Category Archives: Video

Blue Ridge Standard Time

Blue Ridge Standard Time

A “director’s cut” of a commercial about living in the Blue Ridge Mountains: Shot and edited by friend and cinematographer Dave Perry in Roanoke. Dave is also a fellow Harley rider and started his own production company a couple of years ago.  It is growing and he garners both good clients and impressive awards. When…Continue Reading

Open Your Eyes

Open Your Eyes

I am a member of the Vimeo Pro community of video and film makers and it is a place to share and experience those who create far more than I can ever hope to achieve. “Open Your Eyes” is a beautiful short film about new found hope through the life of an elderly man. The…Continue Reading

More Friday Night music & dancing

More Friday Night music & dancing

Caught The Friday Night Old Time Band along with Jason Harris & Friends at the Jamboree after shooting part of the Floyd County – William Fleming basketball game. Kicks off a good weekend with a lot of activities in and around Floyd. As always, good music and good dancing.Continue Reading

Lady Buffs top Fleming 80-69

Lady Buffs top Fleming 80-69

Floyd County High School’s Lady Buffaloes took on post-season contender William Fleming Friday night in a game where the Buffs scored early and built a good lead, only to see it to shrink to 10 at the half and three at the end of the third quarter. Fleming took the lead several times but the…Continue Reading

Jason Harris & Friends at Wildwood

Jason Harris & Friends at Wildwood

When Jason Harris & Friends take the stage, the audience is never quite sure if it will hear a traditional Bluegrass song or a country version of John Fogerty and Creedance Clearwater Revival’s “Lodi” or the late, great Johnny Horton’s “North to Alaska” (written by Mike Phillips) or another tune that one doesn’t often get…Continue Reading

Music spans generations in Floyd

Music spans generations in Floyd

New traditions mixed with old on the stage of The Floyd Country Store for the Friday Night Jamboree on this Thanksgiving holiday weekend. Jamboree mainstay Clyde Williams and his band closed out the evening with the mixture of traditional music that his fans appreciate and enjoy while the Black Twig Pickers opened the dance sets…Continue Reading

Blackberries are now The Wildmans

Blackberries are now The Wildmans

They were The Blackberries — a brother on mandolin and sister on fiddle, joined by their mother on bass and a friend on guitar. Now they are The Wildmans, the surnames of the three family members.  New name with the same musical signature that delights fans old and new. The Wildmans launched a new CD…Continue Reading

Katie, the Bubbatones & dancing

Katie, the Bubbatones & dancing

Katie & the Bubbatones kept an enthusiastic crowd dancing and have a great time at the Friday Night Jamboree. It’s always fun to watch the oldtimers mix with the younger set, particularly the older men who always seem to have a pretty young woman on their arm, although some of the young women have to…Continue Reading

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