Category Archives: Video

Floyd’s musical heritage

Floyd’s musical heritage

At various times in one’s life, a question on why we were put on this earth may arise. I’ve pondered that question more than once over the years but, as a jockeyed around musicians, dancers and others at Floyd’s Friday Night Jamboree, the answer may be that my purpose in life may be to documentContinue Reading

To tax or not to tax

To tax or not to tax

If speakers who have appeared at recent meetings of both the School Board and Board of Supervisors represent an accurate demographic of Floyd County, a tax increase is overwhelmingly favored to support increased needs of a new fiscal year budget that goes into effect on July 1. Continue Reading

Kids saving our music

Kids saving our music

A constant pleasure since my return in 2004 to the mountain home of my youth is documenting the music culture of Southwestern Virginia. It’s also heartwarming to see traditional music played by young groups who are determined to keep the area’s heritage alive. Two such groups are The Blackberries and Gravel Road. I recently completedContinue Reading

‘Geographically Desirable’

‘Geographically Desirable’

In the half-century or so that I have spent covering news, my role has been more of a recorder of news — in words, photos and, more recently, video.Continue Reading

Beauty in many tongues

Beauty in many tongues

A sadness emerges when one reads the absurd and downright nasty comments aimed at Coca Cola for creating a commercial featuring people singing “America the Beautiful” in different languages. Some rabid right-wing groups urge a boycott of the company for creating the commercial. Why?  Are we not a nation founded by immigrants who came toContinue Reading

A TV ad worth watching

A TV ad worth watching

Budweiser’s ad for this year’s Super Bowl is already causing a lot of buzz on social networks and the web. It should. It doesn’t say a damn thing about the product but it says a lot about the company.

Wendell Berry

Wendell Berry

A short video look at author-activist Wendell Berry’s appearances in Floyd on Friday.

FCHS Homecoming

FCHS Homecoming

I prepared a video for The Floyd Press web site this week on Floyd County High School’s homecoming game last Friday edited the second one above.

On location

On location

A film look at the location shooting last week for the film, Geographically Desirable, a romantic comedy about a woman who finds that life in the country can possibly be more rewarding than a busy life in the city. Set in Washington and Floyd, the movie shot on location on the streets, in Oddfellas Cantina,Continue Reading

Floyd Fridays

Floyd Fridays

Friday night is always a special night in Floyd because of the music. Here, just for fun, is a short video of the music and dancing…and fun. Filmed last weekend at the The Floyd Country Store, the Floyd Barber Shop and in town.  If you’re old enough, you might recognize the music.  It’s Buddy Holly’sContinue Reading

Three Shades of Blue

Three Shades of Blue

Three young musicians, aka 3 Shades of Blue, play with musician-teacher Scott Perry at the Floyd Farmer Market on a recent weekend. They have become examples of how the area’s music culture is thriving with younger musicians and promise a future for all kinds of music in the county and beyond.

Good turnout for the Sustain Floyd breakfast at Farmer’s Market

Good turnout for the Sustain Floyd breakfast at Farmer’s Market

Good turnout for the Sustain Floyd breakfast at the Farmer’s Market on Locust Street Saturday morning.  Misting rain did not dampen the enthusiasm of the crowd. A short video, shot just for fun.  The music, “Joy to the World” is performed by the late Hoyt Axton, who also wrote the hit made famous by ThreeContinue Reading

Have breakfast Saturday at the Floyd Farmers Market

Have breakfast Saturday at the Floyd Farmers Market

Sustain Floyd is feeding folks for breakfast on Saturday at the Floyd Farmers Market next to the Station on South Locust. All you can eat pancakes plus sausage, eggs, potatoes, Red Rooster coffee and more from 8:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. The video above is from last year’s breakfast.

Is Floyd the real capital of Virginia?

Is Floyd the real capital of Virginia?

That’s what Democratic gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe told the crowd at the Friday Night Jamboree.  Wonder how many other towns in the Commonwealth have been told the same thing?

Americana Afternoon in Floyd

Americana Afternoon in Floyd

Tennessee singer/songwriter Bruce Scism presents his musical mixture as part of the Americana Afternoon series at the Floyd Country Store:  Saturday, September 21, 2013.

Vox Populi:  The people — or at least one of them — speak

Vox Populi: The people — or at least one of them — speak

When the mood strikes, Indian Valley resident Elmer Underwood shows up at Floyd County Supervisors or School Board meetings, to pontificate on various issues.  He sometimes threatens violence or promises to become part of lawsuits.  It depends on the issue involved or whim. Underwood has shown up at several recent Supervisors meetings to issue pronouncementsContinue Reading

Music and fun on the streets and in the Friday Night Jamboree

Music and fun on the streets and in the Friday Night Jamboree

Music and dancing on the streets and in the Friday Night Jamboree in Floyd. Everyone, it seemed, was having a great time.

The Comptons at Wildwood

The Comptons at Wildwood

A filmed look at the Saturday music at Wildwood Farms General Store, featuring The Comptons out of Willis. Good times, good music in a good setting.

Music on the streets of Floyd to start the Labor Day weekend

Music on the streets of Floyd to start the Labor Day weekend

After photographing the opening game of the FCHS football season Friday night, I stopped by Locust Street for to film the music. Ah, Floyd.

The economic impact of FloydFest

The economic impact of FloydFest

Oddfellas Cantina co-owner Kerry Underwood, who is also one of the new owners of The Republic of Floyd, told county supervisors Tuesday night that FloydFest has a tremendous economic impact on both the town and the county. Underwood isn’t the only Floyd business owner to report a positive economic impract. Long-time Floyd Express Mart ownerContinue Reading

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