Mountain Music

Mountain Music: Digital Photography from Floyd County, Virginia by Fred First
It’s a fur piece from Goose Creek to Ferny Creek–a good two-thirds the length of Floyd County. But for a house concert like last night, it is worth the drive.

Some faces were familiar: characters from around town, friends of the hosts, and some folks we’d met before only at previous gatherings like this, and in this house. And there are always a few initiates, first-timers who appreciate old-time traditional Appalachian mountain music on the close and personal stage in someone’s livingroom.

We’re hoping before the summer is over to host a house concert here, in the AnnEx. Or heck, maybe we’ll just take the lawn chairs out under the stars along the banks of Goose Creek and let’er rip.


About fred

Fred First holds masters degrees in Vertebrate Zoology and physical therapy, and has been a biology teacher and physical therapist by profession. He moved to southwest Virginia in 1975 and to Floyd County in 1997. He maintains a daily photo-blog, broadcasts essays on the Roanoke NPR station, and contributes regular columns for the Floyd Press and Roanoke's Star Sentinel. His two non-fiction books, Slow Road Home and his recent What We Hold in Our Hands, celebrate the riches that we possess in our families and communities, our natural bounty, social capital and Appalachian cultures old and new. He has served on the Jacksonville Center Board of Directors and is newly active in the Sustain Floyd organization. He lives in northeastern Floyd County on the headwaters of the Roanoke River.

2 comments:

  1. i like this growing trend of house concerts. we never had “official” concerts in our house, but there were always impromptu sessions, growing up with musicians for parents. i love the picture…..

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