Galax Vies to Break World Record...Again

Jul 28, 2015

The 80th Galax Old Fiddlers’ Convention begins next Monday, August 3. On day two, Tuesday, of this year’s week long convention, hundreds of musicians will attempt to assemble the world’s largest mandolin ensemble.

Sound: “One, two, three, play.” (followed by hundreds of mandolins playing “Old Joe Clark.”)

That is the sound of 389 mandolins playing “Old Joe Clark” in the grandstands at Felts Park, home of The Galax Old Fiddlers’ convention.

Sound: cheering

Bristol – a city straddling the Virginia/Tennessee border - is known as the birthplace of Country fact, it was designated as such by Congress in 1998. It's a title that comes with one of the most important events in music history. Known as the “Big Bang of Country Music,” several modern popular artists are paying tribute to the Bristol Sessions through a new collaborative project. 

Healing After Tragedy

Jun 25, 2015

  The tragedy in Charleston brings to mind other, similar events; Mass shootings, which have afflicted communities and the wider world, resonating beyond state and national boundaries.  Therapists are developing strategies for healing that go beyond words.

The Crooked Road’s Mountains of Music Homecoming is a nine-day festival staged in 19 counties and four cities across Southwest Virginia. But for some people, including Ralph Stanley Museum director Tammy Hill, the work of preserving mountain music and mountain culture goes on all the time. 

Mountains of Music: The Landscape

Jun 11, 2015

As the name suggests, the Crooked Road’s Mountains of Music Homecoming is about music. But the nine-day festival—opening June 12-- staged in nineteen counties and four cities across Southwest Virginia is about much more. 

You’re here to take in the music, but this place is so, so interesting so scenic that that’s a huge part of the overall experience that that’s a huge part of the overall experience, way beyond just a concert or even the festival, a sense," says Jack Hinshelwood, executive director of the Crooked Road.