BRI Recordings, Books, and Gifts From the
Blue Ridge Institute & Museum Store


Order by phone (540-365-4412) or mail (P. O. Box 1000, Ferrum, VA 24088).


Selected Recordings Available by Mail
The BRI Recordings series and recording in the museum store showcase the musical heritage of Virginia folk culture.  Each recording draws upon field research by folklorists and music collectors as well as vintage performances by the Commonwealth's early commercially recorded artists.  Recordings in the BRI Series have twice received nominations for Grammy Awards.

Virginia Rocks:  The History of Rockabilly in the Commonwealth (CD)
Sixty-one hip-shaking cuts by Virginia rockers from the 1950s and early '60s.  $25.00 + $6.00 shipping and handling.

BRI 001 Non-Blues Secular Black Music (CD)
Twenty selections showcasing African American fiddle, banjo, guitar, accordion, and harmonica traditions. $14.00 + $6.00 shipping and handling.

BRI 002 Ballads From British Tradition (CD)
Old English and Scottish ballads which have long been a part of western Virginia folk music. $14.00 + $6.00 shipping and handling.

BRI 004 Native Virginia Ballads & Songs (CD & Cassette)
Vintage and contemporary songs about murders, explosions, and other disasters in the western Commonwealth. $14.00 + $6.00 shipping and handling.

BRI 006 Tidewater Blues (CD)
Sixteen selections by African-American bluesmen from the coastal region of Virginia. $14.00 + $6.00 shipping and handling.

BRI 007 Virginia Work Songs (CD)
The work-related singing of watermen, factory workers, crab pickers, and gandy dancers. A 1984 Grammy nominee! $14.00 + $6.00 shipping and handling.

BRI 008 Southwest Virginia Blues (Cassette)
Sixty years of blues by black and white musicians from Southwest Virginia. A 1988 Grammy nominee! $14.00 + $6.00 shipping and handling.

BRI 010 Early Roanoke Country Radio (CD)
A history of the Roanoke Valley's live string band, western swing, and country radio artists from the 1920s to the 1950s. $14.00 + $6.00 shipping and handling.

That's an Old Folk Story (Cassette)
African American folktales and music by the late Daniel Womack, a genuine Virginia treasure. $14.00 + $6.00 shipping and handling.


Selected Books Available by Mail

(Minimum shipping and handling charges for books are $6.00, but charges are higher for larger books. Please contact the museum store via phone or email for exact rates.)

The Red Ear of Corn: The Hillsville Courthouse Tragedy
William “Bill” Lord. Tri-Ad Litho, Inc., 1999, 506 pages. A thoroughly researched account of the infamous shootout in the Carroll County courthouse. $20.00 plus shipping and handling. (Out of stock - please check back.)

The Washington County Iron Works of Franklin County Virginia, 1773-1850
John S. Salmon. Virginia State Library, 1986, 82 pages. $17.50 plus shipping and handling.

Blue Ridge Range: The Gentle Mountains
Ron Fisher. National Geographic Society, 1992, 199 pages. A beautifully photographed overview of the culture and landscape of the Blue Ridge region. $15.00 plus shipping and handling.

The Appalachian Photographs of Earl Palmer
Jean Haskell Speer. University Press of Kentucky, 1947, 128 pages. Dozens of photographs by one of the most prolific photographers of the Appalachian people and landscape. $25.00 plus shipping and handling.

Spirits of Just Men: Mountaineers, Liquor Bosses, and Lawmen in the Moonshine Capital of the World
Charles D. Thompson, Jr. University of Illinois Press, 2011, 269 pages. A well-researched and engaging history of moonshining and the forces that drove it in an area that still touts itself as the "Moonshine Capital of the World." $19.95 plus shipping and handling.

Baldwin-Felts Detectives, Inc.
John A Velke, III. Virginia State Archives, 1997, 310 pages. A history of one of the most famous detective agencies in the United States and its role against labor organizing and coal mining strikes in Appalachia. $20.00 plus shipping and handling.

Franklin County Life & Culture: A Pictorial Record

Franklin County Bicentennial Commission, 1986, 78 pages. Dozens of pre-1950 photographs from Franklin County, Virginia. $10.00 plus shipping and handling.

Old Southern Apples
Creighton Lee Calhoun, Jr. Chelsea Green Publishing, 2010, 331 pages. An invaluable book on heirloom varieties of apples in the South. $47.50 plus shipping and handling.

A Dying Art II
Jack Allen Powell. Bookman, 2004, 224 pages. A former revenue officer’s second book on moonshining in the Blue Ridge. $14.95 plus shipping and handling.

Blue Ridge Folk Instruments and Their Makers
Blue Ridge Institute & Museum, 1992, 64 pages. An extensive exhibit catalog showcasing regional fiddle, dulcimer, guitar, mandolin, and banjo makers. $10.00 plus shipping.

Strings of Life: Conversations with Old-Time Musicians from Virginia and North Carolina
Kevin Donleavy. Pocahontas Press, Inc., 2004, 347 pages. $21.50 plus shipping and handling.

Blue Ridge Folk Instruments and Their Makers
Blue Ridge Institute & Museum, 1992, 64 pages. An extensive exhibit catalog showcasing regional fiddle, dulcimer, guitar, mandolin, and banjo makers. $10.00 plus shipping and handling.

African Banjo Echoes in Appalachia: A Study of Folk Traditions

Cecelia Conway. The University of Tennessee Press, 1995, 394 pages. $26.00 plus shipping and handling.

Virginia’s Blues, Country, & Gospel Records, 1902-1943
Kip Lornell. University Press of Kentucky, 1989, 238 pages. An compendium of all known recordings made by Virginia musicians during the golden age of 78 r.p.m. records. $25.00 plus shipping and handling.

Blue Ridge Music Trails
Fred C. Fussell. University of North Carolina Press, 2003, 255 pages. A guidebook to sites along the Blue Ridge Parkway corridor where visitors can hear authentic live traditional music. $15.95 plus shipping and handling.

Rambling Blues: The Life of Charlie Poole
Kinney Rorrer. McCain Printing Col, Inc., 1982, 104 pages. A well-researched history of one of the greatest early banjo players in the Southeast. $12.50 plus shipping and handling.

Tales From The Track: Stories From the Early Days of Racing
J. Steve Strosnider. Trafford, 2002, 157 pages. A must-have book for the oval-track racing fan. $15.00 plus shipping and handling.

Full Throttle: The life and Fast Times of NASCAR Legend Curtis Turner
Robert Edelstein. The Overlook Press, 2005, 334 pages. A biography of one of oval track racing’s wildest and most-successful drivers. $20.00 plus shipping and handling.

Car Crazy: Racing and Rodding in Southwest Virginia
Brian Katen, Roddy Moore, and Vaughan Webb. Ferrum College, 2004, 16 pages. An exhibit gallery guide showcasing hot rodding, drag racing, and oval track racing in Southwest Virginia $2.00 plus shipping and handling.