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-

24 Jul 2017 at 1:27am

  • Editorial: Why doesn't Virginia market its 'theatre trail'? - Roanoke Times
    14 Jul 2017 at 11:01pm

    Editorial: Why doesn't Virginia market its 'theatre trail'?
    Roanoke Times
    We don't just mean that we live in God's Country, as some call it, although there is that, too. Instead, we mean our cultural heritage. We live at the northern end of a unique arc of musical creation. Our Crooked Road Heritage Music Trail may run from ...


  • 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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  • 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 ...


  • 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 ...


  • 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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Mountain Music in the News

24 Jul 2017 at 1:27am

  • Wasatch Mountain Music Festival - Salt Lake magazine - Salt Lake Magazine
    11 Jul 2017 at 5:11pm

    Wasatch Mountain Music Festival - Salt Lake magazine
    Salt Lake Magazine


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  • Mountain Music School returns - Coalfield.com
    19 Jul 2017 at 11:05pm

    Coalfield.com

    Mountain Music School returns
    Coalfield.com
    Mountain Empire Community College is still accepting applications for the 13th annual Mountain Music School, to be held on campus July 24-28. MECC's Mountain Music School is a weeklong event dedicated to the preservation and continuation of ...


  • Faces in the crowd: WNC crowdfunding initiatives - Mountain Xpress
    23 Jul 2017 at 6:18am

    Mountain Xpress

    Faces in the crowd: WNC crowdfunding initiatives
    Mountain Xpress
    MIX UP: Life Like Water combines rootsy mountain music and African, Indian and Celtic influences into a smooth, soothing sound. Image from the band's Facebook page. Crowdfunding platforms make it possible for individuals and organizations of any size ...


  • Endless Mountain Music Festival hosts 16 concerts - Elmira Star-Gazette
    18 Jul 2017 at 5:45pm

    Elmira Star-Gazette

    Endless Mountain Music Festival hosts 16 concerts
    Elmira Star-Gazette
    The 12th annual Endless Mountain Music Festival launches Friday night and offers 16 nights of music throughout the region. The world-class musicians will perform in Knoxville, Mansfield, Tioga and Wellsboro in Tioga County, Pa.; at Cherry Springs State ...


  • Wallsburg event changes to the Wasatch Mountain Music Festival ... - The Park...
    11 Jul 2017 at 5:24pm

    The Park Record

    Wallsburg event changes to the Wasatch Mountain Music Festival ...
    The Park Record
    ?(Bry Cox) Ryan Shupe and the RubberBand will be one of more than 25 bands who will perform at the Wasatch Mountain Music Festival this weekend.

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