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Lou Reid and Carolina Celebrate The Crooked Road

Lou Reid and Carolina - Rollin’ OnAbingdon, VA -- The Crooked Road is a 330-mile driving route across Southwest Virginia where authentic American music traditions first took root in mountain communities like Big Stone Gap, Floyd and Galax. Thanks to Lou Reid and Carolina, that road now has an anthem every bit as memorable as the landscape through which it travels.

Lou Reid and Carolina Are Rollin’ On with New Album

Lou Reid and Carolina - Rollin’ OnOlin, NC -- The award-winning Lou Reid and Carolina have announced the digital release of their new album, Rollin’ On is now available for purchase at www.LouReidAndCarolina.com. Physical albums will be available for purchase June 10.

Hillbilly Gypsies in Concert at Carter Family Fold Oct 17

The Hillbilly GypsiesHiltons, VA -- The Hillbilly Gypsies are a West Virginia native string band who specialize in playing their own homegrown style of Appalachian old time music, mixed with a hard drivin’ bluegrass sound. In addition to their original material, the Hillbilly Gypsies play a mix of traditional bluegrass and catchy old fiddle tunes. They are best appreciated at a live show. The Gypsies perform in the old fashioned style, around a single microphone. Their show has the feel of a barn dance, and it transports you back in time. One thing’s for sure – you’ll want to get up and dance. They’ve been a group for over ten years, and they have played at many national festivals, concert halls, and theaters. Saturday, October 17th, 2015, at 7:30 p.m. the Carter Family Fold in Hiltons, Virginia, will present a concert by the Hillbilly Gypsies. Admission to the concert is $10 for adults, $1 for children 6 to 11, under age 6 free.

Còig & Whitetop Mountain Band at Blue Ridge Music Center June 18

CòigGalax, VA -- Cape Breton-based, Celtic supergroup Còig will play the Blue Ridge Music Center in Galax on Thursday, June 18, at 7 p.m. as part of the 2015 Mountains of Music Homecoming. The band will be joined by the beloved old-time ensemble Whitetop Mountain Band. The Blue Ridge Music Center is proud to host this performance as part of this premier festival that celebrates Virginia’s Crooked Road.

Legendary Dale Ann Bradley to Play Carroll County High School

Dale Ann BradleyHillsville, VA -- Bluegrass singer-songwriter Dale Ann Bradley will play Carroll County High School in Hillsville, Virginia on Wednesday, June 17, 2015 at 7 p.m. as part of the 2015 Mountains of Music Homecoming. She will be joined by Willard Gayheart and Friends. Dale Ann Bradley embarked on her musical journey in the coalfields of southeast Kentucky. She joined the all-female bluegrass band The New Coon Creek Girls and played with them until 1997. Her first solo release propelled her onto the Billboard Charts and into national (and international) attention. Since then, she has played all over the world and earned the IMBA Female Vocalist of the Year award an impressive five times. Her newest recording “Pocket Full of Keys” will be released in June of 2015.

Communities Contribute to Crooked Road’s Mountains of Music Homecoming

The Crooked Road’s Mountains of Music HomecomingRegion wide community involvement and strong support from sponsors are shaping up to make The Crooked Road’s very first Mountains of Music Homecoming, June 12-20, 2015, a truly memorable experience. The 9-day, regional event features Crooked Road concerts in 34 different communities in Southwest Virginia, as well as over 260 cultural experiences being presented by businesses and organizations throughout the region.

Crooked Road's Mountains of Music Homecoming June 12-20

The Crooked Road’s Mountains of Music HomecomingThe Crooked Road’s Mountains of Music Homecoming is a nine-day, region-wide celebration of the communities in Southwest Virginia – their traditional music, and all their many cultural and natural assets. The event includes Crooked Road concerts in over 30 communities, dozens of cultural experiences throughout the region, and over 70 existing traditional music related concerts, jam sessions, and festivals.

Crooked Road Announces Lineup for Mountains of Music Homecoming

Jesse McReynoldAbingdon, VA -- The Crooked Road, Virginia’s Heritage Music Trail, has announced a stellar lineup of artists for the 34 concerts of the first-ever Mountains of Music Homecoming, June 12-20 in Southwest Virginia. Over 200 artists will perform at 34 Crooked Road Concerts located in cities and towns all across the 8,600-square-mile Crooked Road Region. This very special nine-day event features over 260 additional cultural experiences presented by local communities and organizations highlighting the culture of scenic Southwest Virginia.

