A place of beauty – a place of song.
THIS IS THE CROOKED ROAD. Introduction ……………………………… 3 Major Venues ……………………………… 4 Affiliated Venues and Festivals …………… 6-7 Map of The Crooked Road ……………… 24-25 Crooked Road Merchandise …………………36 Wayside Exhibits ……………………………45
Crooked Road Franklin County, VA
Love American roots music?
Tune your ears to Franklin County – the Eastern Gateway to The Crooked Road: Virginia’s Heritage Music Trail. With a chorus of seasonal hometown festivals and country store jams nearly every day of the week, Franklin County soulfully combines the charm of casual venues, musicians by the dozens, and the authentic soundtrack of the Blue Ridge Mountains for an unrivaled, toe-tapping experience. Between jams, take an intermission in heritage at the Blue Ridge Institute and Farm Museum at Ferrum College. Just a short drive from downtown Rocky Mount, it’s the first of eight major venues along The Crooked Road, home of the annual Blue Ridge Folklife Festival and also recognized as Virginia’s Center for Blue Ridge Folklore. Plan your tour today at www.CrookeRoadFC.com!
County Tourism | 540-483-3040 www.VisitFranklinCountyVA.org
Welcome to The Crooked Road: Virginia’s Heritage Music Trail. There is a timeless feel to the music here, a feel that springs from generations of musicians keeping and feeding the music that has been handed down to them like a precious heirloom. When you visit this remarkable place, you’ll experience first-hand how this music is woven into the rich tapestry of tradition in Southwest Virginia. Don’t be surprised if you’re asked to join in, because that’s been the way here for hundreds of years. The music is everywhere: in concert halls and country stores, at festivals and in parks. The variety of it is amazing: old time string bands, a cappella gospel, blues, 300 year old ballads, bluegrass and many others. This music tradition has had an indelible impact on American Music. Some of the greatest names in American music - the Carter Family, the Stonemans, Jim and Jesse, and Ralph Stanley - are from this region. Travel The Crooked Road’s 330 miles through the scenic mountains of Southwest Virginia, and visit the Major Venues - places of unique historical and cultural significance that bring the music to life. There are nine Major Venues to enjoy, so plan enough time to see them all - you won’t be disappointed. As you travel, pull off at any of the 27 Crooked Road wayside exhibits where you can learn
Courtesy of Scott County Tourism
more about the music and musicians who have made their mark in each location. You may encounter some of those musicians at one of the over 50 Affiliated Venues and Festivals that dot the landscape. Take along Joe Wilson’s Guide to The Crooked Road or The Crooked Road Sampler CD recording of 50 current artists to keep you company. Enjoy a variety of attractions, accommodations, outdoor recreation, and great Southwest Virginia hospitality. Immerse yourself in an authentic music and culture like no other - The Crooked Road! The Crooked Road is supported in part by Southwest Virginia local governments, the Virginia Commission for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Virginia Tobacco Indemnification and Community Revitalization Commission, The Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development, the Appalachian Regional Commission, the Virginia Department of Transportation, and the Virginia Tourism Corporation.
One Heartwood Circle, Abingdon, VA 24210 (276) 492-2409 • firstname.lastname@example.org www.thecrookedroad.org
COVER PHOTO CREDITS: Bristol Rhythm and Roots; Two Rivers; Scott K. Brown Photography, Virginia Tourism Corporation; Malcom Wilson, Courtesy BCM, Montgomery County Tourism, and Blue Ridge Institute and Museum
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The Major Venues… Pearls of the Crooked Road
The Major Venues tell the story of this region’s unique musical history like no book ever could. These are places of profound historical and cultural significance where visitors enjoy living, breathing musical traditions first hand.
Blue Ridge Institute and Museum
Blue Ridge Music Center
Carter Family Fold
Country Cabin II
Floyd Country Store
Galax Old Fiddlers Convention
Heartwood: Southwest Virginia’s Artisan Gateway
Ralph Stanley Museum and Traditional Mountain Music Center
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Birthplace of Country Music
Birthplace of Country Music p. 26
520 Birthplace of Country Music Way, Bristol, VA 24201
423-573-1927 X X X X birthplaceofcountrymusic.org bristolrhythm.com
Note: Schedules subject to change. SCHEDULE Call or go online to confirm details.
Museum Tuesday-Saturday 10:00-6:00 & Sunday 1:00-5:00 Concerts & Events - call or check website 3rd Weekend in Sept. (Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion)
Blue Ridge Institute & Museum p. 8
Ferrum College, 20 Museum Dr 540-365-4416 X X Ferrum, VA 20488 blueridgeinstitute.org
4th Sat in Oct (Folklife Fest) 4th weekend in May (Dulcimer Fest) - Check website Museum Gallery & Farm Museum - Check website
Blue Ridge Music Center p. 17
Open early May to October Mid Day Mt. Music 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM (Jam Fri & Sun) Weekend Concerts - Check website Museum Mon-Sun (7 days a week) 10:00 am to 5:00 PM
Blue Ridge Parkway 276-236-5309 X X X Milepost 213. 700 Foothills blueridgemusiccenter.org Road, Galax, VA 24333
Carter Family Fold p. 28
3449 A. P. Carter Hwy 276-386-6054 (recorded info) X X X X 7:30 PM Sat Concerts (concert videos available thru Hiltons, VA 24258 276-594-0676 www.carterfoldshow.com) Saturday 6:00 pm Museum & carterfamilyfold.org Cabin open. Carter Family Memorial Festival & Craft Show Weekend of 1st Saturday in August
Country Cabin II p.32
6034 Kent Junction Rd. 276-679-3541 X X X Norton, VA 24273 appalachiantraditionsinc.com
Sat 7:30 PM Old Time & Bluegrass Concerts & Dancing Tue 7 PM - Jam Session Sept Dock Boggs & Kate Peters Sturgill Festival
County Sales p. 15
Mon-Fri 9 AM to 4:30 PM Old Time and Bluegrass Recordings
Talley’s Alley, 117-A West Main St., Floyd, VA 24091
Floyd Country Store p. 13
206 S. Locust St 540-745-4563 X X X Floyd, VA 24091 floydcountrystore.com
Fri 6:30 PM to 10:30 PM Jamboree Sat 12:00 PM to 3:00 PM Americana Afternoons Sun 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM Mt. Music Jam Sept to May, 1st Sat, Floyd Radio Show 7:30 PM to 8:30 PM Concert follows; Store Hours - check website
Galax Old Fiddlers Convention p. 20
Aug 3-8, 2015 (Always Mon - 2nd Sat in Aug)
Felts Park 276-238-8130 601 S. Main St., Galax, VA 24333 oldfiddlersconvention.com
Heartwood: Southwest Virginia’s Artisan Gateway p. 23
One Heartwood Circle 276-492-2400 X X X Abingdon, VA 24210 heartwoodvirginia.org
1st, 3rd and 5th Thu Old Time and Bluegrass Jam 6:30 PM 2nd & 4th Thu Youth Concerts and Venue Showcases 6:30 PM Sept 25-28, 2014 Abingdon’s Crooked Road Festival 2nd Sat in May Crooked Road Youth Music Festival Open 7 days a week, check website for hours
Ralph Stanley Museum and Traditional Mtn Music Center p. 39 Rex Theater p. 21
Tue - Sat 10 AM to 4:30 PM
249 Clintwood Main Street Clintwood, VA 24228
276-926-8550 or 926-5591 ralphstanleymuseum.com
113 E. Grayson St. 276-238-8130 X X Fri 8 PM Live Concert & Radio Show Galax, VA 24333 rextheatergalax.com (online at blueridgecountry98.com) Other concerts - check website
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Join in, listen, dance… something for everyone!
Affiliated Venues & Festivals
Affiliates are grouped by type (Festivals, Jams, Concerts, Dance, Museums and Outdoor Drama). Listing order is by month for festivals and by day of the week and time for jams and concerts. Numbers at left correspond with map pages 24-25. OCCURS
24 - Southwest VA Community College, (276) 964-7304 X Jan & June Mt. Music Jamboree & VA Mt. Music Festival 724 Community College Rd., Cedar Bluff, VA 24609 23 - Honaker Redbud Festival (276) 889-1778 X April Honaker High School, 1795 Thompson Creek Rd., Honaker, VA 24260 11 - Clinch Mountain Music Fest (276) 386-6521 X First weekend in May Carter Fold, 3449 A.P. Carter Hwy, Hiltons, VA 16 - Dr. Ralph Stanley’s “Hills of Home” (276) 926-8550 X Memorial Day Wknd Thurs-Sat 130 Hills of Home Park, McClure, VA 24269 19 - Breaks Interstate Park (276) 865-4413 X X Memorial & Labor Day wknd, others 627 Commission Circle, Breaks, VA 24607 3 - SW Virginia Museum Historical State Park (276) 523-1322 X X X X Sat of Memorial Day Weekend (Fest), Fri Noon concerts 10 West 1st St. North, Big Stone Gap, VA 24219 June & July, Open Mic concerts 1st Sat of month 35 - Galax Leaf and String Festival (276) 238-8130 X 2nd wknd in June. June 12 & 13, 2015 Downtown Galax, VA 24333 47 - Henry Reed Fiddler’s Convention (703) 967-0155 X 2nd weekend in June 434 Bluegrass Trail, Newport, VA 24128 30 - Wayne Henderson Festival & Guitar Competition (276) 579-7092 X 3rd Sat in June Grayson Highlands State Park, Mouth of Wilson, VA 24363 33 - Grayson County Old Time and Bluegrass (276) 655-4866 X Last full wknd in June. Fiddlers Convention June 26-27, 2015 57 School Lane, Elk Creek, VA 24326 53 - The Franklin County Retail (540) 483-9211 X June Merchants Assoc.’s Fun Festival Rocky Mount Farmers Market, 435 Franklin St., Rocky Mount, VA 24151 27 - Historic Crab Orchard Museum, (276) 988-6755 X X X Daily, Convention 2nd wknd in July, Barn Dance mid Oct., Tazewell County Fiddlers Convention Independence Day celeb., Frontier Christmas - 1st Fri in Dec 3663 Crab Orchard Rd., Tazewell, VA 24651 Check website for concert details. 41 - Wayside Bluegrass Festival (276) 692-4149 X 2nd week in July. July 8-11, 2015 Wayside Park Rd., Stuart, VA 24171 43 - FloydFest (888) 823-3787 X End of July Blue Ridge Parkway Milepost 170.5, Floyd, VA 24091 21 - Jackson Family Singing (276) 566-2421 X 3rd full weekend in August Verner Blankenship Park, 7447 Lester’s Fork Rd, Hurley, VA 24620 54 - Warren Street Festival (540) 483 8254 X Weekend of the 3rd Sat.in Rocky Mount Farmers Market, (540) 483-3344 August. Aug. 14-15, 2015 435 Franklin St., Rocky Mount, VA 24151 31 - Albert Hash Memorial Festival (276) 579-4322 X Labor Day Saturday Grayson Highlands State Park, Mouth of Wilson, VA 24363 2 - Natural Tunnel State Park (276) 940-2674 X X Papa Joe Smiddy Mtn Music Festival - Sun of Labor Day wknd 1420 Natural Tunnel Parkway, Duffield, VA 24244 at 5 p.m. Pickin’ in the Park last Sun. of May, June, and July - 2-4 PM 18 - Haysi’s Russell Fork Autumn Fest (276) 865-5187 X 1st Weekend of Oct. Downtown Haysi, VA 24256 7 - Wise County Famous Fall Fling (276) 328-8184 X 2nd full weekend in Oct Downtown Wise, VA 24293 4 - Home Craft Days (276) 523-7489 X 3rd weekend in Oct. Mountain Empire Community College, Oct. 17, 18, 19 2014 3441 Mountain Empire Rd., Big Stone Gap, VA 24219 1 - Lee County Tobacco Fall Festival (276) 318-1711 X 4th Sat in Oct Downtown Pennington Gap, VA 24277 25 - Smyth County Jam (276) 496-5467 X Mon 6:30 PM 116 Industrial Park Rd, Chilhowie, VA 24319 48 - Radford Fiddle & Banjo Jam (540) 629-2130 X Mon 7:00 PM River City Grill, 103 Third Ave, Radford, VA 24141 51 - 77 Restaurant Monday Night Jam (540) 365-7197 X Mon 7:00 PM 4477 Timberline Rd., Ferrum, VA 24088 20 - Grundy Music Jam (276) 935-2551 X Tue 6:00 PM 1185 Plaza Dr, Grundy, VA 24614 22 - Verner Blankenship Park Jam (276) 566-8061 X Tue & Thu 6:00 PM 7447 Lester’s Fork Rd, Hurley, VA 24620 36 - Stringbean Coffee Shop (276) 237-9273 X Tue 7:00 PM 215 S. Main St., Galax, VA 24333 32 - The Historic 1908 Courthouse (276) 773-3711 X Wed 6:30 PM 107 E. Main St., Independence, VA 24348
Schedules subject to change. Call or go online to confirm details.
