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News: Virginia's Crooked Road, Where Mountain Music Was - And Is - Born
Posted on Monday, May 23, 2011 @ 12:38:28 UTC
Topic: Local

Fries, Virginia, was my first stop on the music trail known as the Crooked Road - an official designation of the state of Virginia since 2004. The heritage of the path can be found in this dance, in that tune, learned by ear from house to house and passed down through generations. The Road isn't one single highway - it's a roughly 300-mile series of interconnected two-lane byways and long stretches of Route 58, which skims Virginia's North Carolina and Tennessee borders all the way to Kentucky. The sound here is Appalachian: mountain music. Joe Wilson, who wrote a book on the Crooked Road, calls the area the "pickle barrel" of American music. "You know you can't make a good pickle by squirting vinegar on a cucumber," he said. "You have to let it sit." Complete Article





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