'Fiddle & Plow' added to state music trail

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Woodlawn venue is now a Crooked Road affiliate

By Staff Reports

The Fiddle and the Plow in Woodlawn will be presented with a banner at 7 p.m. on Sept. 7 to acknowledge the weekly event’s recent inclusion as a Crooked Road affiliated venue.
It will be represented in Crooked Road publicity and promotional materials.
The Fiddle and the Plow is hosted by accomplished musicians Willard Gayheart and Scott Freeman.
Visitors to The Fiddle and the Plow gather every Friday evening in the showroom of Willard’s Front Porch Gallery & Frame Shop to hear traditional old-time and bluegrass music.
“I think the talents of Willard and Scott as host musicians helps attract other great music to the shop,” said Jack Hinshelwood, executive director of The Crooked Road. “Willard and Scott both write and play great music, and other musicians are drawn to that.”
Gayheart is a renowned pencil artist who is acclaimed for his real life portrayals of Appalachian life and culture.  His art is filled with themes drawn from his own Appalachian roots, particularly the music, family and work of people in the region.
He has provided art for the annual Merlefest gathering, the Galax Old Fiddlers’ Convention, and his work hangs in multiple restaurants and galleries throughout the region and country. A display of Gayheart’s work will be set up in Heartwood for the evening.
Freeman plays mandolin, fiddle, guitar and other instruments.
He has been a much sought-after teacher of traditional music for years and has taught at Merlefest, the Blue Ridge Music Center and for Junior Appalachian Musicians.
Freeman has played and recorded with bands such as Skeeter and the Skidmarks, and Alternate Roots. He recently teamed with guitarist Johnny Williams for the ensemble of Freeman and Williams.

The Crooked Road recently named 12 new affiliated venues and festivals. All are traditional music presenters and include annual festivals and weekly or monthly jams and concerts. A complete listing is online at www.thecrookedroad.org. For details, contact (276) 492-2409 or info@thecrookedroad.org.