www.sw.edu http://honakerredbudfest.com www.clinchfest.net http://drralphstanley.com/events/festival www.breakspark.com www.virginiastateparks.gov www.galaxleafandstring.com Search for Henry Reed Memorial Fiddlers Convention on Facebook www.waynehenderson.org www.ecvfd.net/home/ grayson-county-fiddler-s-convention http://franklincountyrma.org/home
www.craborchardmuseum.com www.waysidepark.com www.floydfest.com Search Jackson Family Singing on Facebook Search Warren Street Festival on Facebook www.alberthashmemorialfestival.com www.dcr.virginia.gov/state_parks/nat.shtml www.haysivirginia.gov www.wisefallfling.com www.homecraftdays.org www.tobaccofestival.org www.smythcountyjam.com www.radfordfiddle.com No Website No Website www.buchanancountyinfo.org/blankenshippark.html www.stringbeancoffeeshop.com www.historic1908courthouse.org/events
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Affiliated Venues & Festivals
49 - Blacksburg Market Square Jam (540) 961-1199 X Wed. 8-10 PM. June - September Market Square Park, 100 Draper Rd., SW, Blacksburg, VA 24060 55 - Dairy Queen, 995 Franklin St., Rocky Mt, VA 24151 (540) 483-7754 X Thu 9:00 AM Sept-May 56 - Franklin County Department of Aging (540) 483-9238 X 1st Thu 11:00 AM Essig Recreation Center, 295 Technology Rd, Rocky Mount, VA 24151 34 - Fries Recreation Center Theatre (276) 744-2231 X Thu 6:00 PM 316 W. Main St., Fries, VA 24330 15 - Rabbit Ridge Pea Pickers Jam (276) 889-3846 X Thu 6-10 PM Cleveland Recreation Center 6 Ivy Ridge Rd., Cleveland, VA 24225 9 - Lays Hardware Center for the Arts (276) 395-5160 X X Jam Thu 6:30 PM, Concert Fri 7:00 PM 409 Front St., Coeburn, VA 24230 57 - Waidsboro Ruritan Club Bluegrass Jam (540) 483 - 1514 X 1st & 3rd Thu, Sept- May 7-9:00 PM 370 Ruritan Rd., Rocky Mount, VA 24151 46 - Anna’s Restaurant (540) 726-3545 X Thu 7:00 PM 100 Monroe St., Narrows, VA 24124 6 - Pickin’ In Pound Town Hall, 8422 N. River Rd., Pound, VA 24279
(276) 796-5062 X Thu 7:00 PM
www.blacksburg.gov/marketsquarejam No Website No Website www.friesva.com Search Rabbit Ridge Pea Pickers on Facebook www.layshardware.com No Website Search Anna’s Restaurant on Facebook No Website
39 - Lambsburg Community Center (336) 648-2078 X Fri 7:00 PM http://lambsburgcommunitycenter.org 130 Learning Ln., Lambsburg, VA 24351 40 - Willis Gap Community Center (276) 251-9906 X Fri 7:00 PM willisgapcommunitycenter.com 144 The Hollow Rd., Ararat, VA 24053 (276) 251-8548 10 - Allen Hicks’ Jam (276) 479-2739 X Fri. 7-10 pm. (Also, Sept-Oct on Sat. nights at No Website 1844 Bethel Rd., Nickelsville, VA 24271 the Punkin Patch) 14 - Capo’s Music Store (276) 525-1880 X Sat 6:30 PM www.caposmusicstore.com 903 E. Main St., Abingdon, VA 24210 52 - Crossroads Ruritan Club (540) 365-0114 X Quarterly, Date varies, 7:00 PM No Website 7155 Dry Hill Rd., Ferrum, VA 24088 12 - Pickin’ Porch (423) 573-2262 X Mon. 7:00 PM www.pickinporch.org 620 State Street, Bristol TN 37620 Foundation Event Facility (2nd floor) 37 - The Fiddle & The Plow (276) 236-3034 X Fri 7:00 PM Search Fiddle & the Plow on Facebook 99 Coulson Church Rd., Woodlawn, VA 24381 58 - Crooked Road Gospel Sing (540) 483-8862 X 2nd Sat, March - Nov 6:30 PM No Website Pigg River Community Center, 2410 S. Main St., Rocky Mount, VA 24151 28 - Big Walker Lookout (276) 663-4016 X Saturday & Sunday 2PM May - Oct www.bigwalkerlookout.com 8711 Stoney Fork Rd., Wytheville, VA 24382 42 - Patrick County Music Association (276) 694-4232 X 4th Sat (3rd Sat in Nov and Dec) 4:30 PM No Website Rotary Field, 420 Woodland Dr.,Stuart, VA 24171 44 - New River Community College (540) 674-3600 X 2nd Sat Oct-Apr, 6:00 PM www.nr.edu/fiddle Fiddle, Banjo & Dance Club ext.4307 5251 College Drive , Dublin, VA 24084 29 - Wytheville Community College (276) 223-4835 X 3rd Sat except Jun 7-9 PM www.wcc.vccs.edu/jamboree Bluegrass and Old-Time Jamboree Snyder Auditorium, WCC campus 1000 East Main Street, Wytheville, VA 24382 45 - Hillbilly Opry (540) 267-6535 X Sat 7:30 PM No Website McGuire Family Campground, 4925 State Park Rd., Dublin, VA 24084 8 - Tacoma Community Center (276) 807-7229 X Sat. 7:30 - 10:30 PM No Website 4408 Stone Mt. Rd., Coeburn, VA 24230 26 - Song of the Mountains (276) 783-6093 X Various Sat monthly (typically the www.songofthemountains.org 1st Sat.) - check website Lincoln Theatre, 117 E. Main St., Marion, VA 24354 38 - Chestnut Creek School of the Arts (276) 236-3500 X X Various throughout the year. http://www.chestnutcreekarts.org/ Check website for schedule 100 N. Main St., Galax, VA 24333 17 - The Jettie Baker Center (276) 926-8694 X Various http://www.townofclintwood.com/jettie-baker348 Clintwood Main St., Clintwood, VA 24228 center - Check website for details 50 - Blacksburg Square Dance (540) 951-2349 X First Saturday Oct-May, except for January. http://www.daretobesquare.org/ YMCA Thrift Shop 1000 North Main. St, Oct & May dances are held at Homestead Farm (directions on website) Blacksburg, VA 24060 13 - ACMA Mountain Music Museum (423) 573-2262 X Daily www.mountainmusicmuseum.org 626 State Street, Bristol TN 37620 5 - The Trail of the Lonesome Pine (800) 362-0149 June Tolliver Playhouse, 518 Clinton Ave. E., (276) 523-1235 X Various www.trailofthelonesomepine.com Big Stone Gap, VA 24219
Franklin County Love American roots music? Tune your ears to Franklin County, the Eastern Gateway of The Crooked Road, Virginia’s Heritage Music Trail. With a chorus of seasonal hometown festivals and country store jams nearly every day of the week, Franklin County combines the charm of casual venues, musicians by the dozens, and the authentic soundtrack of the Blue Ridge. Sentimental country songs, fiddle and banjo dance tunes, heartfelt ballads, crisp bluegrass harmonies, joyful black gospel singing - it’s real music, real people, real memories for the making. 1255 Franklin St., Suite 112, Rocky Mount, VA 24151, (540) 483-3030 , www.visitfranklincountyva.org
- Eastern Gateway to the Crooked Road Set in the beautiful rolling hills of the western Blue Ridge Mountains, Rocky Mount is a thriving small town located near the Blue Ridge Parkway. From the growing Arts & Culture district to its historic visitors center in an old train depot to the many outdoor adventures and traditional mountain music and crafts, Rocky Mount has a lot to offer. It’s a small town experience you won’t soon forget, with Rocky Mount’s newest concert venue The Harvester Performance Center. Town of Rocky Mount, 345 Donald Avenue, Rocky Mount, VA 24151(540) 483-7660, www. rockymountva.org
Blue Ridge Institute & Museum A Crooked Road Major Venue
Fiddle tunes, blues, ballads, bluegrass, gospel—Ferrum College’s Blue Ridge Institute & Museum showcases the entire fabric of western Virginia folkways, music included. Looking for an event that has it all? The BRI&M’s Blue Ridge Folklife Festival (fourth Saturday in October) has been the region’s largest folk
festival for 40 years. The New York Times called the BRFF “thoroughly authentic,” and rightly so. Visitors delight in a daylong celebration of traditional music, crafts, storytelling, country foods, horse and coon dog contests, sheepherding, farm work and machinery, custom cars, children’s games, and much more. Curious about the Crooked Road Courtesy of Blue Ridge Institute at Ferrum College, Ferrum, VA lifestyle? The Blue Ridge Institute & Museum’s gallery exhibits explore all kinds of folkways from the region, everything from old-style music making to modern-day quilting. At the Institute’s living history Blue Ridge Farm Museum visitors try their hands at rural life of the 1800s. Traveling by armchair? The BRI&M website leads to a wealth of resources. Explore online exhibits on ballads, auto racing, and crafts. Enjoy thousands of tunes and photos from the museum archives. Search the BRI&M’s guides to heritage sites and music events in Southwest Virginia and along the Blue Ridge Parkway corridor. Check the website for seasonal hours and visitor details. www.blueridgeinstitute.org, Ferrum College, 20 Museum Drive, Ferrum, VA 24088 (540) 365-4416.
