Blue Ridge MuseVideo Archive » Blue Ridge Muse News, views and musings from Southwestern Virginia Wed, 23 Jul 2014 13:33:52 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Heading for the road Sun, 06 Jul 2014 10:40:40 +0000

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 May, granting what could be — at best — called reluctant clearing to ride and, with my wife’s blessing, I climbed back on board after an 18-month sabattical.

Amy will soon be joining me on a regular basis with her new Can-Am three-wheeler.

The road awaits.

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Nuthin’ Common at all Sat, 05 Jul 2014 12:16:28 +0000

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, on Oxford Street.

As always, it was a joy.

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Dancing the night away Sat, 21 Jun 2014 14:41:00 +0000

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.

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Good weather, good music & a good time Mon, 16 Jun 2014 11:29:16 +0000

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 format of a concert in the park on a weekend day, the Jubilee has become a crowd favorite for those who want to listen to good music for free.

The next Jubilee event is set for August 16.

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The sounds of Friday night music Sun, 08 Jun 2014 08:46:37 +0000

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 with songs like “The Boxer” from Simon and Garfunkel mixing in with “Rocky Top” and more.

The music on the streets along with the Friday Night Jamboree and performances at other music venues along Locust Street meant summer is approaching and the unique nature of the end of the normal work week is alive and well here in the Blue Ridge Mountains.

The weather is warming and so are the guitars, banjos, fiddles and more.

The music continued into Saturday with the Americana Afternoons in the Country Store and the start of Oak Grove’s music season with the White Top Mountain Band,

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The Friday Night Jamboree Sat, 31 May 2014 11:31:03 +0000

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 who traveled the greatest distance to visit the event that is a major part of Floyd County’s music tradition and a featured spot on Virginia’s Crooked Road.

The people who attend the Jamboree on a regular basis, along with visitors there for the first time, have a lot of fun and I can share in that fun by documenting the event in photos and video.

It’s something I hope to continue doing for a long time.

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‘Disgust’ and ‘disappointment’ Thu, 29 May 2014 11:08:54 +0000

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 of 13 speakers at a public hearing on the proposed budget for the next fiscal year expressed strong support for increasing funding for the schools and used words like “disgust” and “disappointment” with the performances of the majority of supervisors.

The sole speaker who supported supervisors thanked them for support of a specific program and did not address the controversy over reductions in funding and programs at the schools.

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More from Chantilly Farms Bluegrass Mon, 26 May 2014 08:56:51 +0000

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 here is music from young groups like Gravel Road and The Blackberries, along with acts like the Mary Jo and Charlie Show, The Boxcars and show closer Russell Moore and IIIrd Tyme Out.

The Boxcars

The Boxcars

Russell Moore & the IIIrd Tyme Out

Russell Moore & the IIIrd Tyme Out

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‘Geographically Desirable’ Floyd Tue, 20 May 2014 10:40:33 +0000

“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 Floyd for the funeral of an uncle who leaves her his home and the temptation of a new life in the country.

“The reason I picked Floyd was not just the location, which was the visually excellent, but Floyd itself was so welcoming,” Kravinsky says.  “To be able to shoot in the Floyd Country Store, Oddfellas, New Mountain Mercantile, and Republic of Floyd along with street shots, really helped fill out the film and give the story more depth.”

The film features Floyd as a town where friendliness abounds and everyone knows each other and makes newcomers feel welcome.

“I remember the first time I came to Floyd to check it out as a location,” Kravinsky says. “I just remember the people were so friendly.  I was having dinner at Oddfellas at the bar upstairs and ended up getting into a long conversation with people sitting next to me.”

One “scene setting” in the film shows two Alpacas walking down the street.

That’s right: Alpacas from Bob and Tia James at Ocotilla’s Mountainside Alpacas.

“Jason Gallimore calls me to check in,” Kravinsky says.  “At the end of the conversation he says, ‘Oh by the way, Melodie (Pogue) wants to know if you want to use the Alpacas she emailed you about.’

“I told him I thought she was joking with me! Jason said ‘no,’ she was serious!  I was like ‘well, yeah.”  I immediately went back and wrote in a moment that we could use in the film.  It’s a short moment but it really helps set up what the town is like in Geographically Desirable.”

The crew shot the film on digital single lens reflex cameras, the Canon 5D MKIII.

“The footage came out great,” he says.

After returning to the National Capital Region to edit the film, Kravinsky found he needed additional footage to help set a scene so he contacted a Floyd photographer and videographer who also uses a Canon 5D MKIII to shoot the extra footage.

“The fact that the residents of Floyd wanted to participate as extras and some speaking roles was so amazingly helpful,” he says. “Basically, Floyd was not just a great location for the look of a small, quirky town, but the support was got was superb.”

The film screens at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 7, at Chantilly.  The rain date is Sunday, June 8.  Bring your own lawn chairs and BBQ, popcorn and cotton candy will be sold on site.

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Barbershop Bluegrass on a Friday night Mon, 19 May 2014 09:51:28 +0000

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 show from the talent that abounds in the area.

It’s part of what makes the town and its music culture unique.

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