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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