Virginia's "Crooked Road" Goes International12.26.2005
The Crooked Road: Virginia's Heritage Music Trail, in cooperation with The City of Galax, Virginia, is preparing to step on the international stage by sponsoring a tour to Scotland slated for May, 2006. The tour will feature well-known musicians and instrument makers who work along The Crooked Road. The stellar lineup includes Wayne Henderson, The No Speed Limit Band, Montana Young, Anderson & Strickland as well as North Carolina musicians Laura Boosinger, Ginny Hawker and Tracy Scwartz.
The trail connects major heritage music venues in the Appalachian region such as the Birthplace of Country Music Alliance in Bristol, the Carter Family Fold, and the Blue Ridge Music Center.
The idea for the tour came about after journalist Loudon Temple from the United Kingdom (UK) visited Galax in April 2005. Temple's fascination with the musicians, people and culture of Southwest Virginia prompted the idea of presenting the music of The Crooked Road to the UK. Loudon's experience and contacts with music festival organizers has been instrumental in putting together a tour of approximately 10 days to include performances in 10 venues throughout Scotland.
The musicians will be paid for each performance but travel expenses are not included. In order to cover these costs, the musicians are holding a number of fund-raising concerts at venues along The Crooked Road.
The first in the series of pre-tour fund-raisers began in November 2005. held at The Rex Theater. A second show was held December 3 at the 1908 Courthouse in Independence, VA.
The next benefit concert, "Live from The Crooked Road," will be held Saturday, January 21 at The Star Theater in Stuart, VA. Several other concerts at venues along The Crooked Road will be held in the months leading up to the tour's May departure. Concert dates, times and locations will be released when they become available.
"These musicians, among many others, are some of the finest The Crooked Road has to offer and their willingness to contribute their time and talent to this project is gratifying," said Crooked Road Executive Director H William Smith. "This tour is a wonderful opportunity to take The Crooked Road into the international market and these pre-tour concerts are a perfect chance to showcase a sampling of the many musicians who bring The Crooked Road to life here at home."
According to City of Galax Director of Tourism Debbie Robinson. the tour promises to be a tremendous marketing opportunity for Galax and other communities along The Crooked Road. Each of the concert venues hosting the tour in Scotland will allow a display of brochures obtaining information about the culture and heritage of the Appalachian Mountain Region. The City of Galax Tourism Department is working with the musicians to promote and assist in orchestration of the trip.
"This is just another great opportunity to share our heritage and culture with the world," Robinson said. "One of the top goals of the region's tourism strategy is international marketing, and this is our chance to do just that. Loudon's affiliation with radio, television and magazines will provide tremendous exposure for the region. The tour also allows the musicians to sell CDs and take orders for their craft of instrument making."
The musicians will act as ambassadors for Southwest Virginia and The Crooked Road, said Robinson. Tour organizers are also receiving advice and suggestions from Mountain South USA which represents the unique cultural heritage and attractions in the Appalachian mountain region. Mountain South is a public travel and tourism regional partnership that has worked with the City of Galax Tourism Department and other members of Virginia's Heritage Music Trail in recruiting and organizing tour groups to the area. It was instrumental in bringing Temple to Galax and assisted the City in acquiring the tour group that recently visited from Ireland.
For more information regarding The Crooked Road, the Scotland tour and the many musicians featured along the trail's 265-mile route, call 276-492-2085, Email The Crooked Road or visit their website: CLICK HERE