Blue Ridge Music Trail
The Blue Ridge region mirrors the rest of the nation in hosting an energetic mix of musical styles. Pop, classical, jazz, blues, rock, gospel, country—these are all here. In addition the Blue Ridge has an unmatched legacy of traditional music and dance. These are the songs, tunes, and dances carried on largely outside of formal music instruction or the commercial drive of popular culture. The Blue Ridge Music Trails guides travelers to the many public settings in which Blue Ridge folk music and dance thrive today.
Southwest Virginia Heritage Guide
From the upper James River west to the Cumberland Gap, Southwest Virginia is steeped in history and folklife. This Guide is published by Ferrum College's Blue Ridge Institute & Museum, The State Center for Blue Ridge Folklore, to help visitors better explore the regional heritage of the Virginia highlands. Both the tourist and the researcher will find listings here to meet their interests.
The Crooked Road: Virginia’s Heritage Music Trail
The Crooked Road is a driving route
from the western slopes of the Blue Ridge to the coalfields of the state. The trail connects several major music-related venues in the
Appalachian region such as the Blue Ridge Institute & Museum, the
Blue Ridge Music Center, and the Carter Family Fold. Passed down
from generation to generation, the traditional gospel, bluegrass, and
mountain music lives on through a wealth of musicians, instrument
makers, festivals, concerts, radio shows, and jam sessions along the trail.
Virginia Mountain Music Guide
The Virginia Mountain Music Guide steers visitors to public
festivals, jams, concerts, and dances featuring authentic live roots
music in Virginia's Appalachian Mountains. Over 160 events are
showcased in 14 counties. Whether you love the fiddle and banjo
tunes of old-time string bands, the tight harmonies of bluegrass, the
hopeful sounds of gospel singing, the moods of the blues guitar, or
the tragic stories in ballads, the Virginia Mountain Music Guide
takes you to the music in Southwest Virginia.
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