Category Archives: Video

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.…

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…

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…

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…

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.

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…

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.…

A lesson on school class size

A lesson on school class size

Speakers to the Floyd County Board of Supervisors Tuesday night regarding school class sizes and the need for more teachers. Full story in Thursday’s Floyd Press.

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. …

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…

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.

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.

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…

Heading for the road

Heading for the road

The sun is coming up on another cool but beautiful morning, the Harley is waiting in the garage and I will be on it soon for a ride and breakfast. A few months ago, it was still a question over whether or not I could ever ride a motorcycle again.  Doctors resolved that question in…

Nuthin’ Common at all

Nuthin’ Common at all

I’m an unabashed fan of both the Friday night street music in Floyd and especially the local band Nuthin’ Common, a crowd favorite that provides an interesting mix of tunes that goes far beyond the usual traditional and bluegrass playlist of many groups. Captured some of their mixed repertoire on Friday, the 4th of July,…

Dancing the night away

Dancing the night away

It poured rain from a heavy storm for a while outside the Floyd Country Store Friday night but the crowd danced the night away inside to music from the Tune Town Old Time Band. Musical footage that will someday be part of a comprehensive documentary on the music heritage of Southwestern Virginia.

Good weather, good music & a good time

Good weather, good music & a good time

The summertime Floyd Town Jubilee kicked off its 2014 series of Sunday concerts with a Father’s Day tribute featuring The Grascals, Kenny and Amanda Smith and the Tune Town Old Time String Band. Good weather, good music and a good time highlighted the day in Warren Lineberry Park on Locust Street. Since going to a…

The sounds of Friday night music

The sounds of Friday night music

Friday nights in the Spring, Summer and Fall means music on the streets of Floyd and with cooler than normal weather and rain this year the tradition has been a little slow in starting. But music filled the streets on this past Friday night and what visitors to the town heard was more than traditional bluegrass…