Organizers throughout Southwest Virginia are gearing up for the 4th Annual Mountains of Music Homecoming, an extraordinary nine-day celebration of traditional music and culture taking place June 8 – 16, 2018, in over forty communities throughout the Crooked Road region of Southwest Virginia. The Crooked Road, Virginia’s Heritage Music Trail, connects nine major music venues and over 50 affiliated venues and festivals presenting traditional music 365 days a year.
Residents and visitors can expect an extraordinary menu of Appalachian food, authentic culture, local arts and crafts, history, outdoor adventure, and a remarkable schedule of bluegrass, old time, blues, gospel, folk and traditional music concerts performed all along the more than 300 miles of The Crooked Road. The 2018 Homecoming will feature Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, Lonesome River Band, Del McCoury Band, blues legends Jimmy Duck Holmes and Phil Wiggins, a unique Stanley Brothers All-Star Band, a showcase of the Best All Around Performers from the Galax Old Fiddler’s Convention and dozens more.
“You can hear music from The Crooked Road region worldwide, but experiencing it in the place it comes from is a totally different thing,” said Crooked Road executive director Jack Hinshelwood. “It’s like the difference between someone describing ice cream to you and actually tasting it yourself. Meeting the artists who keep this music alive with the mountain peaks that inspired it in the background is a transcendent experience. That’s what makes The Crooked Road and the Homecoming so special.”
The 2018 Mountains of Music Homecoming kicks off on Friday, June 8. For concert tickets and information about artists and cultural events, visit mtnsofmusic.com.