Honoring a tradition dating back more than 15 years, Jim Lloyd’s Black Friday Jam of Rural Retreat, Virginia will be presented with a Crooked Road banner recognizing them as the newest Affiliated Venue of The Crooked Road. Affiliated Venues represent the best in traditional music gatherings that the region has to offer. The Crooked Road will present the banner at the Jam on Friday, November 25, at 7:00 PM.
“The Black Friday Jam is a gathering of musicians who have a great knowledge and appreciation for the heritage music traditions of the region,” said Jack Hinshelwood, Crooked Road executive director. “Jim has shared his love of those traditions with so many people over the years that they all look forward to getting together for this night to celebrate the music, and their connection to each other. The ties and friendships run deep, and that is always reflected in the music.”
Jim Lloyd is the owner of a Rural Retreat institution, Lloyd’s Barber Shop. His barber shop has been the Rural Retreat center for traditional music since its opening in 1987. It is a barber shop by day and a traditional music classroom in the evenings. Jim says he has given music lessons to well over 1000 people. The shop is often lively with the sounds of friends and visitors who have dropped by to pick instruments, swap stories and sing songs. Jim is always eager to show visitors his fascinating collection of old banjos and other instruments.
The Black Friday Jam is a gathering of musicians who have a great knowledge and appreciation for the heritage music traditions of the region”
The Black Friday Jam was started as a sort of reunion for the many students that Jim taught who went off to college and other communities. It was arranged for the Thanksgiving holiday since the students would be in town for fall break and be able to play some music while visiting home. Over the years it has grown into a holiday tradition as important as the turkey for many. Attendees have come from as far away as Florida and England.
“From the early years when I spent my weekends as the guitarist with The Konnarock Critters to current times as a member of the Elkville String Band and Mountain Fling, I have always been Rural Retreat’s barber, old time musician, banjo collector and traditional music teacher,” said Lloyd. “Performing and teaching traditional music has been a lifelong passion for me.”
On Friday, November 25, this iconic gathering will commence with the banner presentation at 7:00 PM followed by the evening music jam where all players and non-players are welcome and all skill levels feel right at home.
The Crooked Road’s mission is to support tourism and economic development in Southwest Virginia by celebrating and preserving this Appalachian region’s unique musical and cultural heritage. A complete listing of the Affiliated Venues and Festivals and the Major Venues of The Crooked Road: Virginia’s Heritage Music Trail can be found at www.thecrookedroad.org.
For additional information about The Crooked Road, call 276-492-2409 or send an email firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information about Jim Lloyd’s Black Friday Jam, go to http://www.jimlloydmusic.com.