Beth Snapp: Tri-Cities, Tennessee and Virginia
Beth Snapp, Singer-Songwriter
Tri-Cities, Tennessee and Virginia

As a child, Tri-Cities' (Johnson City, Kingsport, and Bristol, Tennessee and Bristol, Virginia, which are twin cities) Beth Snapp felt well connected to the Appalachian environs where she was raised. Notably, most members of her family hailed from the area of Southwest Virginia that the Carter Family once called home. Beth's mother, aunt, and cousin sang together in a gospel trio, leaving her with an indelible impression and a determined desire to sing. By the time Snapp was completing her graduate studies, she was ready to venture out on her own and begin offering her original compositions. Kudos for Beth's music come from those who found themselves enticed by her unerringly accessible fusion of folk, bluegrass, roots, and pure pop. "Something To Prove," written by Beth in response to the pandemic, continues to grow Snapp's loyal fanbase.

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What is your favorite word to describe Tri-Cities?

Emerging- it’s nice to see things coming to life these days as we are coming back to life.

What word best reflects the people of Tri-Cities?

Loyal. I think when you live in smaller areas, the people that "stay" are typically those who are loyal to their families, friends, communities, businesses, and the land in general.

What is the most creative, spiritual or emotional place in Tri-Cities?

Go to the outskirts of any part of the Tri-Cities, and you'll find some of the most excellent hiking out there. See my answer to favorite outdoor activity!

What is your favorite outdoor activity in Tri-Cities?

I love to hike, and you don't have to go far out of town to find some great spots. Some closer ones include: The Bays Mountain Fire Tower, The Devil's Bathtub, Rock Creek Falls, The Beauty Spot, just to name a few. Drive a little further across the border to North Carolina and you'll hit the Appalachian Trail! One of my favorites is the Big Hump/Little Hump section of the trail. 

What is your favorite indoor activity in Tri-Cities?

Throwing axes at King's Sport Axe House in Kingsport.

What is your favorite sound or noise in Tri-Cities?

It might be mildly nerdy, but definitely the Dobyns-Bennett Marching Band drum cadence. In the summer, I'd drive by the school and hear them practicing, and I still get chills to this day. I know I'm not the only one. 

What is your favorite smell or taste in Tri-Cities?

Blackbird Bakery in Bristol, Virgina, and Little Cake and Bagel Exchange in Kingsport. And Gypsy Circus Cidery in Kingsport, which was the state of Tennessee’s first hard cidery. 

What drink best reflects Tri-Cities?

There is tale that an area of Kingsport (Long Island) came up with a particular cocktail... and has since been in a small feud with another larger, longer island! So maybe that? Although Dr. Enuf is just right around the corner! 

What song or type of music best reflects Tri-Cities?

Oh man... mountain music of whatever sort... bluegrass, old tyme, gospel... any of it is engrained deeply in all of us! 

If Heaven were Tri-Cities, what would God say to a visitor when they arrive at the Pearly Gates?

"Welcome: Enjoy unlimited Pal's frenchie fries and big teas, just get in that line that wraps around the Pearly Gates and all the way down the street of gold." 

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