crooked road

The Crooked Road Video

The Crooked Road, winding through Southwest Virginia, is an experience in music traditions passed down for generations. There are nine major venues plus numerous affiliated venues, jam sessions, and festivals throughout the region. Along the road, you can pull your car over at 26 Wayside Exhibits (yellow arrows on the map) and tune in to a five-minute audio presentation about the music and musicians in each area.


O’ahu: An Exploration of Musical Culture and Traditions

A visit to O’ahu is a chance to experience an amazing musical culture and learn techniques unique to Hawaiian styles of music. Live performances abound on the island, from strummers hanging out on Waikiki beach, to performances in a wide variety of venues featuring Hawaii’s best talents. Music makers are friendly and always willing to talk and answer questions about their music.

Muscle Shoals

Muscle Shoals Home of the Famous FAME Studios

Celebrated in the Lynyrd Skynyrd song “Sweet Home Alabama,” Muscle Shoals, Alabama, is located in the Northwest corner of the state, on the Tennessee River. The area held by a Yuchi Indian tribe until the 1800s has long-established connections to music. The natives who were removed from the land and sent to Indian Territory of Oklahoma called the river the Singing River because they believed a woman who lived along the bank sang to them.