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Music & Arts

  • HoustonFest 2014: When Ralph Met Houston

    When Houston Caldwell was only 14 years old, he took the stage with longtime bluegrass legend Ralph Stanley.
    “I remember that Ralph asked Houston — and he didn’t joke — if he wanted to play his banjo,” remembered Kenneth Caldwell, Houston’s father.

  • HoustonFest 2014 is May 2-3 in Galax

    HoustonFest 2014 celebrates the life, music and community service of banjo player, firefighter
    and soldier Houston Caldwell, who died in a motorcycle crash in 2010. It will be held May 2-3 in Felts Park in Galax. Local and nationally known bands will perform Friday and Saturday in Galax’s Felts Park. Proceeds benefit youth music scholarships and the Galax Fire Department. Performers scheduled to appear include:

  • At Sandyfest, bands unite to help friend

    It was 1997 when Sandy Catron of Galax first went to Rainbow’s End, a health food store that would later develop into a thriving music venue called “The Other Side.”
    “They had started having drum sessions there, and people would come in and hang out, and jam together,” she remembered.

  • Diverse bands come together to celebrate life

    By SHAINA STOCKTON, Staff
    Edward “Conway” Tobler still has the bullet from his suicide attempt, a reminder of the self-inflicted tragedy that he survived and learned from.
    Six years later, Tobler is dedicated to the prevention of suicide and child abuse.
    On April 4, through the non-profit organization Live for Life, Tobler and several local bands hosted the first-ever “Live for Life: Don’t Hasten Death” music festival at the Grover King VFW Post #1115 in Hillsville.

  • Allen home now in historical society's hands

    HILLSVILLE — The audience for the “Thunder in the Hills” dramatic adaptation of the 1912 courthouse shootout last Saturday got to witness a new milestone in relation to a prominent participant in the incident that left five dead and seven wounded and sent two Allens to the electric chair.

  • HoustonFest is one of Stanley's last stops

    This year’s HoustonFest music festival in Galax’s Felts Park will feature two distinctive sounds from the beloved “O Brother, Where Art Thou?” film soundtrack.
    In 2001, both Ralph Stanley and The Whites were hand-selected from among bluegrass music’s finest to participate in the soundtrack and appear in the film. Both artists took home Grammy awards when the soundtrack won Album of the Year.

  • Jack Tales & Square Dances

    By SHAINA STOCKTON, Staff
    Visitors to Crossroads Institute were asked to put away their cell phones and iPads last Thursday and take a journey back to a time when people entertained themselves.
    Old-school entertainment was the latest discussion in the Bluegrass Gravy and River Quilts program, which is held for free each year at the Crossroads main building. This year’s series began on March 20, with a discussion about churches and gospel music history. On March 27, the group discussed the evolution of the local school systems.

  • New director will guide music center

    The Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation has appointed Richard Emmett as director of music programming at the Blue Ridge Music Center, located on the Blue Ridge Parkway near Galax.
    Just a few weeks into his new position, Emmett has spent his time meeting local talent, familiarizing himself with his surroundings and learning everything he can from his predecessor, Erynn Marshall.
    Walking into his office, Emmett immediately pointed to one of his favorite perks about his new job: a window that overlooks the natural beauty found along the parkway.

  • Art school added to Crooked Road

     

  • Married musicians find perfect harmony

    Carl Jones and Erynn Marshall found their lives and musical careers entwined for years before they both ended up in Galax.
    At festivals and events from Canada to Georgia, they found their encounters repeating like the chorus of a song.
    The married couple is looking forward to passing down their love of music to other aspiring musicians. They will offer a series of music classes to the community through Chestnut Creek School of the Arts this year.