Look whoâ€™s playing in Rocky Mount, Virginia With over 150 performances, make plans to include the Harvester as a stop on your trip down the Crooked Road.
For a complete schedule of performances, visit www.harvester-music.com. 450 Franklin Street, Rocky Mount, VA 24151
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PATRICK COUNTY – Experience the simple life Patrick County, Virginia, unsurpassed as a place to experience traditional mountain music firsthand, is part of Virginia’s Heritage Music Trail known as “The Crooked Road.” From bluegrass to gospel to blues, this is where music, history, and pure entertainment come together. The 4th Saturday of each month (3rd Saturday November and December), The Patrick County Music Association hosts a free open jam session at Rotary Field in Stuart. On Friday nights, Willis Gap Community Center in Ararat holds their open jam, and Honduas Coffee Shop in Stuart offers live music. Front Porch Fest is held annually on Labor Day Weekend and the tradition of gospel bluegrass music continues at Domnion Valley Park the same weekend and on Memorial Day. The Crooked Road Café in Meadows of Dan is alive with music during the Spring and Summer months. In June, Hot Fun in the Summertime presents the Annual Beach Music Festival, and in August, the Chamber of Commerce holds its annual Peach Festival. Sammy Shelor, award-winning banjo player and manager of Lonesome River Band lives in Meadows of Dan, VA, the gateway to the Blue Ridge Parkway. For additional information, visit our website, visitpatrickcounty.org.
IBMA Album of the Year Virginia Country Music Hall of Famer 5-time IBMA Banjo Performer of the Year SPBGMA Banjo Performer of the Year Winner of the Steve Martin Prize for Excellence
Patrick County Music Association Open Jam Willis Gap Community Center Open Jam Music on Main at Honduras Coffee Shop Second Sunday American Music Series at Reynolds Homestead Live music at Crooked Road Café Gospel & Bluegrass Festival
Courtesy of Patrick County Tourism
Front Porch Fest A Great Place To Live or Visit
A quaint town nestled in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains just off the Blue Ridge Parkway, Stuart is vibrant with the sounds of traditional mountain music. Gospel and bluegrass music can be enjoyed at the local Farmer’s Market, the historic Star Theatre, and during several of our annual music and dance festivals. Stuart is home to some unique shops, antique stores, businesses, and museums, and is home of the legendary Wood Brothers Racing Team. Town of Stuart, 100 Patrick Avenue, PO Box 422 Stuart, VA 24171, 276.694.3811 townofstuartva.com.
Beach Music Festival Peach Festival
Floyd County Our hills are alive with toe-tapping songs… and exquisite works of art… and fresh local foods, not to mention one-of-a-kind shopping opportunities. On the Blue Ridge Parkway, enjoy historic Mabry Mill, Rocky Knob, Smart View and Rock Castle Gorge including their diverse, scenic trail networks with loops for every skill level. Visit nearby wineries and “guided wanderings” along scenic byways and overlooks. Explore the Town of Floyd and its art studios and galleries, colorful specialty shops, popular restaurants, the new town park, and music venues with live mountain music, blues or Celtic performances each Thursday through Sunday. Named one of the 100 Best Small Arts Towns listed in a book by the same name, the Floyd County Artisan Trail has nearly 50 trail sites for you to visit featuring fabric arts, fine woodworking, jewelry, pottery, sculpture, gardens and farms. For history buffs, Floyd County’s iconic old mills, rock churches and historic cemeteries connect past to future. For fresh air and perspective, hike to the top of Buffalo Mountain, one of the most biologically unique habitats in Virginia, and take in the panoramic view from nearly 4,000 feet. Come settle in for a restful evening at a local B&B, hotel, lodge or campground. 540-239-8509, www.VisitFloydVA.com Courtesy of Two Rivers
Floyd World class musicians performing on the street and at several venues, and world class artisans creating treasures in craft. Floyd is home to several nationally known wineries and food from all corners. Floyd is truly a unique place with all the charm & friendliness of yesteryear while keeping a keen eye on the future. So, bring your dancing shoes, appetite and desire to experience a true hometown community. Town of Floyd, 138 Wilson Street, Floyd, VA 24091. 540-745-2565, email@example.com, www.townoffloyd.org. Courtesy of Two Rivers
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Held annually on the last full weekend in July!
A 5-day celebration of music and art nestled in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains of Southwest Virginia!
Your complete Outdoor Adventure!!! Mtn Biking, Backpacker Trail, Vasque 5K Trail Run, Kayak Trips, Hiking, Innova Disc Golf, Get Out More Tour Geo Cache, Gear Giveaways, Yoga, ENO Hammock Lounge & more!
10 Unique Stages, Healing Arts, Savory Cuisine, Stellar Micro-Brews, Regional Wines, Camping, Workshops, Panels, Tai Chi, Education, Family Fun, and more!!!
Daily Workshops on the Workshop Porch!
Past Performers Include:
Alison Kraus and Union Station, Old Crow Medicine Show, Del McCoury, Sam Bush, Rickey Skaggs, Jerry Douglas, Doc Watson, David Grisman, Yonder Mountain String Band, Carolina Chocolate Drops, Tony Rice, Peter Rowan and music from around the world!
MP 170.5 Blue Ridge Parkway, Floyd, VA | www.floydfest.com | 888-VA-FESTS (823-3787)
Courtesy of Floyd Country Store
The Floyd Country Store A Crooked Road Major Venue
The Floyd Country Store is a gathering place for musicians, dancers and visitors from all over the world. The Friday Night Jamboree is an authentic experience of Southwest Virginia’s old time and bluegrass tradition. Every Friday at 6:30 pm, year round, the music starts with gospel hour, then bands playing good old time music, and dancers crowd onto the dance floor. The store fills up quickly and it may be standing room only. Jamboree admission is only $5. The Saturday Americana Afternoon music runs from noon to 3:00 pm and the Sunday Mountain Music Jam is 2:00 to 4:00 pm year round. During the warm season the Hotel Floyd Concert Series runs on Thursdays from 6:00 to 8:00 pm. These three events are free. At this historic store you’ll find barrels of candy, a unique selection of household goods, toys, and clothing suited to a country life style! Also a great selection of CDs and DVD’s in the old-time, bluegrass and gospel traditions along with tune books and music history books. The store café serves soups, salads, sandwiches, great barbeque, ice cream and home baked desserts. Store hours are 10:00 to 5:30 pm Tuesday through Saturday, and noon to 5:30 pm on Sunday but the hours Country Hospitality are extended for special events like in the Mountains the Jamboree and occasional Saturday (877) 344-1088 concerts. For winter hours (Jan-May) and upcoming events, including the Floyd Radio Show, visit www.floydcountrystore.com, 206 South Locust Street, Floyd, VA 24091, (540) 745-4563
Courtesy of Floyd Country Store
Near Floyd, Virginia and the Blue Ridge Parkway 25 acre Farm with Farm Animals Clean, Spacious Rooms with Private Baths Continental or Full Breakfast 208 Radford Rd SE, Floyd, Virginia 24091 www.stoneymeadowinn.com (540) 745-6480 residence
Slow Food… Catering • Festivals • Special Events
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CHICKEN • BABY BACK RIBS • PULLED PORK 616 Deerfield Ln NE Slow cooked pulled pork, Floyd, Virginia 24091 baby back ribs and chicken with a southern style firstname.lastname@example.org vinegar base sauce. www.bootlegQ.com
BED & BREAKFAST
276-730-4540 www.beaverglenbnb.com email@example.com
149 Slatemont Rd SW Meadows of Dan, VA
Historic Pine Tavern
Serving Traditional Blue Ridge Mountain Cuisine since 1927. Open Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. A true Blue Ridge experience.
info@the pinetavern.com 611 Floyd Highway North • Floyd, VA 24091 • 540-745-4482 14
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County Sales A Crooked Road Major Venue
County Sales prides itself on having the world’s largest selection of old time and bluegrass music. Founded in 1965 and operating from Talley’s Alley in Floyd, Virginia, County Sales has filled tens of thousands of orders from around the world. County Sales’ huge stock features compact discs, books, and DVDs of artists from Jimmie Rodgers and Charlie Poole right up to new recordings by Alison Krauss and Rhonda Vincent. Browse elaborate boxed sets of legendary stars like Uncle Dave Macon, Bill Monroe, the Carter Family, the Louvin Brothers, Lester Flatt & Earl Scruggs, Hank Williams, as well as CDs by obscure string bands and backwoods gospel groups. There are amazing DVDs taken from vintage film & TV footage covering the early days of country music. Our goals are to offer the biggest selection, lowest prices, and best service. Experience our staff’s well deserved reputation for friendly, knowledgeable, and efficient service. Join the numerous national and international visitors each week who make a visit to County Sales an important stop in their itinerary. If you are on The Crooked Road, driving down the Blue Ridge Parkway, or just touring the South, come by County Sales to see the amazing wealth of rural music that is available today, from legendary old-time musicians right up to today’s stars. countysales.com, firstname.lastname@example.org. Courtesy of Floyd Country Store 540-745-2001.
3.5 miles from Floyd • 3 miles from the Parkway Soulful Mountain Views • Big Organic Breakfast Arts and Adventure Events • Saturday Night Concerts New! Green-Built Cabins Bicycle Maps and Shuttling Service • Wireless
271 COX STORE ROAD, FLOYD, VA 540-745-6363 WWW.AMBROSIAFARM.NET
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Carroll County is the home to many legendary musical heritage stories. Being the home to Pop Stoneman to start, Carroll features venues such as The Blue Ridge Music Center located at milepost 213 on the Blue Ridge Parkway, and the Fiddle and Plow located in Woodlawn. You’re sure to find an echo of mountain music and history tucked away in our hills. If you’re looking for a variety of experiences Carroll has many other opportunities as well such as scenic drives, unique cuisine, wineries, an abundance of outdoor recreational opportunities and much more. Visit us online for more details. www.visittheblueridge.com or (276)730-3100 Blue Ridge Plateau Regional Visitor Center located 231 Farmers Market Drive, Hillsville, VA 24343.
