individual tickets are $15 in advance or $20 at the door. Buchanan Hall is located at 8549 John S Mosby Highway, Upperville, VA  20184.