Five Ways that The Floyd Country Store, Handmade Music School, and County Sales Can Keep You Entertained at Home

The Floyd Radio Show Podcast

A tradition for 9 months of the year, The Floyd Radio Show has almost completed its ninth season. The event is modeled after traditional variety shows written for radio and includes appearances from three different musical acts per show, comedy skits, interviews, stories, jingles, and jokes. The show allows for a variety of musicians to come together for a night of fun and spontaneity. Each show is recorded in front of a live audience, then released as a 60-minute podcast, and every episode of The Floyd Radio Show since it started in 2010 is available to stream or download for free. That’s 79 episodes, which makes for over three straight days of Floyd Radio Show entertainment! We will also be releasing three new podcasts in the next few weeks from January, February, and March 2020 shows, so make sure to subscribe to the podcast on Apple Podcasts or Android!


County Sales Radio Hour with Kinney Rorrer

County Sales has been delivering the best old time and bluegrass to listeners via vinyl and CD for well over 50 years. The County Sales Radio Hour is a recent program hosted by Kinney Rorrer, featuring the best in bluegrass and old time music. The show introduces listeners to new releases from up-and-coming artists as well as classic recordings from the archives. Of course, the County Sales Radio Hour includes timeless bluegrass and old time classics reissued by County and Rebel Records. Currently, seven hour-long episodes are available through the County Sales website, as a podcast on iTunes or Android, and live on the air on Radio Bristol. We’re adding more podcasts all the time! Every recording featured on this program is available for purchase through the County Sales website.


Mac Traynham’s Music of Our Mountains hosted by the Handmade Music School

Floyd County master musician and luthier Mac Traynham is best known for his banjo building and playing, as well as his fine fiddling. He has been playing and teaching traditional music in Floyd, Virginia for decades and is a wealth of knowledge about the history of our local music traditions. A few years ago, Mac started sharing tunes and their stories to a group of friends by email. He has diligently shared one tune per week and has created quite a collection so far! 

“The tunes I choose are ones found in the repertoire of some old-timers – primarily from Floyd, Franklin, and Carroll Counties. This region is special to me because it is my home and it seems to me that the native old-time music here has been underrated. These tune nuggets are in their natural state; perhaps a bit rough, with some dirt and generally unpolished. Yet, their value is immense to me as I listen to this stuff and more daily, trying to get the details in my head so it affects my sound in a positive way. I am sharing these recordings weekly in the interest of keeping our ‘local’ music alive here in our local jams, assuming some of you will learn the melodic and rhythmic details of the version. The details can make the difference between a generic version or a ‘cool’ tasteful version. I hope you’ll agree.”

The Handmade Music School aims to make these tunes and stories available to a larger audience through our blog. We invite you to give them a listen, learn more about Southwest Virginia music traditions, and follow us as we share more local tunes from Mac’s collection! We add new entries to the site every week, each containing a local tune and description by Mac with additional pictures and stories from members of our music community. 


County Sales Music Videos

Since the move to the new location on S Locust St in downtown Floyd, County Sales has had the opportunity to shoot videos with some of the music’s top artists before their shows at The Floyd Country Store. Including acts like Peter Rowan, The Seldom Scene, and High Fidelity, these videos showcase artists in our beautiful store with great sound quality. It’s like a Tiny Desk series for bluegrass! Also, catch videos from our partnership with BeeHive Productions and Peluso Microphone Lab from our time at the International Bluegrass Music Association’s World of Bluegrass last fall. Catch videos by your favorite artists, and learn about some new ones that will blow you away. 

These music videos are released on the County Sales YouTube channel. Make sure to subscribe, we’ve got lots more to upload!


Live Streamed Videos

Some of you may have caught one of our live-streamed Friday Night Jamboree concerts on Facebook over the past month. These were great fun even though we couldn’t have an audience here with us. With the stay-in-place order now in effect, we made the decision to no longer host musicians in the Store, and are working out new ways to keep the music going, directly from the homes of the musicians. We’ll be ironing out the details in the next week, and we look forward to sharing a new schedule of live-streamed music with you shortly!

To help the musicians we’ve set up a few ways to tip during and after their performances: through PaypalVenmo, or on our website.

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