Sunday, October 31, 2010

Floyd Country Store, known world-wide

Or at least nation wide, the article link below by Jim Weaver a free lance writer from Pennsylvania for the OLD TIME HERALD, a North Carolina paper, shows how others enjoy what we so often take for granted.

The Old-Time Herald Volume 12, Number 7
The Floyd Country StoreBy Jim Weaver
The Clyde Williams Band performs at the Floyd Country Store. Photo by Jim Weave

Floyd is a small town in Southwestern Virginia just off the 
Blue Ridge Parkway. There’s only one traffic light in the entire county,
 and it’s located here. Most of the time a stop sign would do, locals say, 
but in the summertime there’s a little more tourist traffic. Whatever Floyd was 
in the past, it’s changing, and the catalyst for change here is traditional
 Appalachian music.
There’s a new 16-room hotel in Floyd, which has already announced 
plans to expand. There are several good restaurants and a couple of 
art galleries, the kind of things you need if you’re going to attract 
tourists and their dollars. But most of this would not exist without the
 music. Although live music can been heard at several places around 
town, the most important venue and reason for Floyd’s expanding 
Several years ago, the state tourism people, seeking to bring more visitors
 to Southwestern Virginia, created a marketing program that identified 
seven locations in the area where people could hear live music. They 
call it the Crooked Road (, and have promoted
 it widely. The music trail includes the Ralph Stanley Museum in Clintwood, 
Country Cabin in Norton, Carter Family Fold in Hiltons, Birthplace of 
Country Music in Bristol, Blue Ridge Music Center near Galax, Rex 
Theater and Old Fiddler’s Convention in Galax, and the Floyd Country Store. 
The Store is one of the most popular music venues on the trail. Here, the 
gospel, old-time, and other traditional country music is as beautiful and 
rugged as the region’s landscape.

If you come to Floyd County, Mountain Song Inn would love to be a part 
of your journey. Visit our website and we are sure we will make the cut. 
Hope to see you soon.

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