Hillsville, Virginia – A great place to visit, a better place to live! The citizens of Hillsville invite you to come and visit their charming, safe, progressive community which is nestled in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains of Southwest Virginia. The Town is rich in history and provides a glimpse of its heritage with the Hale-Wilkinson-Carter Home Museum, Old Courthouse/Museum, and site of the infamous 1912 shooting. The Town is also home to the internationally known Memorial Day/Labor Day Flea Market and Gun Show and hosts music concerts, celebrations, and classic car cruise-ins each month May-September. For information about events, accommodations, or attractions, please visit www.townofhillsville.com or call 276-728-2128.
free live musi c daily!
Celebrating the Music and Musicians of the Mountains
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Blue Ridge Music Center A Crooked Road Major Venue
Visit the award-winning interactive exhibition honoring the living musical history of the region.
Mid-Day Mountain Music (daily 12-4 pm)
Informal, up-close and personal with local musicians. Bring a folding chair and stay awhile
Scenic Hiking Trails
Including a Kids in Parks TRACK Trail.
2014 Weekend Concert Series Wayne Henderson, Kruger Brothers Steep Canyon Rangers, Carolina Chocolate Drops, New Ballards Branch Bogtrotters, Wolfe Brothers String Band, Black Twig Pickers and many more! For complete schedule and ticket info visit:
BlueRidgeMusicCenter.org music center: 276-236-5309 concert info: 866-308-2773 x 213
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Open mid-May thru October, 10 AM - 5 PM and later on weekend evening concert nights. The sounds of the fiddle, banjo, and guitar are likely to welcome you when you visit the Blue Ridge Music Center at milepost 213 on the Blue Ridge Parkway. The Music Center is just 10 miles south of Galax, VA and 20 miles north of Mount Airy, NC. Bring your lawn chairs and a picnic to weekend concerts and enjoy some of the region’s finest traditional music in the beautiful outdoor amphitheater located at the base of Fisher Peak. Any afternoon at the Blue Ridge Music Center offers free admission to Mid-Day Mountain Music (Noon - 4pm) and The Roots of American Music Museum--an entertaining and interactive walk through the history of the region’s music. Trails accessible from the parking lot include a Kids in Parks TRACK Trail which offers a special hiking experience for children of all ages. The Blue Ridge Music Center is managed cooperatively by the Blue Ridge Parkway and the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation with a mission to share traditional music and the bounty of our mountains with visitors from ‘down the road’ and across the seas and give insight to the history and culture of regional music traditions. There is also a National Park Service information center and a gift shop on site. For a calendar of events please visit BlueRidgeMusicCenter.org or call 276-236-5309.
Come and visit us at Milepost 213 on the Blue Ridge Parkway! The Roots of American Music Museum
Open Daily May Through October 10am - 5pm. For exact dates and hours please call ahead or visit nps.gov/blri/ 10 miles from Galax,VA 20 miles from Mount Airy, NC Tour bus and RV parking available
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Programs at the Music Center are made possible with the support of the National Park Service and the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation. The Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation invites you to participate in the preservation and celebration of traditional Blue Ridge Mountain Music at the Blue Ridge Music Center.
Discover Chestnut Creek School of the Arts Traditional Music Programming • • • • •
Weekend and evening workshops Concerts and special events Individual lessons Fiddlers Week events Home of Galax JAM!
Offering classes and events year-round in traditional music, heritage crafts and contemporary arts. Gift shop and gallery open MondaySaturday. When planning your visit to the Crooked Road, go to www.chestnutcreekarts.org to see our schedule of music and art classes and events
Conceived by the marriage of railway and lumber, Galax has enjoyed a rich heritage over the last century. Once a furniture and textile town, Galax has evolved into an eclectic blend of small businesses offering unique shopping opportunities, enticing dining options, historical museums, over 43,000 square feet of antique showroom space, and a musical heritage unlike any other. Whether you prefer the charm of a B&B or the solitude of a mountain cabin, Galax offers a variety of accommodations to please every sleepy head. Galax Visitors Center, 110 East Grayson Street, Galax, VA 24333, Ph (888) 217-8823, www.visitgalax.com.
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100 N Main St Galax, VA 24333 276.236.3500 www.chestnutcreekarts.org Courtesy of City of Galax / Banjo Bill’s Road Show
World’s Capital of Old Time Mountain Music
Galaxvirginia Galax Old Fiddler’s Convention • • • • • •
Held Every August Old Time, Bluegrass & Folk Music Flatfoot and clogging dancers Contests • Family Atmosphere Jamming Attracts Participants and Visitors Worldwide!
Galax Leaf & String Festival
“Blue Ridge Backroads Live” • Unique weekly radio show • Old Time & Bluegrass Music • Broadcast live from The Rex Theater by WBRF 98.1 FM • Tour Buses Welcome! • Streamed Live Online
Smoke on the Mountain
• Held second Friday & Saturday in June in downtown Galax • Brings together bluegrass and old time musicians Virginia State Barbecue Championship • Workshops, crafters, dancing Held third Friday & Saturday in July and performances Winners go on to national competition in Memphis • Appalachian authors Great food, crafts and music!
HoustonFest • Held first Friday & Saturday in May at Felts Park • Musical Heritage Celebration honoring the contributions of a young musician and his impact on the old time and bluegrass communities Galax is a premier stop along The Crooked Road, featuring three major venues, including the Old Fiddler’s Convention, The Rex Theater and the Blue Ridge Music Center.
Galax 110 East Grayson Street, Galax, VA 24333 Visitors 888-217-8823 or 276-238-8130 - Thursday: 9a-5p • Friday: 9a-7p Center Monday Saturday: 9a-5p • Sunday - Closed
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Galax Old Fiddler’s Convention A Crooked Road Major Venue
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With the 79th anniversary of the festival taking place in August 2014, the Galax Old Fiddler’s Convention originated in the spring of 1935 when a few members of Moose Lodge #733 in Galax needed to raise funds and generate publicity. A newspaper item at the time stated that the Convention was dedicated to “keeping alive the memories and sentiments of days gone by and make it possible for people of today to hear and enjoy the tunes of yesterday.” The Annual Old Fiddler’s Convention is a tradition in country and mountain music circles and features tunes which have been handed down from generation to generation in the Blue Ridge Mountains. The fact that many of the contestants are youngsters is encouraging, and the promoters believe that the future of this traditional music is secure. A unique aspect of the convention is the camping area where musicians rehearse and tune up. Often dancers and players try out their
Grayson County Experience the traditional music and culture of Grayson County, Virginia by visiting one of our nightly music jams, fiddlers conventions or festivals. Dance to the traditional tunes at a Grayson County festival, including the Fairview Ruritan’s Fiddlers Convention, Fries Spring Festival Honoring Henry Whitter, Whitetop Mountain Ramp Festival, Galax Leaf and String Festival, Wayne Henderson Music Festival and Guitar Competition, Grayson County Fiddlers’ Convention, Fries Fiddlers Convention, The Albert Hash Memorial Festival and the Whitetop Mountain Molasses Festival among others. Weekly traditional music jams are held in the communities of Independence, Fries and Whitetop, Virginia. Home to some of the region’s best musicians and high quality craftsman of musical instruments, Grayson County offers the best of The Crooked Road.
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abilities in the parking lot. There is often as much activity off stage as on stage. In the early years, the contestants and audience came chiefly from Carroll, Grayson, and adjoining counties in Virginia and North Carolina. Now bands and individual performers come from across the nation and throughout the world. This showcase of old time, bluegrass and folk music is held annually during the week ending the second Saturday in August at Felts Park in Galax, “World Capital of OldTime Mountain Music.” Directions: From Interstate 77, take Virginia Exit 14. Turn onto Route 58 toward Galax. Continue on Route 58 for approximately 10 miles. Turn left onto Main Street. Continue through main downtown business district. Felts Park is on the left. www. oldfiddlersconvention.com, or (276) 236-8541 for more information.
Courtesy of City of Galax
A Crooked Road Major Venue
The charm of the downtown area resonates every Friday with live performances showcasing our region’s musical legacy at the Historic Rex Theater, a Crooked Road Major Venue. These performances begin at 8:00 p.m. and are well attended by locals and visitors. The Rex seats 450 comfortably and offers patrons concessions and homemade treats. Local bands and national music stars have shared the same stage at this historic and important venue. Galax is a must see stop along The Crooked Road.
Take a break from the mountain music and enjoy nature’s music on the trails of Grayson County. Visit areas of the Mt. Rogers National Recreation Area, Grayson Highlands State Park, New River Trail State Park, The Virginia Creeper Trail or Appalachian Trail or float down the scenic New River. Grayson County has it all! For more information on activities, lodging and events please visit our website www.graysoncountyva.com or you can reach Grayson County Tourism at 276-773-2471. We hope to see you soon on The Crooked Road!
Independence The annual Independence Autumn Festival occurs the second Saturday in October including the Official Virginia Grand Privy Races, many arts & crafts vendors, and numerous competitions in baking, horseshoes and other events. The Town’s Independence Day celebration features a parade, impressive fireworks, arts & craft vendors, and multiple bands. Every Wednesday at 6:30 pm the Historic 1908 Courthouse hosts one of the region’s best old time music jams. For more info call (276) 773-3711, or visit www.independenceva.com
On The Crooked Road in Grayson County… Fries Fiddlers Convention Grayson County Fiddlers Convention Galax Fiddlers Convention Blue Ridge Music Center Fairview Ruritan Club Wayne C. Henderson Music Festival and Guitar Competition Albert Hash Memorial Festival Henry Whitter Festival
Weekly JAMs: 1908 Courthouse Jam Mt. Rogers Community Jam Fries Jam session
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Glade Spring Courtesy of Town of Damascus
Music in Damascus Town Park
The Town of Damascus is located at the confluence of the three top trout streams in the east and seven major trails (Appalachian Trail, Virginia Creeper Trail, Iron Mountain Trail, Trans America Bicycle Trail, Crooked Road Heritage Music Trail, Virginia Birding and Wildlife Trail and the Daniel Boone Heritage Trail). Damascus is referred to as “Trail Town USA”, as well as “The Friendliest Town On The Trail”, hosting the Appalachian Trail Days festival each May. www.damascus.org.
The Town of Glade Spring expresses great beauty through its history, its neighborhoods and its caring people. Glade Spring welcomes you warmly and offers a variety of cultural, recreational and entertainment opportunities which include outdoor markets on the Town Square, many recreational opportunities and outstanding arts and entertainment events provided by nearby Emory & Henry College. Town of Glade Spring, 113 East Glade Street, Glade Spring, VA (276) 429-5134, email@example.com, www.gladespringva.com.
