Friday, April 29, 2011

The Crooked Road Tour: Roots of Ameircan Music

Roots of American Music is a musical tour with a cast of 12 well known musicians that will visit 12 Crooked Road towns during May 10-22. Each date is listed within our events.The show tells that Southwestern Virginia was a mixing bowl where an American music was created from ingredients brought there from many places after 1720, but primarily from Ulster in Ireland, the Rhine Valley of Germany, and was mixed with English and African sounds brought to the mountains by settlers who came westward from the Tidewater.

While the music performed on the tour will be largely American, some of the musicians are not.  Cheick Hamala Diabete is a griot, a hereditary musician and historian, from Mali in West Africa.  He plays an instrument that developed into the American banjo.

Dr. Michael “Mick” Moloney is the Irish musician and musicologist who created the famed Greenfields of America shows that set off the international revival of Irish music and dance.

Joey Abarta is a brilliant young Irish musician who recently stood the world of Irish music on its head by winning the challenging world championship of uilleann bagpiping at the tender age of 22.

Nine of the most respected musicians from Southwest Virginia will show how historic music from The Crooked Road reaches around the world.

Dale Jett is a powerful singer from Scott County, and a third generation member of the famous Carter Family.

Wayne Henderson is a guitarist from tiny Rugby in Grayson County who tours internationally, and is the most respected acoustic guitar maker on earth.

Sammy Shelor is a nationally respected bandleader, singer, and banjoist from the Meadows of Dan in Patrick County.

Molly Slemp is a teenaged singing Phnom, a keeper of ancient ballads reared in the coalfields of Wise County.

Kirk Sutphin is a brilliant fiddler, old-time banjoist, and keeper of the Round Peak string band style that in recent decades has spread to the world from the Virginia-North Carolina border.

Burl Rhea is an underground coal miner from Russell County, a drop-thumb banjoist and singer in the take-no-prisoners Cumberland Mountain style.

Linda Lay is a singer who lifts audiences out of their seats with a spellbinding emotional depth.  A bassist with the precision of an atomic clock, she is Bristol-born, and a nationally respected performer.

Eddie Bond lives in the tiny New River village of Fries, but his mastery of the rich Round Peak string band style has created an audience for his music that stretches from New Zealand to the moors of Scotland.

Leigh Beamer has a way with instruments and a big voice.  She recently celebrated her fifteenth birthday by learning two great old songs from her native Wythe County.

The tour is an outgrowth of the permanent exhibit, Roots of American Music, opening at the Blue Ridge Music Center, Milepost 213 on the Blue Ridge Parkway, near Galax, Virginia, on May 27.  The exhibit was created by historians and musicologists guided by the National Council for the Traditional Arts and Blue Ridge Traditional Arts of Galax.

In development for four years, Ralph Applebaum Associates of New York, designers of the Holocaust Museum in Washington, D.C., designed the exhibit.  The Blue Ridge Music Center complex is the largest physical expansion of the Parkway in 76 years.

The tour is funded by the National Endowment for the Arts, Heartwood, the Appalachian Regional Commission, the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development, and The Crooked Road.

For more information:

Tuesday, May 10, 2011 Pulaski Theatre
14 West Main Street, Pulaski, VA
Show Time: 7:30PM Doors open 6:30PM
Tickets $12 in advance $15 at the door
Tickets available at Martins Pharmacy, Coffee Buy the Book, Pulaski Visitors Center and the Fine Arts Center or online at

Wednesday, May 11, 2011 Rex Theater
113 East Grayson Street, Galax, VA
Show Time: 7:30PM Doors open 6:30PM
Tickets $10
Tickets available at the Galax Visitors Center 110 East Grayson Street and Barrs Fiddle Shop in Galax

Thursday, May 12, 2011 Natural Tunnel State Park Amphitheater
Duffield, VA
Show Time: 6:30PM
Tickets $10 Sponsored by Scott County Chamber of Commerce

Friday, May 13, 2011 The Paramount Center for the Arts
518 State Street, Bristol, VA/TN
Show Time: 7:00PM Doors open 6:30PM
Tickets: $12 in advance and $15 at door
Tickets available at the Paramount Center for the Arts and online at

Saturday, May 14, 2011 The Jettie Baker Center
348 Main Street, Clintwood, VA
Show Time: 7:00PM Doors open at 6:30pm
Tickets: $10 call 276-926-8694

Sunday, May 15, 2011 Historic Star Theatre
Downtown Stuart, VA
Show Time: 3:00PM Doors open at 2:30PM
Tickets: $10
Tickets available at The Depot Emporium, or Star Theatre by calling 276-694-7064

Tuesday, May 17, 2011 6:00 – 8:00PM Roanoke Main Library
FREE Event courtesy of Roanoke Public Libraries
706 S. Jefferson Street
Roanoke, VA 24016
For Information call: 540-853-1057 or Email:
Reservations Not Required

Wednesday, May 18, 2011 Southwest Virginia Community College King Community Center
Rt. 19 (6 miles south of Claypool Hill, VA)
Showtime: 7:00PM Doors open at 6:00PM
Tickets: $10 at the door (Cash or Check only)
For more information call: 276-964-7619

Thursday, May 19, 2011 The Lincoln Theatre
Marion, Virginia
Showtime: 7:00PM Doors open at 6:30PM
Tickets $10
Tickets Available at the Lincoln Theatre box office (276) 783-6092 or online at

Friday, May 20, 2011 The Goodloe Center at Mountain Empire Community College
Big Stone Gap, VA
Show time: 7:00 pm Doors Open at 6:30 pm
Tickets $10
For advanced tickets Call 276-523-7489 or Email:

Saturday, May 21, 2011 The Floyd Country Store
Floyd, VA
Concert 7:30PM Workshop 3:45PM
Tickets: General Admission: $15 Students: $10

Sunday, May 22, 2011 Franklin County High School Auditorium
700 Tanyard Road
Rocky Mount, VA
Show time: 2:30PM Doors open at 1:30PM
Tickets: $10
Ticket Info & Reservations: 540-483-0904 or 540-483-5360Sunday, May 29, 2011 Blue Ridge Music Center
Milepost 213, Blue Ridge Parkway, Galax, VA
Show time: 3:00PM
For More Information call: 276-236-5390
This free concert made possible with support through the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation. Your stewardship in action.

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