A group of friends from all around West Virginia have come together to form the Travelin' Appalachians Revue, a celebration of local writers, musicians and artists.
Co-founders Tyler Grady and Howard Parsons set out to show Appalachia in a different light with their tour, Tales of Tribulations and Turpitude. Grady and Parsons handpicked musicians, writers, poets and other artists to showcase in a series of events across the state.
When it came to choosing artists to showcase on their first tour, Grady said their friends were the first to come to mind.
"These are guys who have been honing songwriting as a craft," Grady said.
The Travelin' Appalachians Revue promoted their first major event in Elkins on Tuesday. However, it won't be the last. Parsons said they plan to diversify the project even more.
"We hope to include more styles of writing and songwriting in the future," Parsons said.
The five day tour kicked off in Elkins this week and concludes in Shepherdstown on Saturday.