Category Archives: Video

Stop the Frackin’ Pipeline

Stop the Frackin’ Pipeline

The threat of a natural gas pipeline in Floyd County appears to have passed — at least for now — but it remains a reality to neighbors affected by the current proposed route that runs from West Virginia to Chatham. Giles, Pulaski, Montgomery, Roanoke and Franklin counties still face the bulldozers and environmental impact, so…Continue Reading

On stage at Dogtown Roadhouse

On stage at Dogtown Roadhouse

Scott Perry and 3 Shades of Blue appeared at Dogtown Roadhouse Saturday night. Actually, only two shades were on stage during my time there.  I understand his excellent fiddle player was at a music competition. Excellent performances by Perry and his students.Continue Reading

Musical variety on a Floyd Saturday

Musical variety on a Floyd Saturday

A variety of musical options in Floyd Saturday afternoon to evening. Hoppie Vaughan and the Ministers of Soul brought their interpretations of jazz to the Jacksonville Center for their Fall Fundraiser, putting dancers on the floor and music in the second floor hall. Letters to Abigail gave patrons at Dogtown Roadhouse a trip down memory…Continue Reading

Whitetop Mountain Band

Whitetop Mountain Band

The Whitetop Mountain Band, always a popular group in the Floyd area, brought their music to the Country Store on an autumn Saturday night. Always a good show, always good dancing and always a good time.Continue Reading

Nuthin’ Common with ‘Rocky Top’

Nuthin’ Common with ‘Rocky Top’

The Bluegrass song, “Rocky Top” is a mainstay for many bands to play and was a piece composed in about 10 minutes by the married songwriting duo Felice and Boudleaux Bryant during a break while working with Chet Atkins and Archie Campbell at the Gatlinburg Inn in 1967. Now considered number seven on the “Top…Continue Reading

Clyde Williams back on stage

Clyde Williams back on stage

Battling cancer kept popular fiddler and Bluegrass group leader Clyde Williams offstage for a year but he returned to the Friday Night Jamboree this weekend to an overflow and enthusiastic crowd. It was a long-sought, long-overdue and long-anticipated homecoming for the popular entertainer who has graced the stage of the Jamboree for a long time.…Continue Reading

Saying goodbye to Bill Richardson

Saying goodbye to Bill Richardson

We lost Bill Richardson, fiddle player and a founding member of The Jugbusters, a Bluegrass and traditional music band that was an area favorite and a regular at The Friday Night Jamboree. Fiddler and Roanoke Times reporter Mike Gangloff wrote a an incredible sendoff to Bill for The Roanoke Times this week, telling the touching…Continue Reading

Praise instead of protest

Praise instead of protest

Public comment periods of most local government meetings are often controlled by those who complain, insult or sometimes threaten. On Tuesday, however, those who appeared for the public comment period for the Floyd County Board of Trustees at the first regular meeting of September came with praise for the board’s efforts to help hire more…Continue Reading

Remembering Joshua Cantrell

Remembering Joshua Cantrell

Music, hayrides, watermelon eating contests and games spotlighted the High Noon celebration for Joshua’s Hope Sunday and the event missed most of the weather until late in the day when fog and rain moved into the area. The education charity remembers young Joshua Cantrell, the son and grandson of Travis and Alan Cantrell, sports legends…Continue Reading

Music: Floyd-Montgomery Jazz Project

Music: Floyd-Montgomery Jazz Project

A sampling of musical offerings from The Floyd-Montgomery Jazz Project at the Oak Grove Pavilion on Saturday night. Good sound and good lighting help a videographer and photographer deliver a decent product, I hope, and the foursome always deliver good music. Thanks for inviting me.Continue Reading

Young gun love

Young gun love

A quick minute of the annual Labor Day Carroll County Flea Market and Gun Show with an opening look of gun love by a young girl. The four-day event kicked off Friday and continues through Monday (Labor Day) with the usual collection of flea market memorability and a large sampling of firearms, ammo, knives and…Continue Reading

Rock me Mama on a Friday Night

Rock me Mama on a Friday Night

Music on the streets on a Friday Night in Floyd brings young and old together and the enthusiasm for songs from Nuthin’ Common saw an overflow of enthusiasm from the young on Locust Street on this Labor Day weekend Friday night. It doesn’t matter if it is daylight and the dark on these Friday nights.…Continue Reading

Ridin’ with the Ridgeliners

Ridin’ with the Ridgeliners

Good music and lots of dancing at The Friday Night Jamboree with music from The Ridgeliners with fiddler Mike Gangloff, who also appears with The Black Twig Pickers and others around the area. All this filming will come together one of these days in a comprehensive documentary on the traditional music culture of the area. …Continue Reading

A musical mix

A musical mix

Mix of music both inside the Friday Night Jamboree and out on the streets of Floyd. Even a couple of rain showers did not dampen the enthusiasm for the evening. More music today with The Floyd Town Jubilee beginning at noon and a look at classic and fine cars at the Chantilly Auto Fair on…Continue Reading

The Blue Eyed Bettys

The Blue Eyed Bettys

The Blue Eyed Bettys, a folk-rock group from Sarasota, Florida, lit up the stage at The Floyd Country Store Saturday afternoon with a mix of tunes that was part traditional and mostly innovative. And it was damn good.Continue Reading

Dry inside the Jamboree

Dry inside the Jamboree

Lots of rain outside on Friday night but dry inside the Floyd Country Store for the Friday Night Jamboree.

Wasn’t that dry in Galax for the annual Old Time Fiddler’s Convention and it will be rainy again Saturday for the big finale.

At the Jamboree, 2 Young, 2 Old kept the music flowing and the dance floor jumping while the weather fell on the streets.Continue Reading

Music and fiddler Clyde Williams

Music and fiddler Clyde Williams

Good to see longtime and popular fiddler Clyde Williams playing on the streets of Floyd Friday night. Williams has been battling cancer for several months and absent from the music scene on the streets of Floyd and with the Friday Night Jamboree. Welcome back Clyde.Continue Reading

Lots of opposition to proposed gas pipeline

Lots of opposition to proposed gas pipeline

An overflow crowd crammed into the meeting room of the Floyd County Board of Supervisors Tuesday night to express concern and opposition to the proposed natural gas pipeline that would run from West Virginia to Chatham and through the middle of Floyd County. That concern appeared to be shared by the Supervisors who have not…Continue Reading