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-

26 Mar 2017 at 7:54am

  • 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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  • 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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  • Bristol opens Birthplace of Country Music Museum - The Tennessean
    4 Aug 2014 at 4:14pm

    The Tennessean

    Bristol opens Birthplace of Country Music Museum
    The Tennessean
    Virginia's Crooked Road heritage music trail includes a Ralph Stanley Museum and the Carter Family Fold. Run by Rita Forrester, granddaughter of original Carter Family members A.P. and Sara Carter, the Carter Fold marked its 40th anniversary over the ...

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  • 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 ...


  • 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

26 Mar 2017 at 7:54am

  • McDowell Mountain Music Festival Day 1 review: The Shins, Grouplove, Upsahl, ...
    4 Mar 2017 at 2:49pm

    McDowell Mountain Music Festival Day 1 review: The Shins, Grouplove, Upsahl, Bear Ghost, Huckleberry
    AZCentral.com
    People gather to listen to Railroad Earth at the McDowell Mountain Music Festival on March 5, 2017 in Phoenix, Ariz. Patrick Breen/The Republic. Ed Masley , The Republic | azcentral.com Published 12:49 p.m. MT March 4, 2017 | Updated 11:09 a.m. MT ...


  • McDowell Mountain Music Festival: Warren Haynes remains true guitar hero, Whi...
    6 Mar 2017 at 5:11pm

    AZCentral.com

    McDowell Mountain Music Festival: Warren Haynes remains true guitar hero, Whiskey Myers tear it up
    AZCentral.com
    People gather to listen to Railroad Earth at the McDowell Mountain Music Festival on March 5, 2017 in Phoenix, Ariz. Patrick Breen/The Republic. Ed Masley , The Republic | azcentral.com Published 12:15 p.m. MT March 6, 2017 | Updated 12:18 p.m. MT ...
    Photos: McDowell Mountain Music Festival 2017AZ Big Media

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  • Old-Time Mountain Music To Be Featured In Woods Hole - CapeNews.net
    5 Mar 2017 at 2:44pm

    Old-Time Mountain Music To Be Featured In Woods Hole
    CapeNews.net
    Today Mr. Molsky is one of the most revered ambassadors for America's old-time mountain music, known especially for his deeply rhythmic and syncopated bowing style. He has seven solo albums, more than a dozen collaborations, and multiple Grammy ...


  • Mountain Music Mix: Fiddlers, bluegrass & Celtic roots - Asheville Citizen-Times
    7 Mar 2017 at 2:44pm

    Mountain Music Mix: Fiddlers, bluegrass & Celtic roots
    Asheville Citizen-Times
    The 11th annual Fiddlers of Madison County show is a celebration of regional traditional music and hosts a wide array of musicians and styles including Arvil Freeman, Ralph Lewis, Roger Howell, Bobby Hicks, Kathryn Parham Brickey, Emma McDowell, ...


  • 5 Mountain Music Festivals to Look Forward to in 2017 - Huffington Post
    9 Mar 2017 at 5:16pm

    Huffington Post

    5 Mountain Music Festivals to Look Forward to in 2017
    Huffington Post
    As most music festivals occur outdoors, a beautiful locale has become a major factor in deciding which events to attend each year. Some prefer dancing on dusty desert floors while others prefer breathing in the clean mountain air; each have their ...
    Dave Lavender: Lots of festival music is plannedHuntington Herald Dispatch

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