The Crooked Road is a 253-mile stretch of highway that connects the Virginia Piedmont with the Cumberland Mountains in the state’s southwestern corner. It’s Virginia’s Heritage Music Trail, an officially designated driving route that leads visitors to some of the best traditional mountain music to be found.
But you won’t have to trek down the southwestern Virginia for a taste of old-time bluegrass and mountain gospel–the show is coming to you!
The National Council for the Traditional Arts
is sponsoring a multi-artist traveling road show currently touring the East Coast. The tour, Music From the Crooked Road: Mountain Music of Virginia
, celebrates the living musical culture of the region, which today not only survives, but thrives. The artists performing on this tour link the past, present and future of these deep American traditions and include legendary banjo player and leader of The Lonesome River Band Sammy Shelor, mountain ballad singer Elizabeth LaPrelle, the old-time banjo and fiddle of Kirk Sutphin & Eddie Bond, renowned luthier and flatpicker Wayne Henderson, old time family band The Whitetop Mountain Band, and No Speed Limit.
Many of the shows have already passed, but you can still catch the last leg of the tour at these spots:
But if you can’t attend these shows, you can check out A Guide to the Crooked Road: Virginia’s Heritage Music Trail
by Joe Wilson
. Not only does the book give you historical insight into major stops along the highway, but it’s paired with two CDs of that old-time, bluegrass, Piedmont blues, Anglo-American ballads, and Appalachian gospel music that made the area famous, including songs by some of the musicians on tour. A few minutes of listening to these cds will have you sipping sweet tea on your front porch and imagining the sunset over the Appalachian mountains. Enjoy!