Grayson County

Grayson County (HM1CBX)

Location: Mouth of Wilson, VA 24363 Grayson County
Country: United States of America

N 36° 36.74', W 81° 29.467'

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— The Crooked Road — Virginia's Heritage Music Trail —

Grayson County. Western Grayson County has produced fine traditional musicians, performers at school entertainments, fiddlers' conventions, and community gatherings for many generations. Among them was the old-time string band, the Rugby Gully Jumpers (Walter Henderson, fiddle, Estil Ball, guitar, and Wade Reedy, mandolin) recorded in the 1930s by Alan Lomax for the Library of Congress. Outstanding finger-style guitarist Estil Ball and wife, accordionist Orna Reedy Ball, built a national reputation as gospel singers from local radio shows and independent recordings. They also performed with Blair Reedy, Charles Harless, and Charles Hodges asthe Friendly Gospel Singers. Old-time banjoist Jont Blevins was admired here for his unique style and powerful rhythm.

The Wayne C. Henderson Music Festival and Guitar Competition is held annually here in the park on the third Saturday in June. Proceeds from the festival support a scholarship fund for mountain youngsters learning traditional music. A National Heritage Award winner, Henderson is the nation's best known luthier and lives nearby. A Henderson guitar is on display at the Visitors' Center inside the park. Grayson Highlands State Park has 15 miles of trails forwalking, bicycling and horsebackriding with majestic views. It offersa profusion of wild flowers duringwarm months, many migrating birdsduring spring and fall, and—if youare lucky—perhaps a glimpse of someof the wild ponies found here.

The Crooked Road, Virginia's Heritage Music Trail. From the Blue Ridge Mountains to the Coalfields region, southwest Virginia is blessed with historic and contemporary music venues, musicians, and fretted instrument makers. Historically isolated, the region retained its strong musical legacy by passing traditions down through musical families to an appreciative community.

Old time mountain music, bluegrass, and gospel can be enjoyed all year long and several museums are devoted to showcasing the area's rich musical heritage.

The Crooked Road winds through the ruggedly beautiful Appalachian Mountains and leads you to the major hotspots of old time mountain music, country music, and bluegrass. Alive and kickin' for today's fans, these venues preserve and celebrate musical traditions passed down through generations. Annual festivals, weekly concerts, radio shows, and jam sessions ring out to large audiences and intimate gatherings. Please visit the Crooked Road website to plan your trip to coincide with the current entertainment events.
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Date Added Monday, October 27th, 2014 at 12:17pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 456081 N 4051980
Decimal Degrees36.61233333, -81.49111667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 36° 36.74', W 81° 29.467'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds36° 36' 44.40" N, 81° 29' 28.02" W
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Area Code(s)276
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 8299 Grayson Highland Ln, Mouth of Wilson VA 24363, US
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