Abingdon “It’s Always Play Time in Abingdon,” enjoy historical sites and attractions, cultural events, outdoor recreation, live music and world class art venues. Home to Barter Theatre, where you could once trade “Ham for Hamlet.” Outdoor enthusiasts enjoy biking or hiking the Virginia Creeper Trail. Visit Heartwood Artisan Center filled with juried arts and crafts, and home of the Crooked Road music store. Music jams at the Virginia Ballroom and Heartwood on Thursdays, Capo’s Music Store on Saturdays. Abingdon Convention and Visitors Bureau. 335 Cummings Street, Abingdon, VA 24210. 1-800-435-3440.www.visitabingdonvirginia.com.
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Washington County • Visit Abingdon’s Historic District, shop, dine and stay at unique properties • Relax at the Historic Martha Washington Hotel & Spa • Sample wines at the Abingdon Vineyard and Winery • Enjoy art at its finest at William King Museum, the Arts Depot, 1912 Gallery at Emory • Watch live theatre at the Barter Theatre, operating on two stages • Shop Holston Mountain Artisans, the Meadowview General Store, Whites Mill Country Store, Heartwood and Made in Glade Spring for arts and crafts by local artists.
• Be amazed at movie memorabilia at the Star Museum • Buy local produce at the Farmers Market in Abingdon, Glade Spring and Meadowview • Be entertained at Music Venues: Capo’s Music Store Virginia Ballroom at the Abingdon Senior Center Abingdon Market Pavilion Meadowview General Store Iron Horse Campground Heartwood • History: Walking tours in Abingdon, Muster Grounds, Overmountain Victory Trail and The Keller Interpretive Center, Emory and Henry College with its historic buildings and many activities • Don’t forget the Festivals: The Virginia Highlands Festival - First two weeks in August Trail Days - mid May Plumb Alley Day - Memorial Day Saturday Washington County Fair - 2nd week of September • Ride or walk the Virginia Creeper Trail - 34 mile former railroad bed
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Heartwood features free live music every Thursday night, hosts other Crooked Road events, and is home to The Crooked Road Store, which has the most complete collection anywhere of Southwest Virginia music. Heartwood’s full-service restaurant is open daily for lunch from 10-3 and Thursday nights for BBQ from 5-9. Wine tasting is offered daily of featured regional wines, special menus are available for groups, and Heartwood is also available as a special event facility. Hours are Monday-Saturday 10-6, Thursday 10-9, and Sunday 10-3. For more information on Heartwood, visit www.heartwoodvirginia.org or call (276) 492-2400. For more information on Southwest Virginia or to plan a trip to the region, visit www.myswva.org.
Artisan Trails of Southwest Virginia
A Crooked Road Major Venue
Heartwood: Southwest Virginia’s Artisan Gateway is just off I-81 at Exit 14 in Abingdon. This beautiful new facility opened in 2011 as a showplace for Southwest Virginia culture and the home of regional efforts focused on the region’s craft, music, food, heritage and outdoor recreation. Heartwood has four shopping galleries featuring juried craft from all over Southwest Virginia’s 19 counties, four cities and 54 towns, and often hosts artisan demonstrations. ’Round the Mountain: Southwest Virginia’s Artisan Network is based at Heartwood, as is The Crooked Road: Virginia’s Heritage Music Trail and the Appalachian Spring outdoor recreation initiative.
Choose your own trail... ‘Round the Mountain | www.RoundTheMountain.org 276-492-2409
Courtesy of Bristol Rhythm and Roots HALEY HENSLEY
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The Floyd Country Store & County Sales, Floyd
Blue Ridge Music Center, Carroll/Grayson Counties
Rex Theater & Old Fiddlers Convention, Galax
Carter Family Fold, Hiltons Country Cabin II, Norton
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Ralph Stanley Museum, Clintwood Affiliated Venues & Festivals
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The familiar melodies of the historic Bristol Sessions in 1927 still echo through the only city that can celebrate its unique provenance as the Birthplace of Country Music. In August, the Birthplace of Country Music Museum, an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution, opens, welcoming visitors to a unique facility that will house permanent and temporary exhibits, live performances in a 100seat theater, a radio station, classrooms and much more. While live performances are found nearly any night of the week in Bristol, during the third weekend in September, the annual Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion, draws more than 45,000 and features top-tier performers and emerging regional talent. In harmony with the music is the driving sound of race engines. Bristol is home of the World’s Fastest Half-Mile, Bristol Motor Speedway, NASCAR’s most popular track, as well as Bristol Dragway. Restaurants and performance venues, along with eclectic shopping options, create a vibrant downtown. An Arts & Entertainment District, Bristol is home to many acclaimed regional artists. Miles of lake shoreline, acres of National Forest land and several golf courses beckon the outdoor enthusiast while Sugar Hollow Park encompasses 400 acres that include camping, sports and recreational areas. Visit: MyBristol.com, PickBristol.com, or connect on Facebook. For travel planning go to www.MyBristolVisit.com.
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Bristol, TN/VA - A Crooked Road Major Venue
“The Bristol Sessions is the single most important event in the history of country music.” – Johnny Cash The Bristol Sessions, recorded on State Street in 1927 and 1928, are recognized internationally as the “Big Bang” of country music. The Birthplace of Country Music® (BCM), a non-profit organization formed to celebrate and promote Bristol’s music heritage, honors the region’s legacy through a number of live music events and programming. Open August 2014, Birthplace of Country Music® Museum is a Smithsonian Institution Affiliate featuring permanent exhibits, a special exhibits gallery, educational programs, multiple film experiences, and a theater dedicated exclusively to live, year-round music performances. In addition, the museum will feature interactive music mixing and listening stations and technology-infused media. Voted Best Festival by Southeast Festival & Events Association, Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion boasts more than 150 acts of live music on over 20 stages. Past performers include The Avett Brothers, Dr. Ralph Stanley, Bela Fleck, John Oates, Robert Earl Keen, The Del McCoury Band, The Drive-By Truckers, Lucinda Williams, The Carolina Chocolate Drops and many more. BCM organizes a number of concert series including Border Bash free summer concerts in downtown Bristol and RTE 23 Music Festival on the campus of University of Virginia’s College at Wise.
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For more information about BCM programming visit www.BirthplaceofCountryMusic.org or e-mail info@BirthplaceofCountryMusic.org.
From the 1927 Bristol Sessions to today, The Carter Family to yours, the road to country music history starts here at The Birthplace of Country Music Museum. The 24,000 square foot facility houses 12,000 square feet of exhibit space, a rotating exhibit gallery, music mixing and listening stations, multiple theater experiences, and interactive, technology-infused media. Every third weekend in September, State Street in Historic Downtown Bristol, TN/VA is amped to the beat of Appalachiaâ€™s past, present, and future. Itâ€™s an infectious, three-day music experience, bursting with creative passion, electricity, and soul.
For more information and to book tickets, visit BirthplaceofCountryMusic.org
Scott County Singer/songwriter and Scott County native, A.J. Roach said in his song Scott County, “its beauty is not rivaled in the western hemisphere.” Once you visit Scott County, we think you’ll agree with his assessment. EXPLORE Scott County! Scott County has something for everyone. Relax surrounded by scenic mountain vistas. Follow the footsteps of Daniel Boone’s trail blazed into the western frontier. Take a chairlift to view the “Eighth Wonder of the World,” Natural Tunnel. We have trails to keep an adventurist and a leisure traveler active. Dive into Devil’s Bathtub or take a hike to view the majestic double waterfall at Little Stony Falls! Scott County comes with its own soundtrack. Experience live pickin’ sessions, live concerts and impromptu “get-togethers” throughout the county. Head on over to Carter Family Fold to hear music the way it was meant to be - acoustically! Noted as the first family of Country Music, the Carter Family is vital to the history of music. Relive this history by visiting Carter Family Fold every Saturday night at 7:30 p.m. and the second Friday night May thru October. You can also experience real time pickin’ every Friday night at the county’s newest Crooked Road Affiliate Venue--Allen Hicks Friday night Jams, 6 p.m., 1844 Bethel Road, Nickelsville, 276-479-2739. Free Admission; Donations Appreciated! The mountains. The people. The history. Scott County, VA is THE place for an authentic Appalachian experience. For more information, call Scott County Tourism 276-386-6521. www.explorescottcountyva.com.
Restored A.P. Carter Cabin
Courtesy of David Burke
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Carter Family Fold Carter Family Memorial Music Center, Inc. A Crooked Road Major Venue
Every Saturday in Hiltons, Virginia, you can hear some of the best old time and bluegrass music around at the Carter Fold. Founded in 1979, the Carter Music Center was established to honor the original Carter Family and to preserve the music they came to be famous for. The nonprofit Carter Center’s weekly shows of traditional, acoustic-only music and annual August festival have been presented since 1974. The second weekend in June, the Fold hosts Clinch Mountain Music Fest. A gospel concert is held each fall in honor of Janette Carter – founder of the Music Center. The Carter Family Museum and the A.P. Carter birthplace cabin are open Saturday evenings and during all special events as well. Don’t forget your dancing shoes when you visit! Fold shows are family-oriented and alcohol and drug free. The Center is proud to be one of nine Major Venues on the Crooked Road: Virginia’s Heritage Music Trail. For more information, visit our website – www.carterfamilyfold.org. For recorded information on the upcoming week’s show, call 276-386-6054, or contact the Mountain Music Museum at 276-645-0035. Spend a weekend with us in the Clinch Mountains. You’ll drift back in time and experience mountain culture and hospitality you’ll never forget.
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Town Branch Bluegrass
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Ashley Long at the Lee Theater Pennington Gap, Virginia
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Lee County Visit Lee County for a taste of outdoor adventure, rural living, delightful small town music venues, and a landscape that is beautiful beyond compare. Lee County native Earl Taylor and his Stoney Mountain Boys were the very first bluegrass band to play in Carnegie Hall in 1959. From the days of bluegrass pioneer Earl Taylor to today, bluegrass lives on in Lee County. Live gospel and bluegrass bands play on Friday evenings at Kay’s Opry in Ewing and at Wayne’s Place in Hubbard Springs. On Saturday evenings, Barbara’s Gift Shop near Dryden hosts a live gospel and bluegrass jamboree. Legends2 Cafe in Stone Creek brings in incredible bluegrass bands from around the area every Saturday night. Cumberland Gap National Historical Park’s Wilderness Road Campground in Gibson Station offers live music and storytelling events on Saturday evenings in the amphitheater. Down home special events include “Bikes, Bluegrass & BBQ” in Jonesville, the Lee County Fair in Pennington Gap, and the Wilderness Road Heritage Festival at Wilderness Road State Park. Encounter an enduring mountain spirit as you visit music venues, historic sites, hike, bike or ride horseback along scenic trails, view natural wonders, or hunt and fish along our mountains streams. Visit Lee County, where Virginia begins! Call Lee County Tourism at (276) 346-4629 or visit www.leecova.org.
