Author Archives: Jackie

John Carlin’s Virginia

The Floyd Country Store – Stop #1 on the Crooked Road Tuesday, May 3, 2011 When you visit just about anywhere as a tourist, you feel like you’re looking at someone’s idea of what life is supposed to be. Take a Crackerbarrel Restaurant. The food is great. The country theme is well done – the … read more

The Old-Time Herald

The Old-Time Herald Volume 12, Number 7 The Floyd Country Store By Jim Weaver Floyd is a small town in Southwestern Virginia just off the Blue Ridge Parkway. There’s only one traffic light in the entire county, and it’s located here. Most of the time a stop sign would do, locals say, but in the … read more

Roanoke Times

Musical heritage trail gains national distinction. The Crooked Road, Virginia’s heritage music trail, is recognized by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. By Ralph Berrier Jr. and Katelyn Polantz on February 04, 2010 For a few hours Wednesday, men and women in suits and dress clothes filled a dance floor usually reserved for mountain cloggers. … read more

Washington Post

Virginia’s Crooked Road: A Warm Welcome to Mountain Music By Melanie D.G. Kaplan Sunday, October 4, 2009 I arrive at the Marathon gas station in Stuart, Va., just above the North Carolina border, to find a man eating beans out of a can and a collection of animal heads peering down at an understocked convenience … read more

Whitetop Mountain Band

Whitetop Mountain Band

The Whitetop Mountain Band is a family-based band from the highest mountains of Virginia. Whitetop, Virginia is an area rich in the old time music tradition, and this band has deep roots in mountain music. The members have done much to preserve the Whitetop region’s style of old time fiddling and banjo picking and are … read more

Mac Traynham

Mac Traynham

Mac Traynham is a regular visitor to the Floyd Country Store stage. He is a passionate advocate for old time music and is an active performer and teacher. The duo of Mac and his wife Jenny Traynham specialize in the early country duet style of singing and playing old-time gospel and mountain music. Mac also … read more

Slate Mountain Ramblers

Slate Mountain Ramblers

The Slate Mountain Ramblers have been a mainstay of the dance and festival culture in central and western North Carolina and southwest Virginia for 24 years and are still going strong. Headed up by fiddler, Richard Bowman from Ararat, Virginia, the Ramblers started as group of friends and morphed into a family band over the … read more

Bill McKibben at The Floyd Country Store

Ecologist and philosopher Bill McKibben shared a sense of urgency and hope with a capacity crowd at The Floyd Country Store on Tuesday morning. Bill McKibben: the Future, 350 and Floyd by Fred on MAY 29, 2009 It’s taken me a few days to tell you about the Tuesday event at the Floyd Country Store … read more

The Jugbusters

The Jugbusters

The Jugbusters, led by Fiddling Bill Richardson, are one of the most popular old-time string bands in the New River Valley. They embrace the traditional music that can still be heard at local square dances in the Blue Ridge Mountains from Roanoke to Asheville. Always a favorite at the Friday Night Jamboree, they play a … read more

Windfall

Windfall

Windfall is a dynamic acoustic quartet featuring beautiful harmonies coupled with hot guitar, mandolin, fiddle and harmonica licks; held together with a solid bottom end on acoustic bass and percussion. They specialize in Americana/Roots music. Find out more on the band’s website, facebook, or myspace. They record at thewindfallstudios.com. California Fiddlebow Love Someone Albums Available Online