The Crooked Road - Virginia's Heritage Music


    The Crooked RoadThe sounds of country music beat strong and pure in Virginia, especially in the Blue Ridge Highlands and Heart of Appalachia regions, connected by The Crooked Road — Virginia's Heritage Music Trail 

    Day and night, the plaintive strains of the mountain ballads and toe-tapping, old-time dance music echo across this region's sharp ridges and deep valleys.

    Look for the sign along the Trail as you explore the musical soul of Virginia's country connections and experience a unique and unforgettable experience!



    Dr. Ralph Stanley  

    The Legends

    The Legends from the Crooked Road are many, and some have been inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame, Grand Ole Opry, and/or the International Bluegrass Music Association Hall of Honor!
    Stevie Barr of No Speed Limit  

    Today's Musicians

    See today's musicians playing at jam sessions, performing at an outdoor concert, or just living their lives in the place they call "home."
    Floyd Country Store  

    Major Venues

    Beginning at the east end of the Crooked Road and traveling west, see the places that capture the history of the music, the performers of the music, and the mountain experience.
    Breaks Bluegrass  


    The Crooked Road features many festivals during the spring, summer and fall. Mark your calendar for the all-American vacations of a lifetime!
    Friday Night Jamboree Sign  

    Hidden Gems & Jams

    Find open jam sessions and other places to listen to music. Most feature something going on once a week, but some are monthly and/or seasonal.
    The Rex Theatre  

    The Communities

    The Crooked Road Communities consist of 10 counties, 14 towns and three cities in the Blue Ridge Highlands and Heart of Appalachia regions of southwest Virginia.
    Wayne Henderson carving  

    Luthiers & Fiddle Makers

    Luthiers and fiddle makers are common along the Crooked Road, one influencing another and some becoming quite well-known even off the Crooked Road.

    Unique Stops & Shops

    You'll love the unique shops and stops along the Crooked Road! All have something to do with music and the Appalachian heritage and culture.
Last Updated: 6/21/2011 4:48 PM
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