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 Apr 2017 at 11:36pm

  • 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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  • 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 ...


  • 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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  • 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

24 Apr 2017 at 11:36pm

  • ACE to host more bands than ever at Mountain Music Festival - The Fayette Tri...
    21 Apr 2017 at 4:56am

    ACE to host more bands than ever at Mountain Music Festival
    The Fayette Tribune
    West Virginia's ACE Adventure Resort will play host to more than 25 bands June 1-3 at the fourth annual Mountain Music Festival in the New River Gorge. As this event continues to grow into one of the area's biggest music festivals, the number of bands ...


  • Wasatch Mountain Music Festival seeks sponsors - The Park Record
    11 Apr 2017 at 7:59pm

    The Park Record

    Wasatch Mountain Music Festival seeks sponsors
    The Park Record
    ?(Tanzi Propst/Park Record) Park City-based singer and songwriter Bill McGinnis, seen performing at the Summit County Library's YouthSpeak event last month, is a board member for the Wasatch Mountain Music Festival, which will take place July 14-16 at ...


  • Go Rafting with the Bands at West Virginia's Mountain Music Festival - Broadw...
    19 Apr 2017 at 4:51am

    Go Rafting with the Bands at West Virginia's Mountain Music Festival
    Broadway World
    Mountain Music Festival (June 1, 2, and 3, 2017), hosted by ACE Adventure Resort in Oak Hill, WV, has confirmed that they will be hosting a "once-in-a-lifetime" half-day whitewater rafting trip with fan favorites Twiddle and Big Something on Saturday ...

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  • ACE announces more bands than ever at Mountain Music Festival - Beckley Regis...
    17 Apr 2017 at 2:04am

    Beckley Register-Herald

    ACE announces more bands than ever at Mountain Music Festival
    Beckley Register-Herald
    West Virginia's ACE Adventure Resort will play host to more than 25 bands June 1-3 at the fourth annual Mountain Music Festival in the New River Gorge. As this event continues to grow into one of the area's biggest music festivals, the numbers of bands ...

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  • Whitetop Mountain Band to Carter Family Fold Saturday - Cybergrass Bluegrass ...
    22 Apr 2017 at 11:56pm

    Cybergrass Bluegrass Music News

    Whitetop Mountain Band to Carter Family Fold Saturday
    Cybergrass Bluegrass Music News
    Whitetop is an area rich in old time music tradition, and this band has deep roots in mountain music. The band's members have worked tirelessly to preserve the region's style of old time fiddling and banjo picking and are legendary musicians and ...


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