Carter Family Fold Stage

Four Can’t-Miss Flat-footin’ Stops

Follow the Crooked Road through the Heart of Appalachia

The banjo pickers and fiddlers are tightening their strings, y’all! Come on out and see an old-time music tradition with The Crooked Road: Virginia’s Heritage Music Trail.

Four boot-tappin’, heart-pounding stops along the Crooked Road can be found here in the Heart of Appalachia. And the best part is we’ve created this handy cheat sheet to help you navigate your way through the region with ease.

Each one will have you up on your feet while the band turns it around and takes it home. Believe us, you won’t want to miss a single venue!

Lays Hardware Center for the Arts – Coeburn, VA

Every Thursday night, the Lays Hardware Center for the Arts in Wise County, opens the doors at 6 p.m. for Thursday night jams. Come back on Friday night for various bands from around the region, like Lays’ regular favorites Bluegrass Circle and Benny Jones.

Allen Hicks Jams – Nickelsville, VA

Every Friday night, you’ll find pickers of all levels at the Allen Hicks Friday Night Jams – a converted basement garage located at 1844 Bethel Road in Scott County. From the Tri-Cities to the deepest hollers in Southwestern Virginia, music starts at 6 p.m. Hold onto your hats, y’all. This one is known for a good jam-buster!

Carter Family Fold – Hiltons, VA

Yet another Scott County jam session! Bring your dancing shoes to the Carter Family Fold every Saturday night. Doors open at 6 p.m. with music starting at 7:30. Bands on the 2022 lineup you might recognize? Try old-time bands like the Whiskey Bent Valley Boys, Nobody’s Business, Uncle Shuffelo and His Haint Hollow Hootenanny, Hillbilly Gypsies, and the Twin Creeks Stringband.

Country Cabin – Norton, VA

Saturday nights at 7:30 p.m., swing on by the Country Cabin, a historic log cabin located in Norton. Some of the ‘regulars’ often seen performing on the Country Cabin stage include: Bluegrass Circle, Appalachian Strings, Cross Country Bluegrass, Benny Jones & CMT Country, and Right Fork Ramblers.

Pickin’ and grinnin’ ain’t new to the region. Locations across the Heart of Appalachia feature old-time, bluegrass and mountain music throughout the year. Plus, the area is home to the Ralph Stanley Museum and Crooked Road Wayside Exhibits at Breaks Interstate Park, Dickenson County, Duffield, Hiltons, Norton/Coeburn, Speer’s Ferry, Big Stone Gap, Wise, and the Virginia/Kentucky line in Wise County.

If you’re looking for a tradition of Southwest Virginia’s musical heritage, check out the Crooked Road. And be sure to tell them your friends at the Heart of Appalachia sent you!