Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Floyd (Virginia) Country Store = Traditional Appalachian music every Friday night

Crowds line up early on Friday night. (Floyd Country Store)
(Updated Aug. 19, 2015 by Julianne G. Crane)

If you find yourself traveling through the Blue Ridge Mountain area of southwest Virginia anywhere near the weekend--STOP. Find a place to park your RV and take in the Appalachian musical celebration at The Floyd Country Store.

This jumping music venue has become a traditional gathering place on Friday nights for musicians, dancers and visitors from all over the world.

Live music every weekend in Floyd, Va. (Julianne G. Crane)
RVer Jimmy Smith and I take in the live music each time we visit our cousins Mary Jane Huber and John Winnicki in Floyd, Va.

Mary Jane Huber & Jackie Crenshaw
This is a place where the whole family can have a great time because the proprietors, Woody and Jackie Crenshaw, operate on 'Granny's Rules' ... 'No smoking, no drinking alcohol, no bad language, no conduct unbecoming a lady or gentleman.'

The weekly (year round) Friday Night Jamboree begins around 6:30 p.m. and goes to about 10:30 p.m. For only $5 (the night we were there) you are likely to hear gospel to bluegrass. Then on every Saturday, beginning at noon, there is an 'Americana Afternoon' of music, free. On Sunday is the Music Jam 1:30-6 p.m., also free.

The first Friday each month, September through May, is the Floyd Radio Show hosted by musicians Anna Roberts-Gevalt and Elizabeth LaPrelle.  "Each show features some of the area’s finest old-timey musical acts, from storytelling banjo players to flatpicking guitarists to hard-driving string bands."

If you go:
Floyd Country Store
206 S. Locust St.
Floyd, Virginia 24091
540.745-4563
Open: Tuesday-Sunday
URL: FloydCountryStore.com

-- Julianne G. Crane

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Photos: The entire family comes out for the Floyd Country Store Friday Night Jamboree. (Julianne G. Crane ). Bottom: Directions to Floyd Country Store.

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