— The Crooked Road — Virginia's Heritage Music Trail —Galax. Much of America's music was invented in Virginia, and Galax and surrounding communities have long been an epicenter for the keeping of historic sounds and the creation of new ones. Greenberry Leonard lived in the Old Town section of Galax and knew tunes he'd learned when Andrew Jackson was president. Leonard's student, Emmett Lundy, born before the Civil War, brought those tunes to the 1930s and was recorded by Alan Lomax for the Library of Congress. Made famous by early radio, the Hill Billies gave their name to hillbilly music. A Galax barbershop band, they wereactive from 1924 until 1932, performed for President Coolidge, made the first sound film devoted to country music (1928), and toured vaudeville theaters in the eastern USA. In 1927 Galax Mayor DaCosta Woltz created a band, the Southern Broadcasters, who made notable and influential recordings. The Galax Moose Lodge organized the first Old Fiddlers Convention in 1935. This weeklong annual event is the nation's most respected event of its type.
|Placed By||The Crooked Road|
|Marker Condition||No reports yet|
|Date Added||Friday, September 5th, 2014 at 11:56pm PDT -07:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||17S E 506751 N 4058042|
|Decimal Degrees||36.66796667, -80.92445000|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 36° 40.078', W 80° 55.467'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||36° 40' 4.68" N, 80° 55' 28.02" W|
|Driving Directions||Google Maps|
|Closest Postal Address||At or near 714 New River Trail State Park, Galax VA 24333, US|
|Alternative Maps||Google Maps, MapQuest, Bing Maps, Yahoo Maps, MSR Maps, OpenCycleMap, MyTopo Maps, OpenStreetMap|
Have you seen this marker? If so, check in and tell us about it.