43rd Annual Carter Memorial Music Festival

Marking 90 Years Since the First Carter Family Recording!

We’ve all heard the sto­ry of the trio of Poor Val­ley musi­cians known as the Carters mak­ing the long, hot dri­ve to Bris­tol in ear­ly August 1927 to audi­tion for the Vic­tor Talk­ing Machine Com­pa­ny, only to make it big as the first coun­try music super­stars. Of course, the real sto­ry is not near­ly as […]

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Trail of the Lonesome Pine Outdoor Drama

2017 Marks the 54th Consecutive Season Running!

The Trail of the Lone­some Pine, the offi­cial out­door dra­ma of the Com­mon­wealth of Vir­ginia and mem­ber of The Crooked Road Her­itage Music Trail, opened for the 54th con­sec­u­tive sea­son on Thurs­day, June 29, 2017. Inter­wo­ven with beau­ti­ful and yet haunt­ing folk music, the dra­ma is per­formed live before a mag­nif­i­cent 72-foot panoram­ic paint­ing of […]

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Music Trail Mix – Tyler Hughes & Sam Gleaves

Blue Ridge Outdoors - Dave Stallard Chats With A Young Old Friend

Con­tributed by Dave Stal­lard, Blue Ridge Out­doors Mag­a­zine It’s always fun to say you knew a musi­cian way back when. Well, I knew old time mul­ti-instru­­men­­tal­ist Tyler Hugh­es way back when. Like, real­ly way back when. Like, mid­dle school way back when. Hugh­es hails from the town of Big Stone Gap, Vir­ginia, which is also home […]

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Music Trail Mix – Gathering in the Gap

An up close and personal interview with Dave Eggar

Con­tributed by Dave Stallard/Blue Ridge Out­doors Dave Eggar embod­ies the most pow­er­ful com­bi­na­tion of bril­liance and eclec­ti­cism that I have ever wit­nessed in a musi­cian.  Over the last sev­er­al years, I have seen Eggar per­form live many times, from wed­dings to clubs to fes­ti­vals, and he is just as com­fort­able play­ing Bach on his cel­lo […]

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Music Trail Mix – Ralph Stanley Museum

Blue Ridge Outdoors - Dave Stallard Visits the Ralph Stanley Museum

Con­tributed by Dave Stal­lard – April 17, 2017 After leav­ing Char­lottesville in 2004 and mov­ing to the moun­tains of South­west Vir­ginia, I taught in a school locat­ed just miles from hal­lowed ground in the blue­grass world. Ralph Stan­ley, blue­grass icon and patri­arch, was born and raised in Dick­en­son Coun­ty. With his broth­er Carter, in The Stan­ley […]

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Music Trail Mix – Carter Family Fold

Blue Ridge Outdoors - Dave Stallard Interviews Granddaughter of AP Carter

Con­tributed by Dave Stal­lard, March 22, 2017 I have lived in the moun­tains of South­west Vir­ginia for thir­teen years now. For much of that time, I have dab­bled in both fes­ti­val pro­mo­tion and music writ­ing, and a sig­nif­i­cant part of my focus in both has been on Appalachi­an folk music and blue­grass. So, you can imag­ine my shame […]

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