Crooked Road Sampler CD
A Treasury of American Music is comprised of ancient ballads, hard-driving bluegrass and everything in between from 50 of Southwest Virginia’s best musicians. A 20 - page booklet accompanies this two disc collection which includes fan favorites Ralph Stanley, Blue Highway, Lonesome River Band, Junior Sisk & Ramblers Choice and Big Country Bluegrass. Find great music, apparel, handmade instruments and more at The Crooked Road Store at Heartwood.
“This collection is a delightful assurance the Crooked Road remains rich in music; that the old springs still sparkle, that singers from here still induce chill bumps”. – Joe Wilson, Chairman of the National Council for the Traditional Arts
TO ORDER CALL 276-492-2428 OR VISIT WWW.THECROOKEDROAD.ORG
Wise County Wise County is a place of mountains, music and more… Wise County is blessed with scenic, recreational, and historic attractions. For breathtaking scenery, visit the Powell Valley Overlook or Flag Rock Recreation Area. Nearly 36,000 acres of the Jefferson National Forest lie in Wise County, supporting a multitude of outdoor recreational opportunities. For something a little more fast-paced, visit Lonesome Pine Raceway or the Mountain View ATV Trail. Explore our antique and craft shops, colleges, museums, and other historic and cultural attractions, including The Trail of the Lonesome Pine, the official outdoor Drama of Virginia. Pro-Art presents outstanding musical, theatrical, and artistic programs. The County has been the home of many famous people, including former Green Bay Packer and Super Bowl champion Carroll Dale, best-selling author Adriana Trigiani, and Oscar-winning actor George C. Scott. To learn about Wise County coal mining, visit the Harry W. Meador, Jr. Coal Museum. The Southwest Virginia Museum, a Virginia State Park, showcases early Southwest Virginia life and history. The former home of author John Fox, Jr., now a Virginia Historic Landmark, the Museum contains furnishings and memorabilia from the Fox family. For local and regional music, visit Lay’s Hardware Center for the Arts, Tacoma Community Center and Country Cabin II. For a complete profile on Wise County and the City of Norton, please visit www.VisitWiseCounty.com or call 276-328-2321.
Trail of the Lonesome Pine Outdoor Drama, Big Stone Gap Courtesy of Glenn Gannaway
Big Stone Gap Nestled in the beautiful mountains of Southwest Virginia, visitors to Big Stone Gap can enjoy the town’s five museums, watch a production of “The Trail of the Lonesome Pine” outdoor drama, walk on the Greenbelt Trail, visit Big Cherry Lake and attend the Gathering in the Gap or other music events taking place throughout the year. Lonesome Pine Tourist Information Center 619 Gilley Avenue., P.O. Box 236, Big Stone Gap, VA 24219 (276) 523-2060, firstname.lastname@example.org www.lonesomepine.org, www.visitbigstonegap.org
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The Country Cabin
A Crooked Road Major Venue
The Country Cabin with its descendant, Country Cabin II, is the oldest mountain music - cultural venue currently operating along The Crooked Road. The original Country Cabin was built in 1937 under President Roosevelt’s WPA program as a community recreational facility and is a Courtesy of Two Rivers National and State Historic Landmark. Local musicians gathered at the Cabin every Saturday night to perform and carry on traditional bluegrass and country music. The popularity of the weekly event soon outgrew the log cabin and in 2002, a larger facility was built in nearby Appalachian Traditions Village. In addition to clogging classes, line dance lessons, Tuesday night jams, country weddings, and a Saturday night show, the Cabin hosts the annual Dock Boggs Memorial Festival the second Saturday in September. This festival honors the lives of two extraordinary local musicians – Dock Boggs, a soulful singer and unique banjo player, and ballad singer and songwriter Kate O’Neill Peters Sturgill. The festival offers local, regional and nationallyknown traditional musicians and dancers, handmade mountain arts and crafts, and home cooked mountain foods. www.appalachiantraditionsinc.com, (276) 679-3541 or (276) 393-8387.
Hiking • Biking • Fishing • Canoeing • Kayaking Free hot breakfast • Free wireless high-speed Internet access Free daily newspaper • Pet Friendly • On-site Restaurant All guest rooms come with a coffee maker, hair dryer, microwave, refrigerator, iron and ironing board. Some rooms also feature kitchen facilities, a chair with ottoman, desk, flat-screen television, sofa sleeper, table and chairs.
551 Highway 58 East • Norton, Virginia 24273 Phone 276-679-7000 • WWW.CHOICEHOTELS.COM/VA521
Appalachian Traditions, Inc. Non-Profit Cultural Organization Family Oriented Tobacco, Drug & Alcohol Free
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Dock Boggs & Kate O’Neill Peters Sturgill Memorial Festival 2nd weekend in September
The original Country Cabin was built in 1937-38 under President Roosevelt’s WPA program. Kate Peters Sturgill, a local ballad singer and songwriter, was instrumental in the construction of the Cabin. Local musicians would gather on weekends for square dances, box suppers, cakewalks and other events. Country Cabin II opened in 2002.
Flatfootin’ • Two-Steppin’ • Clogging • Cake Walks • Crafts Broom Dances • Jam Sessions • Clogging Lessons • Line Dance Lessons Pickin’ Instruction (acoustic guitar) • Special Events
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568 Park Ave NW, Norton, Virginia • (276) 679-2131 thecrookedroad.org
Come and experience Virginia’s Smallest Independent City, the City of Norton! Settled initially as Prince’s Flats, Norton was incorporated as a town in 1894 after the railroad surveyed the area. The community took its name from Eckstein Norton, former President of Louisville and Nashville Railroad. Norton became a crucial rail hub for shipping the region’s vast natural resources of timber and coal to market. In 1954, Norton became an independent city. Flag Rock Recreation Area, 10 minutes from downtown Norton, affords visitors an overlook from more than 1,000 feet above the city. Enjoy picnics, tent and RV camping among unusual rock formations and scenic overlooks. Norton and the adjacent Jefferson National Forest offer fishing at the upper reservoir near the Flag Rock Recreation Area to hunting and hiking opportunities. June brings the Best Friend Festival, one of the area’s longest-running events featuring good food, dance, entertainment and family-oriented activities. Along the intersection of US 23 and Rt. 58, the City of Norton offers visitors easy access to the region’s scenic, recreational, and cultural opportunities. Norton’s hotels and restaurants provide a variety of lodging and cuisine. The City is within a short drive of two of The Crooked Road’s Major Venues, the Country Cabin II (5 min) and the Ralph Stanley Museum (25 min). Come experience our hospitality. For more information visit www.nortonva.gov or contact us at: City of Norton 618 Virginia Ave., NW P O Box 618, Norton, VA 24273 (276) 679-1160, email@example.com
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Virginia’s Smallest Independent City Established as a town in 1894, and later as a City in 1954, Norton is a community proud of its heritage. Centrally located at the intersection of U.S. 23 and Highway 58A, the City has for many years served the region as a commercial hub to parts of Southwest Virginia and Eastern Kentucky.
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Historic Memories in the Making Re-opening November 2014, the Inn at Wise will be restored to its original splendor and returned to prominence as the centerpiece of downtown Wise. • 49 Guestrooms • Event Space-Ballroom (2,650 sq. ft), Board Room (362 sq. ft.), TV Room (353 sq. ft.) • Tap Room • Full-Service Dining Room • Authentic 50’s-Style Diner • Fitness Room Step off the Crooked Road and wander back in time—relive history and capture a piece of it for yourself.
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Wise Wise is at once historic and a community on the move. The Town is home to the soon-to-be-reopened historic Inn at Wise and other unique structures; Big Glades Community Square, an outdoor amphitheater hosting regular music; and The University of Virginia’s College at Wise. Downtown shopping and dining options range from quaint to contemporary. The Wise Fall Fling, held annually the second weekend in October, is a free festival featuring craft vendors and traditional music. Town of Wise, P.O. Box 1100, Wise, VA 24293, 276-328-6013, www.townofwise.net
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Courthouse Mall • Wise 276-328-6842 www.wisefallfling.com Nestled in the heart of Appalachia and on the Crooked Road, along Virginia’s Heritage Music Trail, is Wise, population 3,200. Both historic and a community on the move, Wise is home to the County’s historic courthouse, historic homes and businesses, and the University of Virginia’s College at Wise, a top liberal arts school. The downtown community offers shopping and dining options ranging from quaint to contemporary. Each fall, the second weekend in October, downtown Wise comes alive for the Wise Fall Fling, a free festival held while fall color in the mountains is at its peak. About 150 vendors selling crafts, food, jewelry and more offer their wares alongside craft demonstrators, all while live traditional music ranging from banjos to bagpipes is played. The event also features essay, photo and art contests, a chili cook-off and a 5K race.
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The Home of Friendly People Lovers of mountain music will be right at home at the historic Lay’s Hardware in Coeburn, where traditional music rings out through weekly jams and concerts. The Guest River Gorge offers hiking and bicycle riding on the abandoned railway bed with six miles of gently sloping terrain. South of Coeburn lies the Jefferson National Forest while high above is High Knob, where on a clear day you can see into four states. You can visit for an hour or stay for a lifetime in Coeburn. Town of Coeburn P. O. Box 370, 403 Second Street, Coeburn, VA 24230 (276) 395-3323, email@example.com, www.townofcoeburn.com, www.layshardware.com
Get connected to The Crooked Road with these great items and more at www.shopheartwoodvirginia.org or call 276-492-2428: • Hats • T-Shirts • Crooked Road Sampler CD (50 current artists) • A Guide to the Crooked Road by Joe Wilson (book with 2 CD recordings) • CD Recordings by Crooked Road artists • Crooked Road signs
Lays Hardware Center for the Arts Arts & Crafts Classes Artisan Studio Space
FREE Jam SESSionS THURSDAY NIGHTS AT 6:30 BLUEGRASS AND TRADITIONAL APPALACHIAN MUSIC FRIDAY NIGHTS AT 7:00 w/admission
276.395.5160 • LaysHardware.com 409 Front Street East, Downtown Coeburn, VA • info@LaysHardware.com Clinch River Days Festival Independence Fest Appalachian Heritage Days Clinch River Farmers Market Christmas Bazaar & Santa Train Scenic Clinch River Access, Canoes & Tubing Kid’s Fishing Tournament Oxbow Lake Sugar Hill Loop & River Trails Wetlands Estonoa Bluebell Island & St. Paul Trails Mountain View OHV Trails Skateboard Park Railroad House Museum & Gallery Virginia Birding & Wildlife Trail Historic Hillman House Heart of Appalachia Visitor Center Welcome to St. Paul ~ 16531 Russell Street ~ St. Paul, VA 24283 ~ 276.762.5297 ~ http://StPaulVa.org
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Dickenson County Virginia’s Baby
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Gorgeous mountain views, bluegrass music, unique museums, horse shows, festivals, family reunions, good food, and plenty of friendly people await your visit to Virginia’s youngest county. Enjoy White-water rafting, fishing, camping, hiking and birdwatching… listen to the music of the mountains along The Crooked Road.
