Virginia Musician Spotlight
Old Crow Medicine Show
This six membered string band originated in Harrisonburg. Their music is a mixing bowl of old-time, folk and alt-country. They were inducted into the Grand Ole Opry House in 2013 and the same year they received the Trailblazer Award from the Americana Music Association.
In addition to the Major Venues, The Crooked Road has over 60 Affiliated Venues and Festivals that enable traditional music lovers to access the rich heritage music of the region every day of the year. The Affiliated Venues and Festivals present high-quality traditional music and more in a family friendly setting. They include weekly jam sessions where anyone with a song or instrument is welcome to join in, concerts, fiddlers conventions, annual festivalsm, dances, educational classes and workshops, and even the longest running outdoor drama in Virginia, the celebrated Trail of the Lonesome Pine.
The folk music of the Blue Ridge began attracting song collectors over a century ago. Today that music, an important part of heritage tourism, brings in thousands of visitors each year. Though old-time string bands and bluegrass groups are the most popular draw, the region’s musical legacy also includes blues, gospel, balladry, and dancing—all carried on largely outside of formal music instruction or the commercial drive of popular culture. Virginia Blue Ridge Music Trail guides travelers to the many public venues where local folk music and dance thrive today along the Commonwealth’s Blue Ridge Parkway corridor.
Heartwood is home to The Crooked Road: Virginia’s Heritage Music Trail, an organization that recognizes and supports places where traditional acoustic string music is performed. Hear musicians play and talk to them at concerts in our live performance area. Listen to our huge collection of local old-time, bluegrass and gospel music CDs and DVDs, and take some music home with you. Explore exhibits about how this authentic roots music grew and continues to thrive here.
Heartwood is also a performance place for the frontiers of this music, as performers explore new instruments, fuse with other musical traditions or push their horizons toward new forms of expression in special concerts and other events.
Narrows Old-Time Jam | Narrows | (540) 726-7510
The Palisades Restaurant | Eggleston | (540) 626-2828
Guests of The Palisades Restaurant can enjoy the coziness of our open kitchen and stone hearth oven while listening to live music in our lounge and bar area. We also offer a private upstairs banquet room that can be reserved for special occasions such as Rehearsal Dinners and Corporate Dinners.
The Carter Family Fold | Hiltons | (276) 594-0676
The Carter Fold is a rustic, 800 plus seat music shed offering traditional music every Saturday night. Museum opens an hour prior to the show. The Carter Family (A.P. Carter, his wife Sara and his sister-in-law Maybelle) were discovered in 1927 by Victor Recording Studio in Bristol and recorded 300 songs between 1927 and 1942. Playing traditional Appalachian music, the family is often credited as forerunners of modern-day country music. Today, A.P. Carter’s old general store acts as a museum. Recent additions include the newly moved and reconstructed original A.P. Carter Homeplace.
Friday Night Jamboree | Floyd Country Store | (540) 745-4563
One of the two best places in the country to listen to Bluegrass music according to Country Living magazine (March, 2000) Bluegrass and Gospel music starting at 6:30 pm every Friday night Traditional Bluegrass and Mountain Music in an informal “round” style jam 2-5 pm every Sunday Americana Afternoons starting at Noon every Saturday!
The Rex Theater | Galax | (276) 238-8130
Every Friday night in the City of Galax, Virginia WBRF 98.1 FM sends out 100,000 watts of live old-time and bluegrass music from the stage of the historic Rex Theater into five states and over the World Wide Web. Listeners may be in Virginia, North Carolina, West Virginia, Tennessee or as far away as Egypt enjoying the traditional music show from the comfort of their homes, or they may be sitting back in one of the 475 seats at the Rex. The show is called Blue Ridge Back Roads and thanks to a faithful group of volunteers has become the cornerstone for the revitalization of this 70-year-old theater.
Now owned and operated by the City of Galax, the Rex continues to expand its offerings with vintage movie nights, Saturday concerts and community plays. The Rex is also available for special events and many non-profit groups have found it’s a great venue for community oriented fundraising.
Draper Mercantile | Draper/Pulaski | (540) 980-3048
The Draper Mercantile offers a lively events calendar of music, festivals and classes that highlight the heritage, heart and soul of Southwest Virginia. Our special events programming brings in performers and educators from all over America and beyond to share their talents with our community.
Blue Ridge Music Center | Galax | (276) 236-5309
The Blue Ridge Music Center celebrates the music and musicians of the Blue Ridge. Established by the U.S. Congress in 1985, the site includes an outdoor amphitheater and indoor interpretive center used to highlight an important strand of American musical culture, which is still alive and thriving in the region.
The Sun Music Hall | Floyd | ( 540) 745-6836
The Sun Music Hall is a performance venue as well as a space for classes, workshops and private events, located in downtown Floyd, VA in the Appalachian mountains. In operation as a performance hall for over 10 years, many great acts have pass through our small town. Attracting folks from Blacksburg, Roanoke, and Greensboro, NC the Sun Music Hall has a reputation for being a great place to both perform and be entertained.
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Bristol Rhythm and Roots Reunion | Bristol |
Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion isn’t just a music festival. It’s an infectious, three-day music experience, bursting with creative passion, electricity, and soul. Every third weekend in September, State Street in historic Downtown Bristol, TN/VA is amped to the beat of Appalachia’s past, present, and future. It digs down deep into the roots of traditional Appalachian sound and lifts its branches to new heights–and it all happens in the heart of The Birthplace of Country Music.
The Birthplace of Country Music Museum | Bristol | (423) 573-1927
The Birthplace of Country Music Museum, an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution, explores the history of the 1927 Bristol Sessions and their lasting impact on our music heritage. From the Bristol Sessions and beyond, our region continues to influence music around the world.
CG’s Garage | Bristol | (276) 706-6748
Our goal is to become the venue where every band wants to play and where everyone wants to see them perform! We have a great sounding room with an intimate, casual and comfortable atmosphere. We are seeking to provide family friendly shows, while offering opportunities to help others who are in need. We are a brand spankin’ new music venue located at Common Ground, directly across from the main entrance of the Bristol Motor Speedway in Bristol, TN.
Crooked Road General Store | Bristol | (276) 644-9958
Celebrating the traditions of a true “general store”, the Crooked Road General Store is just that…intimate and charming. An official venue along Virginia’s Heritage Music Trail: The Crooked Road, the CRGS features homemade southern daily specials, local groceries, and a pickin’ porch stage. Live music events every week – check out their schedule online.