Musician named director of Crooked Road

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Jack Hinshelwood has played Appalachian music for nearly 40 years.

By Landmark News Service

Jack Hinshelwood, an award-winning musician from Shawsville, has been named the new executive director of the Crooked Road, Virginia’s Heritage Music Trail.
Hinshelwood began playing Appalachian music in 1972 and has played across the United States and Canada. Best-known as a fiddler and singer with the New River Valley-based band the Celtibillies, Hinshelwood has won top prizes at major bluegrass music events, which include the Old Fiddlers’ Convention in Galax, the Wayne C. Henderson Music Festival and Guitar Competition in Grayson County and the 1982 World’s Fair guitar championship in Knoxville, Tenn.


He has recorded many albums, which include a collection of Appalachian ballads based on the works of his close friend, the author Sharyn McCrumb.
“Over the years I’ve gained such a respect and admiration for the remarkable people of Southwest Virginia, and especially the musicians,” Hinshelwood said in a news release.
“And now to be a part of the Crooked Road and to celebrate that musical heritage is a thrill and an honor.”
The Crooked Road was established in 2004 to promote tourism and economic development by celebrating Southwest Virginia’s bluegrass and old-time mountain music traditions. The winding corridor covers 10 counties and three cities, including Galax, Carroll and Grayson.
Initially about 250 miles long, the Crooked Road was recently expanded to include several Southwest Virginia localities not on the main route, which includes U.S. 58 and U.S. 23, Virginia 8 and Virginia 40, among other roads.
Montgomery, Wythe and Pulaski counties and Radford are among the localities recently added to the Crooked Road’s newly designated “Heartwood Region.” Although not considered part of the main route or primary attractions, the Heartwood communities are included in Crooked Road promotional materials, and their musical events are listed on the Crooked Road website.
Lately, local officials throughout Southwest Virginia have been referring to a “Crooked Road region” that encompasses all of Southwest Virginia west of, but not including, Roanoke and Roanoke County.
A 2008 economic impact study released by Sustainable Development Consulting International estimated a $23 million annual impact along the main route.
“This is an exciting time in the development of the Crooked Road and the entire region,” Hinshelwood said.
Hinshelwood begins as executive director today Aug. 2.