The Crooked Road: Virginia’s Heritage Music Trail

The Crooked Road: Virginia’s Heritage Music Trail is a 330-mile long heritage music driving route in Southwest Virginia. There is a timeless feel to the music here, a feel that springs from generations of musicians keeping and feeding the music that has been handed down to them like a precious heirloom. When you visit this remarkable place, you‰Ûªll experience first-hand how this music is woven into the rich tapestry of tradition in Southwest Virginia. Don‰Ûªt be surprised if you‰Ûªre asked to join in, because that‰Ûªs been the way here for hundreds of years. The music is everywhere: in concert halls and country stores, at festivals and in parks. The variety of it is amazing: Old Time String Bands, a cappella Gospel, Blues, 300 year old Ballads, Bluegrass, and many others. This music tradition has had an indelible impact on American Music. Some of the greatest names in American music – the Carter Family, the Stonemans, Jim and Jesse, and Ralph Stanley – are from this region. Travel The Crooked Road‰Ûªs 333 miles through the scenic mountains of Southwest Virginia, and visit the Major Venues – places of unique historical and cultural significance that bring the music to life. There are nine Major Venues to enjoy, so plan enough time to see them all – you won‰Ûªt be disappointed. As you travel, pull off at any of the 26 Crooked Road wayside exhibits where you can learn more about the music and musicians who have made their mark in each location. You may encounter some of those musicians at one of the more than 50 Affiliated Venues and Festivals that dot the landscape. Take along Joe Wilson‰Ûªs Guide to The Crooked Road or The Crooked Road Sampler CD recording of 50 current artists to keep you company. Enjoy a variety of attractions, accommodations, outdoor recreation, and great Southwest Virginia hospitality. Immerse yourself in an authentic music and culture like no other – The Crooked Road!