The Crooked Road Sets Stage for First Ever Mountains of Music Homecoming

Mountains of Music HomecomingAbingdon, VA -- The Crooked Road, Virginia’s Heritage Music Trail, is pleased to announce the Mountains of Music Homecoming, a nine-day celebration of the communities in Southwest Virginia – their heritage music, cultural assets and outdoor amenities. This inaugural event, covering 19 counties, four cities, and over 50 communities, will be held June 12 - 20, 2015 and features Crooked Road concerts in more than 30 communities, dozens of community cultural experiences, and over 70 existing traditional music-related concerts, jam sessions and festivals.

RTE 23 Music Festival Debuts in Wise, VA Aug 30th

RTE 23Wise, VA -- A crooked road runs through Route 23 from southwest Virginia and over the state line into Kentucky, a region steeped in the music tradition of the Appalachias. On Saturday, August 30, Birthplace of Country Music brings an added roadside attraction for music lovers - the RTE 23 Music Festival - and the admission is free. This one-day music event will replace the Concert Series at Big Glades organized by Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion and coinciding with Bristol's Border Bash concert series, which runs from May through August on the first and third Fridays.

Abingdon Crooked Road Music Fest 2014 Sept. 25-28

Abingdon Crooked Road Music Fest 2014Abdingdon, VA -- It's coming and its coming as fast as it can down Virginia's Crooked Road and, its headed for Heartwood in Abdingdon, Virginia. Scheduled for September 25 through 28, 2014, the Abingdon Crooked Road Music Festival will come to life for four days of great bluegrass, old-time and gospel music.

Back Step Old Time Band at Carter Fold Saturday

Back Step Old Time BandHiltons, VA -- Backstep performs old time stringband music in the “Round Peak style” native to Mount Airy, North Carolina. Known for its driving rhythms and prominent melodies, Round Peak music is just the thing to make you kick up your heels and dance. Back Step features Chester McMillian (a founding member of the band) on guitar and his son Nick McMillian on fiddle (he also plays banjo and bass). Saturday, July 26th, 2014, at 7:30 p.m., the Carter Family Fold in Hiltons, Virginia, will present a concert by the Back Step Old Time Band. Admission to the concert is $10 for adults, children 6 to 11 $1, under age 6 free.

Jake Krack and the Bing Brothers Debut at Carter Fold Saturday

Jake Krack and the Bing BrothersSaturday, July 19th, 2014, at 7:30 p.m., the Carter Family Fold in Hiltons, Virginia, will present a concert by Jake Krack and the Bing Brothers Old Time Band. Admission to the concert is $10 for adults, children 6 to 11 $1, under age 6 free.

3rd Annual Crooked Road Youth Music Festival May 10

Gravel Road, Photo by Chelsa YoderAbingdon, VA –Youth musicians from throughout Southwest Virginia will be featured at the 3rd Annual Crooked Road Youth Music Festival on Saturday, May 10th from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Heartwood in Abingdon. 25 bands will perform on two stages throughout the day, and an “Old Time Square Dance” will take place inside Heartwood from 5-7 p.m. The square dance will feature Shawn Brenneman, caller, and The Lee Highway String Band.

Crooked Road Leads Appalachian Trail to Carter Family Fold

Appalachian Trail BandAppalachian Trail is a union of seasoned and innovative singers, songwriters, and musicians who are breaking new ground in the bluegrass music arena. Ireland, Scotland, England, Russia, Sweden, Canada, Holland, and Switzerland are some of the countries that have hosted the talents of the individuals in this band, as well as coast-to-coast here at home. Formed in 1984, the band combines strong lead vocals, tight harmonies, and distinctive picking. Saturday, April 19th, 2014, at 7:30 p.m. the Carter Family Fold in Hiltons, Virginia, will present a concert of traditional bluegrass music by Appalachian Trail. Adult admission to the concert is $10, $1 for children 6 to 11, and under age 6 free.

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