Category Archives: Floyd County

Floyd County, VA: Blog Grand Opening!

Floyd Country Store Friday Night JamboreePlease stop by Southern Mountain Melodies, the brand new and still growing website for our friends Mac and Jenny Traynham. These local musicians are familiar faces (and voices) in Floyd, and it's time their music gained a wider listenership.

This is a specially important time for them to become more publically accessible in as much as they will soon have two new CD's available. You'll learn about that on their blog.

And please turn up your speakers! There are THREE audio … Continue Reading ››

Every Home’s a Stage

Another Saturday in Floyd County, another house concert. Last week, music of the mountains, sitting in folding chairs, in jeans. This week, classical music of the ages, seated in an elegant living room, in a coat and tie.

The setting: The Inn at Hope Springs Farm, almost to the Carroll County line, on 221 the other side of Willis.

We met the owners, Candace and William, a couple of years back through a friend who was filling their extensive needs for custom draperies, upholstery and such. Last night, the music also was from local talent--Mike Mitchell … Continue Reading ››

Straight Path to the Crooked Road

This spring (oh I like the warm sound of that word!) promises to be a great season for touring the "Crooked Road"--southwest Virginia's Music Trail that passes through Floyd.

Other stops along the way include Galax and Stanley country, the Birthplace of Country Music Museum in Bristol, the Blue Ridge Music Center on the Blue Ridge Parkway near Galax, the Carter Family Fold in Hiltons, the Country Cabin in Norton and the Blue Ridge Institute at Ferrum College. You can see and read a bit about … Continue Reading ››

Wounded Wood

Walnut Wood / Floyd County / Southwest Virginia
Back when we first moved to Goose Creek, I was chatting excitedly with a woodworking friend about my idea to grow walnuts on our land as an investment crop for our children's future. Walnuts make exceptionally beautiful pieces of handcrafted furniture.

"I wouldn't bother" she discouraged me. "Walnuts growing in Floyd County are often gnarled and misshappen. They can be used for some interesting small pieces, given their distorted grains, but they don't do much as saw lumber."

And … Continue Reading ››

This is only a test

Banjo, guitar, fiddle and mandolin / Floyd County music / Southwest Virginia

Here's a shot from the house concert--toward the end, when the hosts are up front playing a tune or two with the featured artists-friends they hosted for the evening.

I've been trying to share my ignorance with Mac there with the banjo. He and his wife and singing partner are wanting to get another album out and also to set up a simple web presence for their music appearances, CDs and such.

So here I've uploaded directly … Continue Reading ››

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

Friday Shorts

Old Orchard on Blue Ridge Parkway / Digital Photo / Fred First / Floyd County, Virginia<br data-recalc-dims=" border="0" height="262" hspace="10" vspace="10" width="437" />
Blog to Book ~ It's a natural progression, and likely to become increasingly common. Take a look at this long list of entries (including Slow Road Home, of course) for the LuLu Blooker Award. Top prize: $10 thousand!

No Fair Peeking ~ When something seems too good to be true, it probably is. would show me full episodes of X-files to my hearts content. … Continue Reading ››