Celebrate the 20th
anniversary of the creation of the Crooked Road, southwest Virginia’s “heritage music trail,” with the New Ballards Branch Bogtrotters, an old-time dance band featuring 2018 NEA National Heritage Fellow Eddie Bond; the Blue Ridge Girls, a dynamic Appalachian trio; and old-time country duo Ashlee Watkins and Andrew Small. The Crooked Road (Hwy. 58) winds for over 300 miles through rural Appalachian communities that have produced legendary old-time, bluegrass, and gospel musicians like the Carter Family and Ralph and Carter Stanley.
This program is presented in partnership with the National Council for the Traditional Arts (NCTA) and the Virginia Folklife Program. It is funded, in part, by the NCTA's National Treasures program, which presents National Endowment for the Arts National Heritage Fellows at National Parks and illustrates their connections to signature places throughout the American landscape.