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    The Crooked Road: Far from Straight & Narrow

    by Stefanie | Posted on August 27th, 2014

    You don’t have to stay on the straight and narrow to get to The Crooked Road. This 333-mile trail of pure Virginia Heritage Music is going to take you on a journey through the history of the origins of country, bluegrass, gospel and more.

    “A place of beauty, a place of song. This is The Crooked Road.”

    As you travel, pull of at any of the 26 Crooked Road wayside exhibits, where you can learn more about the music and musicians who have made their mark in each location.

    Home of the Birthplace of Country Music, Bristol brings musicians, scholars and fans alike to pay homage to country music’s past. The familiar melodies of the historic Bristol Sessions in 1927 still echo through the only city that can celebrate its unique title of the Birthplace of Country Music.  The Bristol Sessions were not the first country music recordings, but they were the first country music recordings to be mass produced and distributed. Because of the influence these sessions had on the music industry, the 1927 Bristol Sessions are also known as the ‘Big Bang’ of country music.

    Johnny Cash once said, “The Bristol Sessions is the single-most important event in the history of country music.”

    The Carter Family Fold is a rustic, 1,000 seat music shed offering traditional Appalachian music.

    The Carter Family Fold is a rustic, 1,000 seat music shed offering traditional Appalachian music.The Carter Family Fold is a rustic, 1,000 seat music shed offering traditional music.

    There’s nine major venues throughout the trail, each telling the story of The Crooked Road’s history.

    Jams are abound throughout the trail. Stay the night around one of the venues and take in the excitement of the music.

    Plan a trip around some of the eclectic annual festivals along The Crooked Road, including:

     

    Heartwood Artisans Center

    Heartwood Artisans Center

    Experience The Crooked Road’s treasure that is Heartwood. It’s the gateway to Southwest Virginia, homeplace of traditional music and serves up the best of regional craft.

    Explore the rich musical heritage of Southwest Virginia at Heartwood – and glimpse the frontiers of fusion with other traditions and instruments. Heartwood is also a performance place for the frontiers of this music, as performers explore new instruments, fuse with other musical traditions or push their horizons toward new forms of expression in special concerts and other events. Every Thursday night, enjoy live music and Heartwood’s special BBQ menu. Its restaurant serves up lunch, Thursday BBQ, Sunday breakfast, and a coffee and wine bar.

    Shop at The Crooked Road store for artisan crafts, apparel, handmade instruments, music and more.

    Nine major venues, more than 60 affiliated venues and 26 wayside exhibits. The Crooked Road will lead you on an adventure through the history of country music.

     

     

     



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    Five Ideas for Traveling in September

    by Casey | Posted on August 27th, 2014

    September is a busy month for families, but just another day in the life for those who are child-free. Here are some broad travel ideas to suit each crowd.

    Virginia Beach

    Virginia Beach

     

    1. The Beach. The crowds have diminished and the weather is still warm enough for a dip or sunbathing, not to mention the rates begin to scale back, which means you can maybe stay a day or two longer.

    Dark Hollow Falls, Shenandoah National Park

    Dark Hollow Falls, Shenandoah National Park

    2. The Mountains. Autumn foliage won’t peak in the Blue Ridge until mid-October, but if you travel ahead of time, you can scope out the perfect look-out points to watch those colors creep across the Alleghenies and into the Valley. Regardless of fall’s hues, the mountains are just plain beautiful and perfect any time of the year.

    Shopping in Alexandria

    Shopping in Alexandria

    3. Shopping. Families who have put off back-to-school shopping will find end-of-summer deals everywhere, not to mention the extra savings that outlets yield. Additionally, those in search of furniture must consider a trip to Green Front Furniture Company in Farmville.

    Colonial Williamsburg

    Colonial Williamsburg

    4. History. You choose your style, speed, and which period you’d like to explore. Virginia has many historical touch-points of interest, and September is a nice weather month to be out exploring.

    State Fair of Virginia

    State Fair of Virginia

    5. Festivals and Fairs. Speaking of nice weather, get on your walking shoes for a stroll around a festival, or dust off the lawn chair for a music festival. Oh, and the State Fair of Virginia is this month!

     

    See the events calendar for September to further round out your plans.

     

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