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Dickenson County Visitor’s Center, Phipps Family Museum & Chamber of Commerce Breaks Interstate Park Birch Knob Observation Tower Ralph Stanley Museum Haysi Veteran’s Memorial Clinchco Coal Miners Memorial Virginia Scenic Byway, Rt. 611 Rivers to Ridges Artisan Trail Virginia Coal Heritage Trail The Crooked Road, Virginia’s Heritage Music Trail Jettie Baker Center Dickenson County Historical Society
Ralph Stanley Museum & Traditional Mountain Music Center Our state-of-the-art museum chronicles the history of traditional mountain music through the story of Dr. Ralph Stanley.
Located on Clintwood Main Street beside the Court House Tues - Sat from 10am to 4pm and closed on Sun and Mon For information about our upcoming programs
276-926-8550 • www.ralphstanleymuseum.com
For Tourism information, please contact the Tourism Director at the Dickenson County Visitor’s Center & Chamber
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Cabin at Breaks Interstate Park, Breaks, Virginia, in Dickenson County Courtesy of Minty Verbeten
Dickenson County Explore Dickenson County, Virginia’s youngest County. The Ralph Stanley Museum and Traditional Music Center, a Major Venue on the Crooked Road “Virginia’s Heritage Music Trail” is located on Main Street in Clintwood. The Ralph Stanley Memorial Day Festival “Hills of Home” is held at Dr. Ralph Stanley’s old home place on Sandy Ridge in Dickenson County. At the Breaks Interstate Park, you will find many outdoor activities as well as many music events throughout the year. The Town of Haysi provides music at their annual Russell Fork Autumn Fest and other events during the year. The Town of Clinchco hosts the annual Clinchco Days with many bluegrass musicians performing. For more information on the county and tourism destinations, stop by the Dickenson County Tourism Visitor’s Center and Chamber of Commerce located at 194 Clintwood Main Street or call 276-926-6074.
Clintwood offers a unique blend of breathtaking scenic beauty and small town hospitality. Home of the Ralph Stanley Museum and Traditional Mountain Music Center where visitors can enjoy the museum and where local musicians, as well as, well known entertainers perform at the beautiful Jettie Baker Center, including Concerts with greats like Ralph Stanley & The Clinch Mountain Boys, Larry Sparks & The Lonesome Ramblers, and Nathan Stanley. Enjoy the majestic Appalachian mountains while visiting the John Flannagan Courtesy of Two Rivers Reservoir and the Birch Knob Observation Tower where you can see five states. Town of Clintwood P.O. Box 456, Clintwood, Virginia 24228 276-926-8383, www.townofclintwood.com
Haysi During the first weekend of October Haysi hosts its Annual Russell Fork Autumn Fest, a Crooked Road venue, where you will find the best in bluegrass and mountain music along with “old time flat footing”. There is always plenty of food and crafts available. One of the destinations along the Crooked Road on State Route 83, enjoy Civil War Reenactments, Parades, Quilters Shows and plenty of what Haysi, the Eastern Gateway to Breaks Interstate Park and one of the friendliest, scenic towns in Southwest Virginia, has to offer. Town of Haysi, Virginia, P. O. Box 278, 322 Main Street, Haysi, VA. 24256, haysiclerk@DCWIN.ORG, www.haysivirginia.gov
Jettie Baker Center
The Jettie Baker Center, formerly known as the Mullins Theater, was built in the late 1940’s. It was donated to the Town of Clintwood by Ms. Jettie Baker. The property has been completely renovated with federal, state, and local funding with tremendous support by citizens of Dickenson County. The large auditorium and balcony area will seat 350, and the state-of-the-art sound and lighting systems truly mean “there’s not a bad seat in the house.” When visiting our area, please visit our website at www.townofclintwood.com for information for our upcoming shows or like us on facebook at www.facebook.com/pages/Jettie-Baker-Center/504165802927918 Performances scheduled throughout the year. Call for show and ticket information. An Affiliate of The Crooked Road
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Ralph Stanley Museum & Traditional Mountain Music Center
A Crooked Road Major Venue
Tucked away in the scenic mountains of Southwest Virginia the Town of Clintwood holds a truly unique experience for music lovers…The Ralph Stanley Museum, combining the career of Dr. Ralph Stanley with a historical journey of traditional mountain music. The Ralph Stanley Museum features a collection of memorabilia from the life and career of Dr. Ralph Stanley, and state-of-the-art audio and video displays. Visitors learn about Stanley, his music, and the mountains which molded his style. Stanley’s music conquered many obstacles and endured to occupy an esteemed position in the world of country, bluegrass and roots music. This interactive musical journey gives you the opportunity to hear and see the music of these mountains in its original setting. Also located in the Town of Clintwood is The Jettie Baker Center, featuring concerts and plays, including concerts with greats like Ralph Stanley & The Clinch Mountain Boys, Larry Sparks & The Lonesome Ramblers, & Nathan Stanley. To make the most of your visit, contact the Town of Clintwood at (276) 926-8383 to reserve one of the lovely suites located above the Ralph Stanley Museum so you can enjoy the Museum and Jettie Baker Center at your leisure. Take The Crooked Road to the Town of Clintwood and experience the Ralph Stanley Museum and Jettie Baker Center’s vision to preserve and promote bluegrass and mountain music. The Ralph Stanley Museum operating hours are Tuesday through Saturday 10am to 4pm. For more information call 276-926-8550. www.ralphstanleymuseum.com
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Ralph Stanley Museum & Traditional Mountain Music Center Our state-of-the-art museum chronicles the history of traditional mountain music through the story of Dr. Ralph Stanley. With multiple interactive audio and video displays, a fine collection of memorabilia from the life and career of Dr. Stanley, and in-depth educational panels, the museum is a true gem in Dickenson County.
Located on Clintwood Main Street beside the Court House • Tue-Sat 10a - 6p • Closed Sun & Mon For information about our upcoming programs: 276-926-8550 • www.ralphstanleymuseum.com
Please call for holiday or extended hours and package deals for Bus Tours and Large Groups with Sunday and Monday dates available.
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Buchanan County In Buchanan County, the music is not just a style but a part of a rich musical heritage handed down through generations. Bluegrass and mountain music often resounds through the hollers and hills with local folks and visitors gathering with the young and old to sing mountain ballads, dance to lively tunes and socialize with neighbors. Music can be heard often at the weekly community jam sessions at the Grundy Plaza and at the Verner Blankenship Park or at outdoor festivals such as “Music on the Mountain” and the “Buchanan County Fair” offered at the Poplar Gap Park, the “Jackson Family Reunion” offered at the Verner Blankenship Park , the “October Fest” offered at the William P. Harris Park and at most local events and celebrations. The passing of the musical torch continues with the county’s educational P.I.C.K. (Playing Instruments Changes Kids) Program. Experienced musicians from one generation teaches the younger generation the craft of playing good old mountain music and words to songs which keep the past, culture and heritage alive. Buchanan County Tourism 276-935-6508.
Honaker Redbud Festival Dale Jett and Hello Stranger
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Tazewell County Beginning in Tazewell County, the Clinch River Basin supports the world’s largest collection of rare and endangered fresh water species. The Nature Conservancy calls it one of twenty “Last Great Places” in the world. Home to about 40,000 people, the county and its towns bring you back to the feeling of safer, more relaxed times. It’s a wonderful place to live, raise a family or to retire, and a great place to visit! Enjoy the great outdoors here - plentiful fish leap from native trout streams, the Clinch River, and local lakes; hunting is bountiful. Versatile hiking and biking opportunities await you on country roads and through vast expanses of national forests. Discover America’s roots here - Historic Crab Orchard Museum brings pioneer life alive, and astounding fossils prove an even earlier history of Native Americans and prehistoric development. For industrial history, visit the Pocahontas Exhibition Coal Mine and the Coal Miners’ Memorial to those whose lives were sacrificed in their efforts to power a nation. Agricultural history remains alive at local farms practicing traditional farming with rare breed horses and sheep, and newer endeavors such as raising ostriches. Time your visit to enjoy one of Tazewell County’s many festivals and fairs that feature traditional Appalachian music and crafts. www.visittazewellcounty.org.
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Russell County From our trout fishing and white water rafting streams to our hiking and bicycling trails, Russell County offers diversity in outdoor recreation. Unique dining opportunities exist, including live music. We are a proud partner of The Crooked Road, Virginia’s Music Heritage Trail. Rich in natural beauty, history and culture, a host of opportunities abound for the outdoor enthusiast. Some of those include hiking, biking, birding, canoeing, horseback riding, hunting, fishing, atving, motorcycle rides, fairs, festivals, and driving trails. Other offerings include genealogy, arts, crafts, heritagerelated museums and a winery. For more information about Russell County, please visit our website at www.russellcountyva.org or telephone 276-889-8041.
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Tazewell The Town of Tazewell, seat of historic Tazewell County, is located in one of the most scenic areas of Virginia. The beautiful Clinch River flows right through Tazewell and residents and visitors alike enjoy the Historic Crab Orchard Museum, Higginbotham House Museum, Tazewell Fiddlers Convention, Main Street Moments Festival, and the Back of the Dragon each year. For more information visit our website at www.townoftazewell.org. 201 N. Central Avenue, Tazewell, Virginia 24651, 276-988-2501
CHILHOWIE • MARION • SALTVILLE • SUGAR GROVE • ATKINS www.FishBlueRidge.com
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Jeff Little Trio at Song of the Mountains, The Lincoln Theatre, Marion
Marion Marion’s the gateway to Hungry Mother State Park, Grayson Highlands State Park, the Mount Rogers National Recreation Area, and Mount Rogers, Virginia’s highest peak. “Song of the Mountains,” the nationally televised bluegrass music program, is presented live from our historic Lincoln Theatre. Accommodations include our boutique 1920’s vintage General Francis Marion Hotel, quaint B&B’s, and romantic cabins by the lake. Enjoy dining, shopping, and entertainment in this Certified Virginia Main Street Community. Also hiking and biking trails, stocked trout streams and a 100 acre mountain lake. 138 West Main Street, PO Box 1005, Marion, VA 24354 www.marionva.org 276-783-4190.
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Blue Ridge Highlands Fishing Trail
LIVE MUSIC and WEEKLY JAMS
Smyth County Jam Salty Dog Jam Allison Gap Ruritan Club Chilhowie Lions Club Dance Music in the Park Song of the Mountains at the Lincoln Theatre
MOUNTAIN MOTORCYCLE TRAILS!
The Steel Drivers on Song of the Mountains Museum of the Middle Appalachians • Whitetop Mountain • Appalachian Trail Hungry Mother State Park • Lincoln Theatre • Blue Ridge Highlands Fishing Trail
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www.visitvirginiamountains.com 276.646.3306 • 877.255.9928 276-492-2409
Tune Town Old Time String Band
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Courtesy of Big Walker Lookout From I-81 Exit 70 or I-77 Exit 47, take US-52 North. From I-77 Exit 52 take US-52 South. Follow Byway signs.
