The Floyd Country Store is featured in a travel article by Christina Ricchiuti at travel blog packedsuitcase.com (November 19, 2013):
Once you make your way to Floyd, you’ll find yourself at the one of the major hubs of Virginia’s Crooked Road Heritage Music Trail: the Floyd Country Store. Known throughout the region as a venue for authentic Appalachian music and dancing, their year-round Friday Night Jamboree often becomes a night-long affair where the after-party sprawls into the street with fiddlers and banjo players strumming outdoors into the wee hours of the night. On Sundays, it’s home to the more subdued — yet still awesome… and FREE! — Old Time Jam, where musicians come together and put on a 2-hour show of either Blue Grass or Old-Timey tunes. I was in the audience for the Sunday show, and I loved every minute. Stay tuned for a post all about the experience in the coming weeks.
Read Christina’s full article here.
Christina continues her story about Floyd and the country store in a second article, including some great pictures and videos (February 5, 2014):
The town of Floyd is a quick detour off of the Blue Ridge Parkway in Southwest Virginia. Part of the famed Crooked Road musical heritage trail, Floyd is a renowned stop for music-lovers seeking their salvation in the twang-y notes of traditional Americana bluegrass.
This November, I spent less than 12 hours in Floyd and was left with a deep impression that continues to resonate. Despite being relatively small is size (there’s a mere 400 residents… and just one stoplight), I discovered a place that was overflowing with character and charming contradiction.
In many ways, Floyd is immensely forward-thinking… much more than the rural Virginia that surrounds it. Full of proudly self-proclaimed “progressive people,” Floyd has become a mecca for earth-conscious businesses like small organic farms, Chinese medicine practices, a biodynamic bee sanctuary and even a kombuchery.
On the other hand, Floyd is incredibly traditional, celebrating its Appalachian roots through the ritual of music. At its heart is the Floyd Country Store. Inside its simple facade is an authentic glimpse of a community that carries forth the musical traditions of generations long gone.
Read the full article here.