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Joe Wilson, chairman of the National Council for the Traditional Arts, is a music historian and folklorist. He has produced over 40 large-scale music festivals in 11 states. In 2001 he was awarded a National Heritage Fellowship by the National Endowment for the Arts.
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  • Paperback: 225 pages
  • Publisher: John F Blair Pub; Pap/Com edition (May 15, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0895873273
  • ISBN-13: 978-0895873279
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 6.5 x 10.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #521,801 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I have traveled the world and there is truly no place like home, my home is Virginia and the music I was raised on. There is no doubt that this book and the bonus CD's capture's the very essence of the music and sounds of Virginia and the festival's that we have all come to love and enjoy. This is true, down to the roots Virginia music, played and sung with all the heart and soul that reflects the wide variety of musician's through out our beautiful state. A must have for Virginian's and anyone else that love's and enjoy's the old sounds of music from the past.
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I found this guide to be delightful. Besides being enjoyably readable, it contained great historical "tidbits" to give it context. The information about the sites was practical and usable. The two CD's that were included in the book had a fun variety of old time and roots music. I have listened to them over and over again in both my car and my home. What a treasure this Guide to the Crooked Road turned out to be!
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My younger son (7) and I as well as the rest of the family love the music and intros on the CDs. There is so much good info on the Road and all the places to go, you better go soon, before everyone gets there ahead of you and you can't see / hear the good stuff! The only problem I have is that the volume / equalization of the intros vs. the selections make the narrator difficult to hear when the selections are at a good level. I am looking forward to our next trip so we can have a better idea of where to go with the little bit of time we will have. FYI: the Floyd Country Store has been remodeled, and even though it is more "touristy" now it is so much more comfortable than it was before - it seems to have A/C. I know for a fact that MANY of the locals attend shows there regularly (we have family there). I have also seen some of the people there that are in the photo on the cover of the book.
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I have never before seen anything so incredibly chock-full of history of the roots of bluegrass, mountain and old timey music before! The author knows his stuff. The two narrative cd's with music samples are worth way more than the price for the book itself! This is a highly collectable book - you will never come across anything so interesting and enlightning on the roots of music in this great land!

Give them as gifts. "Heritage tourism" is very popular and this is one fantastic road trip! The Blue Ridge Mountains -- you can toss a stone in any direction and hit a musician. I have only one word of advise should you follow the Crooked Road... Please do not just go from town to town looking to hear music. You will miss it entirely. The countryside, the fresh air, the people - that is The Crooked Road.

I also recommend you start the trail in Rocky Mount Virginia - there is a lovely Bed adn breakfast just one block from the Depot where they have Footlights of the Blue Ridge music every other Friday night.
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The "Crooked Road" is what people used to call the stretch of the 253 mile long U.S. Highway 58 that crosses through Virginia's Blue Ridge Mountain country as it connects the Virginia Piedmont with the Cumberland Mountains. It is also known as Virginia's "Heritage Music Trail", an officially designated driving route that leads to some of the best traditional mountain music in the country. In A Guide To The Crooked Road: Virginia's Heritage Music Trail, music historian, folklorist Joe Wilson (who is also Chairman of the National Council for the Traditional Arts and producer of forty-one large-scale music festivals in eleven states) introduces music lovers to a tour of ten Virginian counties providing a traveler's guide to the area's distinctive musical attractions, as well as opportunities to enjoy local crafts, outdoor recreation, lodging and dining while doing so. An accompanying CD showcases fifty-three example of the region's Old-Time, Bluegrass, Piedmont Blues, Anglo-American ballads, and Appalachian Gospel Music showcases pieces that range from "Baptist Shout" (Frank Jenkins, 1927) to"Taking the Crooked Road Home (Sammy Shelor, Linda Lay, David Lay, 2006). A welcome addition to American Music History reference collections, A Guide To The Crooked Road is also a wonderfully organized and presented traveler's reference and planning guide.
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This is a very informative and interesting book. The Cd's are well done. If you want to know more about Bluegrass and Old Time music in southern Virginia and northern North Carolina, this is a "Must Have".
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My husband and I traveled the Crooked Road this summer and this book was our guide. Not only did it help us plan our itinerary and learn so much about the area and it's music, but we really enjoyed listening to the accompanying CD's as our vacation soundtrack.
We only ran into a few problems with restaurants no longer in business, but other than that the information was accurate and helpful.
I highly recommend going on this road and if so the book is a must!
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I was so impressed when I received my copy of this book that the next day I ordered a copy for my father-in law.
This book is a fountain of information for those curious about the history of "natural" and great music from Virginia.
I'll be bringing this book along for a bicycle trip I have planned along the Crooked Road and will definately be learning more than I could have imagined now that I have this book.
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