The Crooked Road is Virginia's Heritage Music Trail, which takes visitors through the Appalachian Mountains from the Blue Ridge to the Coalfields Region. The trail connects major heritage music venues of the region. Kate Scopetti, President of Mid-Atlantic Tours, says, "Here, music is a language, which is learned from birth, handed down from generation to generation and a key component of the delightful essence of the area."
Today, we're exploring four of the amazing musical sites that you can visit on the Crooked Road.
1. Heartwood Artisan Center
Home to music, crafts, and food, the Heartwood Artisan Center in Abingdon, Virginia is the hub for local musicians. Enjoy Heartwood's Thursday Night BBQ or take part in the Open Jam. You won't be disappointed by the wide array of authentic and distinctive music performed by local musicians.
2. Barr's Fiddle Shop
At Barr's Fiddle Shop, visitors can see handmade and vintage banjos, fiddles, and autoharps and even learn where the term "hillbilly" came from! Tom Barr first started making and selling instruments from his home in Grayson County, Virginia, but in 1983 he took up residence in his own fiddle shop in Galax, VA. Directly beside his shop was the local barber, which was full of musicians. These musicians inspired Barr even more, making the shop what it is today.
3. Rex Theatre
At Rex Theatre, visitors can sit back, relax, and enjoy an authentic Blue Ridge Backroads Show. Bluegrass and old-time bands beautifully share the music of the mountains with everyone.
4. Winchester, Virginia
Winchester, VA, Patsy Cline's hometown, is a wonderful place to truly experience country music. Have lunch at Historic George Washington Hotel, with entertainment by a Patsy Cline singer. After lunch, explore the Patsy Cline Historic House, and learn about how Cline shaped the country music industry.