guitar, mountain music, bluegrass music, crooked roadJust the mention of the words mountain music can summon very strong emotions for many people. Today's rivers of Bluegrass Music, Heritage-, ‘Old-time-’, or Country music can all trace their headwaters back to the European immigrants who settled in the hills and valleys of the Appalachians and the Blue Ridge over 200 years ago. In spite of other streams of influence that flow in here and there, there can be no doubt that the source remains the life experiences of those ancestors who found solace in the land and the songs that reminded them of what they left behind.

The modern revival of interest in this music can be traced back to the 2001 movie, ‘O Brother, Where Art Thou?’, which was set in Depression-era Mississippi. The music was a collaboration of the finest musicians in Nashville, whose efforts had the affect of sparks on dry tinder, igniting a flame of passion which has swept around the world.

My own interest in mountain music was deepened when I discovered my family's direct relation to the Carter Family of southwest Virginia, who almost single-handedly started country music as we know it today.
>Roughstock's History of Country Music
>International Bluegrass Music Museum
>European immigrants' music at contemplator.com

The Crooked Road-

Virginia's Heritage Music Trail

winding road, mountain music, bluegrass music, crooked road

(from the website) '"The Crooked Road" is Virginia’s Heritage Music Trail, a driving route through the Appalachian Mountains from the western slopes of the Blue Ridge to the Coalfields region of the state. The trail connects major heritage music venues in the Appalachian region such as the Blue Ridge Music Center, Birthplace of Country Music Alliance, and the Carter Family Fold.' More info here on mountain music (the Crooked Road website).

Websites/ web pages of the Crooked Road Heritage Music Trail -

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Crooked Road news-

28 May 2017 at 6:57pm

  • Expanding the spotlight - Virginia Business Magazine
    30 Mar 2016 at 5:02am

    Virginia Business Magazine

    Expanding the spotlight
    Virginia Business Magazine
    The site not only gave Bristol increased visibility on the popular Crooked Road Heritage Music Trail, but it also has contributed to a thriving music culture. The Bristol Rhythm and Roots Reunion festival attracts fans each fall to hear acts such as ...

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  • Fourth of July fun at Crab Orchard Museum - Bristol Herald Courier (press rel...
    26 Jun 2016 at 1:35pm

    Fourth of July fun at Crab Orchard Museum
    Bristol Herald Courier (press release) (blog)
    The Tazewell County Old Time & Bluegrass Fiddlers' Convention is an Affiliated Partner of The Crooked Road Heritage Music Trail. The event is made possible by several sponsors, including Platinum media partners WVVA, Kicks Country Radio, and Time ...


  • Galax arts school celebrates opening of heritage woodworking shop - Roanoke T...
    4 Dec 2015 at 11:19am

    Roanoke Times

    Galax arts school celebrates opening of heritage woodworking shop
    Roanoke Times
    And more than 5,000 visitors were logged last year alone, drawn, Pollins said, by the annual Galax Fiddler's Convention, the Crooked Road Heritage Music Trail and the publication of ?Factory Man,? former Roanoke Times reporter Beth Macy's best-selling ...


  • Tangled up in bluegrass - The Journal News | LoHud.com
    5 May 2015 at 9:26pm

    The Journal News | LoHud.com

    Tangled up in bluegrass
    The Journal News | LoHud.com
    FLOYD, VA. ? The long, hard winter that plagued the entire East Coast has finally loosened its grip, and it's time to hit the road. The forsythia and redbuds are fading along the Blue Ridge Parkway, but the azaleas are bursting and the weather's just ...

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  • Ten Principles for Responsible Tourism - Urban Land
    14 Sep 2015 at 12:15pm

    Urban Land

    Ten Principles for Responsible Tourism
    Urban Land
    In Virginia, the Crooked Road heritage music trail is another great example of an authentic attraction rooted in local tradition. The drive along U.S. Route 58 connects major heritage music venues in southwest Virginia, showcasing the traditional ...


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Mountain Music in the News

28 May 2017 at 6:57pm

  • McDowell Mountain Music Festival Announces 2018 Dates - Phoenix New Times
    24 May 2017 at 5:20pm

    Phoenix New Times

    McDowell Mountain Music Festival Announces 2018 Dates
    Phoenix New Times
    The McDowell Mountain Music Festival has announced its 2018 dates. The three-day event will take place from Friday, March 2, through Sunday, March 4, at Margaret T. Hance Park in downtown Phoenix.


  • Wheelock performs mountain music with a twist - The Daily Citizen
    25 May 2017 at 3:47pm

    The Daily Citizen

    Wheelock performs mountain music with a twist
    The Daily Citizen
    TIFTON ? Sam Wheelock performed a free concert at the Tift County Public Library on May 23. The term ?mountain music? brings with it images of banjos and twangy vocals from bearded men on a front porch in the twilight. Sam Wheelock may have the beard ...


  • Mountain music to ring out once again at 'Pickin' Porch' series launches - Ma...
    17 May 2017 at 5:42pm

    Maryville Daily Times

    Mountain music to ring out once again at 'Pickin' Porch' series launches
    Maryville Daily Times
    As they did last year, dulcimer players Ehukai Teves (left) and Lois Hornbostel will kick off ?The Pickin' Porch? concert series Saturday at Wood-n-Strings Dulcimer Shop in Townsend. prev. next.  ...


  • Ticket to RIDE: Memorable Moments from Colorado's Rocky Mountain Music Fest -...
    23 May 2017 at 2:30pm

    Cuepoint

    Ticket to RIDE: Memorable Moments from Colorado's Rocky Mountain Music Fest
    Cuepoint
    Year-after-year, the annual batch of festivals starts to look interchangeable. Whether they're pumping up the usual crop of overpaid, under-performing DJs, or attempting a quick money grab, these things all start to blend together after a while. But ...


  • Mountain music keeps coming back to the hills of Madison County - Fredericksb...
    24 May 2017 at 10:02pm

    Fredericksburg.com

    Mountain music keeps coming back to the hills of Madison County
    Fredericksburg.com
    Mountain music keeps coming back to the hills of Madison County. By STEPHEN HU FOR THE FREE LANCE?STAR; 12 hrs ago; (0). Graves Mountain. Branson, Marty, Paul and Jamie of Shenandoah, celebrating the band's 30th anniversary, will wrap up the ...


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