Crooked Road Heritage Music Trail

Crooked Road Heritage Music Trail, Big Stone Gap: Address, Phone Number, Crooked Road Heritage Music Trail Reviews: 4.5/5

Crooked Road Heritage Music Trail

Crooked Road Heritage Music Trail
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Judy W
Morgantown, WV163 contributions
What a wonderful trip - and we have just started on it
Aug 2017 • Couples
We learned about this through the website, and then later got the book, "Road Guide to the Crooked Road" which also contained two CDs with the music of the Crooked Road. During the first three days of our trip, we enjoyed live musical events each of the nights. The first night was at Heartwood which is located just off of I-81 and has live music every Thursday evening. Friday evening we enjoyed the musical drama of "Trail of the Lonesome Pine". Saturday evening we enjoyed the live music at the Carter Fold where we were also able to tour the museum and AP Carter childhood home.
Another reviewer mentioned the problem of bad roads and I had worried about this - and the roads that we have been on for these venues, so far, have been quite good. heartwood is just off of I-81. We were staying right in Big Stone Gap so it was an easy drive back to an excellent motel. Carter Fold has about10 miles of back country roads, but they had excellent bright yellow center lines and white lines along the edges so it was never a problem.
We will continue later this trip to visit some more venues in the northern section of the Crooked Road Trail after doing some other things
Written 21 August 2017
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Les T
18 contributions
Crooked Road
May 2017 • Couples
This was an adventure I had planned for a long time - driving thru the backwoods and small towns of southwestern Virginia. There is history and mountain beauty every step of the way, but the thread that ties it all together is the music. Bluegrass and old time mountain music are the connection from our Irish, Scottish, English and African ancestors, as they brought their music to the New World. There are many music venues along the way, from scheduled concerts to informal jam sessions, and the Crooked Road connects them geographically and musically. My wife and I went in mid May, which is a beautiful time weather and scenic -wise. However, like many things, the music venues were not all up and running until after Memorial Day. Good food, lodging and other attractions along the way. I think it would be easier to plan in the summer to be in the right area on performance nights. Much of the music falls on the weekends.
Be advised that much of the driving is on very curvaceous(or Crooked) Roads that are very scenic. If you have to blow along at 80 mph, this is not for you. Slow down. Take some time to enjoy the scenery, and listen to lots of good music along the way.
Written 5 July 2017
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Tabitha H
Big Stone Gap, VA28 contributions
Multiple music venues!
Jul 2015
Excellent music venues, from the Carter Fold to the Trail of the Lonesome Pine Outdoor Drama. Tour as many of the locations on the Trail as you can!
Written 15 April 2016
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Bruce C
9 contributions
Catch 22
Oct 2015 • Solo
If this road is 300 plus miles and is admittedly crooked and it gets dark at 6pm and live music typically will be performed mostly at night 7-9...
How in the hell can you get out to these venues to actually hear the music without ending up in the ditch or worse. Willis Gap community center is prime example. Not to mention no cell service back in the hills here so forget smartphone map apps. This is just a logistics nightmare. And it is not a road just a collection of wide spots. You can't there from here!!!
Written 30 October 2015
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eduJamesE
Canandaigua, NY94 contributions
The Perfect Road Trip
Aug 2015 • Couples
We had been planning on this road trip for a few years, since we first heard about the "Crooked Road." We love bluegrass and "old-time" music, we love history, we love to immerse ourselves in the culture of various regions of our country. This trip had it all. We met a ton of wonderful people, and we enjoyed live music all along the way. Since the "Crooked Road" covers venues over a nearly 300-mile stretch of southwestern Virginia, it is not possible to review each aspect of it in detail here.
Written 17 August 2015
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carolyn c
Ruther Glen, VA85 contributions
By Chance
Aug 2014 • Friends
We did not intend to visit this road but ended up on it anyway. We drove for a while on the road and saw great scenery and learned a lot about the music there in the mountains. Bought a CD with local artists on it. Great music still found there.
Written 24 August 2014
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USATravelDC
Washington, DC24 contributions
Great road trip
Jul 2014 • Friends
I had not heard of the Crooked Road until a friend told me about it. He read about it in the NY Times (http://goo.gl/gvywTI). We drove the Crooked Road and used it as an opportunity to learn a bit about the history of hillbilly and country music. Don't worry if you are not a fan of that kind of music, it's still quite an interesting - and beautiful - drive.

Make sure you visit the music shop in Galax, VA and the town of Floyd, VA. We had a great time.
Written 19 August 2014
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Ladyintheknow
Slidell, LA82 contributions
A sneak peek - not enough!
Jul 2013 • Couples
We traveled a small portion of the Crooked Road this last weekend. What an experience. Great local music, joined by interesting history of Early Appalachian settlers. The outdoor drama of The Tail of the Lonesome Pine in Big Stone Gap told the story of legendary Devil John Wright and Red Fox Taylor. The local musical play with local talent is fabulous.
We missed the local Sat. night dance with local bluegrass performers but heard from others in our group we missed something special.
We were very impressed with a local performer that gave some incite as to how families from different heritage would play the same tune - one with Scottish another with more of an Irish tone. Very interesting show.
Written 15 July 2013
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Lindazo
Lake Worth, FL80 contributions
Traveling the Crooked Road
Aug 2012 • Couples
Like Bluegrass Music? Like American History? Curious about the Appalachian Mountain Settlers and Current dwellers? Then hop a ride all along The Crooked Road ( as advertised via brochure from the State of North Carolina ). The trip crosses miles of unexpected venues for both professional and genuine amateur musicians of the highest caliber. The museums supply information for the curious of all ages. The natural scenery along the Blue Ridge Parkway cannot be matched. The motels, hotels, B&Bs all priced to suit any pocketbook provide bedding on a moment's notice, allowing you the freedom to travel and to experience music and art at will, for as long as you want, whenever you want and wherever you want in this across-America adventure. No set plans needed, just follow the Trail and find whatever pops up ( though weekend performances are generally of higher quality, while weekday and night "pickers playing" will suffice ). Love America? You will LOVE this tour.
Written 25 September 2012
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Murrell89
Myrtle Beach SC - USA88 contributions
Virginia's Fantastic Crooked Road Music
Sep 2012 • Couples
We spent 4 days on a central section of this "trail" and loved every minute of it. The whole trail covers about 300 miles of lower Virginia countryside; we covered only about 150 miles of it. Mountain views, backroads, and HERITAGE MOUNTAIN MUSIC are THE attractions. It's all about "an authentic music that has been preserved by the region's musicians for generations." There are lots of free venues and the others are for a most modest fee. We had seen a TV "travelogue" a couple of years ago and finally got up there. Can't wait to go back ... perhaps to one of the many annual festivals. We were slightly surprised by the motel / hotel rates throughout the area in mid-August. Comfort Suites / Holiday Inn Express type accomodations averaged about $89/nt mid-week and up to abt. $129/nt on weekends. Best advice is to go on line to: www.thecrookedroad.org for all the details you need to plan your trip.
Written 10 September 2012
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