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Proud to Be an Official Affiliated Venue! Live Music at 2pm every Saturday and Sunday May thru October
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Beagle Ridge Herb Farm • Big Walker Lookout • Bluegrass and Old Time Jams • Museums • Ft. Chiswell Animal Park Ft. Chiswell Mansion • Wineries • Shot Tower Historical State Park • Wolf Creek Indian Village • Wythe Raceway New River Trail State Park • WCC Bluegrass & Oldtime Concerts • Wohlfahrt Haus Dinner Theatre
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Known as “the land between the tunnels,” beautiful Bland County sits peacefully between Big Walker Mountain and East River Mountain and is home to many artists and musicians. During the fall and winter, bluegrass and hometown tunes ring out in Ceres, Va. During summer months, in Bastian, the community gathers for a celebration of bluegrass gospel music. Various local bands and artists can be found across Bland County playing for those who come to socialize and hear some “good ole hometown music.” Be sure to see the Wolf Creek Indian Village and Museum in Bastian. The Village was discovered while building Interstate 77 in the 1970’s. Tour the Village to see and hear how Native Americans lived in Bland County hundreds of years ago. The Museum is filled with Native American Artifacts that help tell the story of the Village. Finally finish your day off at one of our special hometown restaurants! Bland County isn’t just a place on the map… it’s the place to be! For more information, please visit www.bland.org or call 276-688-4622. For more information on Wolf Creek Indian Village call (276) 688-3438, visit www.indianvillage.org or shop online at www.shopindianvillage.org We hope to see you soon!
www.BollingWilsonHotel.com Courtesy of Wythe County Tourism
Wythe County Opening Fall 2014 Historic Downtown Wytheville 170 East Main Street, Wytheville,VA
A noted post along the Wilderness Road, Wythe County continues to serve as a vital gateway for travelers. Though known for being an ideal place for weary motorists to stop and grab a quick refreshment, this charming community offers far more than gas pumps and hotel beds. Awaiting travelers just off the beaten path is a wealth of history and adventure that predates the founding of America! Visitors interested in getting a firsthand look at history are encouraged to make their way to the New River, where they can check out the American Revolutionary War-era shot tower, which served as a vital producer of ammunition throughout the 1800s. Just up the river a short way – along the New River Trail – is the Stephen F. Austin Birthplace Memorial. Austin has been credited as “The Father of Texas.” Other notable residents and figures include First Lady Edith Bolling Wilson (museum on Wytheville’s Main Street) and Dr. Charles T. Pepper (buried in Rural Retreat’s Mountain View Cemetery). Packed with miles of hiking trails, countless acres of national forest land, several museums & historic structures, as well as the New River. Wythe County is the place where history meets adventure… Come explore WYTHE us!
New River Community College Fiddle, Banjo and Dance Club Courtesy of Pulaski County Tourism
Pulaski County Randolph Park provides swimming, walking, picnicking and many other recreational opportunities. Historic Calfee Park is home to the Pulaski Mariners minor league baseball team. The New River Valley Fairgrounds hosts horse shows, flea markets and the annual New River Valley Fair. Claytor Lake State Park offers swimming, hiking, boating, camping, and other activities. The 57 mile New River Trail state park begins in Pulaski and runs along the scenic New River. Gatewood Park & Reservoir is a 162 acre lake offering camping, boating, fishing, hiking, and picnicking. The Wilderness Road Regional Museum is located in historic Newbern with the main building dating back to 1810. The Fine Arts Center for the NRV boasts an excellent array of shows, has a gift shop and offers classes to youth and adults. Pulaski Theatre is a restored, historic theatre which offers concerts, live stage performances, and events for children. The Draper Mercantile And Trading Company is a showplace for regional arts and crafts, and live music. The Hillbilly Opry hosts local bluegrass and country music events most Saturday nights throughout the year and the New River Community College Fiddle, Banjo and Dance Club hosts monthly gatherings September to April which feature both local and nationally known artists who bring forth the great old time and bluegrass music of their ancestors. For more info, call (540) 674-4161 or visit www.pulaskichamber.info.
For more information about our outdoor adventures, our downtowns, and our arts and culture… Call the Pulaski County Visitor Center 540-674-4161 or www.pulaskichamber.info 44
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THE MARKETPLACE is May through September every year on Tuesday evenings from 4:00 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the historic Train Station located at 20 South Washington Avenue (U.S. Route 11) in Pulaski. Every week there is fresh local produce and foods as well as live music, artisans, featured chefs and tastings. THE MARKETPLACE is the place to be on Tuesday evenings in downtown Pulaski. For more information, call (540) 994-8627, or visit our website at www.pulaskitown.org, or check our Facebook page.
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Giles County Giles County offers heritage music through annual festivals and weekly jam sessions. The Henry Reed Memorial Fiddlers Convention in Newport is held on the 2nd weekend in June and honors the music of old time fiddler, Henry Reed, of Glen Lyn. More information on the music and the convention are available at www.henryreed.org. While feeling like a private music party, the old time Virginia Weekend Music Jam at Phlegar’s Farm in Pembroke is open to everyone who appreciates old time music. Information can be obtained at http://virginiamountainmusic.org . There are also weekly jam sessions on Thursday evenings at Anna’s Restaurant in Narrows and at Old Virginia Smokehouse in Pearisburg, which also has a Saturday (3 PM) jam. More music can be heard weekends at The Palisades in Eggleston and during summer months at the Newport Jamboree in the Newport Park. More information is available at www.visitgilescounty.org . Plan a visit and enjoy some old time music – Giles County style!
Radford Fiddle and Banjo Jam Courtesy of Heather Bell
Spend Mondays in Radford, Virginia! Exit #109, I-81
Monday evenings come alive at the Radford Fiddle & Banjo Jam at River City Grill, 103 Third Avenue (540-629-2130). Bring an instrument and join in or relax and enjoy the sounds of old time mountain music. October brings the Highlanders Festival to the campus of Radford University with bagpipes, Scottish games and entertainment for the entire family. For maps and coupons, contact Radford Visitor’s Center, VisitRadford.com, 600 Unruh Drive, Radford, VA 24141 or (866) 605-6442, exit #109/I-81.
Radford Fiddle & Banjo Jam
A Crooked Road Affiliated Site, Monday evenings at 7 pm at River City Grill, 103 Third Ave, 540-629-2130. Join us!
The Crooked Road has a series of 27 wayside exhibits located along the Trail. Just pull your vehicle off the road to read the panels and listen on your vehicle radio to a five minute audio recording about the heritage music and musicians in that location. The audio can be heard on your vehicle’s FM radio – within a range of about one half mile. The map on pages 24-25 indicates the wayside exhibit locations. Three Virginia Welcome Centers are included in this number. These are located on I-81 northbound at Bristol, I-77 southbound at Rocky Gap, and I-77 northbound at Lambsburg. These exhibits have been made possible with the support of the Virginia Tobacco Indemnification and Community Revitalization Commission and the Virginia Department of Transportation.
Mon-Sat 10 am-6 pm banjos, guitars mandolins fiddles strings & accessories 1083 E. Main Street 540/633-2126
La Quinta Easy access to I-81 pet friendly and only 2 miles from River City Grill. Mention rate code ‘Crooked Road’. 540/633-6800
Radford Visitor’s Center 600 Unruh Drive • Radford, Virginia 24141 540.267.3153 • www.VisitRadford.com 45
Blacksburg • Christiansburg
Montgomery County, situated between the Allegheny and Blue Ridge Mountains, offers the perfect escape from a hurried city grind. One is able to stroll along a new promenade taking in sights and sounds of sidewalk dining, unique shops, outdoor entertainment, and a world-class performing arts center. Pull up a chair and listen to toe-tapping old-time tunes at the Blacksburg Square Jam or join in with your trusty stringed instrument! One would expect to find great food and places like Due South BBQ does not disappoint! There is a wide choice of additional dining options. Grab your partner and swing to the lilting melodies at the Blacksburg Square Dance. This community of residents, visitors, students, beginners, and old-timers check their blues for dancing shoes at the first draw of the fiddle bow . Perhaps trail earth under your feet or the undulating flow of the world’s second oldest river is more your style. There are hikes and paddles found regionally, from easy to more challenging. Start planning your adventure in Montgomery County today! Old Time Traditional and Bluegrass Music Venues Due South BBQ Bluegrass Jam- www.duesouthbbq.com Gillie’s Vegetarian Cuisine- www.gilliesrestaurant.net/events Blacksburg Market Square Jam- www.blacksburg.gov/marketsquarejam Blacksburg Square Dance- www.daretobesquare.org Shawsville Square Dance www.shawsvilleruritan.wordpress.com Festivals and Outdoor Events Blacksburg Fork and Cork - www.blacksburgforkandcork.com Blacksburg Brew Do - www.blacksburgbrewdo.com Summer Solstice Festival - www.downtownblacksburg.com Steppin Out Street Festival - www.downtownblacksburg.com YMCA Craft Fair - www.vtymca.org/craftsfair International Street Fair www.international.vt.edu/programs_and_activities/events/international_street_fair Wilderness Trail Festival - www.wildernesstrailfestival.com EastMont Tomato Festival - www.tomatofestival.wordpress.com Sinkland Farms Pumpkin Festival - www.sinklandfarms.com/pumpkinfestival Coventry Games Whitewater Canoe and Kayak Race - www.montgomerycountyva.gov “Rowdy Dawg” Mountain Bike Race - www.montgomerycountyva.gov New River Paddle Craft Fishing Tournament - www.montgomerycountyva.gov Farmers Markets Blacksburg Farmer’s Markets - www.blacksburgfarmersmarket.com Shawsville Farmers Market - www.shawsvillefarmersmarket Outdoor Activities The Huckleberry Trail- Scenic 6 mile paved bike and pedestrian path between Blacksburg and Christiansburg - www.huckleberrytrail.org Pandapas Pond in the Jefferson National Forest - www.dgif.virginia.gov New River Junction- Tubing, Canoeing, Kayaking, Camping, Fishing - www.newriverjunction.com Whitethorne River Park- Boat Launch, McCoy area of New River - www.montgomerycountyva.gov Eastern Montgomery Park-Canoe and Kayak Launch, S. Fork of Roanoke River - montgomerycountyva.gov Falls Ridge Preserve - www.nature.org/ourinitiatives/regions/northamerica/unitedstates/virginia/ placesweprotect/falls-ridge-preserve Much, much more! 540-394-2120 (Ext. 4225) VisitmontVA.com
Virginia’s Heritage Music Trail One Heartwood Circle Abingdon, VA 24210
The Crooked Road
Where America’s music was born… and lives on!
thecrookedroad.org • 276-492-2409