Leva learned much of his fiddle, banjo and vocal repertoire from traditional music masters such as Tommy Jarrell and Doug Wallin. In the 1990s, Leva joined with three other musicians to create the Free Will Savages, an ensemble referred to by dobro master Jerry Douglas as “the perfect marriage between Ralph Stanley and the Sex Pistols.” In recent years, Leva has been performing with the group Purgatory Mountain.
Leva will be joined on the Mountain Heritage Center stage by the Stuart brothers, two old-time musicians who grew up in the Bethel community in the shadow of Cold Mountain.
The concert will be followed by an 8 p.m. jam session in which local musicians are invited to participate. Pickers and singers of all ages and experience levels are invited to take part in the jam session, which also is open to those who just want to listen.
The final concert and jam in this year’s series will feature Crooked Pine on Thursday, April 3.