The Crooked Road

“The Crooked Road” is Virginia’s Heritage Music Trail, a 300-mile driving route through the Appalachian Mountains of Southwest Virginia. It is one of the prides of the Blue Ridge.  Several of our businesses and music venues are a part of this Trail.

As you drink in the pages of this Publication, recognize that preserving our heritage, including our musical roots, is of great importance.  Any support you can give is appreciated. For more information, explore TCR’s website at

Recently, the Trail named musician and former consulting engineer Jack Hinshelwood as its new Executive Director.  Mr. Hinshelwood, from Shawsville, Virginia, grew up in Christiansburg, and is no stranger to The Crooked Road and its communities.  As an award-winning guitarist and fiddler, he has performed at many of The Crooked Road venues and festivals, such as the Carter Fold and the Blue Ridge Folklife Festival.  Mr. Hinshelwood has performed in the U.S. and Canada with New York Times Best Selling Author Sharyn McCrumb, and toured Alaska with the Appalachian and Celtic music group Celtibillies. Since 1988 he has worked as a consulting engineer helping Southwest Virginia communities meet their infrastructure needs.

“Over the years I’ve gained such a respect and admiration for the remarkable people of Southwest Virginia, and especially the musicians.  And now to be a part of The Crooked Road and to celebrate that musical heritage is a thrill and an honor”, Hinshelwood said. “This is an exciting time in the development of The Crooked Road and the entire region, with the creation of Heartwood and the work of other organizations like ‘Round the Mountain and the Southwest Virginia Cultural Heritage Commission”.

The Crooked Road also announces its Southwest Virginia Traditional Music Education Plan, funded in part by a grant from the Appalachian Regional Commission.  It is a broad educational plan designed to provide support to existing traditional music programs and instructors, to encourage the implementation of new programs, and to incorporate traditional music coursework and instruction in public schools and community colleges throughout Southwest Virginia.

This plan will be developed in a series of strategic steps designed to draw upon the enthusiastic support and vast resources of individuals and organizations who believe in keeping our unique musical heritage alive as a vibrant and essential element of life in our area and passing along traditional Appalachian traditional music to future generations.

The opportunity to learn about and formally study the rich musical traditions of the Appalachian Mountains will benefit students of all ages and levels, from elementary and secondary school students to adults enrolled in community colleges and continuing education programs.

For additional information about The Crooked Road’s Southwest Virginia Traditional Music Education Plan, call Jonathan Romeo at (276) 492-2087 or email:

The Crooked Road: Virginia’s Heritage Music Trail, was founded in 2004 to support tourism and economic development in Southwest Virginia by celebrating and preserving this Appalachian region’s unique musical and cultural heritage.  The Crooked Road, as designated by the General Assembly, is a 300 plus mile long Trail traversing scenic highways and backcountry roads and connecting eight major music venues, as well as weekly jams and annual festivals.   The Crooked Road Region has been recently expanded to include additional counties and towns in Southwest Virginia and to allow those and other Southwest Virginia localities to join in celebrating their musical heritage.

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This story was published in Floyd Magazine Fall/Winter 2010 ~Senior Editor Dee Wallace

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