News, views and musings from the Blue Ridge Mountains of Southwestern Virginia

Dr. Ralph Stanley: 1927-2016

Dr. Ralph Stanley: 1927-2016

Virginia and bluegrass lost a lost a legend Thursday night. Ralph Edmund Stanley, “Dr. Ralph,” died from skin cancer at age 89. The man from Spraddle Creek in Dickenson County first played a banjo, given to him by his mother, in church at 11. After serving in the Amy in World War II, Stanley and… Read More…

Busy final weekend of June

Busy final weekend of June

Want something to do this weekend?  Not hard to find something. Friday, June 24 The Floyd Artisan Market shows off its wares in the Community Market Pavilion at 205 S. Locust St. from 5 – 9 p.m. The Friday Night Jamboree kicks off at 6:30 pm. at The Country Store, 206 S. Locust St., with… (Read More)

Dangers of ‘unsocial media’

Dangers of ‘unsocial media’

Social media, we too often discover, is blatantly unsocial and leads to anger and hate.  I’ve received angry private messages on Facebook from church parishioners  who have told me to “go to hell” or say they were sorry they prayed for me when I was recovering from a motorcycle accident in 1012 and 2013. Others… (Read More)

Chantilly Bluegrass & BBQ: The video

The assignment for this weekend was photos for The Floyd Press, which means concentration on capturing still images of The Chantilly Farms Bluegrass & BBQ Festival for the next edition of the newspaper that provides much of my living nowadays.

It didn’t mean much time to shoot video of the event.  In the past I have used multiple cameras and a good sound system to capture and music and visuals of the event. Read More…

Sports

Soccer

Soccer

Floyd County’s expanded Parks & Recreation Authority is showcased on Monday and Wednesday nights by soccer on multiple fields with hundreds of kids playing the round ball. Not only are the kids having a good time, the games show budding talents that could end up on the FCHS boys and soccer teams in the future.… Continue Reading

News

It was a chili day

It was a chili day

The skies cleared for a while, allowing the annual chili cook off featuring spicy creations from the Fire Department and Rescue Squads of Floyd County to flow from the pots at Lineberry Park Friday afternoon. Postponed by weather earlier in the year, the cook off brought chili samplers in while others kept a wary eye… Continue Reading

Photography

Jesse McReynolds & The Virginia Boys

Jesse McReynolds & The Virginia Boys

Bluegrass legend Jesse McReynolds and The Virginia Boys took to the stage of The Floyd Country Store Thursday night as part of The Crooked Road Homecoming series of concerts throughout Southwestern Virginia. McReynolds, who is 86, was part of the Jim and Jesse bluegrass duo and pioneered a mixture of “cross picking” and “split string”… Continue Reading