The Crooked Road: Major Venues

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    There are eight major venues along the Crooked Road: Virginia's Heritage Music Trail.

    Beginning at the east end of the Crooked Road and traveling west, the following places capture the history of the music, the performers of the music and invite you experience it as the mountain people do.

     

    Blue Ridge Institute & Farm Museum

    Ferrum, Franklin County - The Blue Ridge Institute & Farm Museum at Ferrum College is the official State Center for Blue Ridge Folklore, highlighting the folk traditions of western Virginia through its rotating exhibitions of the music, crafts, decorative arts and foodways.

    Every year, on the fourth Saturday in October, they present the popular Blue Ridge Folklife Festival with three stages of continuous music and music workshops along with other folkway activities.

     

    Floyd Country Store

    The Rex Theatre in Bristol, Va. Photo by CameronDavidson@CameronDavidson.com

    Floyd - Floyd Country Store Friday Night Jamboree makes everyone feel welcome. The show begins at 6:30 p.m. with a bluegrass gospel group, followed by a bluegrass or old-time band you can flat-foot to.

    If the crowd is willing, at 10:30 p.m. one of the jamming groups that can be found picking outside or upstairs in the store will play for the crowd until around 11:30 - closing time.

     

    Rex Theater & Blue Ridge Backroads Live

    Galax - Rex Theater & Blue Ridge Backroads Live invites you to be part of the audience of WBRF 98.1 FM radio's popular broadcast, featuring bluegrass and oldtime bands performing on stage.

    The show has a listener base in four states and 40 counties. Galax is billed as "the World Capital of Old-Time Music" and is famous for its Old Fiddler's Convention, a week-long event that takes place every August.

     

    Blue Ridge Music Center & Museum

    Milepost 213, Blue Ridge Parkway - Grayson County - The Blue Ridge Music Center & Museum was created by an act of Congress concerned with almost 400 years of string-band music history in Virginia.

    The state-of-the-art amphitheatre presents performances every Saturday night from May through September.

    The museum features exhibits about music and includes a luthier's shop.

     
    Bristol's Rhythm & Roots Reunion in front of the Bristol mural

    Birthplace of Country Music Alliance

    Bristol - Blue Ridge Highlands - The Birthplace of Country Music Alliance celebrates the early Bristol recordings - considered "The Big Bang Country Music" - with displays and music honoring the pioneers of traditional Appalachian music, such as the Carter Family, Jimmie Rodgers and Ernest "Pop" Stoneman. Thursday night Pickin' Porch programs and beginner jams are offered, too.

     

    Carter Family Fold

    Hiltons - Scott County - The Carter Family Fold was founded by Janette Carter, daughter of A.P. and Sara, who with Sara's sister Maybelle are considered the "First Family of Country Music."

    The music center seats 1,000 people. Today, A.P. Carter's old general store acts as a museum. Recent additions include the original A.P. Carter Homeplace.

    The Carter Family Fold. Photo by CameronDavidson@CameronDavidson.com.

    Enjoy old time, bluegrass and country music every Saturday night at the Carter Family Fold Weekly Music event. There's a dance floor for clogging and flat-footing, too.

    Every August, the Carter Family Traditional Music Festival takes place here. It's just $5 a ticket, which is in keeping with Janette's philosophy that everyone in the Poor Valley could afford to come and enjoy the music.

     

    Country Cabin II

    Norton - Heart of Appalachia - Country Cabin II and Appalachian Traditions Village is a popular stage for local musicians and bands performing bluegrass, country and old-time music throughout the year every Saturday night from 8-11 p.m.

    This second cabin evolved from an earlier cabin, which is the oldest currently operating site for traditional music in the Heart of Appalachia.

     

    Ralph Stanley Museum

    Clintwood - Dickenson County - The Ralph Stanley Museum & Traditional Mountain Music Center includes exhibits on Dr. Stanley, the region's musical roots, and on popular successors.

    The facility is a resource center for students and music fans to learn more about traditional American and Appalachian music.

Last Updated: 12/13/2013 3:00 PM
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