VIRGINIA' S CROOKED ROAD — HOME TO SPONTANEOUS BLUE GRASS JAMS , THE CARTER FAMILY FOLD AND FURIOUS FIDDLING — IS APPALACHIA'S MUSICAL LEGACY.
"Biscuits and Bluegrass" DQ Band pickin' at BoJangles during the breakfast hour
Flat foot your way through Appalachia along Virginia’s Heritage Crooked Road where country music was born and where fiddle-pickers and late night jamborees still provide the soundtrack for summer nights and moonshine days.
By Clay Latimer: It's 8 o'clock on a Friday night, and the weekly hoedown is in full swing at the Country General Store in Floyd, a one-stoplight town in southwestern Virginia's Appalachian mountains. On a wooden floor smoothed by generations of feet, a string-bean fella in a feed-store cap is two-stepping to the jaunty beat of a local string band, which could have stepped right out of the 1940s. A few feet away, a young girl with blond curls and shoes with metal taps adds a percussive echo to the old tunes, thumping her heels and toes with dizzying speed. With the next screech of the fiddle, 75-year-old Leo Weddle waltzes into the pack, turning and spinning his partner with a loose-jointed grace. "I learned my dancin' right here on this floor," says Weddle, who's dressed in bib overalls and a tattered mountaineer hat.
Welcome to the Friday Night Jamboree at Floyd's Country General Store, where the hillbilly twang is the real thing, the fiddlers are finger-pickin' good, and the 19th century seems to linger just out of sight, in the world's oldest mountains. The gathering is just one of many on the Crooked Road Music Trail, 253 m iles of linked highways and back roads that wind through the mountains and back through the years. The state of Virginia stitched together the route in 2003 to showcase well-known concert venues and musical attractions, turning the Appalachian musical community into not just a scenic destination but a place that takes you back in time....read the entire story here with photos!