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Nov-18-2004, 9:15am
I was daydreaming about a little roadtrip yesterday and started looking at a road atlas. #The inset map of western NC (with Asheville), part of eastern TN (Johnson City, Cumberland Gap, etc.), and western VA looks very enticing. #Especially to a lover (and player) of oldtime country and bluegrass music who has never visited back there.

So, if I flew in somewhere and got a car, where should I drive? #Likely I ought to wait until the festival season. #But what about music venues in towns, historical sites (music history), instrument shops, etc. #Plus scenic byways in general. #Just doing a little homework here...

Oh, and any places that a Yankee turned Arizonan might want to avoid? #Ha!

Thanks in advance for indulging me here,

Nov-18-2004, 9:17am
Check out this website Virginia’s Heritage Music Trail (http://www.thecrookedroad.org/)

Nov-18-2004, 10:09am
Fly into TRI (Tri-cities) - Johnson City, Bristol, Kingsport. By the way.., that's Upper East Tennessee. - You'll be right "amomgst em".... Pace yourself.... http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/mandosmiley.gif http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif

Gary S
Nov-18-2004, 2:16pm
Stop by the"Down Home" in Johnson City Tenn...

Nov-18-2004, 2:27pm
Definitely Yep! - Ya' never know who MIGHT "drop-in" and/or "sit-in". http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/mandosmiley.gif

Nov-19-2004, 11:16am
Hello again, and thanks for the info everyone. #

So, what time of year should I visit (although I am thinking the sooner the better!!)? #What are the local festivals I would want to hit?

Thanks again,

Dec-07-2004, 8:00pm
Being originally from Bristol, I could recommend a whole bunch of stops to make in northeast Tennessee and southwest Virginia. Unfortunately, I didn't appreciate the music as much until I came to Ohio almost eight years ago. Now, bluegrass and country music is the ONLY music around!

Never been to Down Home in Johnson City... it's one of my goals to get down there.

The crooked road in southwest Virginia was already mentioned above -- but I would have to highly recommend a trip to The Carter Fold in Hiltons, VA on a warm Saturday night. When my dad and I went last spring, it was $10 for the both of us to get in... and for a whole night of music... unbelievable.

And, of course, you have to make a side trip to the Birthplace of Country Music Alliance's museum in the Bristol Mall. ;-)

Thanks for listening.
Canton, Ohio

Dec-07-2004, 8:37pm

Unfortunately fall has only just recently passed - but I can sure recommend the Appalachian Fall Festival (early Oct. ) in Norris, TN. A great time of year for doing anything, even sitting, outdoors in that neck of the country.

Dec-08-2004, 7:36pm
You are welcome to stop off with us OT players in the Ozarks--We can hit a few licks with ya'

Drop an email to my addy and we'll hook you up on your way east--we are right off I-40.