Cigar Box Blues

Oct 1, 2014

Hard economic times sometimes give rise to remarkable products, and here in Virginia one of them is making a comeback. 

The cigar box guitar was especially popular during the Great Depression, and these days you’ll find YouTube videos showing how to make your own. 

We talked with a retired plumber who’s devoting his life to the instrument.

Steve Armstrong has been many things in his life – a Marine who served in Vietnam, a biker with heavy tattoos, a plumber who supported a wife and kids, and a musician who was well-known in Richmond, Virginia.

The Music Never Dies

Sep 25, 2014

“The Music Never Dies: A Jazz Documentary” will tell the story of several legends of jazz and blues as the movie producers catch up with them in their later years.

Some of them are in their 60s and 70s and still laying gigs entertaining jazz and blues loving audiences around the country and beyond.

A multimedia production highlighting the musical connection between Southwest England and Southwest Virginia has a limited run at the Lincoln Theatre in Marion, Virginia starting this weekend.

The show, which is from England, mixes archival music and film to cross the sea between the old world and the new.

Organizers of the Lockn’ Music Festival are gearing up for this year’s event, despite complaints from ABC agents who videotaped illegal drug buys and one young woman sunbathing topless. The four-day fest will feature some big names, including Willie Nelson playing - for the first time - in Nelson County.  

Lockn’ 2014 is expected to outdraw last year’s crowd of 25,000, with a long list of popular bands.

The Blue Ridge Music Center in Galax celebrates American Roots music originating in Southwest Virginia. Tab O’Neal talks to Richard Emmett of the Blue Ridge Music Center about roots music and samples some of the bands you can hear there: 

For more information and to check out who's scheduled to perform, visit the Blue Ridge Music Center's website here.