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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 onContinue 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.

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 notContinue Reading

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 inContinue Reading

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,Continue Reading

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 aContinue Reading

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 bluegrassContinue Reading

The Friday Night Jamboree

The Friday Night Jamboree

Music and fun at the Friday Night Jamboree in Floyd. After nearly a decade of attending the Jamboree almost on a weekly basis with cameras and video equipment, I find fresh material and new views on a regular basis. This Friday night, visitors included one from China, who captured the prize for the visitor whoContinue Reading

‘Disgust’ and ‘disappointment’

‘Disgust’ and ‘disappointment’

Most Floyd County Supervisors claim they hear lots of support from constituents over their hardline stand against increasing funding of the school system and determination to hold the line on taxes to pay for increases. But the majority of speakers that come before both the Supervisors and the county school board say otherwise. Twelve ofContinue Reading

More from Chantilly Farms Bluegrass

More from Chantilly Farms Bluegrass

A filmed roundup of the music, food and fun of the 4th annual Chantilly Farm Bluegrass & BBQ Festival Saturday in Floyd County. The event, which organizers said drew a record crowd, kicked off the tourist and music season for the county where music is a tradition and family entertainment is the key. Featured hereContinue Reading

‘Geographically Desirable’ Floyd

‘Geographically Desirable’ Floyd

“Geographically Desirable,” a romantic comedy written and directed by Mike Kravinsky, a retired ABC-TV editor, premieres June 7 in a free screening at Chantilly Farm on Franklin Pike. The film tells the story of a young woman torn between a TV job in Washington and a romantic entanglement that emerges when she travels to FloydContinue Reading

Barbershop Bluegrass on a Friday night

Barbershop Bluegrass on a Friday night

On a Friday night in Floyd, when music on the streets is the norm during Spring and Summer months, the musicians find a place inside when the temperatures stay low. One of those favorite haunts is the Floyd Barber Shop, where fiddle, banjo and guitar music abound and the the crowd enjoys a free showContinue Reading

A Floyd friday night

A Floyd friday night

With Memorial Day just over a week away, the Spring and Summer crowds began descending on Floyd Friday night for the Jamboree. Cooler than normal weather kept street activity to a minimum but dancers and bluegrass music fans jammed into the Country Store to hear Katie and the Bubbatones in their final concert before theContinue Reading

Return of the Hotel Floyd music series

Return of the Hotel Floyd music series

The Hotel Floyd’s popular Thursday night Spring and Summer music series, Music in the Mountain, returned this year after a year’s absence due to construction of a hotel addition and other issues, and kicked off the beginning of May with a concert by Abe Goorskey and Scott Patrick. This week’s concert featured Bernie Coveney, RonContinue Reading

A musical Saturday night

A musical Saturday night

Lots of music and dancing to go around in Floyd County on a Saturday night. And “Old Time Country Dance” at the Country Store with the Mountain Boomers, music from the New Ballard Branch Bogtrotters at Wildwood Farms, Floyd Contra Dance at Dogtown Roadhouse and probably a few others that we missed. ‘Tis the seasonContinue Reading

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