Music & Arts

  • Mountains of Music Homecoming begins this weekend

    Staff Report

    Tributes to icons of Appalachian music, concerts on floating stages, and dancers equipped with motion sensors are all part of The Crooked Road’s 5th Annual Mountains of Music Homecoming, June 7-15.

  • HoustonFest returning to Felts Park June 7-8

    HoustonFest’s 2019 lineup includes Shenandoah, Dailey & Vincent and EmiSunshine, as well as many returning favorites, new faces and the popular Youth Stage.

    HoustonFest will be held in Galax’s Felts Park on June 7-8.

    Dailey & Vincent (Jamie Dailey and Darrin Vincent, backed by their band) are five-time Grammy award winners individually, three-time Grammy nominees collectively, four-time DOVE Award winners and winners of 35 IBMA awards altogether, including three-time IBMA Entertainer of the Year and three-time Vocal Group of the Year awards.

  • Clark’s first book arrives after lifetime of writing

    TROUTDALE — Local author Deborah T. Clark will hold a reading for her new book, “Friend, Foe, or Family,” at Chestnut Creek School of the Arts on Friday at 4 p.m., followed by a signing at Chapters Book Shop at 5 p.m.

    Clark has won numerous literary honors, including first place prizes for fiction at Wytheville’s Chautauqua Writing Contest and the Sherwood Anderson Prize for Creative Writing.

    The Grayson County resident is a part-time reporter for The Gazette and The Declaration and a former teacher.

  • 'Thunder' rolls again in Carroll

    Staff Report

    HILLSVILLE — For the fourth season, the live production of “Thunder in the Hills,” a dramatization of the sensational events that rocked the nation in March 1912 — the Carroll County Courthouse shootout in Hillsville and its aftermath — returns to the stage.

  • Local potters are wizards with clay

    Staff Report

    Jessie Benson brings her unique beeswax and oil paintings to City Gallery in downtown Galax in her new show, “Love Takes Flight.”

    An open house and reception will he held Thursday from 5-8 p.m. for Benson, and to showcase the work of other artists: Ann Childress, Emily Whitworth, Peach Bottom Pottery and HeartMoss Pottery.

  • 'Mr. Country Gold' signs off

    On WBRF 98.1’s, July 28 “Mr. Country Gold” show, DJs Derrick Davis and J.D. Higgins — Mr. Country Gold himself — played many songs about saying goodbye.

    That’s no great surprise; lots of classic country songs, like the old-time mountain music they spring from, are about sadness, loss and regret.

    But there was a special poignancy to this episode: it was Higgins’ last one.

  • 2018 Galax Old Fiddlers' Convention Winners

    Winners of the 83rd Annual Galax Old Fiddlers’ Convention included hometown heroes, regional favorites and musicians from several U.S. states; as well as a trio of international champions from Norway, Australia and Canada. The competition was held Aug. 6-11 in Felts Park, drawing an estimated crowd of 40,000 people over the week.

    Best All-Around Performer

    Aila Wildman — Floyd

    Old-Time Fiddle

    1. Aila Wildman - Floyd

    2. Mattias Thedens - Oslo, Norway

  • Documentary focuses on fiddling

    How do you make an award-winning documentary about the Galax Old Fiddlers’ Convention?

    Well, for starters, it helps if you’re local.

    Sisters Julie Simone, who lives in Los Angeles, and Vicki Vlasic, who now hails from just outside Detroit, both grew up in Hillsville. They remember a time when their TV only got two TV channels, on which they saw “The Beverly Hillbillies” and “Green Acres.” Though both left the Twin Counties to explore the world, Simone also remembers another childhood pleasure.

  • Thousands headed to Galax for 83rd annual fiddlers’ convention

    An estimated 40,000 musicians and fans will descend on Galax starting this weekend.

    Felts Park will open its gates at 7 a.m. Sunday for the 83rd Annual Galax Old Fiddlers’ Convention.

    The competition opens Monday and lasts through Aug. 11, but most of the convention’s expected 1,300 campers showed up Sunday to set up.

  • Rediscover your wild side at FloydFest

    FLOYD — Just down the road from Galax, music fans can answer the call of the wild this week at FloydFest 18~Wild, an outdoor music festival featuring an eclectic mix of superstars and local favorites, including Foster The People, Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit, Old Crow Medicine Show, Gov’t Mule, The Infamous Stringdusters, Leftover Salmon, Tyler Childers and Greta Van Fleet.

    The award-winning festival features 100 bands on eight stages over five days, right in the Blue Ridge Mountains town of Floyd, from July 25-29, 2018.